Fiona McGeown

Fiona is originally from Armagh and now lives between Cork and Dublin. She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, L’Ecole de Mime Corporeal Dramatique, London and with Anne Bogart’s SITI company, New York. Fiona is Artistic Director at Painted Bird.

Previous/Ongoing theatre work includes HOME Theatre Project at An Draiocht for DTF, The Devlin Project at Dublin Theatre Festival ‘In Development’ (Painted Bird),  Death of A Naturalist, (Painted Bird) at Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Derry, Toilers – Her Lost Play (Painted Bird) at Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival (Painted Bird), The Cat and The Moon and The Only Jealousy of Emer (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At The Hawks Well (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Love Girl Love (Quarter Block Party), Playboy of the Western World (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Between Trees and Water (Painted Bird), Losha (Monkeyshine), A Murder of Crows (Barnstorm), The Bear (Painted Bird), Rhinoceros (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At Swim Two Birds (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company),  The Third Policeman (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Abbey Theatre/Blue Raincoat Peacock partners) and Translations for The Abbey Theatre.

Fiona was awarded the Fishamble Best New Writing Award for Between Trees and Water at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014.

Fiona’s Film and TV credits includes the role of Earl in season 6 of VIKINGS, Jacqui in Neil O’Driscoll’s upcoming feature Waking the Witch, artist Bridget O’Gorman’s video installation A Word Not Spoken Holds Weight, plus Short films Loner and Payback. Fiona begin filming on RTE’s Fair City early next year…


Playboy of the Western World

“Stellar performances by much of the cast including Fiona McGeown (Widow Quin), who was impossible to take your eyes off whenever she was onstage” – Martha Kearns – Sunday Business Post

“Them that kills their fathers is a vain lot surely,” says Fiona McGeown’s sly Widow Quinn, inheriting the line and pricking his (Christy Mahon’s) bubble. That makes for a sleek and clarifying approach” – Peter Crawley – The Irish Times

The Only Jealousy of Emer

“Emer’s only jealousy, then, in Fiona McGeown’s brilliant turn for Blue Raincoat isn’t a blasting release of pent up rage… by the time she disappears, holding her husbands bed cloths, there is something profound in McGeown’s dutiful performance: Emer has all the makings of her own legend” – Chris McCormack – A Younger Theatre

Alice in Wonderland

 “McGeown’s Alice is an imperious little madam, resisting the conundrums of the Looking Glass creatures; under Niall Henry’s direction, she nicely registers the fear of not being real” – Mic Moroney – The Guardian

‘Fiona is an actor with magnetism, stillness, physical assurance, vocal clarity, intelligence and absolute conviction. With her in this material you cannot tell the ‘dancer from the dance’ and that is probably the highest compliment you can pay any actor’ – Plays and Controversies, Abbey Theatre Diaries






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Fierce Notions

Frontline At Fringe


A lot of Frontline’s actors are very busy as Dublin Fringe season descends on Dublin. Here’s a rundown of all the Frontliners working on shows at this years festival. So yes, take this as our (lightly biased) list of top recommendations!


Donncha O’Dea will appear as a troubled ventriloquist in Dummy from Morb which plays the Peacock Theatre from September 9th to 16th at 6.30pm nightly. Book Tickets. 

Fierce Notions

Juliette Crosby and Tom Moran will appear in the fierce exciting Fierce Notions from Ill-Advised Theatre Company. It runs from September 11th-17th in The Black Box at Smock Alley Theatre. Book Tickets.

Emer C - It's getting harder

Emer Casey appears in the new show from Alice Malseed and Sarah Baxter it’s getting harder and harder for me which plays Smock Alley Theatre from September 10th to 14th. Book Tickets.

Aine Ni Laoghaire - Neon Western

Aine Ni Laoghaire takes to the stage as the Preacher in Neon Western, the acclaimed show from Conflicted Theatre & Peter Power. It runs from Sep 09 -10/13 -17. Book Tickets. 


Fiona McGeown directs a new show for her company Painted Bird. Susanne R. Day’s ‘Toilers’ – Her Lost Play runs at The Lir from September 19th to 23rd.  Book Tickets. 


Fiona McGeown in ‘Losha’


‘Fiona McGeown is playing to sell out houses in ‘Losha’ at On The Edge festival in Birmingham this week. Monkeyshine’s beautiful one woman show has two more performances at the world theatre festival fro young audiences


Irish Times Theatre Award Nominations!


Irish Times Theatre Awards Nominations!

Blue Raincoat Theatre Company has been nominated for a Judges Special Award for its imaginative restoration of the theatre of WB Yeats as part of its A Country Under Wave programme. Starring our very own Fiona McGeown, Nichola MacEvilly and John Carty.  Best of luck guys!
ANU show Pals: the Irish at Gallipoli, which starred Shane Whisker is also up for Best production and Best Lighting Design!
Wishing the best of luck to all the nominees, from all at Frontline Actors

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