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BA Drama (Performance) Hons



Headshot of Adam Traynor, 2010 drama graduate

Adam Traynor (2010)

Recent film/TV work includes the leading role in Promised Land directed by Daniel Corcoran (RTE) and the leading role in the upcoming feature film Sweet Cake directed by Kevin Abosch, Hollywood photographer for Vogue magazine.

Recent theatre work includes the leading role in “Orphans” by Dennis Kelly, directed by Mary Moynihan, at the Focus Theatre.

Adam says: 'The DIT Drama course has released something that was burning inside me which I was unaware of all my life, and the flames just keep getting higher and higher.

Gavin Fullam

Gavin Fullam (2009)

Recent Theatre roles include: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (Gate Theatre, dir. Patrick Mason); Macbeth by Shakespeare (Abbey Theatre, dir. Jimmy Fay); Christ Deliver Us! by Thomas Kilroy (Abbey Theatre, dir. Wayne Jordan) ;
Well of Dreams (Oisin Gallery, devised)

FILM & TV work include: Small Time (RTE/Filmbase, Fail Safe, dir. Ged Murray -- Winner Best Comedy, Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival); The Take (Sky One, dir. David Drury); Reign of Fire (Buena Vista, dir. Rob Bowman)

Gavin says: 'The three years are really intensive . . . the course is indispensable for those looking to pursue a career in drama.

Aoife Courtney (2007)

Aoife is an actor, director and producer in both theatre and dance. She has danced and created new work for: the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and Project Brand New for the Dublin Fringe Festival 2008.

With her company Ready Fire Aim she has created Art Party, a monthly night bringing live performance arts to new audiences and she produced and acted in Jet Lag Waltz by John Grogan (Smock Alley Theatre, 2008)

She devised, directed and performed in What Are You Waiting For? for Electric Picnic 2008. She was selected for The Next Stage 2008, an initiative for up-and-coming young theatre artists run by Theatre Forum, Dublin Theatre Festival and the Abbey Theatre. She also Performed in Heart of Darkness, Gavin Kostick’s Winner of the Spirit of the Fringe, Dublin Fringe Festival 2007. She participated in a year-long directing mentorship with Fishamble Theatre Company.

Aoife says: “My education from the Conservatory of Music and Drama made me a confident, well rounded, theatre-artist. . . the skills I Iearnt on my degree are to the highest standard . . . the actor training is exceptional . . .”

Clare Barrett (2003)

Recent theatre includes: The Government Inspector (dir. Jimmy Fay, Abbey Theatre); The Field (dir. Joe Dowling, Olympia Theatre and national tour); I [heart] Alice [heart] I (Winner Best Female Performer, Absolut Fringe Fest 2010); Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Corn Exchange Theatre Company, Dublin Theatre Festival/Tour); Power Point (nominated Best Actress Absolut Fringe Festival 2009)"

Film/TV work includes: Run and Jump (Samson); Dark Touch (Element Pictures); Roy (BBC); Fallout (RTÉ/Frontier Films); Fair City (RTÉ).

Clare says: “[The DIT drama course] means you’re ready for anything, which I’ve noticed at auditions is definitely an advantage.”

Donnacadh O'Briain (2002)

Recent directing work: Peep at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012; Mathematics of the Heart by Kefi Chadwick (Winner of Best New Play, Brighton Festival 2011); “Early Bird” by Leo Butler (Finborough Theatre London and Project Arts Centre Dublin, 2009); “King Lear” (Wexford Opera House and Irish national tour, 2009)

Associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2005, working with former Artistic Director Michael Boyd on Shakespeare’s History Plays and current Artistic Director Gregory Doran on The Canterbury Tales (Stratford-upon-Avon and London)

Won the Better Bankside Shakespeare Award for his production of Richard III at London’s Southwark Playhouse and also worked as Artist in Residence at Warwick University.

Donnacadh says: “[The DIT drama course] was a very solid foundation in the theory and practice of theatre making and has fundamentally impacted on all my work since leaving.”

Further Information

Mairead Hurley
Head of Vocal, Opera and Drama Studies