Katie O'Callaghan


A photo of a woman with shoulder length blond hair wearing a green dress and a beaded necklace.

Katie has been working artistically with young people for 18 years, originally training in dance, drama and physical theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool’s Hope Street Ltd. Taking three years to realise she wasn’t really any good at dance herself, her dream of being Right Said Fred’s backing dancer drifted away and her passion for supporting young people with artistic vision was born.

Overcoming the challenges her dyslexia brought her, she created theatre through non-verbal communication. Working with many education and creative organisations have played an integral part in her development.

As a director, script writer and trained mentor, Katie empowers the voice and vision of young disabled creatives. Her professional focus, coordinating the Alder Hey project, is inclusion for young people facing barriers, enabling them to develop artistic skills that enhance their lives, steering them towards creative goals.

At Alder Hey, Katie combines the interests and skills of the patients to pair them with artists to provide a rich environment for vision, enabling them thrive and feel inspired.

She also champions anyone who shares her love of marmite and Right Said Fred, in equal measure.

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