Research Profile

Marie Kelly

Biography

Marie Kelly lectures in Drama and Theatre Studies at the School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork where she was Head of Department from July 2015 to July 2016. She has an MA in Modern Drama and Performance (2005) and a PhD in Drama Studies (2011), both from the School of English, Drama, and Film at University College Dublin. Prior to that Marie was Casting Director at the Abbey Theatre where she cast over fifty productions for the Abbey’s main stage and its studio space, the Peacock Theatre. She is interested in contemporary Irish theatre, theatre casting and dramaturgy, and her PhD explored these topics with a specific focus on the performance of the plays of Irish playwright, Tom Mac Intyre. Marie has written on the plays of Tom Mac Intyre, Mark O'Rowe, and the work of acclaimed theatre director, Katie Mitchell. Marie is the current Vice-President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and a member of the Board of Everyman Theatre Cork (Ireland).

Recent publication: Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy (Research Pack) Abbey Theatre 2017. See ow.ly/C5TA30fRcJX 

Research Interests

I have a particular interest in contemporary Irish theatre and ways in which European and American theatre experimentation have influenced the contemporary dramatic canon. I am inspired and uniquely positioned in this research through my professional background in casting and theatre production at the Abbey Theatre 1993 - 2006. This background gives me a distinct perspective, which arises from hands-on experience and collaboration with a wide range of creative artists at the centre of the Abbey and the contemporary theatre scene in Ireland. My research is both scholarly (applying theoretical frameworks to the analysis of performance) and practice-based (generating scholarly enquiry through casting, theatre production and dramaturgy). My doctoral dissertation focused on the experimental plays of Irish playwright and author Tom Mac Intyre, whose work broke new ground in Irish theatre in the 1980s by adopting practices from European and American Theatre of the Image and Dance Theatre. Frameworks applied to my research include Performance Analysis and Performance Studies (semiotics, phenomenology, subjectivity, gender and identity, theories of play and ritual). I also enjoy exploring and applying innovative theoretical approaches to theatre performance, specifically theories from Cognitive Science. 

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
UCC Strategic Research Fund 2013.Miscellaneous01-JAN-1431-DEC-15€4,089.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'Innovation Meets Evocation: Tom Mac Intyre's plays at the Peacock Theatre'
Marie Kelly (2017) 'Innovation Meets Evocation: Tom Mac Intyre's plays at the Peacock Theatre' In: Thierry Dubost, Anne Etienne (eds). Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre: Populating the stage. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2016)'Twenty-First Century Casting: Katie Mitchell, cognitive science and 'painting with people''
Marie Kelly (2016) 'Twenty-First Century Casting: Katie Mitchell, cognitive science and 'painting with people'' In: Dr Sian Adiseshiah and Dr. Louise LePage (eds). Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now. London: Palgrave. [Details]
(2015)'At the Terminus in the Brain: Illusions of Consciousness in Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus'
Marie Kelly (2015) 'At the Terminus in the Brain: Illusions of Consciousness in Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus' In: Dr. Emma Creedon and Dr. Sara Keating (eds). Sullied Magnificence: The Theatre of Mark O’Rowe. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
(2014)'Dead Funny: Mortality and Comic Comeuppance in Tom Mac Intyre’s Only an Apple'
Marie Kelly (2014) 'Dead Funny: Mortality and Comic Comeuppance in Tom Mac Intyre’s Only an Apple' In: Dr. Eric Weitz (TCD) (eds). For the Sake of Sanity: Doing Things With Humour in Irish Performance. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
(2010)'New Dimensions: Spaces for Play in the Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre'
Marie Kelly (2010) 'New Dimensions: Spaces for Play in the Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre' In: Dr. Bernadette Sweeney (Montana) and Dr. Marie Kelly (UCC) (eds). The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
(2010)'In Conversation with Bríd Ní Neachtain'
Marie Kelly (2010) 'In Conversation with Bríd Ní Neachtain' In: The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
(2010)'Anarchic and Strange: Only an Apple'
Bernadette Sweeney and Marie Kelly (2010) 'Anarchic and Strange: Only an Apple' In: Dr. Bernadette Sweeney (Montana) and Dr. Marie Kelly (UCC) (eds). The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2010)'Introduction: 'Strays from the ether''
Bernadette Sweeney and Marie Kelly (2010) 'Introduction: 'Strays from the ether'' In: The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
(2008)'Introduction/Preface'
Marie Kelly (2008) 'Introduction/Preface' In: Scenes From A Watercooler and Other Tales. Dublin: Liberties Press. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2010)The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether
Dr. Bernadette Sweeney (Montana) and Dr. Marie Kelly (UCC) (Ed.). (2010) The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]

