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
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 http://alexandertechniquenorthside.ie/about.html