Staff

Ann Kavanagh

Ann Kavanagh started working with young people in drama and theatre more than thirty years ago. She has worked extensively in primary and secondary schools during this time, notably the three Loretos – the Abbey Rathfarnham, Beaufort and Crumlin. Ann Kavanagh’s  Young  Peoples  Theatre has been in operation for over 30 years.

Through her experience in schools, Ann founded her own drama school, realizing the joy and confidence it can instill in children. She founded the Children’s Theatre Group in 1970 which - because her students stay with her so long! – ‘grew up’ to be called The Young People’s Theatre.  Previous productions have included Oliver, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, Nicholas Nickelby and Pocketful of Broadway,  Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago.

In 1985, Ann formed Cloud Nine – an adult offshoot company featuring 22 of her original students. Shows have included Our Town, Lovers, The Secret Life of Adrian Mole, A Life, Vinegar Tom, All My Sons, Billy Liar, Brighton Beach Memoirs and A View from the Bridge.

Ann Kavanagh has a national reputation as a drama teacher and wins remarkable commitment, loyalty, love and enthusiasm from all who work with her. It is very rewarding that over 55 past pupils’ children now attend the school.

Marina Donnelly

Marina started as a student of Ann’s at the age of four.
She has performed in many Young People’s Theatre and Cloud Nine productions including Our Town, Oliver, Billy Liar and All My Sons.

Marina started teaching with Ann nineteen years ago after she had qualified from the Royal Irish Academy.During her years as a teacher with the school she has been responsible for Set,Costume & Make- Up Design on shows & has also directed The Ugly Duckling and Charlotte’s Web.

Aoife Reilly

Aoife studied drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holds a degree in Speech and Drama Studies from the DIT Conservatory of Drama and Music.
She has been a full time teacher of drama for the past twelve years. She is currently employed in five different primary schools around Dublin and runs her own private drama school. She also runs Parties Fit For A Drama Queen, a small business that specializes in kids parties.
In her spare time she works, for fun, as a background artist in productions such as Raw, D’Movie and Fair City to name but a few. She appeared in an Allianz commercial and featured in an ad for Electric Ireland
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Shannon Hurley

Shannon began her training under Catherine Mahon-Buckley in the Cork Academy of Dramatic Arts (CADA) and has continued her training post-college by attending workshops with national companies such as
Willfredd Theatre. Shannon has had training in the Kristen Linklater vocal technique with both Regina Crowley and Irene O’Mara, and has trained in Modern Jazz Style with Aisling Byrne-Gaughan, and in Advanced Technical Jazz with Stephen Cullinane-O’Reagan. She has also attended one-on-one vocal training lessons with Elaine Canning, vocal coach on The Voice of Ireland.
She has taught drama and theatre to children and teenagers throughout her degree, teaching with the Monforts College of Performing Arts.  She has travelled to to Bridgton, Maine, USA, to continue her teacher development.

William Dunleavy

William has been a member of Young Peoples Theatre for over ten years. He is in his final year at Trinity College studying Drama and English Literature. He has written and directed many shows in Players Theatre, as well as in The Samuel Beckett Theatre, Smock Alley and The Mill Theatre. He is former winner of both The Senior Shakespeare Cup and The Mary Burchael Cup at Feis Maitiu Dublin.

Sophie Coote

Sophie has been a member of Young Peoples Theatre since the age of five. She has completed all Royal Irish Academy exams and is studying drama in Trinity College. She is a member of Trinity’s Drama Socitey, DU Players and spends any spare time involved in student productions.

Rosemary Kratschmar

Rosemary has been involved in Drama all her life. She  was a student of Ann’s for fifteen years and a founder member of Cloud Nine Theatre where she was an active participant in their productions. Rosemary also trained with The Brendan Smith Academy. Rosemary has appeared in many Film & TV productions and Theatres over the years.

She is a very able spokeswoman on behalf of children and adults with special needs.Rosemary is Administrator of the agency and Secretary to the school.

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