Staff

Patrick Sutton

Director

Patrick trained at Dartlngton College of Arts, graduating with a BA (honours) Theatre and received his MA (Screenwriting) from IADT. He is a former director of Wexford Arts Centre and of Team Educational Theatre Company.
He has been director of The Gaiety School of Acting since 1993. He is a founder and director of Smock Alley Theatre-1662 and of Communicate, a communications company working at a senior level in industry, politics and the arts.
He was a government appointee to the board of The Arts Council (1997-2005) The Irish Museum of Modern Art (2000-2005) and to Culture Ireland (2005-2009).
He is board member of The Lisa Richards Agency and until recently was a member of the governing authority of The Dublin Institute of Technology.

Eric Weitz

Eric Weitz

Associate Director

Eric has taught at the Gaiety School of Acting and more recently at Trinity College Dublin, where he was programme head for the Bachelor in Acting Studies and later Head of the Drama Department, in which he still teaches. He holds a Ph.D. from Trinity, an M.A. from University College Dublin, and a B.F.A. from Boston University.

His single-author publications include Theatre & Laughter and The Cambridge Introduction to Comedyhe is co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, to be published in October.

He is currently President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR), and he serves on the boards of Smashing Times Theatre Company in Dublin and Collective Encounters in Liverpool, both socially engaged theatre companies.

Maeve Whelan

General Manager

Maeve is currently the General Manager at The Gaiety School of Acting. Prior to that Maeve spent over 5 years with Dublin Theatre Festival as Audience Development and Sales Manager, liaising closely with audiences and artists; both national and international. She spent 3 years with the Arts Council of Ireland in the Theatre, Literature and Circus departments administering awards in funding and assisting in policy development. Maeve holds a BA in Speech and Drama studies from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and an MA in Theatre Practise from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. A former teacher of Drama, she still occasionally adjudicates externally for Speech and Drama Feis.

manager@gaietyschool.com

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Anna Kadzik Gaiety School of Acting

Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska

Educate & Outreach Coordinator

Anna holds a PhD in Art History from University College Dublin. She has taught in UCD, worked at the Chester Beatty Library Education Department and joined the Gaiety School of Acting team in August 2012. She coordinates the Education and Outreach Department activities and GSA in Business training. She has successfully overseen EU funded projects: Stage (Elder Abuse, SocialAgeism and Human Rights), Creatyv (Intergenerational Training Programmesupporting Youth), Story to Remember (Storytelling in Dementia Care), 2moons (Human Rights) and Grow from Seeds (Intercultural Education in Primary Schools). She works closely with Primary and Post-Primary schools on a range of drama projects and has developed national STEAM projects under the umbrella of the Science Foundation Ireland.

educate@gaietyschool.com

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Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan

School Coordinator

Kate has a long standing interest in drama and theatre and has been performing since a very young age. She has previously worked Box office and Front of House in the Pavilion Theatre Dun Laoghaire and also worked with their marketing department. Kate studied photography in IADT Dun Laoghaire and has exhibited widely both in Ireland and Europe. She continues to work on her visual arts practice in tandem with working at the Gaiety School of Acting.

coordinator@gaietyschool.com

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Evelyn O’Keeffe

Assistant School Coordinator

Evelyn O’Keeffe holds a degree in Fine Art from Limerick School of Art and Design and a Masters in Fine Art from the Royal Academy Schools. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries such as The Royal Academy of Arts, The Design Museum in London and The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing. Evelyn’s interest in education departments came from working as a mentor for the attRAct education programme at the Royal Academy of Arts and as a workshop facilitator at Beaconsfield Contemporary Art in London.

coordassist@gaietyschool.com

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Lauren O'Toole

Lauren O’Toole

Head of Marketing

Lauren holds a degree in English and History from UCD, an Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama from Griffith College and a Masters in Drama and Performance Studies from UCD. After working in Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum in the Theatre, Programming and Marketing Department for seven years, Lauren joined the Gaiety School of Acting in April 2015. Lauren has previously worked as theatre writer and critic for a number of industry publications including Irish Theatre Magazine, and has written and directed a number of children’s plays, in addition to developing scripts for award winning tourist attractions in Dublin.

Lauren still also teaches theatre and drama occasionally at the GSA.

marketing@gaietyschool.com

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Cecelia Molumby

Marketing Assistant

Cecelia holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, a Professional Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Kodály Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Cecelia also has a M.Phil. in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin in partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London.

