Orla Gildea enjoys acting both in Theatre and on screen. She has acted many characters and her theatre appearances include Riverbank, Draiocht, Moat, Helix and Smock Alley.
On screen Orla played the part of Maureen in ‘Cuckoo’, a web series which was part RTE’s Storyland competition. This series went on to win four awards internationally. Orla played a lead role in the second series of the award winning Idir Mna on TG4.
She has also acted in many short films which have been featured in film festivals. Orla performed in ‘A Scare at Halloween’ which she devised with members of Red Thread Theatre Company. An extract from this show was featured on Kazoo TV, RTE 2.
Orla has a particular interest in devised physical theatre and improvisation. She studied Drama and Theatre in NUI Maynooth where she also achieved her masters in Dramatherapy. She trained with the Gaiety School of Acting part time and completed a week’s intensive training course with Louise Lowe on devising for theatre. Orla has been running her own drama school since 2002 and she also works as a Dramatherapist. Orla has really enjoyed being involved with ‘The Party’.