In this episode of The Actors’ Room, Lynn Larkin chats to Geraldine McAlinden. Originally from County Armagh, Geraldine trained originally as a solicitor and worked in the UK and Ireland.
She trained and worked part-time as an actor and director for theatre until 2012 when she left law to take up a place in the first one year Screen Acting programme run by the Factory now Bow Street Academy. During that time she trained with Kirsten Sheridan, Shimmy Marcus, Lance Daly and Maureen Hughes during the one year Screen Acting Programme in The Factory (now Bow Street) and with the Gaiety School of Acting and the Focus Theatre. She is a member of The Actor’s Studio in Bow Street.
Film credits include the features The Secret Scripture, The Truth Commissioner, How to be Happy, ANTON and Portrait of a Zombie (Winner of the 2013 Underground Film Festival’s Best Independent Feature award). Geraldine’s performance in Portrait of a Zombie led to her being long listed for an IFTA for Best Actress in a leading role in a feature film in 2013.
Geraldine’s TV acting credits include the IFTA winning Red Rock and Cumann na mBan 100 as well as Scup and RTE’s children’s show Spooky Stakeout.
Geraldine’s recent theatre credits include One Day by Dick Walsh, Remember to Breathe (Dublin Fringe 2015), Friendly Fire, Mary Stuart, Beyond Therapy!, Philidelphia Here I come!, and various characters in the longplay improv Spoonfed (Dublin Fringe 2005).
Geraldine’s directing credits include the plays Orphans, The New York Monologues and The Cripple of Inishmaan and the short film Helmets and Thorny Island.
Her writing credits include the tiny play Knowing (which was published and produced by Fishamble’s Tiny Plays for Ireland) and the short films The Crack and Any Given Night (which she co-wrote).
Her film production credits include Enough (selected for screening at the 2015 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival).
Geraldine is one of the two founding members of Alchemy 8 Productions whose production of Orphans was highlighted as one of the theatre highlights in Dublin for 2015. Geraldine can be seen soon in the new season of Striking Out on Rte and in the upcoming feature films Zoo, Dark lies the island and Black 47.
Currently she can be seen playing Jennifer in the web-series Fix Me by Tom Moran.
Fix Me web series