Paula is a professional actor and drama coach. She was born in Galway and has spent a large part of her life in Zimbabwe. She studied drama, english and politics at Durban University (Kwa Zulu Natal) and contemporary dance at the London Studio Centre. She returned to Ireland in 2000. While based in Cork she spent seven years working as an actor, collaborator & sound designer with Cyclone Repertory Company, touring Shakespeare in schools and theatres throughout Ireland.
Before that, she co founded Metamorphic Theatre Company, devising & performing in new plays with workshops for young people at primary school level, (Supported by Cork County Council) For three years, Paula was a company actor with Cork based ‘Broken Crow’ developing new and exciting work. She wrote and performed in ‘Voices from the Cailleach’ with Theatre Makers directed by Jack Healy (supported by county council) and went on to direct a further development for the Scene & Heard festival. She was a Drama coach at Kinsale Arts Centre working with mixed age groups and gave Summer Camps for Youth Theatre, West Cork 10-14 yrs.
While living in Zimbabwe, Paula was artistic director for the Chimanimani Arts Festival Zimbabwe (sponsored by Kellogg’s 1998-2000) She was the Dance coach and choreographer for Mvurachena primary school. As a student, during work experience she spent invaluable time as a drama facilitator for a political & community youth theatre project in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa. She was hugely inspired by the depth and power of their work. Paula is delighted to be joining the Stage School Ireland Team.