Gúna Nua is an award-winning, critically acclaimed theatre company making new theatre for Irish and international audiences since 1998. We develop productions in relationship with artists and communities to generate dynamic, contemporary and vibrant theatre that challenges and inspires. Drawing on our extensive legacy of award winning productions, we strive for excellence and innovation by collaborating with exciting partners, finding new and unusual venues and employing cutting edge theatre techniques in our work. Gúna Nua has a strong reputation for devising, developing and producing new plays and re-inventing the classics.
Paul Meade – Artistic Director
Paul Meade is a writer, director, actor and Artistic Director of Gúna Nua theatre. From Limerick, Paul trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, and later received an M.A. in modern drama from U.C.D.
As a director Paul has directed the multi award-winning Pondling, The Goddess of Liberty, Little Gem and Scenes From a Water Cooler (co-directed with David Parnell) as well as The Unlucky Cabin Boy, Chicane, Taste, The Real Thing, Trousers, and Meltdown for Gúna Nua. He has also directed Hamlet and King Lear for Second Age, Percolate’s Green Street at the Dublin Fringe Festival, David Mamet’s The Shawl and Pauline Shanahan’s Positive Dead People for Bewley’s Café Theatre, and Gerry McCann’s Shay’s Story and Jennifer O’Dea’s Aisling’s Story for Focus Ireland.
Work as a writer includes Faith, Scenes From a Water Cooler, Skin Deep, Thesis, Trousers, and Meltdown all for Gúna Nua. In 2007 Paul wrote Mushroom for Storytellers Theatre Company, and was also awarded a play writing commission by the Irish Council for Bioethics. In 2010 he wrote Light Signals for Team Theatre Company. In 2011 he wrote Begotten Not Made, a commission from the Irish Council for Bioethics. This play went on to win the Jim McNaughton/Tilestyle Bursary at the 2009 Business to Arts Awards and received a special mention at the Prix d’Italia. Most recently, Paul wrote The Short Biography of Denis O’Rourke and Conference Call for RTÉ radio drama.
As an actor Paul has worked with companies all over Ireland and toured to the U.K., U.S.A. and Australia. Plays include: Hamlet, Dinner with Friends and Four Storeys for Gúna Nua; Licking the Marmalade Spoon also by David Parnell; Juno and the Paycock at the Abbey; Silverlands for Druid; Petty Sessions with Red Kettle; The Ash Fire for Pigsback; Grapes of Wrath for 7:84 Scotland; Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me and more with Island; Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth with Second Age; Hard Times for Storytellers; Pygmalion for Smock Alley, God’s Gift with Barrabas; The Glass Menagerie for Galloglass and Alone it Stands with Yew Tree Theatre.
Film and Television include: Alarm by Gerry Stembridge, Rebellion, Acceptable Risk, The Clinic and Whistleblower for RTE, The Tudors for BBC, Lassie for Classic Media Productions, Love is the Drug for RTE, Quando for Paradox Pictures, Making Ends Meet for Indie Films, Rebel Heart, BBC, On Home Ground for RTE.
Gill McCaw – Executive Producer
Gill is currently on secondment to RADE | Recovery Through Arts and Drama Education, as interim Project Director until early April 2022.
Gill joined Gúna Nua Theatre as Executive Producer in 2018. Since then Gúna Nua has produced the critically acclaimed Bread Not Profits, by Mike Finn, at Cleeve’s Factory, Limerick, in April 2019, a national and international tour of the award-winning The Morning After the Life Before by Ann Blake, and in 2020, Appropriate by Sarah-Jane Scott at the Origins 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York. Gill is currently producing ‘Stronger’ by Geoff Power for presentation in Autumn 2021.
Gill previously produced the sell-out Lunatic, There I Go, at the Civic Theatre in 2018, her own stage adaptation of Hanna Greally’s Bird’s Nest Soup for Floating World Productions as part of First Fortnight Festival. Prior to that Gill produced Green Street, the sell-out hit of Dublin Fringe Festival 2012, a site-specific production set in Dublin’s Green Street Courthouse and written also by Gill with Sarah Binchy, Geoff Power and Pauline Shanahan.