Performances

 YearPublication
(2013)Casting Director. Life Behind the Venue. Director Eoin O hAnnrachain. Everyman Theatre, Cork.
Casting Director. (2013) Casting Director. Life Behind the Venue. Director Eoin O hAnnrachain. Everyman Theatre, Cork. Performances [Details]
(2008)Casting Director. Cruel and Tender by Martin Crimp. Director Annabelle Comyn. Project Arts Centre.
Casting Director. (2008) Casting Director. Cruel and Tender by Martin Crimp. Director Annabelle Comyn. Project Arts Centre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Director Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Director Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. Homeland by Paul Mercier. Director Paul Mercier. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. Homeland by Paul Mercier. Director Paul Mercier. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. Blue Orange by Joe Penhall. Director Annabelle Comyn. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. Blue Orange by Joe Penhall. Director Annabelle Comyn. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. Hamlet by William Shakespeare edited and directed by Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre/Lyric Theatre Belfast.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. Hamlet by William Shakespeare edited and directed by Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre/Lyric Theatre Belfast. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. The Bacchae of Baghdad after Euripides, written and directed by Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. The Bacchae of Baghdad after Euripides, written and directed by Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. A Month in the Country. Turgenev/Brian Friel. Director Jason Byrne. Abbey Theatre.
A Month in the Country (2006) Casting Director. A Month in the Country. Turgenev/Brian Friel. Director Jason Byrne. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. Doubt, a parable by John Patrick Shanley. Director Gerard Stembridge. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. Doubt, a parable by John Patrick Shanley. Director Gerard Stembridge. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. True West by Sam Shepard. Director Jimmy Fay. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. True West by Sam Shepard. Director Jimmy Fay. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. Alice Trilogy by Tom Murphy. Director Tom Murphy. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. Alice Trilogy by Tom Murphy. Director Tom Murphy. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe. Director Jimmy Fay. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe. Director Jimmy Fay. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2006)Casting Director. The Grown Ups by Nicholas Kelly. Director Gerard Stembridge. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2006) Casting Director. The Grown Ups by Nicholas Kelly. Director Gerard Stembridge. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2005)Casting Director. Heavenly Bodies by Stewart Parker. Director Lynne Parker. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2005) Casting Director. Heavenly Bodies by Stewart Parker. Director Lynne Parker. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2005)Casting Director. Beauty in a Broken Place by Colm Toibin. Director Niall Henry. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2005) Casting Director. Beauty in a Broken Place by Colm Toibin. Director Niall Henry. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2005)Casting Director. Defender of the Faith by Stuart Carolan. Director Wilson Milam. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2005) Casting Director. Defender of the Faith by Stuart Carolan. Director Wilson Milam. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2005)Casting Director. The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre revival. National and International Tour.
Casting Director. (2005) Casting Director. The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre revival. National and International Tour. Performances [Details]
(2005)Casting Director. Drama at Inish by Lennox Robinson. Director Jim Nolan. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2005) Casting Director. Drama at Inish by Lennox Robinson. Director Jim Nolan. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov in a new version by Tom Murphy. Director Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov in a new version by Tom Murphy. Director Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell by Bernard Farrell. Director Mark Lambert. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell by Bernard Farrell. Director Mark Lambert. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre and National/International Tour.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre and National/International Tour. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. The Burial at Thebes (Sophocles' Antigone translated by Seamus Heaney). Director Lorraine Pintal. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. The Burial at Thebes (Sophocles' Antigone translated by Seamus Heaney). Director Lorraine Pintal. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Finders Keepers by Peter Sheridan. Director Martin Drury. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Finders Keepers by Peter Sheridan. Director Martin Drury. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault. Director John McColgan. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. The Shaughraun by Dion Boucicault. Director John McColgan. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness. Director Robin Lefevre. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme by Frank McGuinness. Director Robin Lefevre. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Savoy by Eugene O'Brien. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Savoy by Eugene O'Brien. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. The Dandy Dolls by George Fitzmaurice. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. The Dandy Dolls by George Fitzmaurice. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Riders to the Sea. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Riders to the Sea. