THE ACTRESS:

I am an Irish, classically trained actress, graduating from what is now the LIR program in Trinity College. This was an intensive full time actors program where we were trained in acting/voice/movement. I went on to attain a Masters in Theatre & Performance from Trinity College in more recent years. I have performed in most Irish theatre venues and have performed roles ranging from Shaw to Shakespeare. I spent my earlier years doing stand-up/improv comedy before moving to the more serious business of acting. I am best known for my theatrical performance of James Joyce’s iconic Molly Bloom for which I have performed and received critical acclaim throughout Europe for many years. I have been honored to have performed at such venues as Symphony Space, Broadway, as special guest at Mansion House Dublin, at Nantucket Theatre Festival, James Joyce Centre Dublin, to name a few. I have been sponsored by Culture Ireland as a performer of this show as part of Imagine Ireland where I toured to the USA. Further Joycean works include my adapting/directing and performing in James Joyce’s The Dead as part of Dublin City of literature. I have also worked in television/film, starring in Aisling's Diary 2008-2009 and recently made my movie debut starring as Clara Burke in John Shea's movie Grey Lady, set for US release this year. As a result of this huge break in my career I was awarded my O 1 Artists Visa in 2014 and my SAG-AFTRA membership.

THE CLASSICAL SINGER/SOPRANO:

I am also a classically trained soprano, having studied with the wonderful teacher, Robert Alderson, for the past number of years. I have performed as a solo soprano guest performer at Edgerton Performance Arts Center, Annual Bloomsday Bike Rally (Shelbourne Hotel), The Dead Centenary Celebration (House of the Dead, Ushers Quay), Kanturk Arts Festival (Arts Center). I have sung at wedding and funeral services and my repertoire ranges from Verdi to Charles Marshall. I am particularly interested in Irish Ballads/Art songs and communicating the poetry/drama of the song/aria through music. I continue my studies of voice and the more I study and learn the richer I become. I am available for any special occasions/celebration and will tailor the music to suit the event.

THE DRAMA TEACHER/DIRECTOR:

I directed my first plays as a twenty two year old at Taibhheairc na Gaillimhe, Galway. I directed Ernie’s Incredible Hallucinations and An Maidrin Rua. My star actor was the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins’ son, also called Michael. I went on to direct a number of plays in my earlier years, Brian Friel’s Lovers, Harold Pinter’s Old Times, James Joyce’s The Dead. As well as directing I have also worked as a freelance drama/voice teacher for the past number of years. Many of my private students are professional actors. I focus on the primacy of the text and aim toward an ease of performance where actor’s own tensions are not carried forward. Techniques such as the Alexander technique, meditation are invaluable tools to every professional actor. My background in singing assists with vocal warm up/exercises and ultimate freedom. I am available to teach privately. I have been a member of the Guild of Irish Drama Adjudicators for a number of years and am also available to adjudicate.

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Eilin O'Dea - Actress/Singer/Teacher/Director