The Olympia Theatre employs 80+ staff members to keep the Old Lady of Dame Street running! From housekeeping to stage staff, management to bar staff, ushers to maintenance staff, there are plenty of hardworking folks that ensure the theatre is ready to welcome patrons & artists alike.
Here are profiles of a small number of staff members so you can learn more about their experiences working at The Olympia!
Maureen started as a Bar Girl in The Olympia Theatre in 1949 for a 3 week position, but stayed with us for 72 years and all who encountered her were lucky to enjoy her warm welcome, her fascinating stories, her quick wit and her sharp tongue.
She met with hundreds of talented artists over the years who were delighted to get a photograph with her to immortalise their time in the theatre forever, examples are: REM, Bono, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Michael Buble, Pierce Brosnan, Laurel & Hardy, Snoop Dogg, Colin Farrell & many more. These photos adorn the walls of her bar for all to see!
Maureen’s memorable moments of the theatre including flirting with Tyrone Power in the 50’s, spending lots of time with Laurel & Hardy in 1952, being kissed by Kris Kristofferson backstage, bringing Josef Locke a pint on stage at this last Olympia show and receiving a rose from him in return...
Sadly Maureen passed away on Wednesday 6th January 2021. She has been adored by staff members, artists, and guests of the theatre for decades, and her loss will be felt far and wide. She often joked that she would always be a part of the theatre as she planned to haunt it after she's gone, we've no doubt we will all be feeling her presence on Dame Street forever.
Michael is the Head Usher, with a special duty to ensure all the VIP’s in the boxes are well looked after while in the theatre. He has worked in the theatre since 2000, and since then he has had the pleasure to ensure stars like U2, Colin Farrell, and The Rolling Stones enjoy the experience of taking in a show in the intimate surroundings of the best theatre in Ireland.
Some of Michaels most memorable nights in the Olympia include REM's 5 night stand in 2007, when the theatre’s guests were a who's who of the music and entertainment industry, including U2, Josh Hartnett, Helena Christensen & David Morse to name but a few. It was also a pleasure for Michael to look after Saoirse Ronan & Daniel Day Lewis at the intimate Adele gig in 2011.
Fearga has the enviable role of Stage Manager of The Olympia Theatre, which keeps her run off her feet pretty much constantly! She has been working full time for The Olympia since 2008, having had very big shoes to fill due to the retirement of the previous Stage Manager John Brogan who served at the theatre for 30+ years.
The Olympia has always been a part of Fearga’s life having worked freelance for over twenty years, bringing many touring productions to play here. She gets great job satisfaction working here not only as it is a privilege to work in one of only a few Victorian theatres in Ireland, but also because her job is so varied, no two days are the same.
Fearga says one of the best things about working here is the staff, from the General Manager right through to the Front of House, there is a great team spirit. The Olympia as a receiving house, has and will continue to give each artist the highest professional standard and as the Stage Manager, she considers herself very lucky to be able to carry on the legacy created over the years.
Fearga’s memorable moments at The Olympia include the first night she started work full time in the theatre, for Kila on St Patricks Day 2008. What a night, talk about being thrown in the deep end! She’ll also never forget the wintery night in December 2010 when an ESB substation fault on Dame Street cut off all electricity to the building, just when The Coronas started their headline set to a sold out crowd. While trying to figure out if the show could go on, the band came back on stage to perform entirely without amplification, and all stage staff rushed to the wings to light the band with their torches, while the audience sang along perfectly... Unforgettable!
Noelle is based in the management offices of the theatre as Personal Assistant, Office Manager & Marketing Manager, and has been with us since 2007. She is who you’ve probably talking to on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, and a big project has been putting The Olympia's first ever website together and keeping it updated daily.
Noelle’s memorable Olympia moments include seeing Wilco for the first time in 1999, the lovely vibe & incredible lineup at the memorial show for Uaneen Fitzsimmons in 2001, Interpol’s snowy 3 night stand in December 2010, and seeing the rather handsome Sufjan Stevens knock back a pint of Guinness in Brogans after his amazing shows in May 2011. Admittedly, having an office based backstage when bands like Queens Of The Stone Age are knocking about is not a hardship...