Jack Gleeson (Batman Begins, Game of Thrones) - I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that my life would be a lot different if it wasn't for ITW. All those moons ago when my mother told me that she had signed me up for some drama classes on a Saturday morning, i'm sure my thoughts were initially reluctant and skeptical. However, I still remember walking out of my first drama class and feeling on top of the world, wanting more. ITW allowed me hone my acting ability in a friendly and creative environment.
My son, Jake, was 6 when he asked to go to Drama so I signed him up for Drama and Dance classes in ITW. He has since added classes in Speech & Drama, Stage Combat and Singing to his weekly Drama and Dance sessions and there are great workshops and camps that he can participate in throughout the year. Drama school has opened up a world of excitement and opportunity for Jake, who is now 10. Jake describes ITW as being like a family which speaks volumes as to the level of enthusiasm, skill, warmth and interest of his teachers. Jake has made great friends through the school over the years and it has given him a lasting love of the arts. He has also been able to gain amazing experience through the very active ITW agency working across TV, theatre, online and TV commercials, features, short films and voice work. Jake has developed valuable skills for life through his classes which provide a fun, creative, encouraging and supportive environment to grow as an individual and as a performer.
PHENOMENAL!!! Honestly it is a Theatre school unlike any other. From the moment I first joined, I was welcomed with such love & enthusiasm that I knew I had found someplace truly special.
I have spent some of the best years of my life there, made some of the best friends I will cherish forever & created/shared many of my best memories. Having gone full circle through the school, first as a student, then as an Assistant & finally a Teacher I got to see the ins & outs of what makes ITW so incredible. The staff are fully dedicated to what they do, the students are some of the nicest/most amazing people you can meet & the parents are just such an awesome support for the school. It's more than a school actually, it's a family at least it is for me. Many Theatre schools are great, but ITW just has that edge that set it worlds apart from the rest. I would not hesitate in sending anyone to the place that gave me the stepping stones in my life, cause I know it will do the same for them too!
As Dorothy says at the end of "The Wizard of Oz";
"There's no place like ITW, There's no place like ITW, There's no place like ITW" Roy Grimson
Patrick has been attending ITW for two years. He attends singing and drama classes. He has blossomed in terms of his confidence and singing ability. He truly loves the whole ITW experience and has made a whole group of new friends from all over Dublin. He has participated in a wide variety of musical shows and has been throughly prepared by Gillian and her team for the auditions.
I would highly recommend ITW for any child.
"I love going to ITW for drama and dance. The teachers are brilliant and I have made lots of new friends in my classes there."
My Daughter Romilly joined ITW 2 years ago and she has had so much fun! I sent Romilly as she was a very shy child who each time at school plays and concerts would just breakdown and cry. She has made such great strides at conquering her nerves. This is due to the great work and efforts by the brilliant team at ITW. Romilly was part of the snowman production at the NCH last Christmas. The skills that Romilly has learned by being part of the singing and the dance and drama at ITW have surprised us all. Learning to be part of a team and giving commitment to something is brilliant for children. Whether you want to be a star or just have a love for the performing arts, you will find its all catered for at ITW.
"I just loved being in Annie Jr! I learned so much from my brilliant drama teacher, Gillian, and from the amazing dancing and singing teachers, Nina and Sian. Everyone helped to put the show on: Jordan, Ciara and all the older kids who became my friends who were in the cast. It was fantastic to perform at Smock Alley theatre for my family. I was so sad on Saturday morning when I realised - no more Annie! I can't wait for my next ITW Show!' Catherine Leahy age 7 ‘Molly’
“I loved my time at Junior Shakespeare (JS) and learned a lot. Not just about acting, drama and Shakespeare but also about social skills and interactions. I played Romeo in Romeo & Juliet.
I was approached to try out JS and I decided it would be good for school as we were studying Romeo & Juliet at the time. I learned a lot about Shakespeare and English in general by reading, learning and reciting the lines. The Directors also were a huge help and very nice.
Before I went to JS I did drama with ITW. I was not very confident in class and in general a bit awkward. Getting a role in JS was quite freeing and improved my social & conversational skills and drama skills.
Overall it improved large aspects of my skills that will help; not just in Drama and English but also in day to day life.”
My Daughter Saskia has been a student for 9 years and absolutely loves the fun and friends she has made in ITW. She has had so many opportunities from performing at the Mac Theatre in Belfast as part of the Shakespeare schools programme to this year travelling to London to attend workshops and see amazing shows on the West End! Saskia has learned so much from her speech classes that have helped her in school with public speaking and understanding poetry! Whether she will pursue a career in this field is not what is important, but the life skills and confidence she has gained in being part of this amazing school. There is something for everybody at ITW. Many thanks to Gillian and all the staff.
“Thanks Gillian, I’m delighted we made the trip to Belfast it was a great performance by all the kids and congratulations to you all. Harriet has enjoyed the whole experience lots and love to do it all over again !
G. McArdle TY Co-Ordinator Muckross Park College - For the last number of years, our Transition Year pupils have been involved in drama and dance with I.T.W. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I.T.W. are incredibly flexible in designing programmes that suit our availability and individual needs. The pupils explore their creativity in a way that is difficult to achieve in a classroom setting. I.T.W.’s workshops are hugely beneficial in terms of pupils’ development. Confidence, self-esteem and feelings of personal achievement have all been nurtured due to our involvement with I.T.W. The workshops foster friendships, cooperation and cohesion among the group. A warm, caring and professional staff, make visits to the centre enjoyable on even the bleakest of winter days. It has become an integral part of our Transition year and a partnership I hope will continue into the future.