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.

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.

Claudia Kinahan

Claudia received a First Class Hons. BA with a Gold Medal  in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2017. As an actor she has appeared across numerous stages such as Smock Alley, The Peacock, The New Theatre, The Samuel Beckett Theatre and RTÉ Television, alongside numerous independent films. She also directs and writes for theatre; her productions have been staged in theatres such as Smock Alley, The Complex and The Samuel Beckett Theatre.
Grace Morgan
Grace Morgan is a recent graduate of English and Drama in Trinity College, finishing with first class honours. She is a Dublin based actor and director. Grace’s recent acting credits include; The W.I.N (Banbha Theatre;National Tour),Pool (no) water (Granary Theatre Cork, ISDA 2018, winner of best ensemble and best overall production), 4.48 Psychosis (Samuel Beckett Theatre), MALAPROP’s Everything Not Saved (Dublin Fringe 2017), The David Fragments (The Greenwood Theatre, London), Sunny Dayz (The Samuel Beckett Theatre), The Berlin Project (Directed by Rachel West, Samuel Beckett Theatre), Cloth of Dreams and LOVE + (both at the Samuel Beckett Theatre). Grace recently worked with Pan Pan on their 2018 show for Dublin Theatre Festival, ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanney Valley and Bombinate’s Susie and the Story Shredder (Dublin Fringe Festival: Young Radicals 2018). Grace recently finished a film with Junk Ensemble and Oonagh Kearney called Five Letters To The Stranger Who Will Dissect My Brain and MALAPROP’S upcoming RTE Storyland short. Grace was an active member of DU Players and was the House Manager for 2016/2017. She was also the secretary of Trinity Arts Festival for 2017/2018

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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