Cecelia worked in the Marketing & Public Relations Department of Wexford Festival Opera (National Opera House) and the Education, Community & Outreach Department of the National Concert Hall before joining the Marketing Department of the Gaiety School of Acting in 2018.

Cecelia is on the committee of the Kodály Society of Ireland and has also been appointed to the Youth Sub-Group of Sing Ireland.

marketingassistant@gaietyschool.com

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Thom McDermott

Digital Media Associate

Thom is a multi-media content producer specialising in video and photography. Prior to taking up his current role at GSA he worked on numerous film and TV projects varying from documentaries to period drama.

photography@gaietyschool.com

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Rebecca Dolan

Rebecca Dolan

Shakespeare Coordinator

Rebecca has a degree in History and Sociology from UCD, a masters in Medieval History from UCD and a Postgraduate diploma in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from University Ulster. She has worked in the education field since 2007 and most recently was Educational Development Manager with Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum and has been a member of the Discover Primary Science CPD tutor panel since 2013.

 shakespeare@gaietyschool.com

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Niamh Murtagh

Head Receptionist

Niamh graduated from DIT in 2015 with a BA in Film and Broadcasting, she specialised in Drama in her final year and headed the art department as Art Director on 3 of the final year film productions. Since graduation she has worked in film post-production, children’s television and radio production. Alongside production work, Niamh also pursues acting and recently appeared in ATC’s production of The Suppliant Women opening the 60th Dublin Theatre Festival at The Gaiety Theatre.

Helen Connolly

Helen Connolly

Receptionist

Helen joined the reception team in March 2019.  Prior to that, she spent over 6 years with the Abbey Theatre’s costume department.  Helen graduated from DIT with a First Class Honours in Design.

Megan O’Malley

Receptionist

Megan graduated from The Gaiety School’s Full Time programme in 2015. Megan joined the reception team in November 2016 whilst continuing to work as both an Actor and Writer for Stage and Screen.

Tutors

Maureen White

Full-Time: Acting

Maureen White is a Teacher, Director and Writer from Canada where she was a founding member of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre Company. She co-wrote and Directed Unravelling the Ribbon -Published by Nick Hern Books and performed at Project Theatre followed by a National tour with Guna Nua Theatre Company. She is also Dramaturg for Rough Magic Theatre Company where she has worked on developing new plays with writers on commission and writers as part of the SEEDS Programme. Her next project is Hilary Fannin’s new play Famished Castle- A Rough Magic production at Project Theatre scheduled for May 2015.

Kristian Marken

Full-Time: Acting | Acting for Camera & TV

Kristian has been an actor, director and teacher for over 25 years. A graduate of Olaf College, Minessota, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Sussex, Kristian has been teaching at the Gaiety School of Acting since 2000. He is also Director of Smock Alley Players.

Roger Gregg

Roger Gregg

Full-Time: Audio Acting | Cabaret

Roger Gregg is an award winning playwright, composer, audio-producer and actor. Over the past 28 years he has written plays and music for many theatre companies such as TEAM, The American National Audio Theatre Festival, Graffiti Theatre, The Razor Edge and The Gaiety School of Acting. His plays have also been produced abroad by companies in Germany, Australia and the US. In 2010 he was nominated for Best Sound Design in The Irish Times Theatre Awards for BARRABAS’s production ‘Johnny Patterson – The Singing Irish Clown’.

Clare Maguire

Full-Time: Audition Technique | Stagecraft | One Year Part-Time: Performance Year | Advanced Performance Year | Young Gaiety: Performance Workshop | Youth Theatre Workshop | Youth Performers Company | Youth Theatre Company

Clare Maguire graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA Hons in Acting & Theatre Studies. She has worked as a teacher, director and actor.

Director credits include: Bronte, Illustrated Prductions (Smock Alley Theatre, The Mill) ‘Wickedness of Oz’ (Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival – Fishamble Show In A Bag 2016, ZeBBie award winner (Best Radio Play 2016) Assistant Director – The Winters Tale (Minack Theatre), St Box Friend (Seen & Heard 2016) Cornerstones (Smock Alley Theatre, Civic Theatre) Cardboard Carpeted Doorways & Tracing The Nativity (Under My Bed 2015) Killing Kelly, The Wickedness Of Oz & Legger (Collaborations 2014) A Moment in the Life of Me, Nine Years, Five Beds (Under My Bed 2014).

