Pádraig Murray – President

Pádraig is a professional actor and he has worked in both Ireland and the UK. He has been a member of Equity since the early 80’s. Padraig is President of Irish Equity for the last 8 years. Before that he was Vice-President for 2 years. He is also President of SIPTU’s Arts and Culture Sector. In that time he has been involved in many negotiations on terms and conditions and rates of pay for performers in the Irish Republic. He is currently represented by and a founding member of ReActors Agency.

Gerry O’Brien – Vice-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 Vice President. 

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. During the 1990’s she appeared in many productions at Focus and has also worked extensively both in Ireland and the UK.  She is a member of ReActors Co-operative Agency: http://www.reactors.ie/female#/ann-russell/

Ann believes passionately in the value of the arts in society and that access to the arts is a human right, a quality of life issue for every citizen, not a luxury.

Melissa Nolan

Melissa Nolan holds an MA in Performance Drama & H.Dip in Theatre from University College Dublin and H.Dip in Speech and Drama from Leinster School of Music & Drama. She is Co-founder of Mouth on Fire Theatre Company, who specialise in the work Samuel Beckett. To date she has performed ten Beckett plays, three of which were World Premieres (Irish language) In Ireland, UK, Russia, India and Japan. Melissa was awarded Best Design/Best Imaginative/Inspirational Production at the Cherepovets Literary Festival, Russia. Melissa has produced over 30 productions for Mouth on Fire and as a free lance Theatre Producer.

Andrea Irvine

Andrea has been an actor for 27 years. She has worked extensively in Irish theatre, film and television. She has been a member of the Equity Executive  for the last 4 years. This has allowed her to feel more involved in how the Industry operates and see first hand how the Union can effectively tackle problems and negotiate for more favourable conditions for those working in the sector. In a freelance environment Equity fights for the dignity of workers.

Bryan Murray

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.

His theatre work includes; The Hostage, Borstal Boy, The Morning After Optimism, The Shadow of a Gunman, The Silver Tassie, Deathwatch, The Devils, St Joan, Blood Wedding, Philadelphia, Here I Come, The Rivals, Volunteers, The Glass Menagerie, The Shadow of the Glen, The Whiteheaded Boy, Fando and Lis, The Plebeians Rehearse The Uprising, The Happy Go Likeable Man, A Change of Mind, The Plough And The Stars, Juno And The Paycock, Catchpenny Twist, Nashville New York, Blood Brothers, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Finian’s Rainbow, One Touch of Venus, Misery, Deathtrap, The Cavalcaders, Boyband, An Inspector Calls, An Ideal Husband, Joe & I, The Goat, Love Letters, Rank,  Anna Karenina, Salomé, Great Expectations, The Deep Blue Sea, Medea, Celebration, My Cousin Rachel, Best Man, Jack and the Beanstalk.

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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. Favourite work in other disciplines has included working as a presenter/journalist with the Talking Newspapers Network, as well as various productions in TIE, street theatre, accessible Shakespeare and many others. Dorothy continues to work as a freelance actor, voice artist and technician, with a sideline in promoting visibility and greater equality for performers with disabilities. In 2014 she was featured in the film portion of the multi-discipline “The Body Love Project” in a segment on life in the industry for performers with disabilities.

Dick O’Leary

Dick O’Leary was born and raised in Dublin Ireland. Dick is a member of Irish Equity for the past 20 years and actively involved with the Irish Equity Executive Committee for the past 15 years. A versatile actor who has an extensive range of experience in television, film and theatre.

Freda King

Freda studied at The Gaiety School of Acting and has completed Acting for Camera course. A Master-class in Acting for Camera at The Actors Studio. A Masterclass with Fionnula Flanagan. Further studies including voice training with Kevin Crawford. She has co-stared in Independent films, worked in Television / Theater. Freda has just recently been cast in a supporting role in a featured Independent film. [Read more…]

Gerry Lee

Gerard Lee got his ‘Equity Card’ in 1988. Since then he has been working as an actor, writer and director, and has also worked as an occasional tutor on various Performing Arts courses in the ETB Colleges of Further Education. His novel Forsaken is published by New Island, and his plays have been produced in Bewley’s Café Theatre, Theatre Upstairs, the New Theatre and the Viking. Gerard is particularly interested in how the industry can help to create more opportunities for younger actors, and also in addressing the isolation often experienced by freelance arts workers.