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Reading the Decades (a series of readings in celebration of the Abbey Theatre Centenary): Spreading the News by Augusta Gregory (director Jo Mangan), The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet by George Bernard Shaw (director Jo Mangan), Autumn Fire by T. C. Murray (director David Horan), The Moon in the Yellow River by Denis Johnston (director Jason Byrne), The Passing Day by George Shiels (director Roisin McBrinn), The King of Friday's Men by M. J. Molloy (director Thomas Conway), Home is the Hero by Walter Macken (director Audrey Devereux), The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche by Thomas Kilroy (director Jimmy Fay), The Great Hunger adapted from the poem by Tom Mac Intyre (director Judy Hegarty-Lovett), Prayers of Sherkin by Sebastian Barry (director Annabelle Comyn). Give Me Your Answer Do by Brian Friel (directed by Rachel West), Abbey and Peacock Theatres.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Reading the Decades (a series of readings in celebration of the Abbey Theatre Centenary): Spreading the News by Augusta Gregory (director Jo Mangan), The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet by George Bernard Shaw (director Jo Mangan), Autumn Fire by T. C. Murray (director David Horan), The Moon in the Yellow River by Denis Johnston (director Jason Byrne), The Passing Day by George Shiels (director Roisin McBrinn), The King of Friday's Men by M. J. Molloy (director Thomas Conway), Home is the Hero by Walter Macken (director Audrey Devereux), The Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche by Thomas Kilroy (director Jimmy Fay), The Great Hunger adapted from the poem by Tom Mac Intyre (director Judy Hegarty-Lovett), Prayers of Sherkin by Sebastian Barry (director Annabelle Comyn). Give Me Your Answer Do by Brian Friel (directed by Rachel West), Abbey and Peacock Theatres. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr. Director Brian Brady. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr. Director Brian Brady. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2004)Casting Director. Purgatory by W. B. Yeats. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2004) Casting Director. Purgatory by W. B. Yeats. Director Conall Morrison. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Duck by Stella Feehily. Director Max Stafford-Clark Abbey Theatre/Out of Joint co-production and tour (Peacock Theatre, Dublin; Royal Court London; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh).
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Duck by Stella Feehily. Director Max Stafford-Clark Abbey Theatre/Out of Joint co-production and tour (Peacock Theatre, Dublin; Royal Court London; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh). Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. The Shape of Metal by Thomas Kilroy. Director Lynne Parker. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. The Shape of Metal by Thomas Kilroy. Director Lynne Parker. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Sebastian Barry. Director Martin Drury. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Sebastian Barry. Director Martin Drury. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Play reading: The Race of the Ark Tattoo by David Hancock (director David Horan). Peacock Theatre and Ha'penny Bridge House (Dublin Fringe Festival).
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Play reading: The Race of the Ark Tattoo by David Hancock (director David Horan). Peacock Theatre and Ha'penny Bridge House (Dublin Fringe Festival). Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Stories of the Drumlins: Men to the Right, Women to the Left by Dermot Healy and Clones Drama Group. Director Jean O'Dwyer. Abbey Theatre Bar and Tour.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Stories of the Drumlins: Men to the Right, Women to the Left by Dermot Healy and Clones Drama Group. Director Jean O'Dwyer. Abbey Theatre Bar and Tour. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Autumn Stories (Readings of New Plays in Development) The Death of Harry Leon by Conall Quinn (director David Parnell), The Proposal by Talaya Delaney (director Conall Morrison), Sonny by Philip Davison (director David Horan). Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Autumn Stories (Readings of New Plays in Development) The Death of Harry Leon by Conall Quinn (director David Parnell), The Proposal by Talaya Delaney (director Conall Morrison), Sonny by Philip Davison (director David Horan). Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness. Director Laszlo Marton. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Frank McGuinness. Director Laszlo Marton. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. Director Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith. Director Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Sons and Daughters by Jim Nolan and Marina Carr. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Sons and Daughters by Jim Nolan and Marina Carr. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Aristocrats by Brian Friel. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Aristocrats by Brian Friel. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Americana: A Season of readings of plays including: The Race of the Ark Tattoo by David Hancock (Director David Horan); Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks (Director Paul Mercier); The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard (Director Peter Sheridan); Homebody by Tony Kushner (Director Martin Drury); The Fever by Wallace Shawn (Director Martin Drury); Big Love by Charles L. Mee (Director Gerard Stembridge), Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally (Director Audrey Devereux) Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Americana: A Season of readings of plays including: The Race of the Ark Tattoo by David Hancock (Director David Horan); Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks (Director Paul Mercier); The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard (Director Peter Sheridan); Homebody by Tony Kushner (Director Martin Drury); The Fever by Wallace Shawn (Director Martin Drury); Big Love by Charles L. Mee (Director Gerard Stembridge), Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally (Director Audrey Devereux) Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. The Road to Carne by Jim Nolan. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. The Road to Carne by Jim Nolan. