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Building Confidence Through Drama, Performance & Presentation Skills

24 / 05 / 2016

PLANS FOR 2016-2017!

We have had a wonderfully successful 2015-2016 with the opening of our venues in Stillorgan, Belarmine and Sandyford.  We would have been very happy to half-fill them in the first year but in fact most classes are completely full and we have waiting lists for September for most classes, particularly in Stillorgan.  Thank you all for your support and for spreading the word among your friends. We are getting great feedback from parents who have seen significant progress with their children’s social skills, self esteem and ability to assert themselves.  The children seem to love their classes and are having so much fun, as are we!

This September we are developing the school a little more.  We are opening in Mounttown Community Centre which is beside McCormack’s Pub in Monkstown/Dunlaoghaire.  We are also delighted to have secured a place in the brand new beautiful Community Centre in Ballyogen in Carrickmines.  Classes in Ballyogen will replace the classes in Belarmine and Sandyford Community Centre.  So our classes will take place in four venues -

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat.

Ballyogen Community Centre, Carrickmines, Wed, Thurs

Mounttown Community Centre, Monkstown/Dunlaoghaire, Mon, Tues, Thurs

Glencullen Community Centre, Mon, Thurs


In addition to our ‘Building Confidence classes’ two of our venues, Mounttown and Ballyogen Com. Centres will offer a new two-hour Musical Theatre class.  With one hour of music/drama and an hour of hip hop dance, this class will be similar to a stage-school type class but will not have as many in the classes as most stage schools, which is in keeping with our ethos of providing a genuine caring and nurturing environment with the well-being of each child taking centre-stage with us at all times!


We already have a huge interest in our new Hip Hop classes in September.  They will be available for all ages from 6yrs to adults (including teens).  We have the best professional dancers in Ireland to teach these classes and judging by the phenomenal demand for the Hip Hop Dance Workshops we have been running for the last few months, I have no doubt that these classes will fill very quickly.


Eimear, Astrid, Ceara, Paddy and I wish to thank you all for supporting and reinforcing our work with your children throughout the year.  Our jobs are incredibly fulfilling and the children are a complete joy to teach.  We hope you have a lovely Summer and here’s to the next exciting chapter for the school!

Please feel free to contact me anytime on -086 8372364, or

Mel x



24 / 05 / 2016


We have two camps scheduled this year -

Sandyford Community Centre – 4th – 8th July with Astrid Courtney & Alan McGrath

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan – 25th – 29th July with Eimear O’Riordan & Alan McGrath

Both are for ages 4 – 11yrs,  children will be split into two age groups – 3-6yrs & 7-11yrs.

9.30am-1pm Mon – Fri with a short performance on the final day.

Price: €100 per child (10% discount for sibling) Deposit €20 required, will be deducted off fee.



Our new venues have had an overwhelming reaction and we are delighted to announce that we have created even more classes to our timetable!  More guitar class times on Monday, more Saturday classes and more adult courses too.  Because of this demand, Mel is always on the look-out for very special people to join our team of teachers. Teachers must hold a qualification and have experience in drama/musical theatre, ideally have trained in early childhood studies and most importantly have a genuine love of little people, along with the passion to develop their skills for the inevitable challenges of life.  CV’s can be sent to

We have just one place left on this course starting Monday 12th October, 7.30-9pm for 8 weeks in Sandyford Community Centre.  Would you like to develop the confidence to deliver a speech, a presentation or a party-piece? Are you interested in exploring the world of acting and performance? This course guarantees lots of fun, a safe environment in a small group of six, where participants have an opportunity to practise and gain valuable feedback while learning tips and techniques for overcoming the fear of being in the spotlight in whatever form.  Contact Mel 086 8372364

13 / 09 / 2015

September 2015

Well tomorrow we open in Belarmine Community Centre, Stepaside and Patrician Centre, Stillorgan, and on Thursday we open in Sandyford Community Centre – our three new venues this year!  We are absolutely delighted with the response to our advertising campaign and classes are almost full in all venues.  We do have some places left though so if you are interested, please give me a call on 086 8372364.

We have just one place left on our Drama, Performance & Presentations Skills for Adults course which will start week commencing 12th October and will run for 8 weeks.

We are offering guitar lessons on Monday evenings in Patrician Centre, Stillorgan for children and have just a couple of places left.

Welcome to our fabulous new teacher Astrid Courtney who joins us this week.  Astrid has over twelve years of experience teaching children drama, has a special, wonderful magic with children and a passion for building their self-esteem.  I am absolutely delighted to have her on-board!

A huge congratulations to our gorgeous Musical Theatre teacher Sarah Thornton and her husband Gavin on the birth of their beautiful baby Meghan Grace.  Sarah will be back with us after Christmas, in the meantime, Grace Kinirons and I will be taking the Musical Theatre classes.

We are very excited about seeing all our students again over the next two weeks and equally looking forward to meeting lots of new little people and getting to know each and every one of their personalities.  We want you, as parents, to feel that when your children are enrolled in our school, that they are a part of something special, that they are learning to believe in themselves, to believe that they are capable of so much more than they realise and that they are building the crucial resilience that they will need when faced with the inevitable challenges that life will bring.

See you all soon!

