Christine Scarry

Born in Dublin – now resident in Kilkenny - Christine is a freelance director of plays and musicals, whose work has been seen in theatres all over Ireland.    She is Owner/Artistic Director of Red Alchemy Theatre Company, which has a special interest in showcasing emerging theatre talent, and Red Alchemy Voice Studio - her private vocal practice.  Her recent national tour production of Vincent – A Play received critical and public acclaim in 2019.  Set against the visual backdrop of some of his greatest masterpieces, it provided a moving insight into the turbulent life and times of the misunderstood genius, Vincent van Gogh.

She is the owner of specialist voice consultancy, The Voice Business (thevoicebusiness.ie), and is Musical Director of the female sextet, Alchemy (alchemyvox.com), who provide exclusive private and corporate entertainment.  Eclectic in both personality and repertoire, theirs is a fusion of contemporary and classic sounds; their recent performance at The Sugar Club, Dublin saw the launch of their début album - available on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. 

Christine produced and directed the critically acclaimed Vincent – A Play by Leonard Nimoy (National Tour), Listen To My Heart (National Tour)The Lonesome West (National Tour) and Ritual For Dolls (Mill Theatre, Dublin) – all for Red Alchemy Theatre Company.   She directed the new musical drama, Find Your Way Home, at New York’s Symphony Space, Broadway, following a short US Tour.

Her vocal group, Alchemy, performed the sell-out Winter Song at The Sugar Club, Dublin, A Night at the Museum in the Medieval Mile Museum, Sounds of Summer at The Set Theatre, Christmas by Candlelight at St. Canice’s Cathedral.  Alchemy provided the entertainment for the Vótáil 100 celebrations at Dublin Castle, and were special guests at the Dublin Bowie Festival. They have just released their début album, available on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.  

Other recent productions include Sondheim’s Assassins (The Helix), La Bohème as part of Opera In The Park (Merrion Square for Dublin City Council), Bugsy Malone (Olympia Theatre), Annie (Olympia Theatre and Cork Opera House), Find Your Way Home (Civic Theatre, Dublin), ESB Madsoc’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and Mad About Musicals (both National Concert Hall), The June Rodgers Show (Dublin and Cork), Al Porter’s Take It From Me (Bewley’s Café Theatre), An Evening with John Bucchino (Cobalt Café), Moonlight and Music - with Rebecca Storm and Peter Corry (Solstice Arts Centre), Frozen Solid! and Beauty and the Beast (The Watergate).  Christine directed the Pantomime season at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin from 2005 until 2013.

Other credits are Michael Collins – A Musical Drama, Jason Robert Brown’s ParadeThe Full Monty and Sweeney Todd (all at Watergate Theatre), Ragtime (The Premier, Thurles), Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together (Pavilion Theatre), Kander & Ebb’s CabaretRentOne VoiceA Little Light Music (all at The Helix Theatre), The Addams FamilyChicago the Musical, the Irish première of The Producers, Sondheim’s Follies (both at National Opera House, Wexford), the Irish première of High School Musical (The Forum, Waterford), West Side Story (Solstice Arts Centre), Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Millbank Theatre) and Into The Woods (Draíocht and Theatre Royal, Waterford). 

Originally 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 musical 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).

After an absence of almost fifteen years, Christine returned to the stage in 2019, playing the role of Emsy in A New Fish at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

In 2015 Christine welcomed US Emmy Award-winner and Tony Nominee, Liz Callaway, to deliver a memorable performance workshop in Dublin and, on two earlier occasions, has 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 her private vocal practice, Christine has a proven track record in helping singers and actors achieve success; her students are currently playing leading roles on Broadway, the West End, and at the major Irish theatres, including the Abbey and Gate Theatres, and on various television shows.

She was a founding faculty member of the first-ever musical theatre degree course in Ireland, where she lectured in voice, acting and music theatre history, and she continues to be active as a guest lecturer and masterclass facilitator.  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 is a member of AOTOS, the British Voice Association and is currently serving as PR officer for the Kilkenny branch of Network 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.” 

Killian Donnelly - Multiple Olivier Award Nominee and star of The Phantom of the OperaLes Misérables, Kinky Boots, Memphis, The Commitments and Billy Elliot