We are your national theatre. We make urgent theatre and are committed to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story.

Our Mission 

Our mission is to effectively and imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous theatre in all its forms. The Abbey Theatre is artist-led and audience-focused: we seek to ensure our programmes are driven by ambitious, big ideas by theatre-makers of all disciplines, relevant to our times and reflective of our role as a national theatre.

Is é ár misean a bheith ag gabháil go héifeachtach agus go samhlaíoch le sochaí na hÉireann go huile trí léiriú a dhéanamh ar amharclannaíocht uaillmhianach chróga de gach uile ghné. Ealaíontóirí iad na ceannródaithe in Amharclann na Mainistreach, amharclann atá dírithe ar an lucht féachana: féachaimid lena chinntiú gur smaointe móra uaillmhianacha ó amharclannóirí i ngach aon disciplín a spreagann ár gcláir ar daoine iad a bhaineann lenár ré agus a thugann léargas ar ár ról mar amharclann náisiúnta.


Caitríona McLaughlin and Mark O’Brien. Image – Rich Gilligan

Caitríona McLaughlin – Artistic Director

Caitríona was born in Donegal and studied science at the University of Ulster before moving into theatre. She was Associate Director at the Abbey Theatre from 2017-2020, where her productions included: The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh (with Conall Morrison); Citysong by Dylan Coburn Gray (ITTA nomination Best New Play); On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr, (for which she won Best Director at the 2019 ITTA); and Two Pints by Roddy Doyle, which toured widely in Ireland and the USA. She also worked with theatre and opera companies on both sides of the border, including Wexford Opera, Hot for Theatre, INO, The Local Group, and Landmark, and she was the director on O’Casey in the Estatea TV documentary shown on RTE.

Prior to moving into directing, with Patrick McCabe’s Frank Pig Says Hello at the Finborough Theatre in London in 2003, Caitríona worked as a drama facilitator in Northern Ireland, working with young people and in conflict resolution. In London, she directed numerous productions, focusing primarily on new writing, and collaborated with the Royal Court in sourcing and developing a new theatre space. She was awarded a Clore Fellowship in 2007 and subsequently spent six summers with LAByrinth Theatre Company in New York developing new plays for Artistic Directors John Ortiz and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, at their Summer Intensive. During this time Caitríona also directed a number of plays in New York including Killers and other Family (part of the OBIE award-winning Hilltown Plays) and plays at Atlantic Theatre, Rattlestick, and Bard Summerscape.

Mark O’Brien – Executive Director

From Bray, Co Wicklow, Mark studied at University College Dublin, graduating with a Master’s degree in English Literature.  He has had over 25 years’ experience in the theatre and wider culture sectors, as a leader, facilitator, actor, sound designer, administrator, and theatre director. He has also led, directed, and developed work in the youth theatre sector, and with Team Educational Theatre Company.

Mark was previously Director of axis arts centre Ballymun. Over ten years, he developed axis into an organisation and space of local, national and international renown, that created, facilitated and produced new and significant work, across theatre, arts development and engagement contexts. Mark led the organisation through two years of mentorship on the New Stream programme with the Devos Institute, at the University of Maryland and Business to Arts and completed a postgraduate diploma in Innovation and Social Enterprise at the Ryan Academy. Under his leadership, axis became an artistic and cultural hub for both artist and public, saw a 100% increase in gross box office, developing new income streams, a building expansion, and a new operational model, all while instilling a developmental and supportive ethos with the over 35 full / part-time staff, and many artists / collaborators. His driving force was to achieve a shared vision of excellence through inclusion.

He built strong relationships with a range of stakeholders, across a diverse range of sectors – artistic, cultural, non-profit, private, statutory, academic, local government and government –  and collaborated nationally and internationally with bodies including Dublin Port Company, British Council, St Patricks Festival, Health Service Executive, Creative Carbon Scotland, and Creative Europe.




Mairéad Delaney

Associate Artists

Caroline Byrne
Marina Carr
Conor McPherson


Sarah Jones


Muireann Kane
Heather Maher
Róisín McGann
Christine Monk
Jack O’Dea
Stephen Moloney

Community and Education

Phil Kingston
Grace McKiernan


Eimear Farrell
Donna Geraghty
Sandra Gibney
Izzy Jones-McAuley
Ailbhe Kelly-Miller
Victoria Miller
Tara Mulvihill
Siofra Ni Chiardha


Caitríona McLaughlin
Mark O’Brien

Executive Office

Fiona Reynolds

Finance and Operations

Richard Bartlett
Debra Doak
Catherine Griffin
Susan McIlreavy
Gus McNamara
Tara O’Reilly
Monika Wlodarczyk

Furniture and Props

Dylan Farrell
Eimer Murphy
Adam O’Connell

People & Culture

Katie Murnane
Shane Doherty

Light and Sound

Simon Burke
Eoin Byrne
David Carpenter
Sophie Cassidy
Derek Conaghy
Morgan Dunne
Laura Honan
Kevin McFadden
Sean Treacy


Jeff Conway
Colin O’Connor
Simon O’Reilly

New Work

Selina O’Reilly
Rian Smith
Jesse Weaver


Jen Coppinger
Craig Flaherty
Aoife McCollum
Clara Purcell


Cliff Barragry
Andy Keogh
Justin Murphy

Resident Directors

Gea Gojak
Claire O’Reilly
Laura Sheeran
Colm Summers

Sales and Customer Services

Lauren Colhoun
Karl Corr
Deirdre Daly
Con Doyle
Daragh McMahon
Dermot Hicks
James Hickson
Dara Hogan
Austin Holt
Narges Jahani
Vlatka Jeh
Marie Lawlor
Elaine Mannion
Rosa McCallig
Ciaran McGlynn
Donna Murphy
Adam Nealon
Dean Reidy
Sean Roper Nolan
Fergal Styles

Stage Management

Roxzan Bowes
Orla Burke
Bronagh Doherty
Aiden Doheny
Danny Erskine
Tara Furlong
Brendan Galvin
Barbara Hughes
Leanne Vaughey

Stage Technical

John Finnegan
Larry Jones
Shane Kenny
Davy McChrystal
Brian O’Carroll
Martin Reid
Pat Russell
Joseph Sanders

Voice Director

Andrea Ainsworth