The Governance Code


As a registered charity, Graffiti Theatre Company  is in the process of signing up to the Governance Code and has begun the process towards implementing the Code in full.

The Board has resolved to comply with the principles of good fundraising and its commitment to comply with SORP.



Joe Dermody (Director since 2011, Chair since 2017)

Joe Dermody, commercial features and training editor with the Irish Examiner for the past 12 years. In a role that has evolved in recent years, he also reports on business and agri-business, along with a training role in the introduction of a new digital media production system. He has a personal interest in theatre, music and the arts. Joe Dermody was elected Chair at Graffiti’s AGM 2017.


Andrew Desmond (Director 2007-May 2018)

Completing his secondary education in Cork City Andrew graduated with a honours BA Design from NCAD in Dublin. In 1994 he started his own design company Great Graphics which publishes the very popular guide to Arts and Entertainment in Cork City ; WhazOn Cork.

Andrew is very active in all aspects of city life and most recently captained a Dragon Boat Team home the arduous 15 Nautical Miles of the Ocean to City Race, coming 1st in 2013 & 2nd in 2014.

Andrew is also a voluntary, long time member of the Board of Cork Midsummer Festival and Chairman of the Board of Graffiti Theatre Company from 2011 -2017.


Kathleen Lynch (Director since 2003)

Kathleen is currently a sitting TD for Cork North Central  and was appointed Minister of State for Disability, Equality & Mental Health – Department of Health & Department of Justice, Equality & Defence , in March 2011.  She also contested the General Election in 2002,2007 and 2011 and was first elected to Dáil Eireann in 1994 and to Cork Corporation in 1985.


Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, 2007.

Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights 2002-2007.

Member of Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business, 2002 – May 2006.


Jim O’Donovan (Director 2011- March 2019)

Educated in Coláiste Chríost Ri – Leaving Certificate in 1971.   Completed a Diploma in  Administrative Science in 1983 with the Institute of Public Administration.   Residential and Land Agency Course in the Institute of Auctioneers and Valuers of Ireland (IAVI) in the nineties.

Completed an MA in Local Government Management in the Institute of Public Administration in 2005.    -Dissertation on Docklands Renewal projects .

Work experience includes Cork Corporation – Clerical Officer 1972; Kinsale UDC – Town Clerk – 1978; Cork Corporation – Various Grades to 1991; Cork Corporation – Assistant Town Clerk 1991; Waterford County Council – Director of Community & Enterprise 1999 to 2001 and Cork City Council – Director of Services, Planning & Development 2001- 2005; Director  of Services Community and Enterprise  Cork City Council 2006 to 2012

Currently Director of Environment and Recreation .

Board member Cork Volunteer Centre, Graffiti Theatre company, member Cork Committee Cooperation Ireland.


Julie Kelleher (Director since December 2017)

Julie is Artistic Director of The Everyman, Cork, where she is responsible for the programme and artistic strategy. She also directs plays for the company, most recently The Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness, David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Lovers by Brian Friel.

She holds a BA in Drama and English, and an MA in Drama from UCC. She has worked as an actor, director & freelance theatre producer with numerous Irish arts organisations, companies &artists such as Painted Bird, Conflicted, BrokenCrow, Kinsale Arts Week, Cork Midsummer Festival, Hammergrin, Corcadorca, Meridian, Dublin Theatre Festival, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, The Performance Corporation, Gare St. Lazare, Once Off Productions, Landmark Productions, and Siren Productions.

Julie is a member of the steering committee for Corcadorca’s Theatre Development Centre at Triskel Arts Centre, and is a board member of Theatre Forum.


Ray Boland (Director since December 2017)

Ray Boland is a practising barrister on the Cork Circuit. He was called to the Bar in 1995 and commenced in practice in 1996. He studied law in UCC from 1990 to 1993 and in the King’s Inns, Dublin, from 1993 to 1995. He tutored criminal law in UCC, and lectured in the Law Society in Cork. He was previously on the board of Cork Midsummer Festival (2008-2013) and was a member of the Bar Council of Ireland from 2013 to 2017.

Seán Love (Director since August 2018)

Seán Love co-founded Fighting Words with Roddy Doyle in 2009 to provide free tutoring, mentoring and publishing in creative writing for children and young adults. Seán was previously Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and is married with 4 children.


