ACTING & VOICE COACH
Gerry trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Constructive Teaching Centre London (Alexander Technique) and Hochschule fur Misik und Theater Hannover (Music). Considered by most to be the finest Acting Coach, Voice Coach and Alexander Teacher in the business, Gerry has worked frequently with Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Oscar Isaac, Joel Edgerton, Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman (Jane Got A Gun) Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Albert Finney, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Pete Postlethwaite, Imelda Staunton, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, and he collaborated extensively with Heath Ledger on numerous projects including The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Batman: The Dark Knight, Casanova, Candy, The Brothers Grimm, The Order and The Four Feathers.
ACTING COACH and Director
Shimmy is a multi award winning filmmaker working in a variety of formats including Features, Shorts, TV, Documentary, Music Promos, and Commercials. He has been giving filmmaking and acting workshops for over 15 years and began training actors full time at The Factory in 2013. Some of the many actors he has worked with include Stephen Berkoff, Felicity Jones, Gary Lewis, Pat Short, Martin Compston and many more.
ACTING COACH and Associate Artistic Director.
Sarah Hone is an experienced actor, casting director and dramatherapist. She has a BA in Theatre and Performance and an MA in Dramatherapy, and has worked as a professional actress in Ireland, USA, Australia and Japan. In mid 2016 she returned to Ireland following a two year tour of Japan performing for Disney. Prior to that she worked as an extras casting assistant on the blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road” movie, in Sydney Australia. She has taught acting in universities such as The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney and Temple University Japan. Whilst living in Australia for seven years she opened up a successful private Dramatherapy practice working in the homeless, refugee and disability sectors. A regular tutor at Bow Street she recently left Ali Coffey Casting after 5 years to join Bow Street full time as Associate Artistic Director.
Lydia is a graduate of the first Programme for Screen Acting established in The Factory and has since gone on enjoy great success. Her screen credits include a break out performance in the major RTE series REBELLION directed by Aku Louhimies, THE DELINQUENT SEASON directed by Mark O’Rowe, KISSING CANDICE directed by Aoife McArdle, SING STREET directed by John Carney, and the lead role in Claire Byrne’s SPENT. Most recently she co-wrote and co-directed the short film HER NAME IS… Lydia is a regular tutor at Bow Street working with Full Time and Part Time students and with the Young Screen Actors.
Muirne is one of Ireland’s leading Movement Directors and Choreographers. She worked extensively at The Abbey Theatre on productions such as The Tempest and A Doll’s House. Other credits include: Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre),Pageant, As You Are (CoisCéim Dance Theatre) and The Ballet Ruse (with Emma O’Kane), Gulliver’s Travels (National Youth Theatre), Little Women and Arcadia (The Gate Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (The Gate Theatre, An Grianán Theatre, The Bucharest National Theatre and Second Age), and The Making of tis a Pity She’s a Whore (Siren Productions). Television credits include Rock Rivals (UTV Television). Muirne also choreographed the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Belfast in 2005.
Young Screen Actors
Ally Ryan is an actress and stand-up comediene. Sheis a graduate of Bow Street's Full Time Programme for Screen Acting. Among her credits are the Syfy series Nightflyers, RTE’s Striking Out and Maisey. Ally runs the Young Screen Actors Academy and teaches on the 6 Month Part Time Course.
MICHAEL DAVID McKERNAN
MD is an actor and award-winning filmmaker from Ireland, recently shortlisted for a Young Directors Award at Cannes Lions. His short documentary, How to Fall in Love in a Pandemic, screened at Tribeca Film Festival and qualified for the Oscars long-list after winning Best Short Documentary at Galway Film Fleadh, as well as 8 other international festival awards. His filmmaking debut HALO, a single-take short film won Best Director: Irish Short at Cork International Film Festival. He is also a winner of an Emerging Directors Award in Ireland.
Laura is an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying director, writer and actor from Limerick, Ireland. In 2020, Laura was selected for a prestigious 'Puttnam Scholarship', where she workshopped Feature Film development with Lord David Puttnam. Most recently, Laura was selected by Element Pictures and Screen Ireland for a Shadow Director placement alongside Paddy Breathnach on the TV series 'The Dry', now streaming on BritBox UK.
DALE LEADON BOLGER
Dale is an actor/writer/director from Wicklow. He recently wrapped on Dennis Hauck’s 65mm revenge Western AL’S BRAND alongside Ian McElhinney. Recently Dale was awarded funding from Screen Ireland as part of the ACTOR AS CREATOR scheme and was recently commissioned under the VIRGIN MEDIA SHARP SHORTS funding initiative. Dale is a graduate of Bow Street Academy, NUI Galway’s Drama, Theatre and Performance programme and he holds a Masters in Screenwriting from The National Film School, IADT where he was awarded the Student of the Year in Screenwriting Award. His debut screenplay was selected as one of eight Screen Ireland’s First Draft and Beyond development programme in 2019.
acting and filmmaking coach
Anthony is an actor/writer/director. He recently appeared as Finbar Furlong alongside Natasha O’Keeffe in RESISTANCE directed by Catherine Morshead. He also played Stephen in the comedy pilot BUMP directed by Imogen Murphy for Deadpan Pictures, and the role of Slattery in DRAMA AT INISH directed by Cal McCrystal for the Abbey Theatre. A recent participant on Channel 4 Screenwriting he was one of 12 selected out of 2,800 applicants. He also recently wrote and directed the Actor as Creator short film Inherent.
