Hilary Cahill

DADA's founding director, Hilary Cahill, has been teaching Speech and Drama for more than 20 years and holds Acting and Teaching diplomas from the Trinity Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as well as an M.A. in English literature. Hilary runs the drama programme at the school and directs the end-of-year shows. She also works regularly with R.T.É. as a voiceover artist. Hilary is currently featured, alongside two DADA students in a number of advertising campaigns for a well known homeware store.

Caitríona Ennis

Caitríona is a past pupil of DADA, she graduated from UCD with a BA in English and Drama and an MA in Drama and Performance. She has extensive theatre credits which include (most recently) cast in Seán O'Casey's DUBLIN TRILOGY, directed by Garry Hynes for Druid Theatre Co. performing in Galway, Belfast, Dublin and New York.  DUCK DUCK GOOSE by Caitríona Daly; 14 VOICES FROM THE BLOODIED FIELD for the Abbey Theatre, the FALL OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC directed by Annie Ryan for the Corn Exchange and OUTRAGE by Deirdre Kinahan and directed by Jim Culleton for Fishamble. She has been nominated for The Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Caitríona is also a graduate of Bow Street’s Academy for Screen Acting, with a number of screen credits.

Caitríona Daly

Caitríona Daly is a playwright, screenwriter, teacher and dramaturg from Dublin. Her plays have been produced all over the world. They include: Duck Duck Goose (WINNER Writers Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award for best theatre script 2022), Normal (nominated Fishamble New Writing Award and First Fortnight Award, Dublin Fringe 2017) and Test Dummy (nominated Irish Times Theatre Award for Best New Play 2016). She teaches creative writing, scriptwriting and drama all over Dublin and has previously taught in DCU, Trinity College Dublin and The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art. She is currently under commission with the Abbey Theatre and is a regular scriptwriter for the BBC Drama Doctors.

Eloy Quezada

Eloy is a multi-ethnic Venezuelan artist based in Dublin, and has been part of the dance community in Ireland since 2014. He has extensive experience in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary dance.  He is a teacher of Commercial Dance in Dublin, and Founder and Artistic Director of Ethereal Danza Collective and E-Motions Dance Training.  Eloy is a multiskilled artist in choreography, dance teaching and filmmaking, and has taught dance workshops in many countries throughout Europe and South America. Eloy started his dance training in 2006, and has trained in New York, Paris, London, Rome and Madrid. Among his credits are his work as dancer in the Disney Movie “Disenchanted” and “The Nan’s Life”, he has also choreographed TV commercials. 

Niamh Branigan

Niamh studied for her BA in Film, Literature & Drama in Dublin and then moved to London to do her Masters in Acting in ArtsEd. She has appeared on RTÉ’s Fair City a number of times over the years, and played Yvonne Burgees in Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Snapper’ at The Gate Theatre for two sold out summer runs. Most recently she has written and acted in her first short film ‘Ready?’ starring Simon Delaney, which has travelled to film festivals all over the world. She has also trained in various dance studios such as Pineapple in London, Millennials in LA and Fly Dance Studios here in Dublin.

Isabelle D'Arcy

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