Hilary Cahill

The director of DADA is Hilary Cahill, Hilary has been teaching Speech and Drama for more than 15 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.

Michelle Buckley

Michelle  is a graduate of D.I.T. in Speech and Drama Studies and also holds a Masters in Acting Musical Theatre from The Central School of Speech and Drama.  Michelle is our singing and Musical Theatre teacher, and has even been known to join her students on stage at the Civic Theatre including playing include Nancy in "Oliver" and Jennifer Honey in "Matilda".

Caitriona Ennis

Caitriona is a past pupil of DADA, she graduated from UCD with a BA in English and Drama and an MA in Drama and Performance. Caitriona is also a graduate of Bow Street’s Academy for Screen Acting. Caitriona has many theatre credits including Dermot Bolger's adaptation of "Ulysses" and Sarah in "Porcelain" both at the Abbey Theatre, and film credits including Martha in "Kissing Candice".  She has been nominated for The Irish Times Theatre Awards in 2016 and 2017.

Sarah McKenna Barry

Sarah is also former student of DADA and joined our teaching staff in 2012.  She received a BA Hons in English with Drama and an MA in English Literature both from UCD.  Sarah trained with Hilde Van Den Bergh, the Centre du Danse du Marais in Paris and most recently the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.  As a dancer, she has performed in Dublin, Paris and Lille with contemporary dance company Le Cheile.  She most recently danced in Shelley Bukspan’s upcoming music video for her single “El Cohen”.

Michael Verrecchia

Michael began his training with DADA 20 years ago.  He received a full scholarship to the Stella Mann College of Performing Arts where he gained a BA in Musical Theatre.  Since qualifying, he has worked on productions all over the UK including "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and dancing for "West End Bares" and the British Summer Time Festival.  Recently he has been working professionally in the Canary Islands.  We are delighted to welcome Michael back to Ireland and for him to join our teaching staff, his special interests are in Dance and Musical Theatre.