Blue Diamond Drama Academy
Our Story -
Blue Diamond Drama Academy, opened in September 2016. 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.
Meet the Creators
As a team, we are dedicated to supporting our students.
Dr Anthony Walsh & Susan Walsh
Dr. Anthony and Mrs. Susan Walsh witnessed first-hand the lack of opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities and a talent and passion for drama. In 2016, they established the Blue Diamond Drama Academy to offer students their ‘big break’ and simultaneously change societal perceptions.
Kate has an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from UCD as well as a BA in Drama Performance from TUD Dublin.
Kate's boundless energy and natural empathy create the perfect cocktail to help organisations release the best potential of their people. With her feet firmly on the ground and her open mind, clients welcome her passion for connecting creativity to the reality of a business world
with a passion for the stage and strong commercial curiosity.
Kate seeks out the best opportunities for the people she works with.
Niamh has worked as artistic director of Galway Youth Theatre and Blue Teapot theatre company. She has devised and taught drama curriculums and created a vast array of theatrical productions which have included touring educational shows and large scale theatre productions. She has worked with adults and children and believes in the power of drama to support people to tell their stories, develop confidence and create magic.
Lead Inventor and Producer