Clare is an artistic associate of Moving Stories Theatre Company, London.

Diane Richardson

Full-Time: Dance

Diane holds a MA in theatre studies having graduated from UCD with First Class Honours. She began her dance training at the Irish National College of Dance, Blackrock and further studied in London, Amsterdam and New York. She is a highly experienced choreographer in the musical theatre genre as well as having worked with many leading theatre companies. She is also Ireland’s foremost practitioner of the art of rhythm tap having studied with Charles ‘Honi’Coles, the late Gregory Hines and Heather Cornell. Diane has also studied with tap masters, Brenda Bufalino and She travels regularly to New York where she attends the NYCTapFestival and also trains with Heather Cornell of Manhattan Tap.

Paul Brennan

Full-Time: European Classics

Paul has worked in theatre in Ireland as an actor, director and teacher for over thirty years, and has worked through Chekhov technique in his productions for the past ten years. He currently teaches the technique at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, and has also taught it at universities and professional workshops across Ireland and in Wales.

Gene Rooney

Gene Rooney

Full-Time: Improvisation | Part-Time: Introduction to Drama

Gene is a professional actor. She has worked in film, tv and radio and has performed in almost every theatre in the country in almost 40 productions.

Gene has done extensive training in improvisation under the mentorship of Australian, Jo O’Reilly (World Theatre Sports Champion and past Artistic Director of Boom Chicago, Amsterdam). She graduated from the GSA two year full-time programme in 1998 and has been teaching at the school since then. She teaches Introduction to Drama on the part- time programme and Improvisation on the two year full-time programme as well as giving corporate training through Improv in the banking, medical and legal sectors. She directed/assistant directed the full time graduation scenes showcase for 12 years.

Antoinette Duffy

Full-Time: MA in Theatre Practice | One Year Part-Time: Advanced Performance

Antoinette Duffy is an honours graduated from both the MA Drama Studies Programme in UCD and the Theatre Studies Course in Maynooth College. Duffy works as a director and as a teacher of process drama and drama in performance, with a particular interest in the physicality of the performer.

Donal Courtney

Full-Time: Manifesto | Stagecraft

Donal trained at the Gaiety School of Acting graduating in 1991. He also holds an MA in Theatre practice from NUI Maynooth and has qualifications in Combat and Directing from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the University of Ulster. He has worked as an actor, writer and director in theatre, film and TV in Ireland and abroad. He has taught at the gaiety school of acting since 2000 and IES abroad since 2008. He also has worked as a workshop facilitator for a range of public and private organisations including DIAGEO, Google, HSE , ESB , Brown Thomas Facebook, Kinsale College of Further Education and Kylemore VEC. He is also a member of the Guild of drama adjudicators ( GIDA ) and Irish actors equity.

Sharon O’Doherty

Full-Time: Mime

Sharon O’Doherty is a Mime and Improvisation Tutor at the Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland. She has been working with the school since 1987. Sharon has trained at the Ecole Marcel Marceau Paris and has worked professionally in theatre for 35 years as an actor, producer, director and stage combat director. An experienced teacher and workshop facilitator, she still is the resident teacher of ‘mine’ for the Two Year Full Time Professional Actor Training at the The Gaiety School of Acting.

Libby Seward

Full-Time: Movement

Libby is an accomplished dance artist, choreographer, collaborator, movement director and facilitator. For over twenty-five years her work has spanned professional dance, theatre, opera, dance work in community and healthcare contexts.

Her work is rooted in movement practices that connect body, mind and breath by releasing physical tension, freeing the breath, building physical awareness, flexibility and strength. This integrated and intuitive approach is influenced by a range of disciplines such as qi-gong, yoga, release technique, contact improvisation and somatics.
Libby holds a Masters in Dance and is a Laban graduate. She is currently studying to be a Feldenkrais practitioner. As the founder and Artistic Director of Animated State Dance Theatre Company she creates original dance theatre productions including: Re-imagining Beckett, Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, Samsara, Crossing, Close Encounters, InterPhase 3, She Takes Place. Recent movement direction work for opera includes Opera Theatre Company’s 2016 production of La bohème and Monteverdi’s Orfeo (2014) ; Cavalli’s Ormindo, RIAM; The Invader, a new Irish Opera by Eric Sweeney

In her role as the Arts Council’s appointed Dance Artist in Residence 2010 to 2015 she worked to promote dance as a unique, vital and accessible art form. Libby’s work with young people and adults with Down syndrome led to the establishment of TRACES Dance Ensemble a company of dancers who challenge perceptions about dance and disability.

