GSA Board

Patrick Sutton


Patrick Sutton - DirectorPatrick Sutton is Director of The Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland. He is also the Director of Smock Alley Theatre 1662. Trained at Dartington College of Arts, England, Patrick graduated in 1980 with an honours theatre degree. He also has an MA in Screenwriting from IADT. Patrick has worked extensively as an actor in Ireland, England and France. He is former Director of Plymouth Action Community Theatre, The National Festival of Youth Theatres, Ireland, Wexford Arts Centre, and Artistic Director of TEAM Theatre Company. Patrick has worked at a senior level in politics, industry and the arts. He was a government appointee to the board of The Irish Arts Council where he acted as chairman of the grants and business and finance subcommittees (1997-2005) From 2005-2009 he served on the board of Culture Ireland, the International Irish arts promotion agency.

Patrick is a former Government appointee to the board of The Irish Museum of Modern Art. He is a former board member of Storytellers Theatre Company and The Project Arts Centre. He is currently a board member of The Lisa Richards Actors agency, The Arts for Peace Foundation, The Gaiety School of Acting and Smock Alley Theatre and is appointed to the Governing Authority of The Dublin Institute of Technology. He frequently appeared as a guest presenter on MindFeed with Norah Casey on NewsTalk 106fm. Patrick is also Director of Communicate, a communications company working at senior level in Industry Politics and the Arts.

Joe Dowling


Joe Dowling - FounderJoe Dowling founded the Gaiety School of Acting in 1986 and was our chairman until 2011. He is currently the Director of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously Joe worked as the Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre and the Managing Director of the Gaiety Theatre. He has directed plays in all major Irish theatres and also in London, New York, Washington, Montreal and the Banff Festival of the Arts, Alberta.


Directors of the Board

Prof Christopher Bean

Siobhan Costello


Candida Fitzgibbon (Co-Chair)


Candida Fitzgibbon is a practising barrister. She graduated with a law degree from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in European Union Banking and Finance Law from the Universite du Luxembourg and the degree of barrister-at-law from The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Prior to her call to the Bar, she was a student on the full-time professional actor training course at the Gaiety School of Acting. She continues to maintain a keen interest in and involvement with amateur dramatics.

Dr Cathy Leeney (Co-Chair)

Lecturer in Drama Studies, UCD

Cathy Leeney is lecturer in Drama Studies. She was Head of Subject from 2005 to 2008. Her academic experience includes creating and teaching courses in Stagecrafts, Gender, Identity and Performance, Irish Women Playwrights of the Twentieth Century, Irish Theatre 1950-80, Caryl Churchill, Contemporary Ireland Onstage, Beckett in Performance, Contemporary British Playwriting, Issues and Perspectives in Modern and Postmodern Theatre, and Text Analysis and Performance, Cathy is currently supervising doctoral research in contemporary Irish theatre and performance, contemporary American theatre, verse theatre in performance, and metatheatricality.


Lucy Moylan


Rory Nolan


Patrick Sutton