Anna has designed and delivered a wide range of bespoke training projects, from a single day's Continuing Professional Development for artists and children's workers at Space Invaders Festival in Fingal to an 11-week pilot ensemble performer training course that she created whilst Artistic Director at CETL(NI): The Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts (a practical interdisciplinary arts programme at Queens University Belfast); from weekend workshops with trainee teachers to a an intensive week with Magnet Theatre in Cape Town, helping to catalyse the creation of the first ever homegrown babytheatre in South Africa.
She received funding from Arts Council of Ireland to create a two-week pilot for an intensive Early Years Performer Training Project in association with the Civic Theatre, Tallaght in August 2018.
She was commissioned by the Southern Childcare Partnership (N. Ireland) to create one-off workshops - "There Are Stories Everywhere" - for Early Years professionals.
She currently mentors individual artists including writer Clare Gould, musician Ali Behan and theatremakers Muireann D'Arcy and Sam Porciello.
She and her long-time collaborator, composer David Goodall, also designed and delivered an intensive two-week Early Years training course for 13 music educators, commissioned by Music Generation Carlow.
Here's some of the feedback from that particular training project:
This week has been more valuable to me professionally and personally than I ever could have imagined
a very rich process....a joyful learning curve
Transformation! What we have achieved is extraordinary, I can’t quite believe what we have created
Hugely significant for me
My head is bursting with ideas
What an incredible two weeks of music, laughter, learning, creativity and joy. I feel happy, confident, proud, empowered, energised leaving our course today.
I surprised myself at how creative I became.
I learned more than I could ever have dreamt. This has been the best learning experience I have ever undertaken.
the most beautiful, creative process I have ever experienced in my entire life
thank you for the shift in perspective