Teen Communications and Speech


The school places a huge emphasis on Speech Training (which used to be called Elocution) both for performance and everyday communication.

We are passionate about clear, expressive, speech & encourage students to speak well on all occasions. Work covers speaking in public, poetry, Play texts, grade examinations to final grades for Trinity Guildhall & Feis.

We introduce students to the great poets and dramatists, encouraging them to read their works. This insures that when students are obliged to study these writers for their state exams they will already be familiar with their works.

The aim of this class is to encourage fluent, expressive speech and to develop confidence and poise. Students are prepared for grade examinations in Speech and Drama for Trinity Guildhall to final level Grade 8 and may participate in Feiseanna. Students are introduced to a wide range of texts both classical and modern. They also study Theory of Speech and World Literature.

Class Ages: 13 to 19


 New Term 2018

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

Cúisle Arts and Cultural Centre,
St. Louis High School, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

Registration Day will take place on the 14th of March from 4pm - 8pm.  Alternatively download & post the application form below

Download Application Form




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