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 (2016).  Caitriona has many theatre and film credits, most recently "Test Dummy" by Caitriona Daly, for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2016 and playing Martha/Milly in Dermot Bolger's adaptation of "Ulysses" at the Abbey Theatre. 

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”.