Artistic Director of The Everyman Theatre Julie Kelleher is making the move after almost seven years in the role to take a position at Mermaid Arts Centre in Co Wicklow.
Ms Kelleher is taking on the role of CEO and Artistic Director of the centre located in Bray which she said will allow her to continue to focus on her passion for theatre but to also work across other artistic disciplines of visual arts, music, dance and literature which she said is “exciting”.
She said, however, that she will “massively miss Cork” but that she will visit often to see family and friends and “won’t be a stranger” Leeside.
Ms Kelleher is in her seventh year as Artistic Director and has spent the last 10 years working at The Everyman in different roles.
Speaking to The Echo, she said: “I’m really attached to the building itself and I have a really really brilliant team of colleagues who I just adore working with and we have a really supportive public in Cork that really support what I've been doing and the Everyman has been doing so I’ve been blessed with that.”
She said that some of the highlights of working at The Everyman include performing in the Beauty and The Beast pantomime in 2011, producing Asking for It, and directing plays such as The Lonesome West and Dancing At Lughnasa.
Touching on the ongoing challenges being faced by the arts and cultural sector due to Covid-19, she said there are “big changes now coming” for people working in the industry but assured that “change isn’t always bad”.
The Everyman has not reopened since closing its doors when Covid-19 hit five months ago and Ms Kelleher said that there is “an ongoing set of issues to be figured out” that staff have been “plugging through”.
“We’ve had a lot of support from the public too so we’re very grateful for that but there is lots more work to do as well.
She said that there is still a lot of uncertainty for “huge numbers of people” and that it would be “great to see more details emerging on the stimulus package” which would help address some of peoples’ concerns.
Ms Kelleher will be making the move to Wicklow in September.