Our Tutors

BETTY ANN NORTON

BETTY ANN NORTON

LGSM, LRAMD, ARIAM, GODA, ADA

Betty Ann opened her Theatre School in Harcourt Street in 1960, in the over 50 years since then she 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.

CONOR ARMSTRONG SANFEY

CONOR ARMSTRONG SANFEY

BA, ALCM

Conor is an award winning filmmaker and theatre director. His recent feature film ‘LIFT’ has screened worldwide to standing ovations and five star reviews. Conor run’s our film and acting to camera classes, and also teaches on our drama courses. Conor trained in theatre at Betty Ann Norton Theatre School gaining his ALCM teaching diploma and in film at the National Film School gaining his BA in Film Production.

LISA WALSH

LISA WALSH

BA. Hons, ALCM, LLCM (TD), FLCM

Lisa is a Speech, Acting and Communications Facilitator. As an Actress, Voice-Over Artist and Theatre Maker, Lisa works professionally as a performer in each field she teaches. She holds a First Class Honours B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies from the Samuel Becket Centre, TCD. She is a Fellow of Speech, Drama and Communications and has an L.L.C.M Teaching Dip. with London College of Music. She also trained at Lee Strasbourg Theatre & Film Institute, NYC and in Contemporary Irish Theatre and Practice at the Lir Academy. Lisa is a founding member of award winning theatre company Talking Shop Ensemble and runs her own interpersonal skills training company Little Engine Communications.

HELEN BURGESS (Consultant)

HELEN BURGESS (Consultant)

LGSM

Helen Burgess Holds a Licentiate from the London College of Music and Drama, a Licentiate from Trinity Guildhall and a Dip.Sup.d’Etudes Francaise.
She has taught for many years at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School.

PAULINE JOHNSON BA Hons.

PAULINE JOHNSON BA Hons.

MUSIC - Accompanist

Pauline Johnson is an Honors Music Graduate of U.C.D. She has directed many choral works including “Handel`s Messiah”. Her most recent engagement was Choral Director for the Betty Ann Norton`s School production of “An Elizabethan Fantasy”. Pauline also plays multiple instruments.

GRACE CLANCY

GRACE CLANCY

ARIAM

Grace Clancy (A.R.I.A.M) studied Speech & Drama throughout her youth. She has trained at The Betty Ann-Norton Theatre School and was awarded The Associate Teaching Diploma from The R.I.A.M. Grace has a keen interest in English Literature and organises Theatre visits for student groups.

PAUL KEOGH

PAUL KEOGH

ALCM

Paul achieved his ALCM with Betty Ann Norton Theatre School and specialises in preparing students for the literary, conversational and sight-reading aspects of the grade examinations, and in preparation of diploma presentations and essays.
His wide experience and qualifications in Business, IT and Amateur Drama management enable a highly practical and thorough approach.
CIARA FEELY

CIARA FEELY

ALCM

Ciara Feely was a student at Betty Ann Norton Theatre School from 2007. She attained her ALCM Teaching Diploma from the London College of Music in 2014. She has been a team teacher with the school since 2013. She now teaches our Step 1 and Step 2 Kindergarten classes. She has also worked as a stage manager for performances in Dublin Castle, the Pearse Museum and annual Christmas performances in St. Louis High School Rathmines.

Shelley Calvin

Shelley Calvin

LTCL

Shelley Calvin studied at KSA Academy of Performing Arts in Beckenham, London and has achieved her LTCL Higher Diploma in Musical Theatre. She has performed in many venues across London in musicals, cabaret nights and comedy gigs. She focuses on teaching performing through song and dance in a fun and friendly environment.

Grace Halton

Grace Halton

ALCM

Grace began with the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School when she was 7 years old. After competing Grade 8 with Distinction, she continued her studies with the diploma course for ALCM in teaching speech and drama. She eagerly awaits the results from London for the written proportion of the exam. Grace was honoured to be accepted into The Lir where she will commence her studies in stage management and technical theatre in September ’17. Grace was named as Senior Winner of Poetry Aloud 2016 and has recently performed at Cruinniu na Cásca for RTÉ, as a guest speaker for UCD Drama Festival as well as in Betty Ann Norton Theatre School production’s ; ‘The Eternal Globe’, ‘The Secret Garden’, and many more.

Daniel O'Farrell

Daniel O'Farrell

ALCM

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’.

NEW TERM 

Registration is now open for Term 3 which commences on Wednesday 21st March & Sat 24th March.
Study Speech, Drama, Mime and Film!

If you have any questions contact the office for class details - Call 01-280 5921   /  Email: bettyannnorton@eircom.net

How to register 

There are two ways you can register for our new term. 

You can download our application form and post it along with the enrolment fee to the

Betty Ann Norton Theatre School & Agency, Cuisle Arts and Cultural Centre,
St. Louis High School, Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Download Application Form

Or alternatively you can register in person any Saturday from 10am - 6pm with Betty Ann at the same address. 

Latest Production 

A video of our latest production 'The Magical Window' are on sale & cost  €10

 

 

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.

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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 45 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.

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