Best wishes

Mel xxx

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering classes in Stillorgan (Patrician Centre), Sandyford (Community Centre) & Belarmine (Community Centre) in addition to our classes in Glencullen from September 2015. Bookings are now being taken and filling nicely so be sure to contact Mel 086 8372364 sooner rather than later to ensure a place!

The following is an outline of the our timetable. Detailed class times will be available during the first week of September and will be determined by demand.

Glencullen Community Centre

Mon between 3pm and 7.30pm       Conf. Building Through Drama                       Mel Ryan
Tues between 3pm and 7.30pm       Conf. Building Through Drama                       Grace Kinirons
Wed between 4pm and 7pm             Musical Theatre                                                  Sarah Thornton
Thurs between 3pm and 7.30pm     Conf. Building Through Drama                      Mel Ryan

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan 

Tues between 3pm and 7.30pm       Conf. Building Through Drama/Mus.Theatre    Mel Ryan
Thurs between 3pm and 7.30pm     Conf. Building Through Drama                   Astrid Courtney
Sat between 11am and 2pm         Conf. Building Through Drama                        Astrid Courtney

Sandyford Community Centre

Thurs between 4 and 7pm    Conf. Building Through Drama/Mus.Theatre        Grace Kinirons

Belarmine Community Centre

Mon between 3.30 and 7pm       Conf. Building Through Drama


Our next ‘Drama & Performance for Adults’ course will commence on 15th April and will run for 8 weeks until 3rd June.

Time: 7.30pm-9pm Wednesday evenings

Price: €160F

Venue: To be confirmed but provisionally Sandyford Community Centre

The group will be restricted to 6 participants. Four participants are booked with just two places available.

Do you wish to learn a party piece? – and build on your technique/confidence around performing it?

Have you or someone close to you got a birthday or occasion coming up where you would like to say a few words? – and would like to build your skill/confidence around it?

Are you looking for something fun to do for yourself? 

For more details or to book a place contact Mel Ryan 086 8372364 or email

Congratulations to all our students who performed in two different productions in the National Concert Hall recently – The King & I with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society and the Wizard of Oz with Festival Productions. We are very grateful to both companies for the opportunity to perform in their shows.

Over 250 of our students and their parents went to the Concert Hall at Christmas to see the Wizard of Oz and had the unique opportunity of a backstage tour and a private meeting with the characters….sssshhh don’t tell anyone…we are the ONLY group allowed to do so!!! I suppose it helps when the teacher is one of the cast!!


Hello everyone!

I hope that you have had a lovely summer and a nice rest! Welcome to my new website! As you can see my school has a new image, has new courses and new tutors! With all these very exciting developments, I want to reassure you all that I am committed to maintaining the integrity and the ethos of my school – that of a genuine and sincere interest in each individual that attends the school and to provide a warm, fun-filled, no pressure atmosphere for each student to grow and develop important life skills. I am determined to keep fees to a minimum and to give good value for money. All students and/or their parents are encouraged to make contact with me any time with regard to their progress and any issues that they would like to discuss or have covered in class. Where other tutors are giving classes, I will continue to have a presence in the class and will endeavour to get to know each student regardless. Tutors will also be required to keep me up to date with the progress of each individual.

We are very excited to launch new courses for adults and college students! This comes as a result of many requests from parents of children attending the school. See ‘Adult Courses’ and ‘College Student Courses’ for more details.

We have also added Singing Lessons and Guitar Lessons for children to our programme which is very exciting!

Sarah and I would very much like to welcome our new tutors to the team – Grace Kinirons, Ross Keating and Bobby Keating.

We are particularly delighted to welcome Grace who has the perfect combination of experience and skills to teach in the school. Having completed her theatre and singing training in London, she went on to star in leading roles in the West End in London for 16 years. She then came home to Ireland and completed a Masters in Drama Therapy. She has spent the last 10 years working with vulnerable children and adults (School Completion Programme & HSE) and has lectured in universities and colleges in Ireland on the subject. We have no doubt that Grace will be a wonderful asset to the school and we know that the children will love her too!

We are also delighted to have Ross and Bobby Keating coming on board. Injecting youth into the teaching staff is a key aspect of creating the right atmosphere for our new college student course and our music courses for children.

Ross, fresh from graduating from TCD, brings a current understanding of what’s required at 3rd level, while his age will allow him to relate to college students easily. He is a particularly skilled public speaker and has an innate ability to understand and empathise with other people. He has been working in Gonzaga College as a sports coach for the last few years and loves working with young adults.

Bobby is currently immersed in Dublin’s up-an- coming music scene as the lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter for his band “Badger Hill”. A music student in DIT, Bobby also has a genuine interest in developing musical ability and appreciation from an early age.

Classes will resume week commencing Monday 15th September. Mel will email all existing students very soon to start organising class times. As there is a long waiting list for the school, existing students will have first choice of class times and children on the waiting list will be contacted during the first week in September. Please note that the ‘Confidence Through Drama’ classes will now be available on Fridays also, therefore every day of the week including Saturdays are an option for those particular classes.

As we have lots of new classes available, please feel free to spread the word, particularly about the fact that we now cater for adults and college students!

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all in September – good luck with the back to school routines etc!

Mel x

Contact Us

Patrician Centre, Stillorgan
Glencullen Library Community Centre
Sandyford Community Centre
Belarmine Community Centre

Phone: 086-8372364


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