Our Story


The Civic, opened in March 1999, a visionary project by South Dublin County Council (with grant aided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht & the Islands).

Guided carefully by Brid Dukes for 19 years, The Civic has grown to be a pivotal and much loved cultural beacon in South Dublin County.

To date The Civic has produced and co-produced 26 plays, mostly involving new Irish writing.

In 2018 we staged over 420 performances attracting audiences of over 55,000.  With a broad range of productions, events, workshops, showcases, Summer camps and conferences across drama, comedy, music, family, schools, dance and multicultural offerings!

The first play staged at the Civic was ‘Howie the Rookie’, by Tallaght playwright Mark O’ Rowe whose career makes him one of contemporary Irish drama’s most important and influential voices.


Productions which started life here at The Civic include ‘Little Gem’ by Elaine Murphy (2008), which went on to tour off Broadway, Australia and all and which won Winner: Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009.  More recently, Class by Iseult Golding and David Horan previewed at the Civic in 2017 as part of Dublin Theatre Festival and has recently won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award (2018).  Other memorable shows include Venus and Adonis from the Royal Shakespeare Company which we hosted in 2018 as part of Dublin Theatre Festival.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

We’ve been thinking a great deal lately about who we are and what we hope the Civic means to you, your community and family. As we approach the milestone of our 20th year it’s as if we’re coming of age; the future is so bright, our ambition bolder than ever, our hopes for you and yours soaring! We see ourselves as being so much more than a theatre, more a place of possibility where the spark of imagination can set off a journey of curiosity, wonder and discovery. First and foremost of course we are here to ensure you always enjoy a great night out with that extra special Civic welcome. Our place is your place; together we make the Civic come alive.


A place of possibility, opportunity and transformation, where all people are inspired and nurtured to play a creative and civic role in our world.


To enrich the lives of all of the people in South Dublin County and beyond, by crafting and staging a range of shared cultural experiences that invite and provoke a meaningful journey of transformation.


Here are our values, they are what we aspire to be and live up to.

Our Visual Identity

To reflect our reimagined vision and values, we are delighted to also introduce you to a vibrant new look that’s going to be our calling card for the years ahead. We are colourful and versatile.

Our logo is warm and approachable to reflect our personality and trust, architectural and strong to reflect our roots and building and gutsy to reflect our ambitions for the future.  We hope you like it!

Meet Civie

This is Civvie, a very friendly sort who lives at The Civic and likes to welcome people, tell them all about what’s going on and generally have a great time.  He is made up of the letters of our name.

Our Staff

We have 7 full-time staff, 5 part-time staff and many volunteer ushers. Michael-Barker Caven took over as Artistic Director in 2017.

Michael has quickly put in place plans to drive forward ambitious initiatives to ensure the vibrancy and importance of The Civic for our locality and beyond into the future.

Here at The Civic, we are all passionate about enabling the best experience for everyone who crosses our threshold.

To find out more about our staff click here.


The Civic is generously funded by South Dublin County Council, The Arts Council, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Creative Ireland.

We are excited about the future ahead… the next 20 years.

So come on in and share it with us.