About Us. Who we are & what we do.

The Russell Academy specialises in the training of drama teachers and in delivering courses and workshops in Drama and Public Speaking for individuals and groups.


The Russell Academy was founded in 2006 by Ann Russell.  Ann was formerly a teacher and senior examiner with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She trained as an actor with the late Deirdre O’Connell at the Focus Stanislavski Studio, has an MA in Modern Drama from University College Dublin and Licentiate Diploma from the London College of Music and Drama. Ann combines her work as an actor and director with her work as a teacher and adjudicator. Check out her theatre company at www.whirligig.ie

Sine Lynch, a graduate of the Russell Academy, joined the team in 2010. Sine has a Licentiate Diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music as well as a degree in business administration and marketing. Sine also works as an independent producer and recently produced The Tide at The New Theatre and The Whale Theatre in Greystones.


The Russell Academy is passionate about fostering and stimulating creativity in children and adults. We have always prided ourselves in offering the best training for those which to prepare for a career as a specialist teacher of speech and drama. We have helped people overcome their fear of speaking in public and our Acting for Fun courses are an enjoyable way for adults to explore their imagination in a safe environment. Our outstanding results speak for themselves and are a testament to individual attention and experience we bring to our work. Our interest in our students does not end when they finish their studies. We continue to keep contact with our graduates who frequently join us for our workshops and who provide valuable advice as well as teaching practice to our current students.


We take great pride in our work and our results show our commitment and dedication to our students. Whether we are delivering courses in Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, Acting for Fun or Teaching Diplomas, we bring the same level of passion to every aspect of the courses.

Duchess of York in Richard 11
Mime Workshop