As co-founder of Percolate Theatre, Gill produced two rehearsed readings of new writers’ work at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre and Project Arts Centre. Percolate Theatre was set up to develop and provide opportunities for new writers.
Gill’s early business career in strategic marketing included manager roles working for Sheraton Hotels’ Europe, Africa and Middle East management division and Hertz Europe, both based in London. She also worked as a marketing consultant with clients in the technology and travel sectors. Gill also founded and managed a SME in the health and wellness sector for four years, also in London before returning to Dublin in 1999.
Josh Gandharva – Digital Marketing Executive
Josh Gandharva joined Gúna Nua as Digital Marketing Executive and Arts Administrator in 2021. He is a recent M.Phil in Art History and Architecture graduate from Trinity College Dublin with a passion for art, heritage and theatre. He writes regularly for online magazines and produces his own podcast show. He also holds a degree in History and has a dedicated Instagram page and website for his artwork!
Josh is currently overseeing and implementing creative marketing strategies for online dissemination of theatre for Gúna Nua’s 2021 productions in both Dublin and Limerick.
Gúna Nua Board
Sheila is the Fundraising & Communications Manager at Beaumont Hospital Foundation.
She has worked within the non-profit sector for the past two decades as a communications professional and at senior management level. Sheila has expertise in managing and creating many successful fundraising campaigns and events.
She previously directed the vision for the work of Down Syndrome Centre, in which time she was successful in creating the role of the world’s first, Down Syndrome Liaison Nurse, who currently works to support new parents through an established maternity hospital referral system.
Jack Gilligan was appointed Dublin City Council’s first Arts Officer in 1993, a position he held for sixteen years. A key supporter of the first-ever Dublin Fringe Festival in 1995, his office provided the first public financial support for that festival. He established the successful Dublin Writers Festival, (now the International Literature Festival Dublin) which has featured many national and international literary figures including novelists, poets and playwrights, including Harold Pinter, Tom Murphy and Tom Stoppard. The purpose-built LAB arts centre which opened, under his management, in 2005 has provided rehearsal space for many of the city’s established and emerging theatre companies. Jack served on the judging panel for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2010 and 2011, seeing 300 shows over the two years. He is a former chairman of both the Irish Writers Centre and the Five Lamps Arts Festival.
From Limerick, Michael is a retired Pharmacist and has experience of running an SME. Michael is passionate about theatre, opera and music and brings this passion to his work with Gúna Nua. He is an active fundraiser for Gúna Nua and has extensive experience serving at board level in the not-for-profit sector.
Ray is Distribution Director for New Ireland Assurance. He has held a number of senior roles over the last 20 years including Managing Director at Towers Watson and Managing Director at Arthur Andersen & KPMG. Ray is a fellow of the Pensions Management institute and a member of the Institute of Directors. He has over 30 years’ experience advising companies, Trustees and Remuneration committees on the design, implementation and communication of a wide range of employee benefits. He has also successfully lead, and grown, local and global sales teams. He has held a number of directorships in both for profit, and not-for-profit organisations.
Colin is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has held senior finance roles in a range of businesses in Ireland and overseas.
Joe is an actuary and investment consultant. He heads the investments business of Willis Towers Watson in Ireland and has worked for 30 years advising institutional investors (pension funds, insurance companies, foundations and charities) on investment strategy. When not travelling (approaching 100 countries to date), he divides his time between Dublin and Lahinch. He has been a Friend and supporter of Gúna Nua since its foundation in 1998. Joe is a member of the RTE Philharmonic Choir.
Marie is a Director in the Data & Analytics Consulting Practice in PwC. She leads high-performing data and analytics teams to help clients grow revenue, reduce cost, improve cash flow and enhance risk management across a range of business functions.
She has over 2 decades of industry and professional services experience in leading and delivering successful projects to address challenges and deliver sustainable business value using data, analytics and emerging technologies.
Dualta is a restauranteur and former managing director of a successful wine merchants. Dualta has experience in the SME sector and in fundraising for the not-for-profit sector.