The Civic is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code.
Click here to view our Governance Code (2020) .
The charitable purpose of the Civic Theatre as outlined in our Constitution is:
(a) To develop , manage fund, operate and promote the use of the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (hereinafter called “the Theatre”) on behalf of South Dublin County Council.
(b) To develop and maintain an awareness of the Theatre’s responsibilities to its stakeholders which include audiences, the funding agencies, artists, arts and cultural groups, paid and voluntary staff, the community of South Dublin in general and any creditors and sponsors.
(c) To promote civic pride in the South Dublin administrative area of the County Council in all areas of artistic and cultural activity, but particularly those activities concerned or associated with the practice of theatre, arts, music, musical composition and other cultural events.
The Civic complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document.
Click here to view Constitution of Civic Theatre Company Limited by Guarantee.
The Civic keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements. The Civic has adopted the guidelines given in the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities as outlined in the Arts Council’s document ‘Recommended Guidelines for Financial Reporting’.
Click here to view a copy of the most recent set of accounts (2020).
The Civic is a registered Charity (RCN 20040765 / CHY 13251) and is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of developing, managing and operating The Civic. The Civic is currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).
Click here to view our Resolution regarding the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.
The Civic’s policies on fundraising, use of donations, financial controls and feedback are outlined in the Donor Charter.
Click here for the Donor Charter.
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Artistic Director: Michael Barker-Caven
Michael Barker-Caven (Artistic Director)
Michael is an internationally acclaimed theatre, musical and opera director who has worked extensively in London’s West End and directed dozens of award-winning shows in Ireland over the past 20 years. He was the Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre, Cork from 2011 – 2014 and prior to this was the Artistic Director of Theatreworks/Ouroboros Theatre Company from 1995 – 2004. Career highlights to date include Shadowlands, Wyndhams Theatre & The Novello Theatre, London West End, Medea for Glimmerglass Opera, in New York, a number of acclaimed productions for Landmark Productions including Skylight by David Hare and Dandelions by Fiona Looney, Little Women for the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Moll by John B Keane at the Gaiety, and The Bloody Irish! for PBS TV in the US. Most recently Michael directed the opera The Barber of Seville for Wide Open Theatre Company at the National Opera House, Wexford and Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin.
Chairperson: Cllr. Peter Kavanagh
Directors: Senator Fintan Warfield, Eddie Conroy, Cllr. Baby Pereppadan, Michael McLoughlin, Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, Liz Corry (Company Secretary)
Cllr. Peter Kavanagh (appointed November 2019)
Peter was born and raised in Clondalkin. He was educated in Coláiste Chilliain, Maynooth University and the National University of Ireland, Galway. He worked in Ireland and abroad as a translator, journalist and educator. In 2019, he was elected as a Green Party councillor for Clondalkin. He is a co-founder of Pop Up Gaeltacht, a grassroots community project for Irish speakers that was established in 2016 and has spread worldwide. He sits on South Dublin County Council’s Strategic Policy Council for Arts, Heritage, Culture, Gaeilge and Libraries as a councillor. He lives in Clondalkin with his family.
Liz Corry (appointed September 2021)
Liz Corry is a Senior Executive Librarian in South Dublin Libraries. She is the current Director of the Red Line Book Festival. Liz has responsibility for library development ICT and children’s services. Previous roles include: Senior Librarian Fingal Libraries, Culture Manager for Libraries Northern Ireland, Events Manager for the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland.
Cllr. Fintan Warfield (appointed August 2014)
Fintan Warfield is a newly elected Senator and served as the Mayor of South Dublin County Council and as a Sinn Féin councillor for the Templeogue-Terenure local electoral area incorporating Ballycullen, Firhouse, Knocklyon, Templeogue, Terenure, Greenhills, Cherryfield and Perrystown. He has been active in local politics since the age of sixteen. Fintan attended St. Mac Dara’s Community College and continues to play Gaelic football for St. Judes GAA Club in Templeogue. From a young age, he has had a keen interest in Ireland’s cultural heritage of arts and music. At the age of 17, he moved to Galway City where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television. Following college, Fintan performed extensive tours with Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones throughout the United States. He has been heavily active in the campaign to achieve equality for members of the LGBT community and for their children. Fintan has spoken out in relation to marriage equality and various other issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people in Ireland.
Eddie Conroy (appointed December 2015)
Eddie Conroy is County Architect with South Dublin County Council. With over 30 years experience in the Local Authority sector, he has worked on a broad range of design projects – Housing, Public Buildings, Civic and Urban Design. A past winner of the RIAI Silver Medal for Housing and RIAI Annual Regional Awards, he has been a designer on the Adamstown and Clonburris new-towns (Strategic Development Zones), the Tallaght Town Centre Plan and the N7 Corridor Study. He was joint author of the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets, a national standard for Ireland. He has been a member of the Council of the RIAI, long-standing member of the Board of Architectural Education and was a visiting Design critic for many years. He is Energy Champion for South Dublin County Council and has been central to a number of multi-city EU energy programmes under Civitas, Inter-Reg, Intelligent-energy Europe and most recently Horizon 2020. He reviews and writes regularly for Irish Architect and is an enthusiast of housing design in the 1930’s.
Cllr. Baby Pereppadan (appointed November 2019)
Baby Pereppadan is originally form India and has been living in Tallaght for the last 18 years, with his wife and two children. He joined and became and active Fine Gael member in 2014.
Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop (appointed January 2020)
Ellen is a Psychotherapist and Group Analyst by profession and was the first woman Chairperson of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. She was Chairperson of the National Women’s Council of Ireland from 2017 -2020. From 2006-2016 Ellen was CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre where she worked with other NGOs and Government agencies to raise awareness of violence against women in Ireland. In the early 1980’s she set up St. Catherine’s Counselling Centre in Tallaght with the Dominician Fathers. She is a member of the Legal Aid Board. She also served on the Board of Gaisce and the Task Force for the Child and Family Agency. She was appointed Adjunct Professor at the School of Law in the University of Limerick in December 2015 and re-appointed in 2019. Ellen is married to Sandy Dunlop and together they co-founded the Annual Bard Summer School, Clare Island Co. Mayo in 1995. They have 4 sons and 6 grandchildren. Ellen’s interests include music, theatre, sport, Irish Mythology and Folklore.
Michael McLoughlin (appointed August 2020)
Michael has lived all of his life in Rathfarnham where he lives now with his wife and two adult children. After some time in financial services, he joined Amárach Research the market research company in 2000. Michael became its Chief Executive in 2005. Based in Citywest, they undertake all types of research for many different types of organisations. He studied history and geography in UCD in the early 1980s. Michael completed an MBA in UCD 1994 and last year was awarded the Chartered Director qualification from the Institute of Directors. Michael enjoy’s reading, cars and hillwalking.
Complaints, feedback and comments should be addressed to Niamh Ferry, General Manager, Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.