Ann Russell, MA, ALCM, LLCM (TD)
Ann Russell combines a career as an actor and theatre director with her work as a teacher and adjudicator. She trained with the late Deirdre O’Connell at the Focus Stanislavski Studio and at Strasberg in NYC, has an MA in Modern Drama from UCD and a Licentiate Diploma (Teaching) from the London College of Music and Drama.
Ann is a member of ReActors Actors’ Agency (www.reactors.ie). She has performed extensively in theatre, film and on TV. Recent theatre includes The Tide at The New Theatre and The Whale, Risk Everything (The New Theatre and Viking), Elysium Nevada, (Irish Times nomination for best new play 2010) which toured extensively throughout Ireland and in the UK. She devised, directed and performed in A Titter of Wit which played at the Irish Writers’ Centre for several seasons, most recently in August 2014. Favourite Shakespeare roles include The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet for Devise + Conquer and Duchesses of York and Gloucester in Richard II. In January 2015 she played in The Puffin’s Nest by Oliver McQuillan at The New Theatre.
Other recent theatre includes Portia Coughan and The Get Together. She toured the UK and Ireland in Marie Jones’ hit play Women on the Verge of HRT and toured Ireland with John B. Keane’s Moll and the hugely successful The Chastitute with the late Mick Lally. As a member of the Focus Theatre she appeared in many productions including The Secret Rapture (David Hare), The Balcony (Jean Genet) and the great American classics, All My Sons, (Arthur Miller) Precious Sons, (George Furth) and Awake and Sing (Clifford Odets). Other theatre includes Reading Turgenev for Meridian Theatre, Cork, Dancing at Lughnasa (Punchbag in Galway) and Vampirella and the Company of Wolves at the Project Arts Centre.
Directing includes This Old Man by Gerard Lee (Viking) The Bother with the Brother, based on the work of Flann O’Brien and performed at Bewleys Café Theatre, Macbeth for the Rathmines Festival 2009, The Stump and The Shape at Focus Theatre, Greatest Hits, Dublin Fringe at Bewleys and Are you Listenin’ to me Gaybo? by Mary Halpin which toured throughout Ireland.
Ann has appeared in RTE’s Fair City and Roddy Doyle’s Family and Ballykissangel for BBC. Film work includes Frankie Starlight and Snakes and Ladders, The Widow’s Son and Small Victories.
A former teacher and senior examiner with the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Ann formed her own school in 2004. Since then she has developed a highly successful programme for Public Speaking and Presentation Skills and has an outstanding record in training teachers of Speech and Drama.