Originally from Ireland, Sharon graduated from University College Dublin with an M.A in Directing for Theatre in 2009 and before this her primary degree was a BA in Drama awarded by DIT's Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, where she studied acting full time for three years, as well as classical singing and was awarded The Showboat Prize for Best Musical Theatre performer in her final year.
Over the past 10 years, Sharon has enjoyed a diverse career as a musical theatre performer, concert singer and cabaret artist. In 2013, Sharon relocated to London, where she was part of the original cast of the smash hit West End musical production of "The Commitments" . Following this, she completed a UK tour of Barry Manilow’s Musical “Copacabana”, playing the role of Conchita Alvarez and then went on to perform as part of the final West End cast of the renowned hit musical "Billy Elliot" in the Victoria Palace Theatre, which closed in April 2016.
Sharon has spent the summer touring the UK Fringe circuit with her smash hit one woman show "Somewhere Under The Rainbow - The Liza Minnelli Story" which has seen her pick up a host of awards & nominations, including the Reviews Hub 5 star critic's choice award at Brighton Fringe this summer.
She is currently touring "A Fit Wife For A Revolutionary", which is set to play Liverpool and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, Ireland this November. The play marks Sharon's writing debut & she is incredibly excited about bringing it "home".
Sharon is also preparing for a series of cabaret performances, with her partner in crime Riona O Connor. Together the girls write, compose & perform a series of sketches & original songs. They are set to take the stage this October for their first performance as "Sexton & O Connor" as part of the London Irish Short Play Festival, which Sharon is producing with her theatre company Biscuits For Breakfast Productions, in LIC Camden. The ambitious project will see 6 brand new works presented over 4 nights, and the company are hopeful they can make this an annual platform to showcase new writing in London.
THEATRE AND SCREEN
Sharon has recently completed filming the pilot episode of "Quinn and O'Grady" as part of the RTE storyland project, where she played the role of Garda Quinn.
On stage she is most notably recognised for her award winning portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the highly acclaimed one woman show, "Somewhere Under The Rainbow" (Olympia Theatre, Irish National Tour and Edinburgh Fringe Festival) which continues to play throughout the UK
Other theatre credits to date include Yellow Girl in "Shout!", Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" (Gaiety), "Anglo The Musical" (Irish premiere, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre), Nancy in "Oliver!" (Festival productions, National Concert Hall), the title role of "Jane Eyre" (Irish premiere), "I-Keano" (Olympia Theatre, National Tour), Lucy in "Jekyll and Hyde", Reno Sweeney in "Anything Goes", Lily St.Regis in "Annie" (National Concert Hall) and "The Biggest Adventure in the World" (Barnstorm Theatre Company, National Tour).
LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES
Sharon has worked extensively as an entertainer and cabaret artist throughout Europe and has also performed as a soloist with the Irish National Concert Orchestra. In 2013, she played the lead role of Shannon in the new original musical Irish which was filmed at The Wexford Opera House for transmission on PBS America, later this year.
Sharon has also performed as a lead vocalist with a number of live established bands including the highly successful tribute act Abbaesque (Ireland), the contemporary rock and pop band Rhythm Culture (Ireland). She is currently vocalist with the Mowtown soul band The Reflections based in South London and is an original member of the new UK classical/pop crossover group The Voce Girls. She also performs for private events with the custom-i-sing agency
TEACHING AND DIRECTING
Sharon has worked in some of the most highly respected private schools and professional training colleges throughout Ireland and the UK. She is currently Head of Speech at the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in North London and L.A.M.D.A tutor for Montage Theatre Arts in South London. Sharon is available for private tuition / group workshops and further information can be found in the "teaching" section of the website.
Sharon co-founded Biscuits For Breakfast Theatre company in 2004, with Cillian O'Donnachadha, with whom she regularly writes, directs & produces. The Company has enjoyed great success producing established and orginial works, which have earned them many award wins & nominations over the past decade and are currently preparing to stage their second UK production, since relocating to London, which is a one woman show "A Fit Wife For A Revolutionary". Directed by O'Donnachadha this show tells the story of Kathleen Clarke during Easter Week 1916 and will play in the London Irish Centre, in March 2016 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Easter Rising. Biscuits For Brekafast have another very exciting project in development for next year, featuring a world class puppet, currently being designed constructed by puppeteer, Sarah Strachan. stay tuned for more details.