Fiach Mac Conghail has led the Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, as director and CEO since 2005. There he has overseen the production of plays by the likes of Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, Paul Mercier, Mark O'Rowe, Billy Roche, Sebastian Barry, and Sam Shepard. MacConghail is also an independent senator in Seanad Éireann. He was arts adviser to John O'Donoghue, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, from 2002–05. He has worked on many cultural projects and festivals for the state, including Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2001–03), EXPO (2000), and the Venice and Sao Paulo Biennales of Visual Arts (1996–97). He was artistic director of Project Arts Centre in Dublin from 1992–99. MacConghail was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2004, is currently on the board of Theatre Forum Ireland, and is a member of the University of Limerick's Governing Authority. He is also the chair of We the Citizens, an independent national initiative started in 2011 to convene groups of citizens to share their ideas about the future of Ireland. Mac Conghail visited the Center in November 2010 to talk to local theater artists and professionals, prior to the Annenberg Center's February 2011 presentation of the Abbey Theatre's production of Terminus by Mark O'Rowe.