• About Speech Drama Dublin

    The Jill Anderson School of Speech and Drama offers a wide range of drama, musical theatre and public speaking classes at affordable prices to students ages 3 and up, to adults and senior citizens.

    School Location

    The school operates from Our Lady’s National School in Ballinteer Dublin and caters to students of any experience level.  For more information about individual classes and pricing please visit our adult drama classes page or our page about children’s drama classes.

    Speech Drama Dublin classes are taught under the Leinster School of Music and Drama and cover all aspects of speech and drama, including mime and movement, speech training and projection, characterisation, improvisation and public speaking.  School attendees benefit from all speech and drama courses as all subjects are designed to increase confidence, communication and social skills, as well as projection, modulation and characterisation.


    Our Teachers

    Jill Anderson, School Owner
    Jill Anderson trained with the Leinster School of Music and Drama where she gained her Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama – Performers (ALSMD) and her Licentiate Diploma – Teachers (LLSMD).  Before establishing the Jill Anderson School of Speech and Drama, she taught in many stage schools around Dublin.  Jill is passionate about teaching and all drama classes taught within the school are geared towards student enjoyment.

    At Speech Drama Dublin, we work hard to ensure that every child gets the individual attention that they need and as such our class size is limited to a maximum of 10 – 15 students.  Speech Drama Dublin is proud to report that all graduates who sat exams with the Leinster School of Music and Drama received over 95% in 2012.

    A typical class involves theatre games warm up, vocal warm up, drama class module covering characterisation, improvisation, vocal work and a cool down.

    Gemma Fitzsimons, Dance Teacher

    Originally from the UK, Gemma trained at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance where she gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  She went on to join the N.M.E.C in the Millennium Dome Show. Gemma appeared in cabaret shows in Greece, Ibiza and London (Palladium). Her pantomime credits include Cinderella at the Belfast Opera House and Jack and the Beanstalk and Aladdin at the Gaiety Theatre. Gemma also performed as a backing dancer on You’re a Star and various commercial fashion shows in the United Kingdom.

    Gemma’s dance classes are fun and structured, guiding each budding young dancer to reach their best potential whilst having fun and growing in confidence.  A typical dance class consists of fun dance exercises, games and learning routines in the style of musical theatre and street dance.

    Jill Srigley, Singing Teacher

    Jill is originally from Canada, where she completed a B.A. in Drama and a Master’s degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Toronto.  Since moving to Dublin in 2009, she has gained a certificate in Musical Theatre from the London College of Music and has gained experience teaching in several schools in Dublin.  She has also had the privilege of performing onstage at the National Concert Hall and at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

    Katie Gannon, Drama Teacher
    Katie has a BA in Communication Studies, a Senior Certificate in Speech and Drama with the Leinster School of Music and a Diploma in Speech and Drama with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  She has studied with Cróina Flaherty, Emma Coogin and Jill Anderson and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 2012 Irish Student Drama Awards.


    About the Classes

    Individual and group classes are also available for adults who can benefit from the course work and apply it to more practical aspects of their lives such as speech making at weddings, presentations at work or even job interviews.All students in the group classes can take part in an end of year show and this year’s show is Grease.  Students are also given the opportunity to audition for TV commercials, plays and films, if they so wish.


    School Ethos

    Speech Drama Dublin was founded on the belief that every child deserves individual attention and our goal as performance arts teachers is to enrich the lives of students by providing them with lifelong skills that they can take beyond the classroom.  Theatre is not only about learning performance skills, but developing confidence, learning interaction, empathy and self-awareness.

    To achieve this, we limit our class size to 15 students per teacher as this ensures each student is given the time  to develop their creativity and build their confidence through acting, singing or dancing.   In lieu of pushing individual students to become star performers, we aim to support all students to be the best they can be in their area of interest.

    All participants are  encouraged to participate, interact and progress in confidence, movement, speaking and vocal ability – and with such small classes, no one can hide in a corner!!

    As well as enjoyment there are many reasons for students to attend the school; children who are shy are encouraged to grow in self-confidence, those who find social interaction hard find themselves mixing without difficulty, and those with speech faults are rectified without realising it.

    If so desired students can have the opportunity to attend auditions for professional companies.  For example, some of our younger students have appeared on the Late Late Toy Show.

    Every aspect of theatre is covered from costume design, lighting, sound, scenery design and back stage management through workshops and the involvement in all aspects of production of the show.  We believe in encouraging students to use their creative side so we spend time helping them paint scenery and make their own costumes rather than simply buying the set.  Our next performance will be in the Mill Theatre on the 23rd June and promises to be one not to be missed!

    All classes are taught in Our Lady’s National School in Ballinteer, Dublin.


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