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).

For the past 24 years, The Civic has grown to be a pivotal and much loved cultural beacon in South Dublin County.

The Civic is now led by Donal Shiels (appointed October, 2022)  and employs 9 full time staff, alomg with our front of house staff and volunteer ushers.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Heading towards our 25th year in 2024, our ambition is bolder than ever. 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

Under the leadership of  Donal Shiels, we have 9 full-time staff, 5 part-time staff and many volunteer ushers.


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…

So come on in and share it with us.