A skilled collaborator, Libby delights in creative exchanges with artists of all disciplines. Collaborators include opera and theatre director Ben Barnes, composer Andrew Synnott, mezzo-soprano Karolina Blixt, playwright Jim Nolan, poet Mark Roper, visual artists Ben Hennessy, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Hand, Una Ryan and Natasha Bourke. In 2016 she has worked on a poetry film Angel with Mark Roper and a performance art installation ‘Stormy Petrel for the An Post GPO: Witness History Public Art Commissions Award.

Liam Halligan Gaiety School of Acting

Liam Halligan

Full-Time: Shakespeare | Stanislavski

Liam is an established freelance theatre director based in Ireland. He has received numerous awards from the Irish Arts Council to develop his work over the last 10 years. He was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award as Best Director in 2004 for two productions Speaking in Tongues (Quare Hawks) and Rashomon (Storytellers). He trained as an actor at the Stanislavski Studio in the Focus Theatre Dublin under Deirdre O’Connell and Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy. Liam has worked with internationally renowned directors such as Lindsay Anderson, Sir Hugh Hunt, Declan Donnellan, Phyllida Lloyd, James Macdonald and Annie Castledine.

Helene Montague

Full-Time: Singing

Helene was born in Sweden and brought up in west cork.She was home educated with music dance and theatre as primary subjects, she then moved to Dublin aged 17.
She has been working in professional theatre in Dublin ever since. She is a founder member of Rough magic Theatre company , and has worked as an actor/musician/composer/musical director in over 40 of their productions. She has worked as a freelance actor in theatre , television film and radio , and has composed and performed music for all of the above.
She is the Music Theatre tutor in Inchicore College and is a freelance Opera and Theatre director.

Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Full-Time: Singing | Voice

Russell Smith is a voice, accent & dialect and singing coach / musical director, with over 20 years teaching experience in Ireland and overseas. He has taught in Ireland since 1998 at the GSA, as well as on performing-arts degree programmes at both Trinity College and the American College Dublin, at the ACTT and AADA in Sydney, Australia and most recently at Rose Bruford College in London. Russell is one of just two people in Ireland to be certified in the Fitzmaurice approach to voice. Fitzmaurice Voicework is one of the top two vocal pedagogies taught at leading university-level performing-arts programmes in the US and increasingly in Europe. In 2019 Russell is due to guest teach at Shanghai university as part of a select team chosen to introduce Fitzmaurice Voicework in an Asian context. In his teaching, Russell also draws on a long-standing in-depth training and teaching practice following the Roy Hart approach to voice, having trained and worked with over a dozen founding and second-generation members of the Roy Hart Theatre since the early 1990’s. Russell teaches a synthesis of these and other contemporary and traditional vocal methods. He has also enjoyed a career as actor, singer, musician, musical director and composer in Irish theatre and film since 1994

Ciaran O’Grady

Full-Time: Stage Combat

Ciaran is the Stage Combat Instructor at the Gaiety School of Acting. He is certified in Unarmed combat, Broadsword, Rapier & Dagger, Knife, Smallsword, Quarterstaff, Sword & Shield , Single-Sword, Fire-Arms, Gladius, Capoeira and Aikido.

Ciaran has been working in the film and theatre industry since 1998. In 2003 he graduated from the Theatre Studies programme at Inchicore College and later went on to train with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. Ciaran has trained extensively in armed and unarmed stage combat in Ireland and in the USA. He is among Ireland’s leading experts in theatrical violence and regularly works as a stage combat instructor, stunt performer, fight director, and actor.

Ciaran is a member of Stunt Register Ireland and has worked as a stunt performer on Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Into the Badlands, Red Rock, Reign, Jekyll & Hyde, Pilgrimage, The Third Wave and the music video for Kodaline’s hit song All I Want, for which he also created the fight choreography.

