Sarah is an experienced administrator in the arts and educational sectors. She moved to Ireland from Canada to study Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin. She also has an MA from King’s College London in Shakespeare Studies. Sarah has worked with the Lambert Puppet Theatre, the Gate Theatre (Dublin), Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), the Toronto International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Dublin Theatre Festival. Prior to joining the DYT Team, Sarah worked in operations at the largest English language school in Dublin, the Emerald Cultural Institute. She was delighted to combine working with young people and theatre when she joined Dublin Youth Theatre as General Manager in 2017. She completed a level 8 Certificate in Global Youth Work and Development Education at NUI Maynooth in 2023.
Luka Costello is a performer and theatremaker from Dublin. She is an alumni of Dublin Youth Theatre, having been a member from 2013-2019. During her time, Luka worked on multiple productions as a performer, writer, director, deviser, and assistant director. Her DYT credits include The Sleepwalkers (2019) All the Days in a Night (2018) The Comedy of Errors (2018) Somewhere a Clock is Ticking (2017) THIS IS A PARTY!!! (2017) and Alice the Rebel (2016). After her years as a member, Luka served as an intern for DYT, ran workshops, and worked as assistant director on the 2022 Big Show: The Spanish Tragedy. In 2019, she graduated from Theatre Performance Studies at Inchicore College of Further Education, and was awarded distinctions in ATCL Speech and Drama from Trinity College London. Since graduating she has been invited back to assistant direct and write excepts for several shows. In 2021 and 2022, Luka toured with PanPan as a performer in their production The First Bad Man. Luka was one of the Axis Assemble Artists of 2022, where she presented her work-in-progress project 'Susan the Gentle'.
Davey is a creative arts professional with over ten years experience as a director, producer, dramaturg and facilitator across Theatre, Opera, Musical Theatre, and Arts Education. He is a creator of new and reimagined artistic work, and continually supports the artistic development of others across a range of disciplines. He is a core mentor and production director with TENDERFOOT, an award winning arts apprenticeship programme for transition year students, run at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, mentoring aspiring young playwrights, devising new work, and directing productions written by and for young people, as well as delivering a programme of interdisciplinary theatre workshops. He is a regular guest tutor, and production director for the Lir Academy, Dublin; Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art; for the BA Acting Programme, as well as designing content for and facilitating a number of short courses, workshops, and outreach programmes. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked with the UK charity, Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation, delivering the Shakespeare Schools Festival, the world’s largest Youth Theatre Festival. As a Festival and Workshop Coordinator he designed and delivered programmes of workshops and performances for diverse groups of young people across the UK, including those with disabilities and special needs. Also in the UK, he ran facilitation and training programmes for The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, London’s Institute of Education, and the Arcola Theatre. He is a member of the Dramaturgs Network of Ireland, and regularly mentors and supports the development of new work of practising and emerging theatre artists. As a theatre maker, he has directed and produced award-winning work nationally and internationally, including with Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Cork Opera House, The Gate Theatre, The Abbey Theatre, Lyric Belfast, VAULT London, Edinburgh Festival, and the European Theatre Festival of Lebanon. He works regularly with Irish National Opera, in production, as well as outreach and youth work projects, and is a studio member of the INO ABL Aviation Studio (2020-2022). He works regularly with the Cork Opera House in their development of new work, musical theatre, and interdisciplinary outreach. He is an Associate Artist at the Civic Theatre, Dublin; a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College; and holds an M.F.A in Theatre Directing from The Lir Academy, Dublin. Davey is passionate about creative collaboration, and the support and development of artistic process and potential in young and emerging artists. He is delighted to be joining Dublin Youth Theatre as the Artistic Director, and is excited to deliver and grow an artistic programme that will challenge, support and inspire the next generation of theatre makers.
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Katie is an arts administrator, consultant and writer from Tallaght, Dublin. She has worked in youth theatre for over 20 years. She joined Youth Theatre Ireland (then the National Association for Youth Drama) as Administrator in 2001 after completing their drama facilitation training course ArtsTrain. She became General Manager in 2015. In her time with the organisation, she worked on a myriad of programmes and projects including the National Festival of Youth Theatres, the National Youth Theatre and the European Children’s Theatre Encounter. She was YTI’s Welfare and Child Protection Officer for a number of years, taking a lead on the development of policies and procedures not only for the organisation but for the wider youth theatre community. She has delivered child protection training across the country. Though she left YTI in 2018, she has returned as a consultant to run their Wellbeing Programme and deliver other initiatives. She also worked as a youth theatre leader and administrator with Tallaght Youth Theatre where she led a number of productions and projects. She is deeply passionate about youth theatre and advocating for it and feels privileged to have witnessed the transformational role it has had for many of the young people she encountered in her work with YTI and Tallaght Youth Theatre. She believes we should all have access to spaces that allow us to explore our creativity and experience the beneficial impact of arts participation both for ourselves and wider society. Katie is a poet whose work has been published in The Irish Times, Crannóg, Abridged and many other publications both in Ireland and abroad. Her first collection was commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Award 2021. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Dublin Youth Theatre and be part of their brilliant team who deliver such a positive experience for members.