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Karen McCartney

Karen was part of the first group to graduate from the BA in Acting course at The Lir Academy in 2014.

Since then, she has gone on to work at Druid Theatre Company on DruidShakespeare (winner of 2015 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production) and Big Maggie, at The Gate Theatre on The Heiress and Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. She was also part of the cast of Hostel 16 for the Dublin Fringe Festival and Signatories at the Olympia Theatre. She played Serena, a mermaid, in Futureproof as part of Cork Midsummer Festival. She has worked with Rough Magic on the new musical The Train, on the SEEDS production of Mr Burns: A Post Electric Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (winner of 2019 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Ensemble), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Hecuba. Most recently she played Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet for The Mill Theatre and Cordelia/Fool in King Lear for Festival in a Van.

Her film and television credits include Crone Wood (Black Lodge), Fair City (RTÉ), The Titans That Built America (History Channel USA) and a filmed version of Hecuba.