Tony Carey

Director, Performing Arts programme

Tony Carey was awarded his B. Comm. (1987) and his MBS (1988) from UCD. On leaving university, he worked as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and IBM Business Consulting Services for a total of fifteen years. In these roles he was primarily responsible for business development and the management of relationships with key clients, mainly in the financial services and educational sectors.

In a consulting capacity, he provided assistance to UCD in the development of proposals for the PRTLI processes, including The Conway Institute, The DMMC and The Urban Institute.

In 2003, he took up full-time employment with UCD as Director of Strategic Development to the Faculty of Medicine and he was subsequently appointed as Director of Strategic Planning to the University in September 2005. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development and coordination of the programme of strategic change necessary to deliver on the UCD Strategic Plan.


Artistic Directors

‌The role of Artistic Director for the Music Scholars is rotated between Dr. Ciarán Crilly and Dr. Desmond Earley.

Assistant Professor Ciaran Crilly has current responsibilty for the Ad Astra Performing Arts - Music programme

Ciaran Crilly

Ciarán is Artistic Director of the UCD Symphony Orchestra and a Lecturer in Orchestral Conducting in the UCD School of Music, where he teaches modules on performance, analysis & 20th-century music. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Dublin Symphony Orchestra (2003–06), Principal Conductor of the Dublin Orchestral Players (2007–15) and has directed the Orchestral Manoeuvres summer course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 2014. Other conducting experience includes concerts/recordings with the Dublin Screen Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Miró Chamber Orchestra, Baden Sinfonietta, Dublin County Choir, Mornington Singers, Mannheim Uniorchester, EAR Ensemble, Hibernian Orchestra, Irish Film Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin Baroque Players & RIAM Symphony Orchestra.

Ciarán holds degrees from King's College London (BMus), Goldsmiths, University of London (MA) and University College Dublin (PhD), studying violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and orchestral conducting at the Prague Conservatory of Music. He has participated in conducting master classes and competitions throughout Europe, including the 2005 Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition and the 2006 Besancon International Competition for Young Conductors (Highly Commended). As a violinist and violist, he has worked with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Irish Film Orchestra, Orlando Chamber Orchestra, Marlborough Baroque & Irish Sinfonia.


Kellie Hughes

Kellie Hughes PortraitKellie is a highly trained theatre-artist with twenty years of professional experience as a director, performer and creator. She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Highlights include; Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, The National Theatre, London, Barbican Arts Centre, London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Avila Theatre Festival, Spain, FESTCO International Theatre Festival, Bucharest, Istanbul Theatre Festival, Turkey, Tampere Theatre Festival, Finland, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, Adelaide Theatre Festival and Sydney Theatre Company, Australia.

Recent theatre collaborations with The Emergency Room include the concept, design and staging of Samuel Beckett’s prose piece Lessness and co-direction of Olwen Fouéré’s award winning riverrun.

Kellie was an ensemble performer with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company for seven years and collaborated on the creation of a number of new works with the company, alongside interpreting modern classic texts. Directing credits for Blue Raincoat include The Cat and the Moon, At the Hawk’s Well and remounts of The Bald Soprano and A Brief Taste of Lightning. Film and Radio work include Astray, adapted by filmmaker Johnny Gogan from Seamus Heaney's version of Buile Suibne (Bandit Films), Swansong (Zanzibar Films) and Know Your Station, co-written by Eithne Hand, Mikel Murfi and Jinx Lennon (RTE Radio).

Kellie specialises in developing the expressive potential of the body in performance. She wrote and performed two interactive shows for the Science Museum, London- Art, Science and the Moving Body and The Brain and the Body (Televised B.B.C). Kellie trained at the Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, London and the Centre Artistique International Roy Hart, Maleragues. She holds a first class BA honours in Theatre and History and an MA honours in Physical Theatre.


Academic Advisor

Dr. Eamonn Jordan

Eamonn Jordan is Lecturer in Drama Studies at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin. His book The Feast of Famine: The Plays of Frank McGuinness(1997) is the first full-length study on McGuinness’s work. In 2000, he edited Theatre Stuff: Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre.

More recently, he co-edited with Lilian Chambers The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories (2006) and The Theatre of Conor McPherson: 'Right beside the Beyond' (2012). His last monograph Dissident Dramaturgies: Contemporary Irish Theatre was published in 2010 by Irish Academic Press.