Drogheda School of Performing Arts was founded by Brenda Gogan in 1997.
In 1998 Louth Leader, the EU funded company for rural development, gave the school grant aid which made the restoration of The Little Duke Theatre possible. This gave the school a space specifically for training and the performance of student shows which has been instrumental in the rapid development of the school. The theatre has also been used as a venue for professional productions, poetry readings and music recitals.
Each week several hundred students come to the school for either after school classes in drama, dance and singing or full time and part time FETAC (Further Education And Training Awards Council) credited drama and theatre performance courses.
A well established administration and highly trained tutors, all of whom are themselves performers, directors or choreographers in professional theatre, are part of the infrastructure of The Drogheda School of Performing Arts.
The aims of the school, regarding young people, have been:
- To provide a social outlet for children and young people.
- To provide a space where children and young people can find an expression for imaginative form.
- To help students discover and build upon life skills.
- To provide training of excellence for students with special talents for the performing arts.
The Little Duke Theatre has also established contacts with many well known production companies and casting directors across Ireland and the UK. This has meant that our students are fequently invited to audition for professional work in the world of film and theatre.
The Drogheda School of Performing Arts was founded by Brenda , who is the Director and Principal Teacher for the school. Besides holding a Licentiate Diploma to teach Speech and Drama, she has also worked in theatre as an actor and director in Ireland, England and Denmark.