Collette has worked in professional theatre since 1986, as an actress initially and then as a drama facilitator in the first Community and Education Department in the Abbey Theatre. She set up a successful children’s theatre company, Tell Tale Theatre in the late 80’s with actor Sean Campion and she also taught in the Gaiety School of Acting from 1988-1994. From 1994 - 2000 Collette worked in the City Arts Centre, Dublin, as General Manager, and then in 1998 she was appointed Programming Manager. As Programming Manager, she co-founded and managed the very successful late night Comedy Club - Stiryfry, and was also responsible for programming all the various exhibitions, festivals and theatre/music events. Since 2002 she's been the Director of Calipo.