2020 Graduate

Ciarán O’Riordan

Ciarán has long had a love of literature, stories, and storytelling. Having come to acting later in life, he is grateful to the generous souls that brought him into the world of student theatre and encouraged him to pursue a career in the arts. During his time with NUTS, UNSW’s theatre society, Ciarán is most proud of his work in the role of Davey in The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Dir. Caitlin Adler) and Daniel Wells in Between Two Waves (Dir. Michael Booker). He left his Bachelor of Arts/Education and his learning support position to pursue full time training in 2017.

During his time at ACA Ciarán has played Harry Brewer in Our Country’s Good (dir. Adam Cook), Creon in Medea (dir. Adam Cook), John in Oleanna (dir. Troy Harrison), Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (dir. Adam Cook), Colonel Belvile in The Rover (dir. Claudia Barrie), and Tom in Fat Pig (dir. Frankie Savige).

Ciarán directed a pop-up production of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in collaboration with several of his classmates. He also contributed to a self-generated production of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis (dir. Zachary Bush) and is excited to launch himself into similar collaborative theatre-making in the future. He also hopes to contribute to the production of Shakespeare and other classical texts in Australia in a compelling, accessible, and inclusive way, as well as continuing to develop his own technical skill, his knowledge, and his poetic voice. Ciaran is excited by theatre as a medium for immersing people in all kinds of stories: old, new, marginalised and forgotten.


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