Meet our Team
At PlayAct Drama School we have to ‘learn’ each child. My tutors and I need to build on each child’s strengths and interests. For example, we might say to a talkative child – ‘today, Jenny, you’re the director. You need to think about all the things you need to make this play work. And fix any problems you see. Get a small group together to help you.’” Our classes are deliberately kept small to ensure every child gets individual attention.
Founding Director & Teacher
Adrienne’s training includes her Master’s Degree in Drama & Performance, H. Dip in Drama, Arts and Theatre Studies, Teaching Diploma from The Irish Board of Speech & Drama, Special Needs Assistant Certificate, and Child Development and Play Certificate, Q.Q.I Level 5. She has worked as a Speech & Drama teacher and workshop facilitator for over a decade.
I went to a performing arts high school in St. Petersburg, Florida (where I’m from), and got my BFA in Acting from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. I spent years performing with children’s theatres all across the United States, and doing mainstages and voice over work in the Virginia/Washington DC area until I moved to Dublin, Ireland to get my MA in Drama and Performance Studies from UCD. I’ve been teaching with Play Act for 3 and a half years now and am so happy and proud to be part of a wonderful company with such fabulous students and staff!
Leah studied film and television at the New York Conservatory for Dramatics Arts for two years and graduated with an associates degree. She has appeared in many short/student films in the past few years. Leah has also worked on several stage productions including travelling Spain in 2019 with Forum Theatre and Education (TIE) working as a storyteller for young children.
Since my elementary school teacher, Mrs. Grady cast me as George M Cohan in the Music Man, I’ve been obsessed with all things theatre, musical, and performance. My beginnings were in improv, in playing with space and creating the world for the audience, on a bare stage. Drama has always been a way to rediscover the joys of play, of imagination, and of living in the moment.
Having worked with several Seattle theatre companies, including Seattle Shakespeare and GreenStage Shakespeare in the Park, Abigail moved to Dublin where she earned a BA in Acting from The Lir Academy. She trained with Gary Schwartz growing up, who was taught by the mother of improvisation, Viola Spolin, and her son Paul Sills. She is also an Associate Producer with TheatreMaker.ie, a new theatre resource for Irish and International theatre makers and lovers of live performance.