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. The Wolf of Winter by Paula Meehan. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. The Wolf of Winter by Paula Meehan. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Meat and Salt by Marina Carr. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Meat and Salt by Marina Carr. Director Andrea Ainsworth. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. Doldrum Bay by Hilary Fannin. Director Mark Lambert. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. Doldrum Bay by Hilary Fannin. Director Mark Lambert. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2003)Casting Director. All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Director Joe Dowling. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2003) Casting Director. All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Director Joe Dowling. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. New Play Readings: Doldrum Bay by Hilary Fannin (director Mark Lambert), Lovers Reunited by Siofra Campbell (director Siofra Campbell), The Evidence of Things by Michael West (director Martin Drury). Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. New Play Readings: Doldrum Bay by Hilary Fannin (director Mark Lambert), Lovers Reunited by Siofra Campbell (director Siofra Campbell), The Evidence of Things by Michael West (director Martin Drury). Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay. Director Gordon McCall. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay. Director Gordon McCall. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Communion by Aidan Mathews. Director Martin Drury. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Communion by Aidan Mathews. Director Martin Drury. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Da by Hugh Leonard. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Da by Hugh Leonard. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Done Up Like a Kipper by Ken Harmon. Director Pat Kiernan. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Done Up Like a Kipper by Ken Harmon. Director Pat Kiernan. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov edited by Michael West. Director Annie Ryan. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov edited by Michael West. Director Annie Ryan. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey. Director Lynne Parker. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey. Director Lynne Parker. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Henry IV (Part 1) by William Shakespeare ed. Mark O'Rowe. Director Jimmy Fay. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Henry IV (Part 1) by William Shakespeare ed. Mark O'Rowe. Director Jimmy Fay. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. En Suite by Joe O'Byrne. Director David Parnell. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. En Suite by Joe O'Byrne. Director David Parnell. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Lovers at Versailles by Bernard Farrell. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Lovers at Versailles by Bernard Farrell. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Hinterland by Sebastian Barry. Director Max Stafford-Clark. Co-production Royal National Theatre/Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director (2002) Casting Director. Hinterland by Sebastian Barry. Director Max Stafford-Clark. Co-production Royal National Theatre/Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. The Plough and the Stars by Sean O'Casey. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. Ariel by Marina Carr. Director by Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2002) Casting Director. Ariel by Marina Carr. Director by Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. Play reading. Famine by Tom Murphy. Director Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. Play reading. Famine by Tom Murphy. Director Patrick Mason. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2002)Casting Director. That Was Then. Written and directed by Gerard Stembridge. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director (2002) Casting Director. That Was Then. Written and directed by Gerard Stembridge. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. Eden by Eugene O'Brien. Director Conor McPherson. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. Eden by Eugene O'Brien. Director Conor McPherson. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy. Director Tom Murphy. Peacock Theatre. (Revived 2002).
Tom Murphy (2001) Casting Director. Bailegangaire by Tom Murphy. Director Tom Murphy. Peacock Theatre. (Revived 2002). Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. The Morning After Optimism by Tom Murphy. Director Gerard Stembridge. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. The Morning After Optimism by Tom Murphy. Director Gerard Stembridge. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge. Director Niall Henry. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge. Director Niall Henry. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. The Gigli Concert by Tom Murphy. Director Ben Barnes. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy. Director Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. A Whistle in the Dark by Tom Murphy. Director Conall Morrison. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. Iphigenia at Aulis Euripides/Don Taylor. Director Katie Mitchell. Abbey Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. Iphigenia at Aulis Euripides/Don Taylor. Director Katie Mitchell. Abbey Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2001)Casting Director. On Such as We by Billy Roche. Director Wilson Milam. Peacock Theatre.
Casting Director. (2001) Casting Director. On Such as We by Billy Roche. Director Wilson Milam. Peacock Theatre. Performances [Details]
(2000)Casting Director. Harold and Sophie by Irma Grothius (director Jean O'Dwyer). Abbey Outreach/Education Production for the Babaro International Festival (Town Hall Theatre Galway and other venues).
Casting Director. (2000) Casting Director. Harold and Sophie by Irma Grothius (director Jean O'Dwyer). Abbey Outreach/Education Production for the Babaro International Festival (Town Hall Theatre Galway and other venues). Performances [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

