Born in Dublin, Christine trained in piano and voice at the Conservatory of Music & Drama and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and she holds a first-class MA in Theatre Studies from Dublin City University. She works all over Ireland as a freelance director, and is the artistic director of Red Alchemy Theatre Company. The company is wholly committed to producing works that offer performance opportunities to the talented young graduates of Ireland’s theatre and music theatre training programmes.
As a freelance director, Christine’s most recent directing credits are The Full Monty (Watergate Theatre), Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret (The Helix), The Addams Family, Listen To My Heart (National Tour), Sweeney Todd (Watergate Theatre), Sondheim’s Assassins (The Helix), Michael Collins – A Musical Drama (Watergate Theatre), ESB Madsoc’s 30th Anniversary Celebration (National Concert Hall), Chicago the Musical, La Bohème as part of Opera In The Park (Merrion Square for Dublin City Council), RENT (The Helix Theatre), Al Porter’s Take It From Me (Bewley’s Café Theatre), An Evening with John Bucchino (Cobalt Café), A Little Light Music (The Helix), Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (National Opera House, Wexford). From 2005 until 2013, Christine directed the pantomime season at the Olympia Theatre.
Other directing credits include a national tour of Martin McDonagh’s play The Lonesome West, the Irish première of The Producers (National Opera House), Mad About Musicals (NCH), Ritual For Dolls (Mill Theatre), Bugsy Malone and Annie (Olympia Theatre/Cork Opera House), Moonlight and Music - with Rebecca Storm and Peter Corry (Solstice Theatre), the Irish première of High School Musical (The Forum, Waterford), West Side Story (Solstice Theatre), The June Rodgers Show (Dublin and Cork), One Voice (The Helix), Into The Woods (Draíocht and Theatre Royal, Waterford) and Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Millbank Theatre).
In her early career as an actor/singer, Christine worked professionally at theatres and concert venues all over Ireland, playing widely diverse roles in both plays and musicals. She has played opposite international music theatre stars such as John Barrowman, David Kernan, Millicent Martin, Dave Willetts and Lorna Luft – daughter of singing legend, Judy Garland, has frequently broadcast live concert performances for RTE, and toured Ireland and the USA in cabaret. Her many tv/radio credits include appearances on The Late Late Show, The Gerry Ryan Show, Theatre Nights (all for RTE) and Friday Night Is Music Night (BBC).
In 2015 Christine welcomed Emmy Award-winner and Tony Nominee, Liz Callaway, to deliver a memorable performance workshop in Dublin and, on two earlier occasions, invited Broadway composer John Bucchino to present a masterclass of his work to a selection of Ireland’s music theatre performers. She looks forward to working with them again soon.
In addition to her private practice as a vocal coach, Christine works as a director and voice tutor at the Irish College of Music Theatre (IMT) - Ireland’s first accredited third-level music theatre course, where she also lectures in music theatre history. In September 2016 she joined the faculty of American College Dublin, which offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theatre - the first of its kind in Ireland.
““Christine is someone who I completely trust. She is honest with me and encourages me, as an actor, to take chances and make certain choices. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her help. Throughout my career she has cast me in some of my most defining roles, which shaped my career and made me the actor I am … It’s not very often you find a director who you are looking forward to working with again. Christine also encouraged me and gave me full support when I was deciding whether to try and make a go of it in London. I can’t recommend anyone better than Christine to help or encourage fresh new talent.”