Gerry O’Brien – President

Gerry O’Brien’s career now spans 5 decades having made his professional debut at the Gate theatre in 1970. He has worked on most of the stages in Ireland over the years appearing in productions of Shakespeare, Moliere, Yeats, O’Casey as well as Hugh Leonard, Neil Simon and Tom Murphy. He has appeared in numerous TV plays and series for RTE and BBC and for US television. He is a much sought after voice actor working in the fields of voice over, audiobook and documentary narration and radio drama. Gerry has been a member of Equity all his career serving as Equity rep in his early career and on the Executive. His current role is President. 

Melissa Nolan – Vice-President

Melissa has over 15 years-experience in the Irish arts industry as an artist, theatre maker and producer. She holds an MA Performance Drama (UCD) and Dip. Arts Media & Entertainment Law (Law Society of Ireland). [Read more…]

Ann Russell (Trustee)

Ann Russell has worked in the industry for 30+ years as an actor, director and teacher. She trained with the late Deirdre O’Connell at the Focus Stanislavski Studio at the Lee Strasberg Institute in NYC. She has an MA in Modern Drama from UCD and a teaching diploma from London College. [Read more…]

Bryan Murray (Trustee)

Bryan Murray trained at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin and was a member of the company there for seven years. He has also been a member of The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre Company in the UK.

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Brían Ó Súilleabháin – Youth member

Brían Ó Súilleabháin is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and has a First Class Honours BA in Drama Performance. He has trained at both the Gaiety School of Acting and Bow Street Academy.  As an actor he has toured theatres across Ireland, Belgium, France, and Luxembourg, performing in productions of Shakespeare, children’s theatre and contemporary Irish drama. He is a native Irish speaker, avid cyclist and an accomplished trombone player. As a new member of Equity, he hopes to serve as a strong voice for the concerns of young actors and performers.

John Cronin

John Cronin has been an actor on stage and screen in Ireland for 30 years, having made his professional debut in The Commitments at the age of 12! Since that time John has built a theatre career that has taken him to the West End, the Edinburgh festival and to America via the Gate and the Abbey. He has worked for Livin’ Dred, Prime Cut, Loose Canon, Anu Productions, Theatre Club, Collapsing Horse, Second Age and Rough Magic and is due to appear in the latter’s Dublin Theatre Festival production of GLUE in October 2021. He also has an extensive career on screen in Ireland and beyond appearing in series for RTE, BBC and Sky as well as feature films with actors such as Jackie Chan and Hugo Weaving. Most recently he is to be found in Carrigstown playing the villainous Will Casey in Fair City. He also has a degree in English and History from UCD and a Diploma in Marketing and Advertising from the Fitzwilliam Institute. John is very pleased to be joining the Equity Executive at such an important time.

Dorothy Grace Laity

While pantomime and comedy are her specialist areas and first love, Dorothy has also performed in a wide variety of other disciplines at home and abroad. Highlights have included playing as Colin in Mother Goose, Hermia & Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Griffon in Alice the Musical and Yvette in ‘Allo, ‘Allo. [Read more…]

Lisa Krugel

Lisa works as both a Stage Manager and a Stage Designer. Having graduated as an actor with a diploma in Speech and Drama from DIT (now TUD) in 2004, she found work (and on-the-job training) stage managing a show for The New Theatre which became a long-running touring production.

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Shannon Cowan

Shannon Cowan (She/Her) graduated from Inchicore College of Further of Education with a HND in Technical Theatre in 2017, since then she has been working as a freelance Stage Manager and technician. [Read more…]

John O’Brien

John O’Brien has 60 shows to his credit as director and has been an Equity member for many years. Following the economic crash in 2008 he took a Masters Degree in Business and Management and completed a dissertation on the economy of the Irish Culture sector. Part of the research involved a survey of actor income from film and TV (including royalty payments) over a ten-year period. This started a fascination with the Economics of Culture and what it tells us about the wider economy and the politics of market design in particular (a PhD topic he has been developing for many years). Since then, he has worked part-time as a lecturer in UCD Quinn School of Business on the MA in Culture Policy and Arts Management and at Colaiste Dhulaigh on the BA in Drama.

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