Speech & Drama Teachers of Ireland

Meet the Board 2021

Welcome to Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland  website. We are  a professional organisation for qualified and trainee teachers of Speech and Drama, supporting and representing our members throughout Ireland.

As a not-for-profit organisation and newly formed registered company, we were formed to encourage and promote the highest standards of teaching within the Speech and Drama field, to connect teachers of communication, performance and life skills and to act as a voice of the profession and our students. All teachers are affiliated to one of the recognised examining bodies. All also are fully Garda vetted and have their child protection and safeguarding policies in place.

Frances Radic - Chairperson


Frances holds her Associate Diploma with The Royal Irish Academy of Music, QQI 6 in Basic Psychology and Communication and Certification in Public Speaking.
Frances has been a member of the Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland board for over 6 years and is currently the Chairperson. Frances  runs her own Drama School and has been teaching Speech and Drama and Public Speaking for over 20 years.

Susan Collins Duggan - Treasurer


Susan holds her Fellowship, Licentiate and Associate Teaching Diplomas with London College of Music (University of West London). She also holds a QQI Diploma in Further Education & Training and is a qualified TEFL teacher. She has been teaching Speech & Drama for over twenty years and is director of Theatre Tricks Drama & Communications.

Caroline O'Boyle - Membership


Caroline has a BA Hons Acting degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Betec National Diploma in Theatre Studies from Coláiste Dhulaigh. She also holds an Associate and Licentiate Teaching qualification from The Irish Board of Speech and Drama. Caroline works as a Speech and Drama Teacher and a Special Needs Assistant.

Emma Murtagh - Social Media


Emma Murtagh A.I.B.S.D studied English, Media and Cultural Studies in IADT for four years, from which she graduated in 2016. That same year Emma achieved her Teaching Associate Diploma with The Irish Board of Speech and Drama. Emma now works as a drama coach and has been on the board for two years.

Niambh Doolan - Public Relations Officer


Niambh holds undergraduate qualifications in Developmental Psychology, QQI 6 in Special Needs Assisting, Licentiate Qualification in Speech and Drama, and a Higher Diploma in Education (Drama). Niambh is passionate about the education of those with additional needs through the Drama curriculum.

Suzanne Binley


Suzanne Binley is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she studied Drama and Modern Irish. She has been teaching drama for over twenty years. Suzanne spent her early years as a tutor at Young People’s Theatre. She then went on to become a director of Pygmalion Drama School for twelve years. She is currently course director of the Higher Diploma in Drama Education at Griffith College and lectures in Drama at St Nicholas’ Montessori College Ireland.

Important Dates

2
February
  • 11am
  • The Ballsbridge Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland AGM

Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland AGM, 2 February 2020

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