Raymond Keane

Full-Time: Theatre of Clown | I A Clown

Raymond is a founding member and Artistic Director of multi award winning Barabbas Theatre Company. Raymond’s work as actor, writer and director has appeared in almost every Irish Theatre as well major festivals at home and abroad from Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast to London, Edinburgh, Wales, France, Denmark, Africa (Zimbabwe and Zambia), New Zealand and U.S.A. (New York, Washington, Kansas, Chicago, New Hampshire, Colorado and Connecticut).Currently Raymond collaborates with Sarah Jane Scaife (Company SJ) producing the works of Samuel Beckett. Recent presentations include Dublin Fringe Festival 2013,“Happy Days’ Beckett Festival Enniskillen, “River to River” Festival New York and Tokyo Japan. It will appear at The Barbican Beckett Festival in June 2015. He lectures in Theatre of Clown on a Masters in Theatre Making at National University Ireland Maynooth, The Gaiety School of Acting Dublin and at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Arts Dublin. He is External Examiner at Conservatory of Music and Drama – Dublin Institute of Technology.

Jessy Danner

Full-Time: Warm Up

Jessy just recently graduated The Gaiety School of Acting Full Time Course in June 2016. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Theatre Practice with The Gaiety School of Acting and University College Dublin, while continuing her work as an actor and writer. Jessy joined reception in October 2016.

Caroline Coffey

One Year Part-Time: Advanced Performance Year | Part-Time: Confidence Edge | Young Gaiety: Performance Workshop | Educate & Outreach

Caroline holds a Masters in International Theatre Studies from St. Patrick’s College, DCU. She is a graduate of Artstrain at The National Association of Youth Drama, where she trained full-time as a drama facilitator. She is also a graduate of Theatre Performance at Inchicore College of Further Education, where she trained as an actor. She has completed various other courses including Theatre of the Oppressed with Julian Boal and Directing in The Actor’s Space, Barcelona. She has considerable experience working as a youth theatre director, freelance drama facilitator and as a theatre-in-education performer and facilitator. She also has various acting and directing credits to her name.

Seamus Quinn

One Year Part-Time: Performance Year | Young Gaiety: Youth Theatre Company | Educate & Outreach

Seamus Quinn, Dramatherapist and Drama Practitioner (MA, IACAT)
Seamus qualified from NUI Maynooth. He now works at the Trinity College Dublin National Institute for Intellectual Disability and also with Adolescent/Adult Mental Health Services. He also runs his own private practice. He has worked with people within the elderly and Alzheimer’s communities both as a Dramatherapist and a Creative writing/drama facilitator in a clinical and informal setting. As part of the ‘Dalkey Creates’ writing festival 2014, he facilitated an inter- generational Outreach Writing/Drama Project with Primary school children and older members of the community. He was also a panelist on ‘Enriched Lives’ – an Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) public discussion on the value of Creative Arts Therapies and Drama for the elderly and people with Alzheimer’s.

Gemma Doorly

Part-Time: Acting for Camera | Confidence Edge | Young Gaiety: Acting for Camera | Filmmaking

Gemma is an actress, writer and director. In 2007, she was nominated for a Best Actress IFTA for the film ‘A Song For Rebecca’ but she is probably best known for playing ‘Sarah O’Leary’ in RTE soap Fair City for ten years. In 2004, she wrote the play ‘The Robb’d That Smiles’, Focus Theatre Dublin 2004 & Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast 2006, which was nominated for The Jayne Snow award 2004 Best New Play at the Dublin Fringe 2004 Most recently her play W.A.G which she also directs and performs in, is continuing to tour around Ireland. She wrote and directed short film ‘The Baby Brother’. Gemma also teaches Acting For Camera at the Irish Film Academy.

Richard Lennon

Richard Lennon

Part-Time: Acting for Camera | Young Gaiety: Acting for Camera | Filmmaking

Richard, Co-Artistic Director of Darn Skippy Productions, is a Filmmaker (Director / Cinematographer / Writer / Producer / Editor), Musician (Composer / Performer / Producer), Actor, and University Teacher, with a career spanning decades and continents. From 2009 until 2016 Richard taught filmmaking at New York University at Tisch School of the Arts (Dublin, Ireland and New York) and NYU Abu Dhabi. Prior to his service at NYU, his studies included film theory, history and production (M.Phil. Film Theory & History, Trinity College Dublin, 2009; B.A. Cinema & Cultural Studies, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, 2005) as well as music education and performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Richard has been a union actor (SAG and AFTRA) since age three. His resume includes award-winning films (feature, documentary, and short), gallery installation films, music videos, session and stage musician credits, as well as a Grammy Award for scholastic group performance.

