“For over 50 years, Betty Ann has been a pioneer of speech and drama classes for generations of children and adults in Dublin.  I have many happy memories of my time at her school, both as a student, when I was a child, and a tutor.  Drama and theatre have the ability to play such a pivotal role in the development of our personalities, helping children and young people to gain confidence, learn how to work with others, and grow as people.  Betty Ann has so much experience and expertise doing this; I wish her and her school all the best in continuing their great work into the future.”

Jim Culleton

“Dear Bettyann,

I have just taken a few moments to peruse the wonderful website of Bettyann Norton and seeing your profile brought back many very happy memories of when I was taught in Loreto College St. Stephen’s Green as a young Girl.

I remember being in awe of your ever present poise and grace.

I have proudly moved through my adult life carrying with me all that I learnt from you. Although I didn’t pursue an acting career I have been met with numerous situations where my Speech Training (Elocution Classes) has given me tremendous confidence and for that I am extremely grateful. I have always been complimented on how I speak and this is solely down to my Elocution Classes.

I may not have managed any of the leading roles in the wonderful and memorable Loreto School plays but I certainly have great memories of the enthusiasm and excitement leading up to our performances. Everyone spoke of the professionalism of each and every production the attention to detail and the obvious enjoyment the students got from performing. Yes, we wouldn’t have been out of place on the Stage of either the Gaiety or the Abbey ……!!!

It is also with great pleasure that I see my Cousin’s Son, Conor Armstrong is a member of the Tutors in the Bettyann Norton School. What a privilege it must be to work alongside Ireland’s greatest in the field of Speech and Drama.

Thank you Bettyann Norton for all your hard work and dedication.

Sincerely yours,

Madeleine Scally

“Studying drama at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School for four years in my teens was the single more useful thing I ever did for my career. In all my work as a playwright for stage and radio as well as screenwriting – even in writing my fiction – I draw on what I learned about the beating heart of human drama from Betty Ann. And every time I need to address an audience (from a book club of a
dozen, to a school assembly of seven hundred), the confidence with which I open my mouth is a skill I acquired in those weekly classes when we learned never to be afraid to improvise.”

Emma Donoghue

“Dear Betty Ann,

Thank you for the great speech and drama classes during the year. I hope that you have a lovely summer !

Best wishes.”


“Dear Betty Ann,

Thank you so much for all your help, support and encouragement throughout the year.

I had a marvellous time and I owe it all to you.

Kind regards.”


“Dear Betty Ann,

Thank you. I had the best time with you this year.

With Love.”


“Dear Betty Ann,

Thank you. I had a great time in Drama.”


“Dear Betty Ann,

Thanks so much for teaching the girls. They have such a wonderful time with you.

Hope you have a great summer !”

Martha and Kevin

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 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