Part of a proud tradition of theatre in Cork

Established in 1976 as a club by and for the arts community in Cork, the fondly named "CAT Club" quickly became a landmark, serving not only as a venue for amateur and professional companies alike, but also as the preferred meeting place and socialising hub for all arts enthusiasts.

From its humble beginnings The Cork Arts Theatre has grown from strength to strength under the direction of its dedicated members and the leadership of its artistic director and board of management.

In 2004, thanks in no small part to the tireless passion of long-time artistic director, Dolores Mannion and the then chairman of the board, Rodney Bolingbroke, the theatre was finally granted funding for a long-needed refurbishment.

The new theatre reopened its brand new doors in November 2006 with a premiere performance of Patrick Galvin's 'The Cage'.

Since then The Cork Arts Theatre has been pioneering many initiatives, including outreach programmes, writer's competitions, schools competitions and community drama festivals to make theatre more accessible to the whole community.

Over 30 years on since its inception, the Cork Arts Theatre continues to provide a vibrant programme of events and looks forward with great confidence to the next thirty years.

President: Deirdre Clune TD
Vice-President: Ray Casey
Chairman: James Horgan
Artistic Director: Dolores Mannion
Board Members: Rodney Bolingbroke (Vice-Chairman), Jamie Feehily (Secretary), Declan Roche (Treasurer),
Danielle Hayes, Kieran Galvin, Newton Rolston, Eoghan Moloney.



The Cork Arts Theatre receives no operational funding from the Arts Council. We are therefore financially dependent on the rental of the theatre by production companies and the ongoing support of our loyal Cork audiences.

In a changing and often uncertain world the need for entertainment and a brief escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life remains a constant. And live theatre provides a wonderful means of escape. Theatre has always supplied us with laughter, stimulation, challenges and, quite often, education. Long may it continue to do so.

If you would like to help us continue the great tradition of quality theatre productions in Cork and make your own contribution to the cultural life of our city, then we would be delighted to hear from you. To discuss ways in which you can do this, please contact James Horgan on 087 2267493 or by e-mail.

Some of the options available could include:

  • Corporate Sponsorship (benefits include venue advertising as well as ticket and venue rental concessions)

  • Provision of services and/or materials

  • Volunteering your time or facilities

  • Individual Membership (benefits include free tickets for in-house productions and concessions on other shows)