Drama classes for tots, kids and teenagers in Kildare and Meath.

Friendly classes structured around key aspects of performing arts including dancing, singing, stagecraft and acting for camera.

Brennan Academy & Agency submit students for auditions and are experts in TV/Film audition preparation.

 


Noella Brennan - Artistic Director and Teacher

 

Noella has been teaching drama and singing for over 20 years, the last 10 of which have been with Brennan Academy of Performing Arts ('BAPA') which she established with her sisters in 2008.
She is passionate about her work and it exhilarates Noella to see her students grow in confidence, be brave, be silly, challenge themselves, overcome personal limitations, make new friends and become passionate about drama. Many of her students are following in her footsteps by working professionally in theatre/TV/Film. Recently she finished filming Season 6 of Vikings, she also worked on TV series Into the Badlands, is a semi-regular on Fair City and film credits include End of Sentence and The Fox.

 

She has also appeared on stage as Barbara in the hit comedy You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and as Maria in the critically acclaimed show Gotta Make That Train. Prior to that she took on the role of June Carter, one of her musical idols, in The Man In Black. Previous to this she worked with RTE, BBC, The National Theatre (Brian Friels - The Aristocrats), the Royal Albert Hall and the Olympia Theatre (Rent, The Musical) as well as acting in numerous theatres in London and around Great Britian. She was also fortunate enough to tour the east coast of America as a Principal singer/performer, a tour which culminated in a performance at Madison Square Gardens. Noella trained at the Drama Studio London, after having graduated with a Degree in 'Communications - Film and Broadcasting' awarded by Trinity College. 

Noella advocates that being able to nurture young children through drama/song is a wonderful thing and equally you can learn so much from them! There’s never a dull moment but she wouldn’t have it any other way.







 

Laura Brennan - Academy Director, Teacher and Associate Youth Agent

 

Laura received a first class honors degree in teaching performing arts from Trinity Guildhall London. She has been teaching performing arts for the past 10 years in stage schools in Wexford and Dublin.

 

Laura's love of performing arts began at the tender age of just 4 when she performed as an actress, singer and dancer in musical theatre. Growing up she was involved in numerous productions both on stage and professionally within RTE. She also rocked the nation's airwaves for three years as a regular guest artist on 2FM's very popular Saturday morning sketch show. In more recent years, Laura has toured extensively to all corners of Ireland and further afield. A competitive dancer, Laura won her first All-Ireland dance championship, aged 10 years.

 

Throughout her schooling, Laura danced professionally in many of Ireland's leading venues and performed for many VIP's including Mary McAleese, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Laura continued to train in all areas of dance to include musical theatre, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and Latin ballroom. She received two first class honour degrees from Trinity College London in Musical Theatre and Drama. She is a regular attendee of Dance Ireland Studio, taking masterclasses and workshops. She incorporates both degrees in her training programme for tots to teens, creating classes full of energy, creativity and technically fun and innovative group routines. Laura loves to train young talent and bring her wealth of experience to the dance room at BAPA, where she incorporates all aspects of performance to her classes. Storytelling through dance and movement allows for all students of all levels to have fun and grow in their own confidence and ability.






 

Ronnie McCann - Teacher & Talent Manager

 

Ronnie McCann trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama and at Lee Strasberg in New York. As a professional Actor he has appeared in numerous UK television dramas including Eastenders, Doctors, Taggart, The Bill and was a regular on Casualty for several years. He has appeared in several feature films including The Acid House and more recently Shadow Dancer which was widely acclaimed. On stage he was in the original Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre where he also became Assistant Director. He then founded the theatre company Curam and directed much new writing at the Citizens Theatre.

Ronnie taught Acting for Camera at Mountview for two years and still directs their Showcases in London's West End. He has been a teacher at many top institutions including the Actors Centre in Covent Garden London, the London School of Dramatic Art, University of the Arts London and the Drama Centre. In addition to teaching various programs such as Acting, Improvisation and Acting for Camera, he has also devised courses, most notably 'Directing for Theatre' which he successfully ran for seven years at London's esteemed City Lit. Ronnie has been actively involved with devising content for BAPA classes and introduced Actors Lab classes to our teen students who wish to pursue acting as a career. In addition to keeping busy with directing and teaching, Ronnie is also at the helm of Brennan Acting Agency (adult section).




 

Fiona Fennelly - Manager and Agent

 

Fiona is one of Ireland's leading young talent Agents and instrumental in the success of Brennan Acting Agency - Young section. She brings a wealth of experience, drive, determination and hard work to the school. From a very early age Fiona was involved in music, drama and dance. She has worked extensively in the TV and Music industry. Fiona has seen many of the talent she represents thread the boards in theatres across Ireland, including The Abbey Theatre. On screen, Fiona has seen her clients cast in exciting projects, major feature films, nationally and internationally. Many of Brennan Acting Agency's young talent work with world renowned directors and Oscar winning production companies, leading to BAPA students sharing the screen with award winning actors, both here and abroad. Many young actors attending BAPA work as voice over artists, front national commercial campaigns, and can be regularly seen in well known television series.
With the ever expanding success of the Academy & Agency, Fiona has never been more challenged - a challenge which she is very passionate about and one which will take the Academy & Agency from strength to strength.




 

Sophie Meade - Singing and Drama Teacher

 

Sophie Meade is a professional singer and actress appearing in "Penny Dreadful" alongside Josh Hartnett and Eva Green. She has also been cast in many shorts, including "Flotsam" and "Turning Point". Appearing as "Caoimhe" in the Irish debut of "Gotta Make That Train" (Tivoli Theatre), Sophie is thrilled to be part of the original cast recordings. Sophie has toured as a vocalist in Ireland, Europe and America and brings with her, years of on stage and studio experience to her young students at BAPA. Sophie has also been cast in various productions at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin and the National Concert Hall.

Sophie loves to combine her love for singing and acting to many of her on stage and screen appearances. She brings a wonderful, youthful approach to her classes at BAPA and is excited to be part of a family run stage school.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Morgan C. Jones - Drama Teacher

 

Morgan C. Jones is one of Ireland's most experienced and versatile actors. As a leading voice-over artist in Ireland he brings a wealth of experience in accent work.


Morgan specialises in improvisation and comedy which is a wonderful foundation for our young actors in training.

Recent credits include Vikings, Detainment, Quantico, The Fox and Legends Of Cambria. Morgan works with many world renowned directors including, most recently, Steven Spielberg. 2019 will see Morgan reprising the role of Charlie Haughey in Fishamble's highly acclaimed production of Haughey/Gregory. Brennan Performing Arts are thrilled to welcome Morgan to the creative team, bringing invaluable stage and screen masterclasses to our young actors.



 


 

 


 

Andrea Brennan - Talent Agent - Youth and Adult

 

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'Agent A' has been working behind the scenes as a Talent Agent with Brennan Performing Arts, Andrea began working as an agent with Ronnie representing profeessional actors and enjoyed it so much that she branched out into kid's talent management alongside Fiona. She prides herself on knowing every credit of every actor in the books (but don't quote her on that!)

 

Andrea was awarded the AlliedSignal Bursary for Academic Excellence before graduating from WIT with an honours degree in Business Studies & French, with CIPD accreditation. As a fan of music, theatre, tv, books, performance, dance and all things dramatic she undertook an intensive acting course at the University of Arts London in which she was tutored by Ronnie McCann. Under his mentorship she combined her business acumen, coding knowledge, social networking skills, love of entertainment and above all her abundance of positive attitude into a career she loves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by Andrea and Fiona

Last Updated September 2020