Oonagh McLaughlin

Part-Time: Introduction to Drama | Educate & Outreach | Young Gaiety: Parent & Toddler | Drama Workshop | Youth Theatre Workshop

Oonagh is a graduate of the Gaiety School’s full time performance course, she also has an MA in Theatre and Social Policy from Glasgow University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Arts Education from the National College of Art and Design.

She has been designing and facilitating a variety of courses for the school since 2002.

Ailbhe Casey

Part-Time: Musical Theatre | Young Gaiety: Musical Theatre Company

Ailbhe Casey studied a BA in Commercial Modern Music as a Song Writer in the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). She has been training and performing as a musician, actor, dancer & singer since the age of 6. Ailbhe received a Level 7 Honours in Piano, a Level 10 Honours in Musicianship and a Level 8 Honours in Percussion after training with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) here in Dublin. She has performed in numerous concerts in the National Concert Hall as part of the Symphony Orchestra and Senior Wind Ensemble of the RIAM as well as performing in Norway and Spain.  Ailbhe also had the honour of training in Musical Theatre in Walnut Hill in Boston with Broadway choreographers and directors. Ailbhe has performed in many productions including Fame, Grease, Annie, We Will Rock You and Bye Bye Birdie. Ailbhe continues to Direct, MD and Stage manage shows like Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie and many more. As an actor, Ailbhe has appeared on multiple TV advertisements as well as short films. She was cast in the role of Jenna in Primeval and a music coach in the RTE series Who Are You Kidding? Ailbhe has been teaching in various schools over the past 10 years, teaching singing, dancing & acting and is delighted to be part of the GSA team.

Courtney Helen Grile

Part-Time: Musical Theatre | Young Gaiety: Musical Theatre Workshop

Courtney is a theatre artist and scholar who has worked in the United States and Ireland as an administrator, adjunct instructor, teaching artist, performer, facilitator, and director. She is absolutely thrilled to now be a part of the GSA team! For two years she was the Director of Theatre for Youth and Communities at Marin Theatre Company in California (beginning June 2015) and was the Director of Education & Engagement at Limelight Theatre Company in Florida for just over a year before that. Her passion is for using applied theatre and drama techniques to work in community settings. To date, she has taken her work inside juvenile detention centres, orphanages, facilities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, city/town community centres, and after-school centres for young people in underserved communities. She holds a BFA in Media & Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design, an MFA in Theatre (emphasis in Theatre for Young Audiences) from the University of Central Florida, and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Drama at Trinity College Dublin.

Peter O’Byrne

Part-Time: Page to Stage | Advanced Page to Stage | Educate & Outreach

As an actor, improviser, comedian, teacher and voice over artist Peter has over fifteen years of experience to draw on when facilitating presentation and corporate workshops. Every workshop is a fun-filled creative experience, catering for all levels of participants, from the extremely confident to the respectfully nervous.
As co-founder and member of The Craic Pack comedy improv, The Cardinals long form improv, and his own one man improv show Tumble Turn Moments, Peter draws on real time performance experience to engage people with the skills and confidence level attainable through performance and drama techniques.

Among Peter’s performance credits are Sky Comedy Shorts, Caper, Damo & Ivor Foyles War, Killinaskully, The Clinic, Fair City, Camelot, The Bulmers and Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, resident Emcee at The Bankers Comedy Club and many more…

Shelley Bukspan

Part-Time: Singing | Young Gaiety: Musical Theatre Company

An American/Israeli singer, songwriter and performer, Shelley has been part of the Irish music scene since 1986.

As a front woman and solo artist, she’s performed at many events and festivals, including CMJ New York and the Montreux Jazz Festival, among others. She’s also appeared on TV and radio shows both in Ireland and abroad, such as sessions for the BBC, with the RTE Orchestra and many more.

She’s recorded, collaborated with and arranged backing vocals for artists such as Mary Black, Bronagh Gallagher, Mary Coughlan, Horslips and other many indie and contemporary young Irish artists.

Shelley runs music workshops, as well as leading a choir and her own Gospel quartet, The BC Singers. Her recent projects includes an album of original Northern Soul and Ska with The Supertonic Sound Club, plus work on her solo album.

