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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
Matthew Rockett recently obtained his teaching diploma in Speech and Drama with distinction. He began drama with Betty Ann Norton when he was six and that year played the part of Ruairi in the BBC’s long-running radio serial The Archers. Since then he has won numerous awards at Dublin Feis Maitiu for poetry (including the Record Cup for highest overall mark, and culminating with the cup for senior poetry), solo and group mime, scriptwriting, and ensemble playing. He has appeared in countless Betty Ann Productions, most memorably Coram Boyat the Mill Theatre (March 2010) and O’Reilly Hall (April 2010); Heart’s Desire at St Enda’s, Rathfarmham (August 2015); Grey Brick upon Brick at Dublin Castle (as part of the national 1916 commemorations); and The Eternal Globe at the Mill (January 2017). He has also performed lead roles in school productions in Willow Park, Blackrock, and St Conleth’s College. In addition to drama he studies music at DIT and has a special interest in selecting (at times composing) incidental music for drama productions.
BA, MA, L.G.S.M
Tanya is a freelance speech and drama practitioner. She has been teaching for over 15 years in Ireland and the UK covering various syllabuses including LAMDA and RIAM. She has written, directed and performed in theatre pieces throughout venues including The New Theatre, Andrew’s Lane, The Project Arts Centre and Russborough House, Wicklow. She has a BA in Mode 1 English from UCD, including one year studying in Verona, Italy, an MA (1st) in Drama and Performance also from UCD and a L.G.S.M Teaching Dip. Her special interests lie in Samuel Beckett, the body in performance and Italian theatre.
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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