Associate Professor Cecilie O'Reilly is the theatre department's Voice Program Coordinator where she has taught voice, acting, Irish theatre and Women Playwrights since 1984. She has been vocal coach for over 200 Columbia College productions. Cecilie has served as an accent and dialect coach at many professional theatre companies including Steppenwolf, Goodman, Milwaukee Rep, Northlight, Remy Bummpo and Victory Gardens theatres since 1994. She was the dialect coach on Steppenwolf Theatre's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning production August: Osage County that ran on Broadway, London and Australian stages. Cecilie is a member of Actors' Equity and has worked as a professional actress and singer since her first stage role as Phoebe in Shakespeare's As You Like It at The Court Theatre in 1968. Her most recent portrayal was of Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days for the playwright's 100th Anniversary. Last season she recorded several voices for Women's Media Group's Feminist Lens Radio Series of broadcasts on WFMT, where she worked with Columbia Board member Ellen Stone Belic. Cecilie's Columbia College directing credits include The Skin of Our Teeth, Top Girls, Impossible Marriage, Translations, and Anton in Show Business.
- BS in Theatre & Education from Illinois Wesleyan University
- BA in Music Performance, Columbia College Chicago
- Advanced Conservatory Certificate, ACT, San Francisco in acting, singing, voice, movement and dance.