Olga Conway – Principal/Director of Discovering Drama
– Olga attended the Conservatory of Music and Drama at DIT, studying drama for three years and graduating with first class honours.
– Having finished her initial studies she opened “Discovering Drama” in 2002 with just 9 students.
– In 2005, while continuing the school, she completed her H.Dip from UCD in drama studies.
– Drama has been a part of Olga’s life since she was five years old – she completed some fourteen drama exams from the Guildhall school of Music and Drama and LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama) before attending drama college.
– Olga was awarded a PGCA from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon and University of Warwick in “Teaching of Shakespeare to young people”.
– She also now holds her Licentiate in Teaching drama from the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.
– Olga has just finished playing ‘Constance Wilde’ in ‘The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde’.
Nigel Conway – Vice-Principal/Director of “The Agency”
– Nigel is a fully-qualified secondary school teacher.
– Along with his primary teaching subjects, he also teaches fourth year drama.
– Nigel has been involved in drama from an early age and has completed many examinations including his LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama) Gold Medal. As well as acting in many plays he has turned his hand to directing to some success, winning Best Actor and Best Director at One Act Festival.
– He successfully directed ‘Moll’ for Wexford Drama Group for a two week sell out run. Nigel has been working with Olga for ten years and thrives on the enthusiasm and energy the children give every week.
Andrew Holden – Teacher
– Andrew trained as a performer with the London School of Musical Theatre and the Gaiety School of Acting.
– Other theatre appearances include ‘Sweeney Todd’ (The Gate Theatre), ‘Macbecks’ (The Olympia/Cork Opera House), ‘Seagull’s Dance’ (An Draiocht), ‘Assassins’, ‘The Threepenny Opera’ (Garter Lane Arts Centre), ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Some Like It Hot’, ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ (Theatre Royal Waterford) and ‘Fluffy’s X-Mas Factor’ (The Mill,Dundrum).
– His Cork Opera House appearances include ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Grease’.
– National tour as an original cast member of Bryan Flynn’s ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ and ‘The All-Star Wars’.
– Directed Bowler Hat Theatre Company’s production of ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ at Garter Lane’s arts Centre and Waterford Musical Society’s production of ‘Oklahoma!’ at the Theatre Royal last May.
– Most recently Andrew appeared as Frederick Clegg in ‘The Collector’ at Central Arts and he continues to tour this play.
– Andrew was part of the professional production ‘The Lonesome West’ by Martin McDonagh in The Everyman Theatre in Cork.
Heather Hadrill – Teacher
– Heather has an Associate Diploma in Speech & Drama Teaching from the Royal Irish Academy of Music & a B.A. in Communications. She is a Freelance Drama Teacher, facilitating drama in primary schools and Acting Workshops for Adults.
– Directing work includes Operas “La Dafne” & “Dido & Aeneas” in Prague 2016/2015, “20:14 – eight plays in 24 hours” for New Line Theatre, Assistant Director on an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, “Scenes from The Magic Flute Opera”, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” for Wexford Drama Group, Assistant Director on three productions for Wexford Pantomime Society & “Jenny’s Friend Ana”-Winner of the 4.2.1 Young Playwrights’ Initiative.
– As an actress, Heather has performed numerous theatrical roles in drama, pantomime and musical theatre, most recently playing “Bella” in the All-Ireland & Ulster Finals 2016 winning play “Lost in Yonkers” with Bridge Drama, for which she received eight Best Actress Awards. Heather is also a Co-Facilitator of Wordplay-a writers, actors, directors group in Wexford aimed at producing new writing talent.
Shonagh Lyons – Teacher
– Shonagh studied Drama at the Conservatory of Music & Drama in D.I.T. After graduating in 2003 she went on to teach drama to young people in various schools around the country.
– On stage Shonagh has appeared with Barnstorm Children’s Theatre Company in their production of Silly bits of Sky.
– In 2007 Shonagh became a presenter on RTE’s Saturday morning kids TV show Sattitude. She spent over two years presenting the live Saturday morning TV show.
– Shonagh has worked as a Presenter and Researcher on various programmes for RTE2 including The Buzz, Kazoo, People in Need, The Mountain and Watch Your Language and the All Ireland School’s Talent Show’.
– Shonagh also works as a radio presenter on BEAT.
– Shonagh has played the lead role in Wexford Drama Groups circuit production of Portia Coughlan, where she won numerous Acting awards.