The idea for Blue Diamond Drama Academy began with Dr Anthony Walsh and his wife Susan. Having witnessed first-hand the lack of facilities for adults with a talent and passion for drama, they decided to investigate the possibility of providing a place where adults with intellectual disabilities could come together to learn and grow through the medium of performing arts.

“This is a small attempt to fill the gap at third level for people in Ireland with intellectual disabilities”

Dr Anthony Walsh


Inspired by the wonderful work being carried out by Blue Teapot in Galway, most particularly the award-winning production of “Sanctuary”, coupled with a keen awareness of the lack of drama training for young adults with intellectual disability, the Blue Diamond Drama Academy was born.

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Blue Diamond Drama Academy is a registered Irish Charity; no. 20150617.


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What we do

Blue Diamond Drama Academy aims to provide a two year, third level Drama training programme for adults with intellectual disabilities.  We are committed to the empowerment and development of talented individuals through the medium of drama and theatre.  We are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to develop their inherent talents, achieve their full potential and pave the way for a future career in drama and the arts.


Who we are

Our CEO Kate Sheridan and Artistic Director Niamh Dillon and have over twenty years of drama teaching experience and are experts in their field.

Blue Diamond is governed by a Board of Directors and Trustees who offer their time and experience on a voluntary basis.