Colm O’Grady

Colm O’Grady was born in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. He’s been professionally creating circus theatre shows for over 20 years, touring 30 countries with theatre companies, circus troupes, cabarets, with numerous duos, as a solo circus performer and clown.

Colm studied for 2 years with Philippe Gaulier at l’Ecole Philippe Gaulier. He has followed a series of master classes over a 6 year period with movement and theatre maestro Monika Panyeaux culminating in her book ‘Inside, Outside’.

Since 2011 he has studied the clown pedagogy of master teacher Michel Dallaire at Hangar du Mines biannually, which he continues to follow.

After a world tour in 2017, which brought him to many different countries and continents, Colm is currently playing with Palazzo (Hamburg, Germany) as one of the main protagonists for their production Glücksjäger directed by Maximilian Rambaek for the forth winter season running in one of their beautiful Spiegel Tents. 

Among other projects Summer 2018 he will be touring festivals in Europe with his 3 solo street theatre shows- Hot Potato, Yodel and Cirque de Sally.

Colm is one half of the renowned duo Naked Lunch with Kevin Brooking, an Ouch and Zirk co-production ( with collectively over 30 million hits on Youtube. This coming year will be their 10th year collaborating and touring the world and having crazy adventures together.

O’Grady’s latest work as a director is with Tumble CircusStarman’, he is also an Artistic Consultant for Palazzo in Germany.

 O’Grady is a co-founded Clowns Without Borders Ireland in 2007, where he is in the role of director. (


Photo: Benard Boccara