Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School?
We are at Cúisle Arts & Cultural Centre, St. Louis High School, Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

How long is a term?
Each term is 10 weeks. There are three terms in an academic year with an additional 2 weeks Summer Stage Course for our Summer Production .

Can you join in any term, or must you start in September?
You may start in any term.

How many students are in each class?
The number of students varies from class to class, 10-15 an average number.

What age can you start in the school?
We provide drama and acting classes for beginners aged 4, through to Juniors, teenagers and even have acting classes for adults.

Do students take part in productions?
Yes, the school presents three productions each year: A full length play at Christmas, Mixed Bag (free admission) in May and in Summer a promenade site-specific production at venues such as Dublin Castle, Rathfarnham Castle, Farmleigh House and Pearse Museum.

Can I get a Degree and/or Diploma in acting?

Yes, We provide preparation classes for teaching diplomas in the London College of Music and Drama at University of West London and Trinity Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and for acting diplomas from Trinity Guildhall School of Music and Drama – all internationally recognised.

Some past students of our Drama & Theatre School

Betty Ann has taught many people who are now famous in various areas of the Arts and Business. She has adjudicated all over Ireland and Britain. She loves teaching and her passion shows in her work and the results achieved by her students.

(In Alphabetical order)

Claudia Boyle – Opera Singer

Claudia Carroll – Actor/Writer

Peter Crawley – Critic/Journalist

Jim Culleton – Director

Pádraic Delaney – Actor

Ciara Dwyer – Journalist/Writer

Emma Donoghue – Author

Ruth Gilligan – Writer

Rosemary Henderson – Actor

Amy Huberman – Actor/Writer

Deirdre Kinahan – Playwright

Dervla Kirwan – Actor

Paul Keoghan – Lighting/Set Designer

Áine Lawlor – Television

Justine Mitchell – Actor

Diarmuid Noyes – Actor

Jim O’Hanlon – Director

Hugh O’Conor – Actor

Shane O’Reilly – Actor

Marian Richardson – Radio

Eleanor Shanley – Singer