Our Tutors




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.




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 O'Farrell

Daniel O'Farrell


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’.



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.




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.




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.
Grace Halton

Grace Halton


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.

Shelley Calvin

Shelley Calvin


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.



  New Term

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.

Download Application Form

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 01 280 5921 or email : bettyannnorton@eircom.net





 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 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