Orlaith McBride is the Director of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, the state agency for developing the Arts in Ireland.
Prior to this appointment, she worked in the arts across a broad range of arts organisations including Local Authorities, arts-in-education, youth arts and theatre. She worked for many years in South Dublin County Council developing and co-ordinating arts projects and programmes before becoming Arts Officer at the National Youth Council of Ireland where she developed the first National Strategy for Young People and the Arts. She was Director of NAYD, the development organisation for youth theatre in Ireland from 2003-2011. She produced the National Youth Theatre at the Peacock Theatre from 2007-2011.
She served as a member of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon from 2003-2011, was a member of Dublin City Council Strategic Policy Committee (Arts and Youth) from 2004-2009 and was a member of the Special Committee on the Arts and Education. She was President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, 2010- 2011 and was a member of the Governing Authority of Dublin City University, 2008-2016.
She is Deputy Chair of IFACCA, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies.