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

Annabel Bass

Annabel studied Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, before working in Arts Marketing in the West End for five years. She then made the decision to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Reading, to become a Drama teacher. She then taught Drama & both produced & directed productions in schools, in and around London. Annabel moved to Dublin this summer and as well as teaching ,is also working at the Abbey Theatre in their Press and Communications department.

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. / Staff