Alumni Spotlight

Julie Kelleher - Artistic Director, Everyman Theatre, Cork

2 May
Julie Kelleher

Julie Kelleher is Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre, with responsibility for artistic strategy and programming. She has directed works for the Everyman stage including plays by Brian Friel and David Greig. She has also worked as a freelance producer, performer and vocalist and was a member of the BrokenCrow Creative Ensemble. Julie talks to us about her memories of UCC and how she treaded the boards at the Granary Theatre.

Course/subjects studied in University College Cork

BA Drama & Theatre Studies & English (Joint Hons), MA Drama and Theatre Studies.

Best memory of UCC

My best memories are of making shows at the Granary, going for pints in Reidy’s after, and the inevitable house party that followed. A particular highlight was the original musical we made in third year, in which I played an evil (singing) psychiatrist. Gas.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

UCC gave me a superb grounding in fundamentals like how to write well, how to work hard as part of a team or ensemble and how to collaborate. A massive step was completing my internship between second and third year with a professional theatre company, Corcadorca Theatre Company. This internship was the beginning of that all-important professional network, and it also resulted in me getting my first professional acting job with the company the following summer, before I’d even finished exams.

What is your advice to current UCC students?

My advice is to try to find the thing that makes you tick, work hard at it and be a pleasure to work with. We live in a world where things change and progress so quickly, but there’s still no substitute for hard work and being sound!

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

Teachers like Dr Ger FitzGibbon had a profound influence on me, as did the lasting relationships I built with my fellow classmates at Drama and Theatre Studies Department, UCC. In as much as I learned about theatre, theatre history and the like, I learned the value of kindness and having a great sense of humour too.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

I’m sure I joined a whole load as a Fresher, but in the end, there was only ever UCC Dramat. It was all-consuming, award-winning and fantastic fun at that time.

Favourite UCC legend or superstition

I remember observing the warnings about crossing the quad and the crest by the Gaol Cross entrance. It still felt somewhat illegal to stand on the quad last month, with eight of my best pals from DTS, one of whom, Kate, had just been married that afternoon in the Aula Maxima. Magic!

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