Sarah Durcan Appointed to the Board of the Abbey Theatre

Sarah Durcan Appointed to the Board of the Abbey Theatre

20 July

At a meeting of the Abbey Theatre’s board of directors on Monday 18 July, Sarah Durcan was appointed to the board of the Abbey Theatre for a term of three years. Sarah was appointed to the board on a recommendation from the Selection Committee which is made up of Dr. Bryan McMahon (Chairman of the Abbey Theatre), Sheila Pratschke (Chair of the Arts Council) and John Farleigh (Chair of Trustees of the Stewart Parker Trust).

The vacancy on the board was as a result of the departure of Thomas Kilroy who had completed his tenure earlier this year.

Sarah Durcan takes up her role from today and will join Dr. Bryan McMahon (Chairman), Jane Brennan, Dónall Curtin, Loretta Dignam, Deirdre Kinahan, Niamh Lunny, James McNally, Sheelagh O’Neill, Mark Ryan and Paul Smith on the Board of the Abbey Theatre.

‘We are delighted with the appointment of Sarah Durcan to the Board of the Abbey Theatre. Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience from the Irish theatre sector having held high profile positions with The Corn Exchange, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival. She has served on the boards of GAZE Film Festival and Theatre Forum Ireland. Sarah is at present on the organising team of #WakingTheFeminists. I welcome Sarah to the board as we continue to make progress towards Gender Equality at the Abbey Theatre’ said Dr. Bryan McMahon, Chairman of the Abbey Theatre.

Sarah Durcan is the General Manager of Science Gallery International, the organisation developing the Global Science Gallery Network and touring its exhibitions. She has a background in theatre producing and financial management and worked for nine years as the Executive Producer for award-winning Irish theatre company, The Corn Exchange. Sarah was the Acting General Manager of Dublin Theatre Festival from April 2011 to January 2012 and then joined the Dublin Fringe Festival as General Manager. As a consultant producer and strategic advisor she has worked with ARCANE Collective Dance Company and Theatre Lovett on their international tours. Sarah holds a BA in Communications from DCU and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. Since November 2015 she has been involved in organising the #WakingTheFeminists campaign to achieve gender equality in Irish theatre by 2021.