Farren School of Speech and Drama looks forward to re-commencing classes this coming September.
Anna Farren, founder of Farren School of Speech and Drama, completed her Teaching Diploma with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2011, her Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Teaching in St. Patrick’s College in 2013 and finally, her Masters in Drama in Education in Trinity College Dublin in 2017.
Anna began her speech and drama career in Drumcondra, Dublin where she successfully ran both one to one and group classes for three years. She then launched Farren School of Speech and Drama in Letterkenny in 2018. Her pupils have enjoyed great success in the grade exams with the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM).
Anna will be running classes on a one to one basis, reflecting the training Anna herself received from her expert teachers along the way. This one-to-one environment is suitable for all-from the most extrovert, to those needing gentle encouragement to explore their talents and interests. The ethos and environment of the school is one of inclusion, positivity, encouragement and most of all, fun.
Due to her dual qualification in both Speech and Drama and Primary Teaching, Anna is very aware of how Speech and Drama training can support and feed into the mainstream curriculum. Indeed, the English curriculum at primary and secondary school emphasises oral communication incorporating performance, presentation and interview. Secondary school pupils have been
reaping rewards from attending Anna’s classes by way of their Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) presentations, with an RIAM exam in Oral Communications affording pupils the opportunity to work on writing and presenting a speech on a topic of their choice.
Anna will cover all modalities of speech and drama including poetry, drama and solo acting, improvisation, mime, oral communication, public speaking, interview techniques and the theory of speech. This will prepare the children to undertake structured exams with the RIAM, participate in performance and competitions and give them skills to take with them into their adult lives. Anna believes that the support, encouragement and training the children receive in her classes will help develop their speaking and presentation skills and lead to a greater confidence and indeed success, in the classroom and beyond.