Evelyn Purcell

I'm Evelyn Purcell, managing director of Summer Stage, and a drama teacher and actor from Naas, Co. Kildare. After graduating with a BA in Drama and English from Trinity College Dublin in 2011, I trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting, gaining an MA. I have been teaching drama for thirteen years at various stage schools in Ireland and the UK. I also regularly facilitate dance and drama workshops for groups with special needs. Now, I run Next Stage Theatre School in Naas, Moone and Dunboyne during term time! As an actor, I have performed extensively in Ireland, the UK, France, Belgium and Dubai. I LOVE teaching at Summer Stage because every day is different and it's great to see the children enjoying themselves! I enjoy meeting all the campers and their parents, and I'm always on the end of the phone for leaders and parents alike!


Steven Masterson

Hi, I'm Steven Masterson. I trained with Bull Alley Theatre Training Company, Dublin and, after graduating, worked consistently as an actor, director and teacher. Acting credits include Behind Bars (TV3), Idir Mna (TG4) and Leyton in "My Second Self" for which I received a Best Actor nomination at the 10th IDGTF in 2013. Directing credits include "Bound" (Dublin Tour), "Rudolph: The Musical" (National Tour) and "Little Red Riding Hood" which played over twenty venues nationwide. I also ran a stage school in Clones, Co. Monaghan for many years, where productions included "Oliver!", "Cinderella: The Panto" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". I currently work as an SNA at primary school level. I'm thrilled to be back teaching at Summer Stage for my seventh year and can't wait to get started!

Claire Blennerhassett

I'm Claire Blennerhassett! I am a fully qualified Drama Facilitator, accredited by the National Association of Youth Drama, with twelve years youth drama facilitation experience. I'm an academic Scholar in Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2011. I have also trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, and the Irish Academy of Dramatic Arts. I have previously worked as a Special Needs Assistant at Primary School Level, and am committed to the care, development and wellbeing of all those I facilitate. I am so excited to be back with Summer Stage this year, and am looking forward to welcoming new and returning faces to the fun filled, and action packed Summer Stage experience!


Mairead Gillen

Hi, I'm Mairead Gillen! I began training at the age of 4 with the Billy Barry Stage School, before moving to the Helen Jordan Stage School until the age of 18. Over the years I was involved in numerous productions including variety shows at the Olympia Theatre and seasonal performances. No stranger to the stage, I started Irish Dancing at the age of 4 at my mother's dance school, Inis Ealga, and I danced on the Late Late Toy show at age 9! I currently run two nightly traditional Irish dance shows in Dublin. In terms of teaching, I teach Irish Dancing weekly at my mother's dance school. This will be my seventh year teaching at Summer Stage!