Danny Kehoe

Part-Time: Stand Up Comedy | Long-Form Improvisation

Danny is an Actor, Comedian, Improviser, Voice Over Artist and Sketch Writer from Dublin. He performs weekly with the Dublin Comedy Improv (International Bar, Mondays @9pm), he was a semi-finalist – ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ (Edinburgh Festival), and of ‘The Best Newcomer’ @Bulmer’s International Comedy Festival (both in 2005).

Danny is a co-founder of Ghost Train Willy Sketch Comedy Group (RTE) and of The Cardinals – Long Form Improv. He was also a member of the Craic Pack Comedy Improv Group (Bankers 2002 – 2014)

In 2010, Danny was honoured to receive a scholarship to spend the summer studying improvisation and writing at the highly prestigious Second City and IO Theatres in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Off The Cuff – Improv comedy interview with Danny

Film, TV & Theatre credits include: Bridget & Eamon, The Republic of Telly, Sgt Mattie (all RTE), ‘Moone Boy’ (Sky 1), ‘Red Rock’ (TV3) to name but a few.

Sharon Mannion

Part-Time: Stand Up Comedy | Long Form Improvisation

Sharon works as an actor/comedian and writer.
TV credits include ‘Moone Boy’ (Sky 1), ‘Prosperity’, ‘The Clinic’, ‘Republic of Telly’, ‘Zig and Zag’s Super Bloopers’ and ‘Hubble’ (RTE) as well as ‘Ros Na Run’ (TG4).

As a stand-up she is a regular at clubs all over the country and beyond; Hapenny Inn (also as MC) International, Bankers, Laughter Lounge (Dublin, Galway, Waterford), The Stand (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jongleurs (London) the list goes on. She came third in the UK & Ireland Funny Women Competition, and won the inaugural Ted Fest Best Stand Up Competition in 2007.

…faultless performance – rich in indignity and passion that demolishes all before it…
-Chortle.co.uk

….turbo-charged- started at fever pitch and stayed there…..
-Evening Standard, London

She is a founding member of sketch group Ghost Train Willy (Republic of Telly, Newstalk, Flat Lakes Festival 2011) and performs improvised comedy weekly with The Dublin Comedy Improv (at the International), and The Craic Pack (at the Bankers).

Martin Maguire

Corporate | Study Abroad

Martin Maguire has worked in the Gaiety School of Acting since 1995. He has worked with full-time, partime, international students, adults and young people and has devised, taught and administered courses as well as writing and directing shows for the school. He works full time in performance and has directed here and abroad, written for productions in Ireland, England and the USA and also for radio and TV.  He has performed on stage all over Ireland and in Film and TV  for Irish and international audiences. He works extensively in business as a role play artist and facilitator. He’s a member and former chair of Castaway Actors Agency. Martin is also an experienced adjudicator and is patron of the Cleon Festival of Light in Sri Lanka. He is a former chair of SPIL the company which developed and built Ireland first ecovillage in Cloughjordan, Tipperary.

Charlie Hughes

Charlie Hughes

Educate & Outreach

Charlie has performed in many roles on stage including productions such as Iscariot, which toured Ireland and America, Spring Awakenings, Waiting for Godot and Songs of Mama Cass. Most recently he starred in Hamlet in the Gaiety School of Acting. He is delighted to be making his return to the Gaiety this year with King Lear.
In addition to theatre work, Charlie has many screen credits including Fair City, Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde, Strange Times, Dublin Stories and more.
Charlie studied acting at The Gaiety School of Acting, having undertaken their two year full time actor training course. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys football and singing.

Muireann Darcy

Young Gaiety | Educate & Outreach

Muireann graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting Full Time program in 2013 and has since worked in theatre and film across Ireland and Europe. She has been involved in teaching the arts for many years and completed her HDip in Drama in Education in 2016.

Noel Brady

Noel Brady

Young Gaiety: Acting for Camera | Filmmaking

Noel picked up a video camera for the first time in 1996. Over twenty years later he has gained a wealth of experience both academic and practical. Since then he has produced over 200 productions, and has just completed his first feature film ‘Full Circle’ where he won ‘Best Director’ at the ‘International Film Festival London’.

Noel is a former graduate of ‘Coláiste Dhúlaigh’ and ‘Balleyfermot College of further Education’ where he studied, Theatre studies, Computer CGI, Filmmaking and TV production.

Noel also runs his own production company ‘Phoenix Artz’ which has won numerous awards over the years, and continues to produce high-end media for the corporate and promotional sector.

Roseanne Lynch

Roseanne Lynch

Young Gaiety: Drama Workshop

Roseanne trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, and Drama Centre London. She is an actor, playwright, and Co-Artistic Director of Darn Skippy Productions. Highlights of her performance work include: Pop Up Picnic – a multi-sensory performance for children with complex needs (Helium Arts); a tour of the Outer Hebrides with the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Whisky Galore; and an immersive production of Macbeth, in which the audience stayed the night in a tower block in East London (RIFT). She has originated roles in many new plays, including The Plot by Paula Lonergan, Sisters of the Rising by Christiane O’Mahony, Overshadowed by Eva O’Connor, and Recording Hedda by Terje Tveit. Last year, Roseanne was commissioned by the dlr LexIcon Library, to write and direct a radio play, Anchor, to mark the Centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster. She was recently awarded an Emerging Artist Bursary by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office, for the research and development of her next play.

Michele Sherry

Young Gaiety: Drama Workshop | Performance Workshop | Youth Theatre Workshop

Michèle Sherry (known to all students as Chèlie), began performing at a very young age at the Milbank Theatre in Rush, eventually directing there. She has written plays for children and featured in TV Commercials aswell as many Stage Performances. Michèle has been a drama facilitator for the GSA since 2003; teaching in Sutton, Navan, Temple Bar & Malahide. She also ran the Youth Theatre Company in Navan & teaches for outreach programmes. Michèle trained as an actor at Inchicore College of further education & then continued for a further 4 years at De Montfort University in Leicester, obtaining a BA Hons Degree in Theatre/Performing Arts.

Orla Maher

Young Gaiety: Drama Workshop | Performance Workshop | Young Performers Company | Youth Theatre Workshop

A former member of Dublin Youth Theatre, Orla trained in Drama Facilitation and Methodologies With Artstrain at the National Association for Youth Drama Ireland. Upon Completion of her B.A. she continued her studies with Trinity College Dublin obtaining a Postgraduate in Drama in Education. She has written and performed in a number of shows for Young people and has extensive experience working as a youth theatre director, freelance drama facilitator and as a theatre-in-education performer and facilitator. Orla has been a member of The Gaiety School of Acting’s teaching team since 2004.

Rex Ryan

Young Gaiety: Youth Theatre Company

Rex Ryan is an Actor and Director.

He is the Artistic Director of the resident company of Smock Alley Theatre; Glass Mask Theatre.

Rex has performed plays by some of Ireland’s top playwrights nationally and internationally.

He has acted in Irish and American Television.

He has worked in Radio Drama for RTE and Radio 1

Alison Dennan

Alison Dennan

Young Gaiety

Alison is a teacher, singer, performer and director. As well as having a Bachelor in Education, she holds a first class honours MA in Theatre Practice (UCD/GSA). Last year, she was a recipient of an Abbey Theatre/ Lir Academy summer school scholarship. She has worked as both a primary school teacher and Drama/Musical Theatre tutor for over ten years alongside working professionally in the performing arts industry. She has performed in numerous productions in theatres such as the Olympia and the Gaiety as well as featuring in commercials and films. She is particularly interested in Creative Drama, Musical Theatre, Drama in Education and devising techniques.

Aine Keegan

Young Gaiety

Áine Keegan received a scholarship to study Musical Theatre Performance in the prestigious Colin’s Performing Arts Academy in England. She was the first ever student to receive the Sheila Murphy Scholarship to study for a HDip in Drama in Education at Griffith College Dublin. Áine is a fully qualified teacher and is an Associate in Drama Teaching with the Leinster School of Music and Drama (LSMD) and a member of the Speech & Drama Teachers of Ireland Association. She has performed in showcases in London and as part of her musical theatre training has starred in amateur productions in London and Dublin. Áine teaches theatre all over Dublin and several of her students have been nominated for Excellence Awards with the examining body, the LSMD and have been extremely successful in castings for theatres such as The Abbey and The Gate, participation in short films, commercials, and achieving roles in the HBO series Game of Thrones etc. She has directed and produced several amateur shows from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare and become the Creative Director of Rave Review Theatre Company.