Catherine Sheridan (Simon) is a drama lecturer (MIC), drama facilitator, director, playwright, actor, producer, creative associate, project manager, arts consultant and mentor. For over two decades Catherine has created, designed and implemented a wide range of drama programmes for both primary and secondary schools as well as private work. Her ethos is for participants to actively learn by doing.
Workshops are designed through consultation with clients. Past workshops include; curriculum drama, various acting techniques and styles, viewpoints, collaborative and ensemble work, creating and developing characters, improvisation, process drama, forum theatre, verbatim theatre, devising you own play, script writing and voice workshops. She also provides specialised workshops in confidence building & self-esteem, team building, creative thinking, anti-bullying, drug awareness, conflict & resolution, social inclusion, cultural diversity, multiple intelligences, climate change, the environment, fair trade and a range of development education work.
Catherine designs and facilitates CPD courses for primary and secondary teachers, as well as artists covering a range of themes to assist them in implementing creative arts experiences and integrating the curriculum through arts in the classroom. This involved facilitating various theatre in education programmes for teachers to up skill in drama methodology & practice. Catherine also provides Actor Training and Masterclasses for professionals and organisations.
Catherine is a theatre director and writer. Catherine has written ten plays to date including; If I was in the GPO we would have Won, Tell me a Story and Soulmates. She has directed over 45 productions including; The Crucible, Dancing at Lughnasa, Treasure Island, Animal Farm, The Railway Children, Seven Jewish Children and the above. She is founder and Artistic Director of Roscommon County Youth Theatre (supported by Roscommon County Council) for twenty years to date and was previously Artistic Director of Leitrim Youth Theatre Company at the Dock.
Catherine has worked extensively throughout Ireland with numerous companies and organisations, to name a few; Mary Immaculate College, UL, The Arts Council, The Dept. of Education and Skills, Youth Theatre Ireland, Roscommon County Council, Galway City Council, Leitrim County Council, Various Education Centres, Drama League of Ireland,Calipo Picture & Film Company, Blue Teapot Drama in Education Company, Galway Community Circus, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, The Brothers of Charity and The Irish Wheelchair Association.
Catherine has trained in USA with Anne Bogart and the SITI Theatre Company in Viewpoints & Suzuki, in Russia with the Theatre Union of Russian Federation, Moscow as well as participating in numerous master classes with theatre professionals in England, Ireland and Scotland. She holds a Masters in Drama and Performance from UCD, Dublin, and a Diploma in Drama, Arts and Theatre Studies from NUIM, Maynooth, Dublin.
Catherine is a past board member of the Youth Theatre Ireland and committee member for Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland. Catherine is a member of Theatre 57. Contact Catherine on 086 874 7024 or email [email protected]