I discovered my passion for the Performing Arts in college, where I was part of the Domino Drama Workshop for 5 years, appearing in more than 10 productions. Most of these were based on Commedia Dell’Arte and devised plays.
I moved to Denmark in 1998, for two consecutive International Theatre Projects called “Eurocab”; the first year as a participant, which involved professional training through acting, set-design and construction, costumes and filming/editing a documentary, I was then invited to stay on as Assistant Director and Assistant Project Leader for a second project in 1999.
Arriving in Ireland at the end of 1999, I attended the Foundation Course in the Gaiety School of Acting and went on to train and work in Theatre Management in the SFX City Theatre in 2000. In that same year, I directed “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” by Kenneth Branagh and “La Ronde” by Arthur Schnitzler for the collective “You’ll Be Sorry When We Are Famous”.
After the birth of my son in 2001, I pursued more training with the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) and taught Drama in schools (children with special needs) and groups around Dublin and Meath. I then joined Fishamble as Assistant Director on the production of “Tadgh Stray wandered in” by Michael Collins and “Pilgrims in the Park” by Jim O’Hanlon. This was followed by the birth of my daughter in 2005.
I worked as Programme Co-ordinator and Educational Officer for Solstice Arts Centre in Meath, from its opening in May 2006 to April 2008. There, I created strong links with local artists and community groups and, since leaving the centre, I have been working free-lance as a workshop facilitator, acting coach, writer, producer, etc. through Oulala Productions. Clients include Element Pictures, Canal +, Meath County Council and Arts Office, Meath VEC, Navan CDP, Rehabcare, County Libraries, county-wide Drama societies, youth groups, schools and youth clubs.