Séimí is an Irish Theatre Director, based in London. Graduating from Trinity College Dublin and Royal Irish Academy of Music, he also studied in Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungary and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (MA in Theatre Directing).
Séimí co-founded Trinity Musical Theatre and directed their two inaugural productions of ‘West Side Story’ and ‘EVITA’ in the O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin. He also founded and was Artistic Director of DYMT (Donegal Youth Musical Theatre) for three years where he directed the award winning ‘Phantom of the Opera: Youth Production’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and most recently, his revival of ‘Oliver!’ (An Grianan Theatre).
In London, Séimí most recently directed the UK première of Disney and Stephen Schwartz’s My Son Pinocchio (Southwark Playhouse) and Mozart! The Musical (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts). He was Resident Director on Michel LeGrand’s ‘Amour’ (Charing Cross Theatre), and has assisted on West End shows including as ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (Barbican), ‘Come From Away’ (Phoenix) and ‘The Cereal Café’ (The Other Palace), and on ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Shoreditch Town Hall).
Séimí most recently won Best Director at the 2019 Irish Musical Theatre AIMS Awards for his production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and is a Gold Medal recipient of Trinity College.
Royal Irish Academy of Music
The Royal Irish Academy of Music is Ireland’s oldest conservatoire, ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for the performing arts. Training gifted musicians from all over the world for careers in music performance, composition and pedagogy, RIAM students train with many internationally renowned musicians and principals of professional orchestras in Ireland, as well as individuals whose names have become synonymous with music education in Ireland. Their experienced teachers are passionate about working with talented students to unlock their artistic potential, and launch their careers on the international stage.
RIAM performing groups are similarly celebrated for the vitality and passion of their performances, and are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in Ireland and overseas.
The RIAM are delighted to be partners with IYMT in this new national musical theatre training company, which hopes to find, nourish and showcase the next generation of Irish musical theatre artists, and recognise musical theatre as an art form in their historical institution.
Colm Wilkinson is one of most loved and recognised voices of the musical theatre industry. He is best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and for playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera.
Irish singer and actor, Colm, was first cast as Judas in the Dublin production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972; a role he went on to reprise in London and on the British national tour.
In 1976, Colm sang the part of Che on the concept album for the musical Evita. Instead of auditioning for the role when the production was launched in London, Colm launched a solo career as a singer-songwriter.
In 1985, he collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber once again, originating the role of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at the Sydmonton workshop. Colm was offered the role for the show's début on the West End, but instead chose to play Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.
The London production of Les Misérables opened in October 1985, and transferred to Broadway in March 1987. Originally, the American Actors' Equity Association refused to allow Colm to play the part of Valjean in New York, due to their policy of hiring only American actors. At this, producer Cameron Mackintosh refused to open the show unless Colm played Valjean, and Actors' Equity relented. Colm won the Helen Hayes Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Theatre World Award for his performance; he was nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Colm plays the part of Lord Darcy in the third season showing of Showtimes miniseries The Tudors which began airing on 12 April 2009.
On 3 October 2010, Wilkinson was a special guest at the 25th Anniversary Concerts of Les Misérables, at the O2 Arena, alongside many other original cast members.
A year later, he appeared - alongside a number of former Phantoms - at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Phantom of the Opera, at The Royal Albert Hall.
Colm Wilkinson returned to Les Misèrables as Monsieur Myriel in the 2012 film.