 YearPublication
(2011)(Due for publication Cork University Press). Theatre at the Gateway to Consciousness: Methods of analyzing the performance of Tom Mac Intyre's plays.
Marie Kelly (2011) (Due for publication Cork University Press). Theatre at the Gateway to Consciousness: Methods of analyzing the performance of Tom Mac Intyre's plays. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2014Strategic Research Fund University College Cork
2013CACSSS Research Support Fund University College Cork
2013Strategic Research Fund University College Cork
2006Government of Ireland Research Scholarship IRCHSS
2005Facing Forward Arts Council of Ireland

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Theatre Forum: Voice of the Performing Arts Member01-DEC-14 /
International Federation of Theatre Research Member01-JUN-13 /
Irish Society for Theatre Research Member01-SEP-07 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies01-SEP-12 /
University College Dublin Occasional tutor/lecturer01-JAN-07 / 01-JAN-09
Abbey Theatre Casting Director01-JAN-01 / 31-OCT-06
Abbey Theatre Executive Assistant18-MAR-93 / 31-DEC-00

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2017)Federation of Drama Schools Irish Showcase (Abbey Theatre, 2017),
Marie Kelly (2017) Invited seminar/Guest lecture. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Federation of Drama Schools Irish Showcase (Abbey Theatre, 2017), Abbey Theatre . [Details]
(2017)Women, Place and Space (CACSSS Masterclass, UCC 2017),
Marie Kelly (2017) 'Gender, representation and the Irish stage: Theatre casting, space and object' (CACSSS Masterclass UCC). [Oral Presentation], Women, Place and Space (CACSSS Masterclass, UCC 2017), UCC Masterclass Symposium . [Details]
(2016)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2016 (Waterford IT),
Marie Kelly (2016) 'Collaboration, Process, Creativity: Play, Beckett and Gare St. Lazare'. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2016 (Waterford IT), Waterford Institute of Technology . [Details]
(2016)International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Conference (UCC),
Marie Kelly and Julie Kelleher (2016) 'Performing Commemoration: Eva Gore-Booth's The Death of Fionavar (1916)'. [Oral Presentation], International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Conference (UCC), University College Cork . [Details]
(2015)Scenographic Things/Scenographic Objects (TCD),
Marie Kelly (2015) 'Sacred Objects, Sacred Things: The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre'. [Oral Presentation], Scenographic Things/Scenographic Objects (TCD), TCD . [Details]
(2014)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2014 (UCC),
Marie Kelly (2014) Research Conference Hosted by Drama and Theatre Studies UCC. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2014 (UCC), University College Cork . [Details]
(2014)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2014,
Marie Kelly (2014) River Casting: Consciousness, and Cognition in Olwen Fouéré’s riverrun. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2014, University College Cork . [Details]
(2014)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2014,
Marie Kelly (2014) Panel Chairing. [Chair Sessions at Symposia], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2014, University College Cork . [Details]
(2013)Fuaim Lecture,
Marie Kelly (2013) Casting Consciousness: Frames of mind in the casting of contemporary Irish theatre. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Fuaim Lecture, School of Music and Theatre UCC . [Details]
(2013)European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (NUI Galway),
Marie Kelly (2013) The Hurt Mind: Traces of the Transcendental in Tom Mac Intyre's Rise Up Lovely Sweeney. [Oral Presentation], European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (NUI Galway), NUI Galway . [Details]
(2013)Perforum,
Marie Kelly (2013) Questions about Casting. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Perforum, Theatre Development Centre, Cork . [Details]
(2013)International Federation For Theatre Research Conference (Barcelona),
Marie Kelly (2013) Casting Consciousness: Frames of mind in the casting of contemporary theatre. [Oral Presentation], International Federation For Theatre Research Conference (Barcelona), Institut Del Teatre, Barcelona . [Details]
(2012)Irish Society For Theatre Research Conference 2012 (NUI Galway),
Marie Kelly (2012) Casting Consciousness: Frames of mind in the casting of contemporary Irish theatre. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society For Theatre Research Conference 2012 (NUI Galway), NUI Galway . [Details]
(2010)UCD Graduate Symposium 2010,
Marie Kelly (2010) Changing Styles, Challenging Perceptions: Tom Mac Intyre's theatre at the gateway to consciousness. [Oral Presentation], UCD Graduate Symposium 2010, University College Dublin . [Details]
(2010)Tom Mac Intyre Literary Weekend,
Marie Kelly (2010) Guest Speaker. [Invited Oral Presentation], Tom Mac Intyre Literary Weekend, Baileborough Town Hall . [Details]
(2010)Irish Society For Theatre Research Conference 2010,
Marie Kelly and Bernadette Sweeney (2010) Anarchic and Strange: Only an Apple’. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society For Theatre Research Conference 2010, Trinity College Dublin . [Details]
(2009)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2009 (IT Sligo),
Marie Kelly (2009) Questions about Casting. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2009 (IT Sligo), Sligo IT . [Details]
(2008)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2008,
Marie Kelly (2008) Performing Stories: Tom Mac Intyre's theatre at the gateway to consciousness. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2008, University College Dublin . [Details]
(2007)Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2007,
Marie Kelly (2007) Sheep's Milk on the Boil: Theatre as consciousness in action. [Oral Presentation], Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference 2007, Queens University Belfast . [Details]

