• Carletta Downs (Chair)
  • Anthony Robert Elia,
  • Tina Santi Flaherty,
  • Janice Gormley,
  • Andrea Haughian,
  • Connor Heffernan,
  • Kate Kennon,
  • Brett Perala,
  • Antonia Reilly-Parker,
  • Synnøve Rizo-Patron,
  • Sean Noonan



George C. Heslin – Associate Artist

George was the founding Artistic Director of Origin Theatre Company and led the organization for 19 years. He has directed over 80 productions in venues from 59E59 Theaters, The Sheen Center, The West End Theatre , The NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center, Triad Theatre,  Boston Center for the Arts, The Irish Repertory Theatre, The Theatre Center- Brussels, Lehman Stages, Fishamble-Dublin, NYIC,The Gene Frankel Theatre, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts- NYC, and many others. George has produced all of Origin’s work to date. He now serves as Executive Director of New York Irish Center.

As an actor;  Broadway National Tour of the hit show Stones in His Pockets. Off-Broadway productions include; Juno and The Paycock at The Roundabout, The Blowin of Baile Gall, The Colleen Bawn (Drama Desk Nomination) at Irish Repertory Theatre. Regionally he has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Old Globe San Diego, Pittsburgh Public, Studio Arena Buffalo, Virginia Stage Company, Penguin Rep, The Caldwell Theatre Florida, and Syracuse Stage, to name a few. In Ireland with The Abbey – Ireland’s National Theatre, The Gate, Druid Theatre, The Lyric, Passion Machine, Project Arts Center, Island Theatre, Graffiti, Grand Opera House, and The Olympia Theatre. In London at The Kings Head Theatre & The Drill Hall. The Tramway, Glasgow.  West End Credits include; Philadelphia Here I Come and Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

He is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin; The Abbey Theatre Dublin Directors Program; and The HB Studio, New York where he studied with the legendary Uta Hagen. For 15 years he has been a member of the associate faculty at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and spent three years as adjunct director at Nassau College.

Awards include The Irish Examiner/New York Man of The Year Award, The American Dance Federation Cultural Leader Award, The New York City Council Award for his dedication to theatre from Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The John C. Liu Office of Comptroller Commendation, The Global 100 Award from Irish America Magazine, The CUNY Award of Cultural Excellence from City University New York and in 2011 he was invited to The White House to meet President Obama.

Brendan Coyle: Honorary Patron

Brendan Coyle received a Laurence Olivier Award in 1999 for his performance in Conor McPherson‘s The Weir and won a New York Critics Theater World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut for the same play in its New York production.[1] In 2001, Coyle appeared in the film Conspiracy as Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller. He played Kaz Sweeney in the British dramaTrue Dare Kiss, and Nicholas Higgins in North & South for the BBC.

From 2008 he played Robert Timmins in three BBC series based on the Lark Rise to Candleford novels, written by Flora Thompson. In 2010, he began playing John Bates, valet and former British Army batman to the Earl of Grantham in Julian Fellowes‘s period drama series, Downton Abbey. Fellowes wrote the part for Coyle, and it won him nominations for a BAFTA and IFTA,[4] as well as a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2012.He also won three Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013-16. Coyle also played the character of Terry Starling in the short-lived Sky comedy series Starlings.

Niall Toibin: Honorary Patron
Niall Toibin one of Irelands most famous sons he has appeared in over 30 Irish Movies spanning forty years. Working alongside some of the world’s finest directors his work ranges form Ryan’s Daughter to Far and Away. Toibin comfortable with comedy and drama has captivated audiences from London to New York picking up the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor along the way. A regular on the BBC hit show Ballykissangel, he continues to perform his legendary one-man show on five continents. In 2001 he was awarded the Sunday Independent Irish Life Award and the same year he collected the Distinguished Service to Theatre Award.

In my ten years associated with Origin it is vital that Origin exists as actors come to NY and aspire to the heights.
Niall Toibín, Actor