THE Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in Dublin, Michael Colgan, is believed to be the highest paid arts administrator in the country, with a pay packet of €230,000 in 2012.
Details of the Gate accounts reveal Mr Colgan was paid a basic salary of €120,000 – an annual amount that has been frozen since 2007.
The remainder is made up of a touring bonus of €50,000 and a pension payment of €59,000, which he received in 2012.
Mr Colgan defended his bonus, saying it was based on a "very successful tour" that year, which had entailed "an enormous amount of work".
The Gate brought its production of Samuel Beckett's play, 'Krapp's Last Tape', starring John Hurt, to the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles from October to November.
Meanwhile, 'Watt', another Beckett play, was taken to Edinburgh, along with three further Beckett plays.
A spokesperson from the Gate Theatre was last night unavailable for comment.
However, Mr Colgan told the 'Sunday Times' that his touring bonus was completely dependent on the success of their overseas programme.
"The board decided one of the best ways to ensure the survival of the theatre was to incentivise me in terms of touring because it entails an enormous amount of work," he said.
He said the opportunity to tour had allowed him to attract star performers such as Hurt, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes.
"It has been a win-win for the theatre," he said.