Karan Thompson (Director since February 2019)

Karan Thompson is the Director of KTCL  a consultancy practice, established in 2001, offering specialist skills in the area of development and transformation for businesses primarily within the arts, culture, tourism and creative industries sectors.


All Directors work in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any payment or expenses. There are no Members of Graffiti Theatre Company.



Niall Cleary CEO

Niall Cleary was  appointed as Head of Outreach and Education in with Graffiti Theatre Company in 2015. He then was appointed  Artistic Director of Graffiti in 2017 and CEO in August 2018.  He previously held the position of Artistic Director of Droichead Youth Theatre, Sligo Youth Theatre, Play, Fracture, Roundabout and Backstage Youth Theatres. 

He has many years experience in professional theatre, both as an actor and as Company manager with Decadent Theatre Company.  As an actor he has performed for companies, including Fishamble, Decadent and Graffiti. His film credits include the film“ONCE”.

He worked as an Outreach facilitator with the Abbey Theatre and has served on the Board of the Galway Theatre Festivaland is currently on the Boad of Youth Theatre Ireland.  He holds a BA in English and History from the University of Limerick and a Professional Diploma in Education from NUIG. He also trained as a drama facilitator with Arts Train in association with the National Association for Youth Drama.

Emelie FitzGibbon (Resigned as CEO 31st August 2018)

Emelie FitzGibbon is founder (1984) and former Artistic Director of Graffiti Theatre Company (1984-2017).   She was the founding director of the short-lived Everyman Youth Theatre in Cork, directed the Pan Celtic Song Contest and, for the Cork Theatre Company, directed seven productions between 1981 and 1984 before focusing on educational theatre.

Her educational theatre productions, mostly for Graffiti but also for Replay (Squinty and the Scots Giant) and Very Special Arts (A Slice of Life),  have been seen not only in Ireland but also in the U.K. (Forget Me Not, It’s Not Fair, The Riddle Keeper, Lives Worth Living, Frog and Toad), France (Forget Me Not, Circles, Graffiti on the Move), Sweden (Maze of Power), Finland (A Slice of Life), and the U.S. (Infidel).  As an Educational Drama leader she has worked with teachers and youth leaders in Sweden, Malta, the U.S., Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic.

Her reviews and articles on poetry, Irish Theatre, Educational Theatre and Youth Theatre have been published in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals in Ireland, the UK, Hungary, China, Switzerland, the U.S. and Australia.

She has served on the Editorial Boards of Theatre Ireland, STET arts magazine, Youth Drama Ireland and was appointed to the Advisory and Review Board of both the IDEA Journal and The Applied Theatre Researcher, based at Griffith University in Australia.  As a member of the Executive and as Chairperson, she has been involved with the Youth Theatre Ireland  for over  twenty two years with involvement in the National Festival of Youth Theatres, the National Youth Theatre, European Youth Theatre Encounter (Dublin ‘91), National and International Drama Conferences and was Chair both of the Irish Educational Drama Forum and the NCCA Committee to introduce Drama as a subject at Junior Cycle.  She has worked extensively with New York University’s Department of Educational Theatre, has worked since 1990 on their Drama in Education course in London, and has been six times Course Director of their Irish Study Abroad Programs in Theatre and Youth, based on the work of Graffiti Theatre Company.

She has served on the boards of Cork Theatre Company, Everyman Palace Theatre, NAYD, Cork Midsummer Festivall, Asylum Theatre Company and CIT.

The CEO works in a voluntary capacity and does not receive any payment or expenses.


Graffiti Senior Staff:

No senior employee of Graffiti Theatre Company earns over €50,000 or under €30,000 per annum.  Graffiti makes an employer pension contribution for one staff member at a rate of 9% of gross salary. No bonus payments are made to employees.

DATE OF NEXT AGM: 11th May 1.00pm Graffiti Theatre, Assumption Road, Blackpool,Cork.  Please ring to confirm attendance 021 4397111


Recent Audited Accounts:

Graffiti Audited Accounts 2015

Audited Accounts 2016

Graffiti Audited Accounts 2017

Signed Graffiti Audited Accounts 2018

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Graffiti Theatre Company Child Safety Policy & Statement:

Graffiti Child Safety Guidelines

Child Safeguarding Statement