Bewley’s Café Theatre Board Members


Veronica Campbell


Kelly Campbell
Michael James Ford


Jack Gilligan
Madeleine Nesbitt
Dan Reardon

Bewley’s Café Theatre CLG is governed by a voluntary board of Directors. List of Directors above and Directors’ biographies below. Bewley’s Café Theatre is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code.

Bewley’s Café Theatre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2013) available here (*.pdf format).


Dip. Hotel Management. BA Hons. M.Phil
A founding director of Campbell Catering Ltd in 1968, which grew to be Irelands largest catering company employing 5000 people in three countries, which was sold in 2004. In 1986 Campbell Catering Ltd purchased Bewley’s and became the Campbell Bewley Group. Veronica returned to third level education in the late 80’s taking a degree in psychology, focusing on organisational psychology. She is the current chairperson of the Food Safety Consultative Council, and has been involved since it was set up.


Kelly trained at the University of Ulster, Coleraine where she received a first class honours degree in Theatre, and completed her acting training at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
She has trained and worked intermittently as a photographer since 1998.
She completed Directors Series Course at the National Film and Television School, London.
Kelly is currently developing and writing Famine with Blinder Films: An adaptation of Famine by Liam O’Flaherty in collaboration with cinematographer Michael McDonough ASC. The project is in receipt of development support from the Irish Film Board.
Kelly wrote and co-directed her first short film Quarantine with Michael McDonough. It begins it’s festival release this year at Newport Beach Film Festival, California and will continue to the Galway Film Fleadh in July.
Kelly is a founding director of Bewley’s Café Theatre where she has produced and directed for over sixteen years. Notable directing credits include How she Lied to her Husband by George Bernard Shaw, Hughie by Eugene O’Neill and also devised and appeared there in Lovely Betty with Mark O’Halloran and the late Tom Jordan Murphy.
As an actress Kelly has extensive Film, Television and theatre experience.
Film and Television credits;,Love and Friendship, Ripper Street, Love/Hate series 4 and 5. The Good Man , Sensation ,One Hundred Mornings, Wide Open Spaces, The Clinic, (series 6 and 7), the role of Honor O’Sullivan in Kingdom, Series 1 and 2 for ITV, The Old Curiosity Shop for ITV 1, Marvelous, the role of Jane in Bachelors Walk , the role of Aideen in Mystic Knights for Fox TV, Black Day at Blackrock for RTE and The Magnificent Ambersons for HBO.
Short films: A Woman’s Hair (Irish shortcut), I Can’t See You Anymore, Nightline. (Galway Film Centre 2012)
She appeared in Great Expectations at The Gate Theatre. Her work at the Abbey and Peacock Theatres includes 2012 UK and Irish tour of Plough and The Stars, A Cry From Heaven, The Playboy of the Western World, (US and Irish tours), The Burial at Thebes, En Suite, Iphigenia at Aulis and Tartuffe.
Cyrano, Barabas Theatre Company at the Project, We Ourselves, with Passion Machine for Andrews Lane Theatre.


Michael James Ford was Artistic Director of Bewley’s Café Theatre from 1999 to 2005 during which time his directing credits included So Long Sleeping Beauty, Crabbed Youth and Age, Too Much of Nothing, The Star Trap, Oscar and the Sphinx, One Too Many Mornings and Buridan's Ass. More recently he directed Roman Fever, Poe Show, Nuts and Bolts and Village Wooing for the company. Other directing credits include Allergic to Beckett and Macklin: Method and Madness for Antelope Productions, and Breaking Out for Axis, Ballymun. As a writer his plays and adaptations include Happy Henrietta ( Roundwood House), Macklin: Method and Madness ( Macklin Festival, Viking Theatre, Bewley’s ), Mister Vasek (RTE Radio), Dinner on Mulberry Street (Bewley’s and RTE) Hedy Lamarr and the Easter Rising (Bewley’s), The Diamond Lens (The New Theatre) and For King and Kinnitty.( Offaly Drama Project ).
His work as an actor has been particularly associated with The Gate Theatre in recent years where his appearances include Present Laughter, The Deep Blue Sea, Anna Karenina, The Constant Wife, See You Next Tuesday, A Christmas Carol, Blithe Spirit, Salome, Cyrano de Bergerac, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Pride and Prejudice, The Double Dealer, Romeo and Juliet and The Rivals. Work at the Abbey includes Sixteen Possible Glimpses, Translations and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.
Michael’s film appearances include A Nightingale Falling, Frank, Becoming Jane, Kidnapped, The Boxer, Michael Collins, Widow’s Peak and Rawhead Rex. Television includes Charlie, Penny Dreadful, Ripperstreet, Rebel Heart, Making the Cut and The Ambassador His one-man versions of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince and The Remarkable Rocket have travelled extensively in Ireland and abroad.


Past Work:
The Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE)
UCD libraries
Past Voluntary work with: The Irish Epilepsy Association, The Friends of the Rotunda (chair for three years)
Several roles on the committee of Dublin University Women Graduates Association (DUWGA) including Secretary.
Former board member the John Regan School of Dance
Former Board member of Cois Ceim
Co-Ordinator of the DUWGA Public Speaking Competition
Board member on Bewleys Cafe Theatre GLG
Committee member of the Friends of the Dublin Theatre Festival


Daniel Reardon has worked for over forty years in Irish Theatre, Film, Radio and Television as actor, playwright and director, nationally and internationally.


Jack Gilligan’s involvement with professional theatre began in the mid 1980’s when he was part of a team developing innovative arts projects and programmes in County Dublin. This included collaboration, over several years, with the Dublin Theatre Festival in bringing professional theatre productions to communities throughout the greater Dublin area.

He was appointed Dublin City’s first Arts Officer in 1993, a position he held for sixteen years.He was a key supporter of the first-ever Dublin Fringe Festival in 1995 and his office provided the first public financial support for that festival.

He advocated the need for a Municipal Arts Centre in Dublin and was pleased to see the opening of the purpose-built, LAB arts centre, under his management, in 2005. The LAB’s rehearsal rooms have become home to many of the city's established and emerging theatre companies during rehearsal periods.

He established the highly successful Dublin Writers Festival, (now the International Literature Festival Dublin) which has become a significant national and international literary event. The festival has brought many major literary figures to Dublin audiences including novelists, poets and playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.

Jack was pleased to be invited by The Irish Times newspaper to serve as a judge for The Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards 2010 and 2011, seeing 300 shows over the two years, in the line of duty! He served for four years as a member of the board of the Irish Writers Centre, including two years as chairman.

More recently he has produced and co-produced theatre productions in Dublin City and on national tour. He has also promoted several successful theatre productions and continues his involvement with various arts organisations in Dublin, serving on a number of boards.