The voluntary Board of Directors is made up of alumni members, professionals and artists.

Board Members

Abi Cepeda

Abigail Cepeda

Members' Representative

Elected in October 2020, this is Abigail’s third year at DYT. She’s been in (and helped out in) multiple productions and has loved it all. She loves DYT and the people in it and is very excited to be members rep with Clara.

Luka Costello

Luka Costello became a member of Dublin Youth Theatre in 2013. During her membership she has involved herself with many workshops, productions and projects, as well as serving as a Member's Representative for two years. Luka graduated from Theatre Performance at Inchicore College of Further Education in 2019. She joined the Board in 2016.

Clara Cronin

Clara Cronin

Members' Representative

Clara is currently studying Drama and Theatre in Trinity College. 2020 is her second year as Member's Rep, and fourth year in DYT, which has always been a massive part of her life. She is excited to see what the future holds for all of the members, as well as the new Member's Rep, Abi.

Jack Gilligan

Jack has worked in Arts Administration for more than 30 years. He was appointed Dublin City’s first Arts Officer in 1993, a position he held for sixteen years. He established Dublin Writers Festival, (now the International Literature Festival Dublin) and Opera in the Open. Jack served as a judge for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in 2010 and 2011. More recently he has produced and co-produced theatre productions in Dublin City and on national tour. He has also promoted several successful theatre productions and continues his involvement with various arts organisations in Dublin, serving on a number of boards.

MP Guinness

Company Secretary

MP was called to the bar in 2005 having previously worked as a solicitor. She specialises in employment law and speaks regularly at conferences on various aspects of employment law including discrimination. She has had an interest in the theatre since she was a child and is particularly interested in diverse rather than mainstream theatre. She was a member of the Collapsing Horse theatre group from its inception.

Linda Hartsema


Linda is a self-employed consultant and has worked with many small creative businesses. She is currently working as a Financial Controller with a Dublin based brand agency. Originally from the Netherlands, she has lived and worked in the US, Ireland, China, and Australia and is now happy to be back in Dublin. Linda has a post-grad in Accountancy & Controlling from Nyenrode Business University and completed a tax technician qualification with the Irish Tax Institute in 2016.

Deirdre Molloy


An ex member of DYT and NYT, Deirdre has directed and facilitated extensively in Youth Drama, most recently Show Me Love, DYT’s Big Show 2016. She devised and directed Wake Up Sleeping Beauties and directed Red Ball for Dublin Youth Theatre. For Waterford Youth Arts, she directed The Pilgrimage (chosen from 150 productions to play at the Royal National Theatre, London as part of BT Connections Festival). She facilitated on Calipo Theatre and Picture Company’s Sharp Focus film project and has worked as project manager on many events for Youth Theatre Ireland including NYT and their annual National Festival of Youth Theatres. Deirdre has also directed numerous award winning pieces of new writing including Phillip McMahon’s Danny and Chantelle (Still Here) for THISISPOPBABY - winner of Spirit of the Fringe Award 2007. As an actor, she has performed throughout Ireland and the UK, most recently in one of The Abbey’s Dear Ireland monologues. She has produced a number of national theatre tours, including the award winning How to Square a Circle. She was also producer of THISISPOPBABY’s hit show RIOT and company manager for its international tour. Deirdre has worked extensively behind the scenes on many of Ireland’s top festivals including Bram Stoker Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs, Waterford Harvest Festival, Body & Soul, Electric Picnic and Vodafone Comedy Festival.

Roxanna Nic Liam

Roxanna Nic Liam is an Irish actor who has worked in Ireland and the U.K. She has worked with many Irish theatre companies including at The Abbey Theatre; (The Passing, Perve, The Plough and The Stars), Druid (Be Infants In Evil), Brokentalkers (This Is Still Life, The Passion Project), THEATREclub (Rough, THEATREclub Stole Your Clock Radio) and AXIS Ballymun (Stór). In the U.K. she had worked at The National Theatre (Liolà, Broad Shadow), toured the UK with English Touring Theatre (Translations) and The Separation at Theatre 503. In film she has starred in Agnes Browne, Rat, Two Hearts and The Cherishing. For tv she starred in Love/Hate and is currently on Fair City. She is also a practising and trained drama facilitator. She writes and performs poetry. Roxanna joined the board in 2019.

Cormac O'Brien


A former member of Dublin Youth Theatre and a Fulbright Scholar, Cormac is Lecturer in Irish Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. Cormac has published widely on gender and sexuality in Irish theatre, as well as several landmark essays on HIV/AIDS in Irish drama and culture. Cormac has delivered keynote talks and workshops on Irish drama in many international locales, including Osaka, Montreal, New Orleans, Singapore, South Carolina, Virginia, and New York. His first book, Masculinities and Manhood in Contemporary Irish Drama: Acting the Man will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in Autumn 2020.

Dan Pender

Dan Pender

Dan is the Founder and Managing Director of communications agency, 360. Since 2011, he has cultivated a team of almost 30 professionals who share his vision, ethos, and passion for redefining and reshaping communications. Dan works in close partnership with some of Ireland and Europe’s leading CEOs and senior executives to build their organisations’ communications cultures and equip them with the tools to succeed in fast-changing political, commercial, and social landscapes. Previously, Dan was a senior government and political advisor and communications director for the Irish Tax Institute.