Julie is an actor, drama facilitator and writer from Ballaghaderreen in Co. Roscommon. She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting and also holds a Dip in Drama in Education and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from UCC. Recent theatre credits include (just before lockdown no. 1) Alice and the Wolf by Tom Swift for Barnstorm Theatre in Kilkenny. Miss Happinness and Miss Flower for Brokencrow and Midsummer Festival Cork. Recent Film/TV The Last Right written/directed by Aoife Crehan, Smalltown written/directed by Gerard Barrett. During Level three last October 2020 and now based in her home town Julie directed and produced a drive-in reading of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Working with a community cast the reading took place on a curtain side trailer. The audience parked up and tuned in on their car radios.
As drama facilitator Julie has worked primarily in the area of Arts and Health working with the HSE, Daughters of Charity and St. Michael’s House. She is currently involved in the Artist in School and Creative Schools programmes. Julie was Theatre Artist in Residence at Roscommon Arts Centre 2017 2018 during which time she developed two new plays; Chicken Wings in Peace under the mentorship of Mikel Murphy and a children’s play An Ant Called Amy under the mentorship of Martin Drury. Julie is one of the participants on ‘You, Fin and the Play Between’ a six-month playwriting programme for playwrights writing for young audiences supported by the Arts Council with renowned playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, in association with Graffiti, TYA Ireland and Baboró. Julie is currently in rehearsal with An Ant Called Amy at Roscommon Arts Centre with Raymond Keane directing. The play will be available to watch online as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2021.