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New Artistic Director for the Civic Theatre


The Civic Theatre, Tallaght has appointed Michael Barker-Caven as the new Artistic Director, starting in May. Michael will replace Bríd Dukes who is retiring from the Civic Theatre after a tenure of over 17 years since the theatre first opened.

Michael is an internationally acclaimed theatre, musical and opera director who has worked extensively in London’s West End and directed dozens of award-winning shows in Ireland over the past 20 years. He was the Artistic Director of the Everyman Theatre, Cork from 2011 – 2014 and prior to this was the Artistic Director of Theatreworks/Ouroboros Theatre Company from 1995 – 2004.

Raymond Keane, Clown Director of Pagliacci, Donal Gallagher, Love All and Michael Barker-Caven, artistic Director Everyman Palace Theatre at the launch of the new seasons program me at the Everyman Palace Theatre. Pic Darragh Kane
New Civic Artistic Director Michael Barker-Caven, Pic Darragh Kane

Michael’s career highlights to date include Shadowlands, Wyndhams Theatre & The Novello Theatre, London West End, Medea for Glimmerglass Opera, in New York, a number of acclaimed productions for Landmark Productions including Skylight by David Hare and Dandelions by Fiona Looney, Little Women for the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Moll by John B Keane at the Gaiety, and The Bloody Irish! for PBS TV in the US. Most recently Michael directed the opera The Barber of Seville for Wide Open Theatre Company at the National Opera House, Wexford and Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael said:

“Thanks to the remarkable, sure hands of Bríd Dukes, the Civic has become pivotal to what is a thriving arts scene in Tallaght. It is one of the most important receiving and producing theatres in the city and I am honoured to be only its second director in 17 years. I very much look forward to working with all the staff, board and stake holders to ensure an equally vibrant and successful future.”

Bríd Dukes added her congratulations,

I am thrilled to be handing over to such a consummate professional with an extraordinary depth and strength of experience of the stage in all its forms. I wish him the best of success.”