Christine Scarry

Born in Dublin – now resident in Kilkenny - Christine is a freelance director of plays and musicals, and is Artistic Director of Red Alchemy Theatre Company, which has a special interest in niche ensemble pieces designed to showcase contemporary theatre and music theatre talent.  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.  

In July 2017, Christine directed the new musical drama, Find Your Way Home, at New York’s Symphony Space, following performances at the John Hancock Theatre, Boston and The Palace Theatre, Albany.  A screening of the live NYC production was shown at the Watergate Theatre this summer. 

Later this year, Christine will produce and direct the Irish première of Vincent – A Play – at the Watergate Theatre, before embarking on a national tour.  Set against the visual backdrop of some of his greatest masterpieces, it provides a moving insight into the turbulent life and times of the misunderstood genius, Vincent van Gogh.

Christine directed the Pantomime season at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin from 2005 until 2013, and will take the helm again for the 2019 season at the Watergate Theatre.  Other credits include a national tour of Listen To My Heart, Sondheim’s Assassins (The Helix), a tour of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West, La Bohème as part of Opera In The Park (Merrion Square for Dublin City Council), Ritual For Dolls (Mill Theatre), 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 at 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).

Other credits are Michael Collins – A Musical Drama, Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, The Full Monty and Sweeney Todd (all at Watergate Theatre), Ragtime (The Premier, Thurles), Stephen Sondheim’s Putting It Together (Pavilion Theatre), Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret, Rent, One Voice, A Little Light Music (all at The Helix Theatre), The Addams Family, Chicago 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).

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 addition to her theatre work and private vocal practice, Christine is Artistic Director of Alchemy - a newly-formed contemporary female vocal ensemble, and is a member of the British Voice Association.  She was a founding member of the faculty at the Irish College of Music Theatre (IMT) in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, where she directed and lectured in voice, acting and music theatre history.  

““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 DonnellyOlivier Award Nominee and star of Kinky Boots, Memphis, The Commitments, Billy Elliot, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables