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

Interim 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

Originally from Karkow, Poland Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska holds a BA in Art History from the the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, M.Arch Sc. in Architecture, College of Architecture, MA in History from Pontifical University of John Paul II and a PhD in Art History from University College Dublin. She has taught in UCD, worked at the Chester Beatty Library and joined the Gaiety School of Acting team in August 2012. She coordinates our outreach drama workshops in Primary and Post-Primary schools and specially tailored sessions for Higher Education Level, Corporate and Language schools.

educate@gaietyschool.com

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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

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 also previously worked as theatre writer for Entertainment.ie and Irish Theatre Magazine and has taught Speech & Drama to young children for a number of years.

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 the Association Of Irish Choirs.

Thom McDermott

Digital Media Associate

Thom is a multi-media content producer specialising in video and photography. Prior to 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

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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Jessy Danner

Receptionist

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.

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.

Niamh Murtagh

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.

Tutors

Courtney Helen Grile

Musical Theatre | 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.

Donal Courtney

Stagecraft, Manifesto

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.

Liam Halligan Gaiety School of Acting

Liam Halligan

2nd year Acting: Shakespeare and 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.

Libby Seward

Full Time Acting Programme: 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.

Ciaran O’Grady

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.

Kristian Marken

Text, Film & Television & Acting

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.

Clare Maguire

Intro to Drama | Performance Year/Advanced Performance Year/Casting + Audition/Young Gaiety/Youth Theatre Co Temple Bar

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.

Rex Ryan

Performance Theatre Company | Youth Theatre Company Malahide

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

Paul Brennan

2nd year Acting: Chekhov Technique

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.

Russell Smith

Voice, Dialect and Singing

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

Aoife Spillane-Hinks

Aoife Spillane-Hinks lives in Dublin, and works in Ireland and the United States. Her American credits include Sharon’s Grave, Waiting for Godot, and Our Class (PICT Classic Theatre, Pittsburgh). Irish credits include Pilgrim (Gonzo Theatre/Edinburgh Fringe/Tiger Dublin Fringe); The Motherfucker with the Hat (ORion Productions – European Premiere); Run / Don’t Run (Bigger Picture Projects/National Tour); The Yellow Wallpaper (Then This Theatre/Dublin Fringe); Plaza Suite (Rough Magic/Gaiety Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival); Sick (Crude Mechanics/Tiger Dublin Fringe); Broken Promise Land (RTE Radio Drama on One & national tour); Marvel (Project Arts Centre); True Enough! (Making Strange/Dublin Fringe); Serious Money (Rough Magic SEEDS). Aoife has curated and directed events for the Abbey Theatre Education Department and for the International Literature Festival Dublin.

Aoife trained as a director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme. She holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She has taught directing in NUI Galway’s MA programme.

She is the co-founder of Then This Theatre and an associate artist with PICT Classic Theatre.

Antoinette Duffy

Advanced Performance, Performance, MA in Theatre

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.

Maureen White

Acting for Full Time

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.

Gene Rooney

Introduction to Drama | Improvisation

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.

Sharon O’Doherty

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.

Diane Richardson

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.

Raymond Keane

Theatre of 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.

Helene Montague

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.

Roger Gregg

Voice-Over

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’.

Wesley O Duinn

Young Gaiety Bray | Acting for Camera | Advanced Page to Stage

Wesley began his career as the breakfast show presenter for Iradio with Louise MacSharry. Wes moved to New Zealand where he took up a drive time slot on Access radio. While in New Zealand he was cast in the Hobbit and performed as a headline act in the Fringe Stand up festival.

Wesley is a former graduate of the Gaiety school’s full time programme. He wrote COVE a short film produced by Breaking Light films in London. He subsequently set up the company Brick by Stone productions, which has produced and co-produced numerous short films one feature and many adverts. Most notably Wesley directed the 1916 short Summon her Children, which is currently in a number of film festivals nationally and internationally.

He is constantly casting for different projects that Brick by stone productions are involved in. This summer, the company will be involved in filming 2 adverts for the Indian and American market, a short and a feature film.

Michele Manahan

Acting for Camera

Michèle Manahan is a graduate of the National Film School at IADT. Her work as a screenwriter/director has won many awards and been screened internationally at festivals and on television. She has also written and directed for the theatre and trained and worked as an actor and director at the Stanislavsky Studio/Theatre at the Focus Theatre, Dublin with the late Deirdre O’Connell. As a scriptwriter for television she spent several years as an episode writer for RTE’s Fair City. She is a member of the board of the WGI (formerly Irish Playwright’s and Screenwriter’s Guild).

Gemma Doorly

Acting for Camera

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.

Peter O’Byrne

Page to Stage, 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…

Oonagh McLaughlin

Page to Stage | Outreach | Young Gaiety Temple Bar | Parent + Toddler

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.

Orla Maher

Young Gaiety Temple Bar

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.

Martina Carey

Young Gaiety Temple Bar

Martina is a tutor with Young Gaiety, working with a variety of ages groups from the toddler age groups onto the Secondary students in the Gaiety’s Shakespeare Programme. Her educational background is B.A. Honours degree in Drama from the Conservatory of Music and Drama and ALCM in Speech and Drama from the University of West London. Having worked in theatre for a number of years as an actress, performer and a stage manager, she discovered the joy of sharing that passion with a younger audience. Her training led her to work with a number of schools facilitating drama and her career has given the base for that teaching. Such credits include working as an actress and presenter (Little MisHap & Artist Martina) with RTÉ Jr on a variety of shows, which include; “The Curious World of Professor Fun and Dr Dull” “Storytime” “Pic-A-Story” “Shh! Its bedtime and “Twigín”.
Other companies include Dublin South FM, AC Productions, FM 104, CH.4, Inkling Productions, IADT, Arcana and Zelig Theatre. Production credits include; RTÉ Jr, Decadent Theatre, The Galway Youth Theatre, The Gaiety School of Acting, Passion Machine, Real Event Solutions and Imaginosity The Dublin Children’s museum. Martina has toured nationally and also internationally to London, Lapland,(Finland) and Bahrain for the Formula One 2017.

Danny Kehoe

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

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).

Muireann Darcy

Young Gaiety Malahide

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.

Michele Sherry

Young Gaiety Malahide

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.

Seamus Quinn

Outreach & Youth Theatre Company Bray

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.

Caroline Coffey

Young Gaiety Temple Bar | Advanced Performance Year

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.

Shelley Bukspan

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.

Ciara O’Connor

Musical Theatre

Ciara O’Connor is a session singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, currently studying for her BA Honors Degree in Vocals at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music with a Diploma in Professional Musicianship (BIMM). Originally from London, Ciara’s performing arts training began in Jacksons Lane Theatre. She was the Lead Actress in ITV’s series ‘The Fugitives’ and is the voice of Anne Frank for the Anne Frank Trust touring exhibition. Ciara has had dance training from Pineapple Studios London, City Dance (Adv Hip Hop) and Dance Lab (Adv Funkanometry) in San Francisco and intensive training from Dance Theatre of Ireland of which she also taught. She has been a dancer with Ponydance Theatre Company landing her a role on TG4s ‘Ponydance:The Movie’ and performing with them at Alternative Miss Ireland in the Olympia. Ciara’s work as a musician varies from studio session work, private vocal coaching, performing for and jamming with Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter Tour band, to her current role as the head of ‘Music for Hospitals’ volunteer program in the National Rehabilitation Hospital Dun Laoghaire.

Aine Keegan

Musical Theatre

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.

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.

Hilary Bowen-Walsh

Educate & Outreach

Hilary is an actor, director and writer and holds an honours degree in Drama and Theatre studies and French and a Higher Diploma in Arts in Drama in education. She has taught drama at university, primary and secondary level, for various groups and organisations, festivals, and summer schools. She recently performed ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and in ‘Jack Taylor’ for Telegael and will perform next in ‘The Watchmaker’ ballet at the Olympia in May.