Cathy is a two-time IFTA winner for Best Short in 2011 and again in 2013 for her short MORNING. In 2011 she was selected for Coming Up, making ROUGH SKIN for Channel4, starring This is England’s Vicky McClure and which was nominated for a BIFA. Last year she directed on E4’s drama-thriller series GLUE, and is now in Post Production with her debut feature as writer/director WILDFIRE. She also directed the first season of hit TV comedy series, CAN’T COPE/WON’T COPE for RTE. Her ‘Finding The Moment’ workshops have produced rave reviews from Actors and is fast marking herself out as an Actors Director.
Stephen Bridgewater is one of Hollywoods hardest working Acting Coaches. Some of the clients he has worked with include: Benicio Del Toro, Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Orlando Bloom, and Robin Williams. Stephen has also worked with directors and cast members of Sons of Anarchy, The X-Files, The Sopranos, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,12 Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brokeback Mountain, Forrest Gump, 21 Grams, Mississippi Burning, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. Stephen also has multiple credits as an actor, director, producer, writer, and script consultant.
William has coached the voices of some of cinema’s most talented artists, including Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Tom Hanks, Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, James Franco and Matthias Schoenaerts – to name just a few. A graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, he taught voice, dialects and phonetics in several drama schools before teaching at RADA in 1998, where he remained for eight years. William has also been a longtime collaborator with director Stephen Daldry, working on two of his Oscar-nominated films, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Other collaborations with Daldry include The Audience with Helen Mirren and Skylight starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy. His film credits include Perfume, Cloud Atlas, Diana, In The Heart of the Sea and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.
Lance is a multi award winning writer/editor/director. In 2009 he won the IFTA award for best director for Kisses. Also directed The Good Doctor (2011) and Life’s A Breeze (2013). Recently he completed Black’47. He set up The Factory with John Carney and Kirsten Sheridan in 2010.
Dearbhla is an Irish film and television director who has worked on drama series for several television channels in Ireland and the United Kingdom, including episodes of Shameless, The Tudors and Penny Dreadful. She won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Part I of the serial Little Dorrit and recently completed the feature starring Dustin Hoffman and Judy Dench.
Damien has directed East is East (1999) and Inside I’m Dancing (2004), as well as TV series The Savage Eye. He won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film for East is East.
Hugh started his acting career when he was 10. Best known for his role in the film My Left Foot (1989), in which he portrayed the childhood days of Christy Brown. Studied at Trinity College in Dublin, and received a scholarship to attend the NYU Film School. While continuing his acting career he also directs including music videos for Sinead O’Connor and The Coronas.
Juanita is an Irish director and writer from Dublin. Her short film The Door received an Irish Film and Television Award in 2009 and an Academy Award nomination in 2010. She recently directed As If I Am Not There (2010) and Tomato Red (2016) with Anna Friel.
Frank Berry is a Dublin-born director whose work began with ten years of community filmmaking and television. This work led to his critically acclaimed feature documentary Ballymun Lullaby (2011), winner of the DGA Directors Finders Award, which received a cinema release in Ireland and continues to screen at film festivals around the world. His next film I Used to Live Here (2014), a drama that deals with suicide clusters among teenagers, won the Best First Feature Audience Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and has been released in Irish cinemas to critical acclaim.
Rebecca Daly entered the Irish film world with her acclaimed short film Joyriders, winning both the IFTA Best Short Film and the Short Film Award at the Galway Film Fleadh. Her debut feature The Other Side of Sleep premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight. Her latest feature Mammal stars Rachel Griffith and Barry Keoghan.
Ian’s career started with the short film ‘Buskers‘, a big hit on the international festival circuit, collecting awards at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Cork Film Festival among others. His first feature length film is ‘The Runway‘, starring Demián Bichir, Kerry Condon and James Cosmo which premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 where it picked up the award for Best Irish Feature. He has since gone on to make ‘The Guarantee’.
Ian Fitzgibbon is a BAFTA nominated director and actor who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and has a long and extensive acting career principally on English television where his credits range from ‘Prime Suspect’ to ‘Father Ted’. He is better known for his directing credits including the TV Dramas ‘Moone Boy’, ‘Damned’, ‘Raised by Wolves’, and the Feature Films ‘Dark Lies the Island’, ‘Death of a Superhero’ and ‘Perrier’s Bounty’.
GUEST CASTING DIRECTORS
Bow Street also brings in International Casting Directors like Maureen Hughes, Leo Davis, Ros Hubbard, Carla Stronge, Louise Kiely, Amy Rowan and many more to work with the students giving them feedback on audition technique and on filmed scenes.
Who We Are
Special Guest Speakers
Why Study At Bow Street?
Courses & Workshops
Full Time Programme (One Year)
Part Time Programme (Six Months)
Accent Workshop with Gerry Grennell
ADVANCED AUDITION TECHNIQUE
Branding & Self Promotion
Gerry Grennell Masterclass
HOW TO MAKE A SHORT FILM
Introduction To Screen Acting (Online)
ART OF SELF-TAPING
Introduction to Stand Up
Young Screen Actors Academy
Summer Camps – Filmmaking & Acting For Camera
Weekend Workshop – Acting For Camera
Bow Street Meets
Actor As Creator