Ray Yeates is City Arts Officer for Dublin City Council. His team of Arts Officers and Administrators delivers the year-round programme of arts projects for Dublin City.
Ray was formerly Artistic Director of axis: Ballymun. He is an arts practitioner and manager of thirty years’ experience and began directing and acting at UCD in the late 70’s. He started directing at the Abbey Theatre in 1983 and was appointed Deputy Artistic Director in 1985 at the age of 24. He emigrated to New York in 1992 where he was a resident teacher at The Irish Arts Centre and The American Academy of Dramatic Art, and was Artistic Director of The Shades of Green Arts Festival in the Bronx. He was Artistic Director of Axis from 2004 – 2011.
In June 2008 Ray was awarded ‘Best Arts Champion’ at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and was appointed as director of Breaking Ground, the per cent for art programme for Ballymun in October 2008.