Selina Cartmell

Selina Cartmell

The protégée

Published in 2007

For Selina Cartmell, as for her mentor Julie Taymor, an early professional experience in Bali proved life-changing.

Today, at 33, this British director is already acclaimed for bringing a new vision to the Irish theatre. She received an M.A. in history of art and drama from Trinity College, Dublin, and Glasgow University (1995-1999), and a post-graduate diploma in advanced theatre practice – directing (1999-2000) from London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.

In 2003, she returned to Dublin and formed her own company, Siren Productions. She also began working as a freelance director. Her interdisciplinary productions include Fando & Lis (2003), La Musica (2003), Passades (2004), Shutter (2004) and, in 2005, Titus Andronicus, which won four Irish Times Theatre Awards. Her most recent success is a spring 2007 production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, at Dublin’s Gate Theatre.