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New academy brings drama home

Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 4:43pm

Owner of AOK Arts Academy, Aoife O’Keeffe, tells us all about her new business, and the road that took her from teaching English and drama in London, to opening up her own academy back in Ireland.

Name and position: Aoife O’Keeffe owner

Business: AOK Arts Academy


When was the business founded?

AOK Arts Academy was founded in September 2019. I did summer camps at AOK Speech and Drama about ten years ago, but when I was offered the opportunity to teach English and drama in a secondary school in London, I jumped at the chance. I think it’s wonderful that secondary school students have the opportunity to study drama in the U.K.

What services/products do you provide?

At the moment I am offering speech and drama classes for children. I offer classes in Bishopstown and Ballincollig. I also offer an adult acting and playwriting course.

Why was the business started?

I love teaching. I’m passionate about speech and drama and English. I think creative learning is important. I’ve seen children, young people and adults grow in confidence in a class, and as a result their joy is infectious. The speech element enables students to present themselves well and express themselves. Drama is always fun and English ties in beautifully with speech and drama.

What makes you stand out from your competition?

I’ve a masters in drama and theatre studies, and I’ve gained experience working in the field with amazing people. Speech and drama has the power to change lives. I layer the learning in each class. I use books, pictures and music to enhance the creative learning experience. Each child has an opportunity to perform and do a group performance.

What has been a popular service with clients and why do you think that is?

Speech and drama, adult acting and playwriting because it’s fun. People make great pals and it’s so nice to switch off in a class that offers variety. I loved attending classes for the very same reason!

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