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 Arts in Moscow and ISI in Denpasar, Bali. She then worked extensively as an actor and director in Glasgow 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)

Sarah is teaching Introduction to Acting, The Next Stage - Voice, Text and Professional Skills and Play Performance this term.

Sarah’s understanding of both technique and text is incredible, and her encouraging way with students always brings out their best.
— Amanda Gareis, former student

Darragh O’Brien

Darragh believes that theatre and music give people the opportunity and confidence to better express themselves, and to form friendships, groups and communities that stand the test of time.

Trained as an actor with Trading Faces Stage School, the BA Connect in Theatre and Performance at NUIG, Core Theatre College, and Keene State College New Hampshire. He is a founding member of Galway-based ThereisBear! Theatre Company.

He is a member of The Sky Babies who perform Improvised Theatre and Comedy regularly in Galway and Ireland, and he also performs with The Leg Breakers, a Galway-grown Improv group.

He is a singer for the Schola Cantorum at St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, and a member of the chamber choir Collegium.

Darragh teaches workshops for children and teenagers at Trading Faces Stage and Film School. Most recently he directed Galway Actors Workshop’s adaptation of The Snow Queen in the Town Hall Studio in December 2015.

Recent credits include: The Snow Queen (Galway Actors Workshop, December 2015) Ludus Danielis: The Play of Daniel  (Collegium/Galway Early Music Festival), Frankenstein (ThereisBear!/Galway Theatre Festival 2015), Suitcase: An Improvised Theatrical Experience (The Sky Babies/Galway Theatre Festival), For Hire (Leg Breakers/Galway Theatre Festival), The Duchess of Malfi (Theatrecorp 2015), No Show: A Showband Story (ThereisBear!/FUEL: Druid’s Emerging Artist Residency 2014).

He also sings lead vocals for Dead Horse Jive.

Darragh is teaching on our Introduction to Acting, The Next Stage - Voice, Text and Professional Skills and Play Performance courses this term.

An excellent teacher.
— Donnacha Bushe, former student

James Riordan

 Photo by Julia Dunin

Photo by Julia Dunin

James is an actor, choreographer and art director. Besides having a BA (hons) in Drama from Queens' University in Belfast, he has trained in physical theatre at the APT in Berlin and at LISPA in London. He has performed with the English National Opera and the Spiegeltent in London and is a member of the internationally acclaimed alt-drag group The LipSinkers. Locally, he has been working with An Taibhdhearc, Tuismitheoiri an nGael and Telegael.

He has given workshops with the Artful Badger and Clipperton Project in London and taught theatre to children and adults in Ireland, England, Germany and Japan.

He has worked as Art Director with Ishka Films on the music videos Cold Hand, Floating and This Dream Song for My Fellow Sponges, production manager on the JPCoss fashion video, and co-directed projects with Mia for Macnas and Drop Everything.

James is teaching our The Next Stage - Physical Theatre and Devising course this term.