Career Opportunities with the Gaiety School of Acting




The Gaiety School of Acting (“GSA”) is seeking to appoint a new Director/ CEO following the announcement of the retirement of Patrick Sutton after 30 years at the school’s helm.

Patrick began his journey with the GSA in 1993 and has since spearheaded some of the most influential theatre projects for all ages that Dublin City has ever seen.

Prior to his time with the school, Patrick had a prestigious career history including Artistic Director of TEAM, an actor and Director of Wexford Arts Centre as well as an original founder and director of Smock Alley Theatre. He has been a huge driving force in the development of the school’s ethos and has devoted much of his life to fostering and nurturing emerging talent. Patrick has been instrumental in the early career development of a plethora of Irish theatre greats including Deirdre O’Kane, Aidan Turner, Sarah Greene, Charlie Murphy, PJ Gallagher. These are just a few of the household names who now grace stages and screens nationally and internationally, with their stories beginning under Patrick’s guidance at GSA. 

The school is looking to fill his role with someone with a similar vigour and passion towards the arts, to lead within a centre of artistic and educational excellence and innovation.



The role will play a vital part in maintaining the success and development of the organisation in line with its strategic and artistic vision. This is an outstanding opportunity to shape and advance the future of GSA. Candidates for the post will have a demonstrable strong track record in strategy development and implementation, proficiency in governance, credibility within the performing arts sector and strong commercial acumen. The ideal candidate will have a thorough understanding of the market changes within the performing arts and education sectors and forces that influence the organisation. They will also have strong advocacy skills and proven ambassadorial skills to engage with industry, funders and media.

GSA provides the space, tools and expertise to empower creative journeys inclusive of all ages and backgrounds. From professional training to individual growth, reaching across community and culture, it strives to deliver excellence through innovative approaches to the dramatic arts. 

GSA is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1986 by the internationally renowned theatre director Joe Dowling, in response to the lack of full-time actor training programmes in Ireland at that time. GSAis now widely regarded as the country’s premier training facility for actors.

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing career and achievements, as well as a covering letter addressing the role description and person specifications.

Applications here:

The closing date for applications is 12pm Irish local time, Wednesday 30th August.