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Sarah O'Toole

A former member of Galway Youth Theatre and a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. She worked in theatre and film in Ireland before going on to train as a director on Middlesex University’s International MA in Theatre Directing course where she specialised in Shakespeare, Comedy, Michael Chekhov and Balinese Theatre. As part of her studies, she spent time training at the Russian Academy of Theatre Artis in Moscow and ISI in Denpasar, Bali. She then worked extensively as an actor and director in Glasgow as well as setting up her own theatre company and Improv Troupe, Razed Curtain.

She teaches beginner and specialised drama classes for adults with Galway Actors Workshop, lectures in drama and playwrighting at NUI and directs productions for her own company Anam Theatre, which have most recently included her own adaptation of Eugene Onegin, Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game, Patrick Marber’s Closer and the highly entertaining interactive Literary Restaurant for Cúirt Poetry Festival and Galway Theatre Festival. 

Recent acting credits include: Lucifer in Magma Film’s Jack Taylor: The Magdalene Martyrs, Isabella in Theatrecorp’s production of Measure for Measure, Mary in Low Level Panic and Kate in Thereisbear!’s production of Joyriders.

Playwrighting credits include: Onegin (Anam), The Heroism Hotline (Galway Actors Workshop, with Donnacha Bushe), Granuaile (Arts in Action, with Caroline Lynch), Maud and the Pikeman (Arts in Action, with Caroline Lynch), Outpost (Anam) and The Snow Queen (Galway Actors Workshop)

She was a participant on Irish Theatre Institute’s 2017 ELEVATOR Producer Support & Mentoring Scheme and on Druid's FUEL 2018 Artist Mentorship & Residency programme

Sarah is teaching Scene Study and is facilitating Improvisation & Comedy this term.

Luke Morgan

Luke Morgan is the founder and director of Project Spatula, a filmmaking collective based in Galway ( His films have been shown in Film Festivals all over the world, including the Galway Film Fleadh, Chicago Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Corner and the Polish International Film Festival. A graduate of the Film & Documentary programme at GMIT, he has worked with countless actors of all ages, from professional to amateur. He lives and works in Galway. 

Luke is directing our Acting for Camera course this term.


John Rogers

John Rogers is a theatremaker from Leitrim, now based in Galway. He has worked with Moonfish, Mephisto, Waterdonkey, Dick Walsh and Theatrecorp amongst other companies and artists. His one man shows, including Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions] and the 24-hour ARTIST SCIENTIST PRIEST, have run at the Galway Theatre Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival.

A graduate of the MA in Theatre and Drama Studies at NUIG, John has facilitated workshops, taught and instructed for Galway Actors Workshop, NUIG Dramsoc, Stage School Ireland, Colombo University of Visual & Performing Arts, Sri Lanka and National University of Ireland Galway. He was a co- founder of Playspace Galway and Playspace Sligo. John’s work is founded on the importance of presence in performance and often highlights and questions the use of digital technology in theatre. John also presents a weekly internet radio show from Galway.

John will be teaching Play Performance this term.

Maria Tivnan

Maria is a founding member and the artisic director of Fregoli Theatre. She acts, writes and directs with Fregoli. She has directed over 10 shows with Fregoli, and has also directed with NUIG and Bohermore Youth Drama Project. Maria has taught several modules with the BA in drama and the BA connect at NUIG, and also teaches drama at NUIG's youth academy. Maria is a board member of the recently formed Galway theatre collective Theatre57. 

Maria will be teaching the first round of Acting 201 this term.

Órla Mc Govern

Órla Mc Govern teaches & performs Theatre, and Storytelling around the world. She facilitates with Festivals, Arts Orgs. and Corporate Clients include:  Finland International Improv Festival, BIG IF Barcelona, Improv Fest IrelandComedy Dublin, Brigit’s Garden Galway, NUI Dramsoc, Storytellers of Ireland, No Drama, Blue Teapot, Macnas Galway, Theatre de L’Oigion, Strasbourg, The Brainerd Foundation, Cúirt Internationl Festival of Literature, Belfast Improv Fest, Impro Romania, The Irish Festival of Oulu, Finland, Culture Night, Tulca & Listowel Writers’ Week.

As an actor she has worked with companies globally such as: The Forum Theatre, Freehold, Baba Yaga , Edge Theatre Ensemble, Ladykillers, Macha Monkey (USA) , The Flying Pigs, Macnas, Punchbag, Red Kettle, The Abbey, Glasshouse, The Spontaneous Theatre People. (IRL). TV/Film work includes StayUncle MaxMarú,Jack Taylor Magdalen MartyrsSanctuaryNorth Circular Road (best supporting actress, Monaco Film Festival).  A selection of Improv Theatre projects: The Seattle Neutrino Projectgoga, Edge ComedyThe Spolin Players (USA), Which Is Which (Poland/Ireland) and she is director of Improv Fest Ireland.

 In 2018 Órla represented Ireland in Our Lives a dynamic 28 country EU Theatrical Project.  As a playwright her work includes Gráinne Galaxy and ‘The Task’ (Farmleigh, Dublin), On The Path (Freehold Seattle), Wristbands Tick Tock (Fregoli, Galway) and Love Is A Circus (Abbey Theatre/DYT). She is artistic director of Moth & Butterfly and part of The Eve Project. Órla’s first book of folk tales was published in 2018 and she is currently preparing her second. She’s delighted to teach again with Galway Actor’s Workshop.

Órla is teaching on our Improvisation & Comedy course this term

Bob Hennigan

Bob Hennigan is a Mayo native, now based in Galway and with over 12 years of experience in stand-up comedy. In that time, he has supported the likes of Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Kevin Bridges, Jimmy Carr, John Bishop, Reginal D. Hunter and Rich Hall. He is co-host of Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club at The Dew Drop Inn in Galway City, a highly-acclaimed venue running weekly on Thursday nights. Most recently he supported Rich Hall, Milton Jones and Glenn Wool when Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club featured in the Vodafone Comedy Carnival.

Bob is also a past winner of the TedFest Toilet Duck Award and Galway Fringe Festival Best Comedian Award. With a deep interest in Film, Bob holds an M.A. in Screen Writing from the Huston Film School and is a graduate of the Film and Documentary  programme in GMIT. He has facilitated comedy workshops and courses in schools, college comedy societies and through Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club. 

Bob is teaching on our Improvisation & Comedy course this term

Barry Hopkins

Barry is a native of Co. Mayo.

After completing his Diploma in TV production in Dun laoghaire College of Further Education, he worked as a presenter for RTE junior on young adults tv, Dustins Daily.

Returning to Galway, He attended GYT, featuring in productions of Yellowmoon, Tarry Flynn and Autobahn. He also studied Theatre Performance in 2012.

Barry has lead theatre and performance workshops for teens throughout Europe, with Diverbo Language company in spain, touring France and Belgium with The Emerald Isle Theatre Company 2011 or working as a Drama facilitator for Bigfoot Arts Education in London.

He returned to Ireland in 2016. Completed the Acting for Performance course with Galway Actors Workshop in 2017, which culminated in a performance of Will Enos Middletown. He is also Studied under Gillian Reynolds, “Acting to Camera” Dublin Central School of Acting in 2017 with Gillian Reynolds.

Barry has featured in ad campaigns Club orange, Applemans Cider and Molson beer.

Barry is teaching Acting 101 and Acting for Young Adults this term.