Whirligig was formed by Ann Russell in 2008 with the purpose of presenting engaging, thought provoking and playful theatre.


Ann trained with the late Deirdre O’Connell at the Focus Stanislavski Studio where she performed in many American and European classics during the 1990's.  She also attended Strasberg in NYC, has an MA in Modern Drama from UCD and a Licentiate Diploma (Teaching) from the London College of Music and Drama. 


Most recent theatre performances include The Tide at The New Theatre, The Whale and The Dolmen Theatres and Risk Everything  at The New Theatre and The Viking. 

Most recent directing was This Old Man by Gerard Lee at The Viking Theatre.

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.


For the past few years Ann has had a very productive and enjoyable working relationship with writer and dramatist Jack Harte, co-producing  (with Jack Gilligan) his plays The Language of the Mute, The Mysterious History of Things and most recently, Killing Grandad which was staged at The New Theatre just before lock-down in March 2020. 

A qualified drama teacher with an MA in Modern Drama from UCD and a teaching diploma from London College, Ann set up 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 specialist teachers of Speech and Drama.  Check out www.russellacademy.ie for information on all courses.

Ann is a member of ReActors Actors’ Agency - full CV and bio at www.reactors.ie.

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