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Civic Theatre appoints new Artist in Residence


The Civic Theatre have announced that Director/Theatre Maker Davey Kelleher is their Artist in Residence for the next twelve months, starting this month. 

His new role will see him work with Artistic Director Michael Barker-Caven to develop the Civic’s studio theatre as a developmental space for emerging artists and companies, particularly those based in the South Dublin region.

Davey Kelleher is theatre director and graduate of the Drama Department at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College with previous experience working on projects in Ireland, the United States, Zambia, Europe, and in the UK.

He also holds an MFA distinction in Theatre Directing from The Lir Academy, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art.

In his career to date he has lead workshops with professionals and students as well as delivering classes and individual coaching sessions.

He has worked as associate director with London-based music-theatre company, Quite Nice Theatre, festival coordinator for the UK-wide Shakespeare Schools Festival and Resident Director with the Umbrella Theatre Project.

Commenting on his appointment, Davey said:

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with the Civic.

“It’s thrilling to have the chance to be resident at such an established theatre with such a terrific team. I can’t wait to get started.”

Artistic Director Michael Barker-Caven told civic theatre.ie there is a lot of talent in Tallaght and The Civic wants to play a major part in helping local up and coming artists get to the next level.

There is an exciting new wave of theatre talent emerging in Tallaght and the surrounding areas and the Civic intends to play a pivotal role in supporting the growth of these young artists by providing free mentoring and on-going training processes”

“We plan to nurture writers, actors, directors and other theatre makers, empowering them to bring a distinctive, exciting and resonant brand of theatre practise to the Civic.

Davey is a highly skilled and creative artist with a real eye for new talent and a hunger to see that talent flourish, and I’m thrilled that he’s coming on board at such a time of rich potential.

“He will be working with me to identify companies and projects of high artistic and audience merit that we will then mentor and develop at the Civic right through to potential production on the stage.

“We want the Civic to be synonymous with bold, vibrant, daring new local work that our audience will relish seeing.

“I urge local artists to keep an eye out for an imminent open call invitation where we will be looking for submissions of interest to take part in the first stage of this exciting residency process.”