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2011University College Dublin PHDModern Drama and Performance
2005University College Dublin M.A.Modern Drama and Performance

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Community Engagement Committee Member2014 /
Everyman Theatre Cork Board member2014 /
Corcadorca Theatre Company Board member2013 /
Granary Theatre Advisory Committee Member2013 /
Fuaim Theatre and Music Symposium 2013 Member 2012/20132012 / 2013
Art|works: Creative Arts & Industries Platform Member2012 /
Guna Nua Theatre Company Board member2007 / 2008

Outreach Activities

 Description



  • Current member of the Board of Everyman Theatre, Cork. 
  • Board member Corcadorca Theatre Company (2013 to 2016).
  • Script reader for the Theatre Development Centre's Playwright Feedback Service.
  • Coordination and teaching on an extracurricular course on Getting Cast for Theatre and Film at Drama and Theatre Studies UCC.
  • Conducted two post-show talks in 2014 at the Everyman Theatre Cork, the first with director and cast of What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Tom Mac Intyre (18/9/14) and the second with Edel Semple (English, UCC) and James DeVita, the writer/performer of In Acting Shakespeare (14/10/14).
  • Panel member on Evaluation, Assessment and Scoring (Arts Council of Ireland, September 2014).
  • Coordination/convening of Perforum events at Theatre Development Centre in association with Drama and Theatre Studies UCC.
  • Drama Adjudication: Guild of Irish Drama Adjudicators (Holycross, 2012), Macra Na Feirme One Act Festivals (Portlaoise 2012 and Ringaskiddy 2013).
  • Delivered Casting Workshop for St Johns College (Cork), December 2013.
  • Delivered Casting Workshop for Theatre Development Centre (Cork), April 2013.
  • Contributor/speaker at Creative Careers Sessions, University College Cork, March 2013.
  • Panel member (Arts Council of Ireland - tender for Theatre Adviser, 2009).
  • Coordinator of Postgraduate Research Development Seminars (University College Dublin, 2008).
  • Board Member Guna Nua Theatre Company (2007-2008).
  • Judge: Fringe Festival Dublin, 2007.

Other Activities

 Description

EXTERNAL EXAMINER (2015-present) TRALEE IT (Drama and Performance Modules)

SEÓ DRAMA AND THEATRE (OCT-DEC 2015) Season of events organized by by Dr. Marie Kelly bringing students, staff and community together in a series of readings and masterclasses. These included: 
- A public reading and masterclass on Eva Gore-Booth’s play The Death of Fionavar at Cork Gaol as part of the Centenary of Commemoration in collaboration with the English Department (UCC). Funded by the IRC. See http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/eva-gore-booth-and-constance-markievicz-and-the-death-of-fionavar. This reading was directed by alumna Julie Kelleher (Everyman Theatre) with a cast including students of Drama and Theatre Studies alongside Cork born actress Niamh Lenihan whose credits include leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre Company.

- A public reading and masterclass of Tom Mac Intyre’s The Great Hunger, directed by acclaimed director Wayne Jordan with cast including actor Aaron Monaghan (Abbey Theatre, Druid Theatre) and students of Drama and Theatre Studies.
- A public reading of Cosy by award-winning playwright Kaite O’Reilly, directed by internationally renowned director and psychophysical actor trainer Phillip Zarrilli. Cast included students and staff of Drama and Theatre Studies with local actors alumna Mary Lou McCarthy and acclaimed Irish actress Marion O’Dwyer. 
- A series of Perforum talks and workshops delivered by Michael Keegan-Dolan (internationally acclaimed director and choreographer), Niall Henry (Artistic Director, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Ríonach Ní Néill (choreographer, dancer, curator), Niamh Dowling (Head of School of Performance, Rose Bruford College).

