About Us

DramaWorks School of Speech and Drama and Communication was established in 2006 by Mary McHugh Hennessy BBS Hons TCD,ALSMD, LLSMD.  Mary worked in Sales and Marketing in  International Banking prior to setting up DramaWorks.  Mary  has  extensive experience in acting and directing in theatre and currently co-facilitates Shakespeare School Workshops for 5th and 6th years. Mary is an experienced  teacher in public speaking and interviewing  skills and runs one on one sessions privately. Mary is a Speech and Drama Examiner  with Leinster School of Music and Drama and is a Board Member of Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland. DramaWorks is located in Sandymount  Dublin 4. DramaWorks provides Speech and Drama classes  in South Dublin  for all age group ranging from 6 years old to young adults. The classes are mixed and run every Tuesday and Wednesday in  Star of the Sea Hall, Sandymount and every   Friday in Scoil Mhuire Hall, Sandymount. We also run Effective Communication Courses  for Transition Year students and Teenagers focusing on public speaking, presentation skills and voicework. This course covers the Personal Skill Component of the Gaisce Award. Our Mission in DramaWorks is to focus on building self - confidence by developing  creativity imagination and communication skills. Students learn these skills in a fun safe environment. Our classes cover creative drama, role play, improvisation, poetry, movement, mime voicework and public speaking. Our Teen classes introduce Shakespeare to students in a fun and interactive way focusing on JC/LC curriculum text books . We recommend that students participate in Speech and Drama Exams or Effective Communication Exams with Leinster School of Music and Drama. We also encourage students to enter The Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland Drama Festival and Feis Maitiu.

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Áine Keegan has student her craft international from singing at Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving a scholarship to study Musical Theatre Performance in the prestigious Colin’s Performing Arts Academy in England and the first ever student to receive the Sheila Murphy Scholarship to study for a HDip in Drama in Education at Griffith College Dublin. Áine is a fully qualified teacher and is an Associate in Drama Teaching with the Leinster School of Music and Drama (LSMD) and a member of the Speech & Drama Teachers of Ireland Association.

She has performed in showcases in London and as part of her musical theatre training has starred in amateur productions in London and Dublin. Áine teaches theatre all over Dublin and several of her students have been nominated for Excellence Awards with the examining body, the LSMD and have been extremely successful in castings for theatres such as The Abbey and The Gate, participation in short films, commercials, achieving roles in the HBO series Game of Thrones etc., gone on to study internationally and at third level programmes such as The Lir. 

She has directed and produced several amateur shows from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare and become one of the main Musical Theatre facilitators at the famous Gaiety School of Acting for both children and adults.


"I really enjoyed Mary's communication and presentation course as my skills in both public speaking and presenting have benefitted hugely from doing it. Doing the course with other teenagers creates a fun and safe environment where no one feels self conscious or embarrassed. The course taught me many things including  the importance of eye contact and body language when speaking to a group of people. I now feel a lot more comfortable delivering presentations and I am also more confident when speaking in front of my peers. I highly recommend Mary's course to all teenagers as it is a very enjoyable way to learning important skills that are needs for many aspects of life ''

Maria O'Dea  – Transition Year Student – Mt Anville 2016/2017