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.
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.
Registration for Term 1 2018 will take place on Saturday, 1st September and Saturday 8th September from 11am - 4pm
Location: St. Louis High
School, Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
10% Early Registration Discount if you download the Application Form and post it to us together with a deposit of €100, or if you register on 1stSeptember.
Book early to get the class of your choice!
Post the application form together with a €100 deposit to:
Betty Ann Norton Theatre School & Agency, Cuisle Arts and Cultural Centre,
St. Louis High School, Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
If you have any questions, please contact the office at 01 280 5921 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
More about our Theatre School
Read more about our Drama & Theatre School
Classes commence at Kindergarten Level and continue up to Diploma, in either Teaching or Acting. You must be 17+ to attend a Diploma class.
Many children who start classes at Step I (Kindergarten) continue with us to Diploma level, from Colleges which are recognised worldwide.
All our students are taught in groups of 12 to a class. We do not have large numbers in any class, as each student must receive individual attention. This a hallmark of our teaching practice in the school.
Students may cover diploma courses from colleges including Trinity/Guildhall London, London College of Music & Media at University of West London, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art etc.
Core Children's Theatre and Core Youth Theatre offer training in Acting, Stage Management and Production.
About Betty Ann Norton
BettyAnn Norton, L.tR.A.MD, L.G.S.M., A.R.I.A.M., G.O.D.A., A.D.A., is founder, director and head tutor at the BettyAnn Theatre School. This is a fully Irish company which operated in Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 for 50 years. A number of years ago, the school was moved to the Cúisle Arts & Cultural Centre, St. Louis High School in Rathmines. A number of well known actors, Directors, Television Presenters, Singers, Journalists, Authors and Barristers have been trained at the School making it one of the best acting and theatre schools in Dublin.
Students from the School have represented Ireland abroad, in Luxembourg, Holland, England, Spain and Japan and received many awards.
BettyAnn is a well known lecturer and examiner and has adjudicated at numerous drama festivals all over Ireland, including the Dundalk International Theatre Festival and the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone. She has written a number of original plays and is an accomplished director and has brought many works to the stage, including a production to celebrate the 50th year of her school - the Irish premiere of "Coram Boy" by Helen Edmunson, adapted from the novel by Jamila Gavin. This was first presented at the National Theatre in London.
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