ATCL, LLCM (TD), Director and Science Communicator
Ciara is the director of Betty Ann Norton Theatre School. She joined the school at age 10 and completed all of her grades before completing her teaching diploma in 2014. She has worked with the school ever since, later attaining her LLCM Teaching Diploma. In April 2020 Ciara was promoted by Betty Ann Norton as director of the school. She predominantly works with our teenage and adult students, in particular she runs our Speech and Drama Teaching Diploma course. Outside of this, Ciara also works in Statistics and Computer Science and is currently pursuing a PhD at University College Dublin, with a particular interest in Science Communication. While this may seem disparate to drama, the creative problem solving, confidence, communication and time management skills she learned while as a student of Betty Ann Norton Theatre School contribute greatly to her successes in the sciences and as director of the theatre school.
Producer, BA (Hons) Technical Theatre, The Lir
Grace was a student of Betty Ann Norton Theatre School for 10 years. Here she completed Grades 1-8 Speech and Drama from Trinity College London, and her ALCM teaching diploma from the University of West London. Grace studied her BA (Hons) in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the Lir Academy. Along with teaching with our school, Grace works on professional theatre productions with companies such as Irish National Opera, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Macnas, Dublin Fringe Festival, Galway International Arts Festival and Dead Centre. Grace has recently had the exciting experience of working for Rough Magic as a Trainee Producer. Grace loves teaching poetry performance and can be seen reciting poetry in the Museum of Literature Ireland’s ‘River Run of Language’ installation.
Daniel was a student of the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School from 2006. He attained his ALCM from London College of Music in 2017. During his time as a student, he performed in many of the school’s performances including ‘Our Town’ and ‘Coram Boy’. As well as now teaching for the school, Daniel often appears as a guest actor in the current school shows such as ‘The Eternal Globe’. Special skills in teaching include: creative writing, story telling, characterisation and comedy.
Film Tutor, BA (Hons) Film, MA Contemporary Screen Industries
Kevin has been the tutor of the Film class since early 2019. He teaches Film to both Junior and Senior students. He has completed his Master’s degree in Contemporary Screen Industries from Dublin City University to accompany his BA (Hons) in Film. He has worked for production companies such as ScreenScene and Octagon Films. He is also a freelance photographer and videographer. He has produced several short films, music videos and has a keen interest in filmmaking and the history of cinema.
Physical Theatre & Mime Tutor, LeCoq Graduate
Charlotte was a student of Betty Ann Norton Theatre School for 9 years. During that time she received a distinction in all grades up to and including Grade 8 Speech and Drama. From 2017-2019 Charlotte tutored mime at Betty Ann’s during which time she completed the ALCM teaching diploma from the University of West London. Since 2019 she has been a student at L’École International de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. There she has studied physical theatre performance and creative practice. Charlotte’s studies at Lecoq have developed her love for movement, mime and physical theatre. This is something she is always eager to share with her students.
Speech and Drama Tutor, student of Drama Performance in the Conservatoire in TU Dublin
Evie was a student of Betty Ann Norton Theatre School for 10 years. Here she attained both her ATCL Speech and Drama performance diploma (2018), and her ALCM Speech and Drama teaching diploma (2019). During her time at the school Evie worked closely alongside Betty Ann Norton as a team tutor. She is currently studying Drama (Performance) in the TU Dublin Conservatoire. Evie is passionate about performing and during her time at the school appeared in many productions including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Hermia, and Cecily in “The Importance of Being Earnest”. She also continuously played an active role in many of our devised scenes -which placed first at Feis Maitiu- including a dynamic performance entitled “The Magdalene Women”. Evie is an ardent advocate for the social, emotional and communicative benefits that drama can offer to people of all ages and abilities. As a tutor, her particular interests include: improv, characterisation, movement, acting, and storytelling.
Acting Coach, BA (Hons) Acting, The Lir
Martha is a graduate of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art where she attained her Bachelor in Acting in 2018. She has been teaching drama since 2012. Martha has worked as a professional actor with some of Ireland’s leading production companies such as Rough Magic in their productions of ‘Hecuba’ (Dublin Theatre Festival 2019), ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Kilkenny Arts Festival 2018, winner Irish Times Theatre Award Best Ensemble), ‘Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man’ (Dublin Theatre Festival 2018 and National Tour). Martha has also worked on screen with roles in ‘The Doireann Project’, ‘Vikings’, and ‘Camelot’. She won Best Actress at Spokescreen Film Festival Awards for the short film ‘Bus to Dublin’. Most recently you may have seen her in THAT heart-wrenching television advert for Vodafone.
Musical Theatre & Drama Tutor, BA (Hons) Drama & Theatre Studies CIT
Sinéad has a BA(Hons) in Theatre and Drama studies from CIT and has recently completed her ALCM Teaching Drama and Communication Diploma from the University of West London. Sinéad has been teaching Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre for the past eight years, she also choreographs and directs musical productions. She has completed her intermediate I.S.T.D ballet and modern dance exams. She also achieved her Gold Medal with LAMDA for Speech & Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre. Along with teaching, Sinéad is a professional actor who has performed in many theatres across Ireland and has featured in RTÉ series. She is also a voice actor for children’s animations.