WOMEN OF THE SOUTH: REVOLUTIONARIES AND RADICALS SERIES (MARCH 2016) Contributed to collaboration between and UCC’s English Department, Women’s Studies, the School of History, and Farmgate Café, English Market, Cork by organising a reading of archival transcripts of suffragettes and women at the centre of the Rising. This event involved students of Drama and Theatre Studies with cast including Niamh Linehan (RSC, Abbey Theatre, Druid, RNT). See. http://farmgatecork.ie/womenofthesouth/team/

RANDOMER by GERARD STEMBRIDGE (March 2016).  March 2016. Dr. Marie Kelly collaborated with Film and Screen Media (UCC) by casting a reading of screen play (Randomer) by UCC's Screen Artist in Residence Gerard Stembridge. The cast included students of Drama and Theatre Studies, local actors and actors from further afield. One member of the cast, George Hanover, was subsequently cast in the film and went on to win Best Actress for this role in the ReelHeART International Film Festival. See https://www.facebook.com/therandomermovie/ 

FUAIM MUSIC AND THEATRE SYMPOSIUM (JUNE 2013). Dr. Marie Kelly collaborated with the Department of Music (Dr. Mel Mercier, Dr. Danijela Kulezic-Wilson and PhD Candidate, Tom Lane) on FUAIM Theatre and Musica one-day symposium on the multiple creative interfaces between music and theatre. FUAIM Theatre and Music symposium brought together internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in theatre, music and sound for an open dialogue on creative intersections between music and theatre and showcased current research and experimentation. The symposium included a keynote lecture from acclaimed composer and director Heiner Goebbels, whose work epitomizes the intermedia tendencies of contemporary theatre, an anti-lecture using recorded and live sound, images, voice, verbal and non-verbal information by renowned intermedia artist, composer, musician and writer David Toop a performance/presentation by director Emelie FitzGibbon and composer/sound designer Cormac O’Connor on their collaborative process in staging Graffiti Theatre Company's production of Angela Betzien's Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? and a panel discussion with composers Roger Doyle and Conor Linehan, writer-director Paul Mercier, and director Tom Creed on the relationship between music and theatre in their work.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I have a wide array of skills and connections which uniquely position my scholarly exploration, creative practice, and teaching portfolio as a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies. My research interests spring from my professional experience of working at the Abbey Theatre (1993-2006), firstly as an assistant to the Abbey’s Artistic Director (with duties that spanned theatre production) and subsequently as Casting Director. In this regard I have extensive knowledge of theatre production in contemporary Irish theatre and have collaborated with a wide range of leading national and international practitioners (writers, directors, actors, designers, stage managers and other theatre specialists). I am also proficient in the creative act of analysing performance as well as analysing the composition of texts for performances (dramaturgy). This unique combination of knowledge and skill allows me to teach and research drama and theatre with bilateral vision which balances scholarly enquiry and critical thinking with practice-based research. Additionally, this background allows me to draw on my own actual experience and connections in the profession to develop innovative ways of teaching and inspiring students’ interest in this subject area. In the course of my doctoral studies at University College Dublin I taught courses on: Introduction to Drama and Performance; Performance Studies; Stage Crafts; Textual Analysis; Research Methodologies in Drama and Performance Studies. I currently enjoy teaching Performative Writing and Contexts : Greek to Postmodern Theatre (DR1005 and DR1006) and Theatre of the Image (DR2008/DR2027), Site-Specific Theatre (DR3005/DR2003), and coordinating the Internship Work Placement module (DR3001)

In the current academic year (2017/2018) I will initiate a module on Engaging the Profession (DR3025) which will entail a collaboration with the Abbey Theatre on presenting concepts for production. See below for more detail on design of new modules. At postgraduate level I teach on the MA in Irish Writing and Film (English Department) on the theatre of Marina Carr and Tom MacIntyre (EN6012).


