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 63 years later she’s still working full time with us! She refuses to retire... and we wouldn’t want her to!
If you pop into Maureen’s Bar in the Stalls on the Ground Floor of The Olympia at any show, you canorder an interval drink off Maureen, and have a natter about the performances, the people she has met over the years, the ghost stories, and the famous people she has encountered.
She has met with hundreds of talented artists over the years who have been only too happy 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...
Jimmy is the General Manager of The Olympia, and has worked here since 1969. His mother is our Bar Supervisor Maureen Grant, his son Mark Grant is a Cellarman, his niece Little Mo Grant is a member of the Bar Staff... suffice to say the Grant Family are a huge part of The Olympia!
You’ll always find Jimmy looking dapper in his suit running around the building making sure everyone is happy, safe, and doesn’t go thirsty on a night out at The Olympia.
Jimmy’s favourite memorable moment of the theatre was the night about 18 years ago when the ladies from A Woman’s Heart, including Delores Keane, Mary Black, Eleanor McEvoy, Frances Black, Sharon Shannon & Maura O’Connell, invited his mother Maureen Grant on stage to join them. They surprised her with the news that one of the bars in the Stalls was being named after her, unveiled the bar sign, and ensured that there was a decent party after the show to celebrate!
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 CEO 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 upstairs in the management offices of the theatre as PA to the CEO, Office Manager & Online Marketing Manager, and has been with us since 2007. She is who you’ve probably talking to on our Facebook page, and a big project over the past year has been putting the new website together. Skillfully assisted by Paul Horan, between them they have all the glamorous paperwork related duties covered!
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...
Brian Whitehead is The Olympia’s CEO for the last 15 years, and reigns supreme over us all. He has come through the ranks at MCD, starting out managing the bars at concert events to rise to the positions of MCD Venues Director, CEO of The Olympia Theatre, and Managing Director of The Academy. Last year he decided to branch out into artist management, and looks after talented Monaghan artist Ryan Sheridan.
Brian’s memorable moments includes the night in May 2004 when The Olympia was the first venue in Ireland to welcome Michael Buble, who of course is now a massive superstar! Hosting REM for their 5 night stand of live rehearsals in July 2007 was also a high point, the band, the management & their crew were all a pleasure to have hanging around for a week.