Role at The Watergate Theatre: Box Office Supervisor
Where are you from?
I live in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. It is only 20 minutes commute to The Watergate Theatre, so it is ideal.
Tell me about your role:
I won’t get into the technical nitty gritty but I will say that the role of box office supervisor requires finding the balance between serving our customers either by telephone, in-person or online, the interaction with the various production companies which visit the theatre and the cross over between all other departments in the theatre; marketing, tech, front of house, accounts. My role allows me to be involved in every aspect of staging a production at the Watergate. No two days are the same! It is the wonderful people from the many diverse backgrounds, who I have the pleasure of meeting and working with, which is without doubt the highlight for me.
How did you become interested in working in theatre?
My love for the arts became very evident in secondary school. During 6th year I worked on my art college portfolio. I was awarded a place in Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork where I studied fine art and design. After obtaining my degree I worked in various arts organisations including Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Visual, Carlow and The Butler Gallery in Kilkenny to name just a few. I quickly realized that I really enjoyed arts administration work and customer service roles, making the role of Box Office supervisor the perfect fit for me. The added bonus of being part of the social media team at the Watergate Theatre allows me to get creative with our marketing material too.
You obviously have a creative background. Do you still make art and if so what are your influences?
I do make art but maybe not as much as I used to. I am currently moving house where I will have a dedicated studio space which will help and encourage me to make more.
I always found that creating art was a journey through the diverse physical, psychological and personal elements of myself – elements which are not always easy to process or understand. I ask myself how do people start to understand the happenings of their lives on a psychological level and I wonder if my life experiences have affected me psychologically but also physically and creatively?
Through my art I like to consider the synergy of my body and my mind to gain a better understanding of those life experiences. I began in my work by experimenting with various media types to express that physical and psychological synergy.
Right now, up-cycling furniture captures my creative interest which is great as it’s so practical!