The Abbey School of Music & Drama

Drama Instructors

Drama Instructors

Kathleen Warner Yeates is the director of the "Acting/Drama" portion of the Abbey School of Music & Drama, and the Director of Flying Turtle Productions. She was trained in the MA program at Villanova University for Acting and Directing and has worked in the U.S. as a professional actor and director in theatre and film for over 30 years, working in New York City and throughout the U.S. She and has been an acting instructor for over 25 years teaching acting at Penn State University, Villanova University, and other professional training programs. She has directed, acted, and written for off-broadway and has had the lead role acting in several independent films and commercials. 
Stephanie Courtney is a professional director with an MFA from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. She directs and produces Shakespeare in the Park in Dublin, including Romeo & Julie (Unplugged) in 2011 and the Tempest in 2012. She is also an international teacher of Suzuki, Viewpoints and Composition work. Stephanie was the Casting Director for PCPA, one of the oldest professional theatre companies and conservatories in California, as well as being artistic director of the award winning Wilde Irish Productions in San Francisco.

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.

Lisa Walsh  Lisa is an Actress, Theatre Maker and Speech & Drama Teacher. She holds a First Class Honours B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies from the Samuel Becket Centre, TCD, specializing her advanced studies in Acting & Devising, an L.L.C.M Speech & Drama Teaching Dip. with London College of Music, where she is currently studying for her F.L.C.M. She also trained at Lee Strasbourg Theatre & Film Institute, NYC and in Contemporary Irish Theatre and Practice at the Lir Academy. Teaching & facilitation credits include The Abbey Theatre, Stagecoach Dublin, Betty Ann Norton Theatre School, Emma Coogan School of Speech & Drama, Imaginosity Childrenís museum and Google.Lisa is a founding member of award winning Talking Shop Ensemble Theatre Company where she devises, performs and produces: Death of the Tradesmen, 2012-2013, I'm a Home Bird (Itís Very Hard), 2011, Do You Read Me?,2011, Fat, 2010 and Ann and Barry: What Kind of Time Do You Call This?, 2009.

AnnMarie O'Donovan (Youth Drama): AnnMarie O'Donovan is a trained Speech and Drama teacher from the Russell Academy and holds an Associate Teaching Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Drama. A former student of both the Gaiety and Abbey acting schools, AnnMarie is passionate about enabling children and teenagers explore the world of drama and acting in a fun and creative environment. She herself is an actress having performed in various theatres around Dublin including the Pearse Institute and the New Theatre and also in many short movies. 

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.He directed Pigtownby Mike Finn for Belltable  in Limerick, last year. 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.

Sara Shephard (Alexander Technique) Please see Sarah's web page at

Holly Renaut Holly is an Actor, Acting instructor, and Dialect Coach based in Dublin. She has been acting professionally, and coaching actors for the past 10 years. Her work and training have taken her around the world, from Canada to the UK, the USA, Hong Kong, and now Ireland. Having received her BFA in Acting at the UofS in Canada, she then completed additional training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, East 15 Acting school in England, and most recently with Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts. In 2011, she was invited to participate in a global Classical Training Conference and Workshop series at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she now performs in Stratford Upon Avon during the summer as part of the RSC's outdoor series.

Dr. Margot Jones (NicEoghain) trained in the theory and practice of theatre in Ireland, the USA and Vietnam.  She has performed in a wide variety of professional contexts including theatre, television and film, and she maintains a vibrant performance and workshop practice.  Recent facilitation work with young people includes puppet-making and performance, story-building and voice and movement skills.  She has also a special interest in therapeutic theatre. Margot continues to update her professional skills and is currently researching in the area of the traditional arts and devised performance. She has lectured at the University of Hawai’i and at Trinity College, Dublin, and she holds an MA in Theatre (Villanova), a PhD in Asian Theatre (Hawai’i)and an MA in Dramatherapy (Roehampton).

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