Innovation in teaching
I am passionate and committed to bringing students into the actual reality of making theatre performance in the profession as it exists today. As well as as teaching in the variety of contexts applicable and available to Drama and Theatre Studies (DTS) as a subject area on campus - such as seminars and lecturesstudio based theatre-practiceworkshops, rehearsals, practice based presentations) - I have created opportunities for my students to experience what it is like to perform on a range of different stages (locally and nationally), to meet and work with theatre personnel and get hands on experience of theatre production beyond the UCC campus. As well as using the facilities in the department’s Drama Lab (Connolly Complex) and Granary Theatre, I have also introduced students to working at the Theatre Development Centre at Triskel Arts CentreEveryman (Cork), Firkin Crane (Cork) and Abbey/Peacock Theatre (Dublin). In 2014 I organised the first showcase of UCC student work on the national stage at the Abbey/Peacock Theatre (Dublin) and Everyman (Cork). This was followed by similar showcases in 2015 and 2016. These events offered students the opportunity to show their work and meet leading directors, casting directors, producers, and agents. I have also arranged field trips, and have taken students to see a wide range of theatre performances, talks, workshops and masterclasses in Cork and Dublin. I have also arranged public readings, casting students alongside professionals and providing a rare opportunity for students to work with such theatre professionals as leading Irish director Wayne Jordan, international director Phillip Zarrilli, actors Aaron Monaghan and Niamh Linehan to name but few. As part of my teaching on DR3001 (Practical Internship Work Placement) I have also used my connections in the creative industries to negotiate work placements where appropriate. In 2015/2016 I arranged significant placements at the theatre archives in the V&A Museum (London) and at the Abbey Theatre with the acclaimed theatre director Selina Cartmell during her direction of Marina Carr’s By the Bog of Cats Theatre as part of last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival.


Design of new modules  
In 2014 I designed a new module on Theatre of the Image (DR2008) which filled a significant gap in DTS curriculum and introduced students to the theatre of Tadeusz Kantor, Pina Bausch and Robert Wilson. In 2015 I designed a new module on Site-Specific Theatre (DR3005 option) as part of the first formal collaboration between DTS UCC and Corcadorca Theatre Company. This module is now co-taught by myself with acclaimed theatre director Pat Kiernan and is further expanded this year under module code DR2003. In 2013 I delivered a module on Theatre and Consciousness under the option module range for Final Year Students. This module explored theories of consciousness as they relate to theatre and performance. In 2014/2015 I also designed and delivered an extra-curricular module Getting Cast for Theatre, Film and TV with the aim of preparing students for industry auditions and entering the profession. The course included audition technique, career guidance, visits from guest practitioners such as Kelly Phelan (Casting Director, Abbey Theatre), Louise Kiely (Louise Kiely Casting), and representatives from Irish Actors Equity

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2017Aoife Cahill UCCM.A.Investigating psychosocial perceptions of 'Home' in Paul Keogan's lighting design of Maria De Buenos Aires and Our Few and Evil Days
2017Kelsa Dine UCCM.A.Unreliable Narrators, Obfuscated Histories: (Re)/(De)Constructing the Witch for a Contemporary Feminist Performance Practice
2017Josephine Fenton UCCM.A.Why is the room charged that way?: The role of the room in the plays of Enda Walsh
2017Margaret Taylor UCCM.A.The Theatre of the Dead: Death and Loss in the Plays of Marina Carr
2017Amy Nolan UCCM.A.A woman carved out of rock, carved out of the rocks around her: Female resilience and the impact of motherhood in three plays by Marina Carr

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Walsh Scotty Doctoral Degree
Klich Patricia Doctoral Degree
Kibbe Thomas Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Engaging the Profession 2 DR3025Engaging the Profession 2
2019Performative Writing & Contexts: Greek to Modern DR1005Performative Writing & Contexts: Greek to Modern
2019Engaging the Profession 1 DR2028Engaging the Profession 1
2019Theatre and the Image DR2008Theatre and the Image
2019Performative Writing and Contexts: Modern to Postdramatic DR1006Performative Writing and Contexts: Modern to Postdramatic
2019Playwrights and Writing in Contemporary Theatre DR6027Playwrights and Writing in Contemporary Theatre
2019Practical Internship Work Placement DR3001Practical Internship Work Placement

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr. Maureen O'Connor UCCIRELAND
Dr. Bernadette Cronin UCCIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr. Fiona Becket University of LeedsUNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Eamonn Jordan UCDIRELAND
Dr. Una Kealy Waterford ITIRELAND
Kate McCarthy Waterford ITIRELAND
Dr. Cathy Leeney UCDIRELAND
Dr. Louise Lepage University of YorkUNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Eric Weitz TCDIRELAND
Amanda Coogan Performance artistIRELAND
Phil Kingston Abbey TheatreIRELAND
Morna Regan Freelance writer/dramaturgIRELAND
Prof. Chris Morash TCDIRELAND

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