Abbey Theatre Board


Dónall Curtin

Dónall Curtin is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland. He currently serves as Chairman of the Institute’s Registration Committee. Dónall is a Partner in the accountancy practice Byrne Curtin Kelly and has in excess of 31 years’ experience. A considerable portion of Dónall’s client portfolio is in the professional service sector, where he acts as management consultant, as well as the normal practice related services and advisory services. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and was recently awarded the Certificate & Diploma in Corporate Governance, and achieved Chartered Director Qualification within the Institute of Directors. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, with considerable experience in arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution. Up to recently, he served as President of Chambers Ireland, the country’s largest business organisation, with 60 member chambers representing over 12,000 businesses throughout the island of Ireland. Dónall is a collector and a consumer of the arts. He worked with several organisations in promoting the role of the Visual Arts within Ireland. He currently serves as a director of Visual Artists Ireland.

Loretta Dignam

Loretta Dignam is a marketing professional with more than 25 years’ experience with several multinational and Irish companies, including Mars Inc, Diageo, Kerry Foods and Jacob Fruitfield. She was named Marketer of the Year in 2011, served as interim CEO of Fundraising Ireland and works with Plan Ireland in a marketing and fundraising capacity.

Loretta now works as an independent marketing consultant across a variety of industries and sectors and lectures on the Executive MBA Programme at the Michael Smurfit Business School. Loretta is also a member of the Enterprise Ireland Mentor Programme. Loretta is a graduate of UCD, with a first class honours Bachelor of Commerce and a first class honours MSc in Marketing. Loretta is also a recent graduate of DCU where she completed a post grad in Digital Marketing. Loretta joined the Board of the Abbey theatre in July 2015 and now chairs the recently founded Gender Equality Sub Committee.

Sarah Durcan

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.

Kevin McFadden

Kevin McFadden is the Head of the Lighting and Sound department at the Abbey Theatre and Staff Representative on the Board of Directors. As a Lighting designer his work at the Abbey includes includes Shush, Tinas idea of fun, Conservatory, Maeve’s House,The Passing, The East Pier, Bookworms , Doubt, Drama at Inish, Silent, Richard II (with Ouroboros Theatre Company), Fool for Love, Grown Ups, What Happened Bridgie Cleary, The Guys and A Quiet Life. Other work includes The Pearce Project (Dublin Dance Festival 2012), Cruel and Tender (Hatch and Project Arts Centre), Myrmidons (Ouroboros and Beckett Theatre), Hysteria (b*spoke and Project Arts Centre), Hamlet (Gúna Nua and Project Arts Centre), Taste (Gúna Nua and Andrews Lane), Bloody Poetry (Bank of Ireland Arts Centre) and Seven Deadly Sins (Performance Corporation). Operas include Heresy(Meta productions), The Dead(performance corporation) and Ormindo (RIAM).

Kevin has also toured extensively both nationally and internationally with the Abbey, and has acted as an associate designer for many of its visiting artists.

James McNally

James McNally is a partner in the tax services practice of PwC and specialises in company administration and outsourcing services, encompassing payroll processing and consulting, company secretarial, share schemes, accounting solutions, and management support functional effectiveness. James also has extensive tax experience, focussing on advising pharmaceutical companies on domestic and international tax planning and structuring, value chain transformation, R&D, and intellectual property.

Sheelagh O’Neill

Sheelagh O’Neill is a keen supporter of the arts, collecting Irish art and supporting the performing arts in the UK. She has a special interest in cultural tourism, having worked with Abbey Tours in Dublin, with the former Bórd Fáilte, and as a Marketing Manager for American Express in Sydney. She was a member of the Arts Council of Ireland from 2009-2011, and was until recently a Trustee and Fundraiser for Lessons for Life Foundation.

Mark Ryan

Mark Ryan was formerly the Country Managing Director of Accenture in Ireland from 2005 to 2014. Mark completed a 32 year career with Accenture. He joined Accenture as a Science graduate of Trinity College Dublin in 1982. He was Head of Accenture’s Financial Services Practice in Ireland from 1999-2005. During his career with Accenture, he spent extended periods working in the both United States and in the UK. He has worked with major organisations across both the private and public sectors. During this time, he played numerous senior management and executive roles in delivering major strategy, technology and business change programmes for some of Accenture’s most important clients locally and internationally. Mark also drove major Diversity programmes within Accenture. He was also heavily involved with the Accenture Corporate Citizenship Programme in Ireland, working directly with numerous local community organisations. He was appointed to the Board of Wells Fargo Bank International in December 2014. He was previously President of the Trinity College Business Alumni, from 2008-2010. He is currently a member of the Trinity Foundation Advisory Board. He also served on the Board of the National Concert Hall from 2005 to 2011. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and was awarded the Certificate & Diploma in Company Direction & Corporate Governance.

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