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 (www.ouch-zirk.com) 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 Circus ‘Starman’, 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. (www.cwbireland.com)
Photo: Benard Boccara
Glücksjäger Palazzo (Germany/Austria) Max Rambaek
Scandalo Ohlala (Switzerland) Cal McCrystal
Hot Potato Ouch Colm O’Grady
Naked Lunch Ouch-Zirk Co-production Brooking/ O’Grady
Cirque de Sally Ouch Entertainment Louis Spagna
Shake Shake Shake Pakipaya (Belgium) Jean-Pierre Pagali
Delicious O’Grady Ouch Entertainment Cal McCrystal
Yodel Ouch Entertainment Colm O’Grady
Crazy Love Circus Price (Spain) Antonio de Mesa
Circus Barabbas the Co. Raymond Keane
Lunar Circus Lunar Circus (Australia) Matt Yates
The Tiny Top The Tiny Top (Australia) Tony Rooke
Camel Show Ouch Entertainment Colm O’Grady
Quality Furniture Quality Furniture Fanning/ O’Grady
The Great Innuendo Ouch Entertainment Colm O’Grady
Other Brothers Eile and Ouch Co-prod Eile/ O’Grady
Tumble Circus Tumble Circus Ken Fanning
The Grandmother Monkeyshine Theatre Pennefeather/O’Grady
A Red Day Ishka Theatre Co. Elaine Bastible
Home of the Brave Tremendom Theatre (UK) Alexis Kahn
Ecole Philippe Gaulier 2 Years London
Dublin School of Acting 2 Years (Part time) Ireland
Michel Dallaire 2011-2018 Biannually
Monika Pagneaux (6 Years)
Pierre Biland, Jos Houben, Angela D’Castro, Micheline Vanderpole, Kevin Brooking, Francy Begasse
La Clique, The Gaiety Grand, Tassel Club, No Fit State, Crazyhorse- Paris
Mystic Knights Stuntman Saban Entertainment Bob Hughes
Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde, France
Signe Talosh- Belgium
Rire sur la Ville -Belgium
Night at the Palladium -ITV-UK
Americas Got Talent- USA
International Festival of Comedy- Columbia
Clown, Acrobatic Bicycle, Slapstick, Juggling and Object Manipulation, Giraffe Unicycle, Ariel
Musical Saw, Musical Horns, Bells, Clarinet, Ukulele, Singing