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Cork Opera House and UCC announce the appointment of the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence

Cork Opera House and UCC announce the appointment of the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence

Cork, Thursday, 2 August 2018. Cork Opera House and UCC are delighted to announce that Cork playwright and actor John McCarthy has been selected as the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence.

The Theatre Artist in Residence is part of the partnership between Cork Opera House and UCC that was put in place earlier this year. The new relationship between the two Cork institutions formalised their already close relationship. This partnership established Cork Opera House as a Learning Theatre and provides UCC with the opportunity to engage in the professional performing arts sector. These two organisations will work together to educate and inspire the next generation of arts managers, creative practitioners and professionals. A key feature of the new partnership is the appointment of a Theatre Artist in Residence.

John McCarthy will work with both institutions to develop his capacity as a Theatre Artist. He will contribute to teaching on the new MA in Theatre and Performative Practices within the School of Music and Theatre in UCC. He will work closely with the senior team at Cork Opera House to identify and develop initiatives that will enable his professional development, having access to facilities, artists and staff alike.

John has recently completed work facilitated by an Arts Council Theatre Bursary for playwriting and was a mentor on the Young Playwrights Programme 2018. Finished Once, and Ready, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin, was performed in Cork (CIT School of Music) and Dublin (Irish Theatre Institute) in development (Arts Council project funding).

Speaking about his appointment, John McCarthy said, ‘This year-long residency is an incredible opportunity to showcase my work, to be drawn in new directions by the Opera House & UCC and to share, interrogate and rigorously underpin my theatre-making practice.’

CEO of Cork Opera House, Eibhlín Gleeson said ‘I am thrilled that John McCarthy will join us as our inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence. John is a very exciting Cork based artist, who has already established himself as an innovator and an exceptionally bright talent in the theatre world. We hope that this opportunity will offer John every opportunity to develop his practice and support his work. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the course of the year.’

Professor of Creative Practice at UCC, Jools Gilson added ‘we are very excited to welcome John McCarthy as the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence to UCC and Cork Opera House. John is an artist of exceptional calibre, who understands theatre as an intelligence and way of engaging with the world, as well as a product. His presence at UCC will empower students to think and make theatre in new ways, and elaborate further the collaboration between ourselves and Cork Opera House. We very much look forward to his presence in our corridors and studios.’


Editors Notes

John McCarthy will begin his appointment in September 2018, for 12 months. This initiative is jointly funded by Cork Opera House and UCC.

Photo caption and credit (2 attached): Cork Opera House and UCC announce the appointment of John McCarthy as the inaugural Theatre Artist in Residence. Photo credit John Allen


Biography – John McCarthy

John McCarthy wrote Stage Irish, which won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Playwrights Progress Award 2014 and was shortlisted for the Papatango New Playwriting Prize 2014. It was selected by Druid for Druid Debuts at the Galway International Arts Festival 2015. He co-wrote Hollander, nominated Best Production at the Irish Theatre Awards 2010. John was a second-level teacher of English and History for six years in a Gaelcholáiste and frequently works as a facilitator with Activate Youth Theatre and Fighting Words Cork.

As an actor John most recently played in the two-hander Blackwater Babble which premiered at the Cork Midsummer Festival (BrokenCrow). He was Blu in the Everyman premiere of Bluetooth and Uncle Harry in Graffiti Theatre Company’s production of The Gardener (both 2018). John played Trinculo in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival production of The Tempest, 2016. Film and television work includes The School (RTE, 2017) Point of Departure and Private Report (both Maximilian Le Cain). John is co-director of Hammergrin, appearing in Hollander, K.:The IOWA Project and the serialised sci-fi podcast In Darkness Vast among many others. John was also selected for the Next Stage programme at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2017.


John McCarthy, new artist in residence at the Cork Opera House.
Picture. John Allen