Ann Russell trained as an actor with the late Deirdre O’Connell at the Focus Stanislavski Studio. She has worked as an actor and director in the Focus Theatre and with other professional theatre companies in Ireland and the UK. Ann completed her MA at University College Dublin in 2002 and has Associate and Licentiate Diplomas from the London College of Music and Drama. A former teacher and Senior Examiner with the Royal Irish Academy of Music she formed her own school in 2004. Since then she has developed a highly successful Effective Public speaking programme and has an outstanding record in training drama teachers.
Dr. Kasia Lech is a co-founder of Polish Theatre Ireland, and has trained as an actress and completed her MA in acting at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Wroc³aw (Poland). She started her professional career in theatres in Poland and has been continuing it in Ireland in both theatre and film. Her theatre credits include: Pink Whore-Girl in ‘The Murder’ by Hanoch Levin (Theatre K2, Wroc³aw, Poland), First Witch in ‘Macbeth’ (The Venue Theatre, Navan), Seeta (Never After, Tabs Theatre, Dublin), Bogusia in ‘Scent of Chocolate’ (Polish Theatre Ireland, Dublin), and Justyna in the most recent production of PTI. Kasia also took a lead role in an Irish TV drama ‘House’ directed by Declan Cassidy. Her professional activities also include acting coaching, drama teaching, storytelling, and working as a voiceover artist. She gave a voice and animated the Grey Cat – a puppet that co-hosted a live TV show for children ‘CyberMysz’ [CyberMouse] that was broadcasted by Polish national television (TVP 1). Kasia has recently completed her PhD thesis on verse performance (funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences) from the University College Dublin.
AnnMarie O'Donovan (Youth Drama): AnnMarie O'Donovan is a trained Speech and Drama teacher from the
Sue Mythen (Actor's Movement) worked as an actor for over fifteen years prior to completing and MA in Actor Movement at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Since then she works as a freelance Movement Director for several companies in Europe, Canada and UK including: Opera Ireland, The Abbey Theatre, Canadian Opera Company. On film, Sue choreographed the ballroom scenes for Northanger Abbey as part of the Jane Austen Season for ITV Drama. Sue has taught movement in a number of drama schools including The Gaiety School of Acting, Trinity College Dublin, The Abbey Theatre, DIT, RIAM, and Central School of Speech & Drama. She is currently co-writing a book on the subject of movement training for actors.
Paul Brennan:(Michael Chekov Techniques) Paul has worked as a professional actor, director, playwright, and acting teacher for over thirty five years. He has worked as a director with the Abbey, the Gate and other Dublin theatres, with Druid in Galway, with Island in Limerick and with Red Kettle in Waterford for whom he has directed two Bernard Farrell premieres and five other shows. Productions in the past decade include Diarmuid de Faoite’s award winning Padraig O’Conaire; Paris Texas with POC Productions which won an award at the 2003 Dublin Fringe Festival. His production of The Fairgreen Slaughterhouse by Colm Corless won Best Production at Project ’06 in Galway and was revived in May’07 at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Having studied Michael Chekhov acting technique and attended workshops with Joanna Merlin, Fern Sloan, Sarah Kane, Per Brahe, Graham Dixon, Joerg Andreas, Lenard Petit and with the Michael Chekhov Europe organisation, Paul first introduced Chekhov technique into his professional work in 1999 (Bernard Farrell’s Happy Birthday Dear Alice for Red Kettle, with Tony award winner, Anna Manahan) and into all his subsequent productions. He has also taught the technique at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (’01 – ’02), with Theatre MA students at the National University of Ireland, Galway (’07), and at University Colleges, Dublin and Cork.