Speech & Drama Teachers of Ireland

Meet the Board 2020

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.

Mary Whelan Fox - Chairperson

Mary has been teaching Speech and Drama since 2006. She studied with Leinster School of Music & Drama in Griffith College, Dublin. She holds her Associate and Licentiate Diplomas.

Mary is on the board for 6 years and is in her 3rd year as President of the organisation.

Loraine Power - Secretary

Loraine has a HDip in Drama Education, a BA in International Business and Languages, a Licentiate from the Leinster School of Music and Drama, a Diploma in Drama and Theatre Studies and a QQI certificate in Special Needs Education. She is also the Director of Power Drama School.

Frances Radic - Treasurer

Frances has been teaching Speech and Drama since 1999. She studied with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She holds her Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama, Senior Certification in Public Speaking and Certification in Basic Psychology and Communication from Maynooth University.
Frances has been a member of the speech and drama teachers of Ireland board for 3 years and is currently Vice Chairperson.

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, an Infant massage instructor and a Playlab leader for Claphandies, Dublin.

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

  • 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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