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Brigid trained in ballet, then as an actor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She acted professionally in theatre and TV for 15 years before teaching and directing in all the major London drama schools. She has been a director and associate teacher of acting at RADA for over 20 years. Brigid has taught and directed in Canada, Brazil, USA, Belgium and Ireland.

She devised and directed three Shakespeare tours for the National Theatre Education Department, directed a National Theatre tour of ‘Fanshen’, taken many workshops for the National Theatre Education and the National Theatre Studio. Brigid’s book, Essential Acting, on her teaching process, was published by Routledge in 2003; the revised second edition was published in 2015. As well as her work at RADA, Brigid taught on the MA in Actor Training at Central, gave regular workshops in ‘Line Learning with Confidence’ at The Actors Centre and took annual ‘first week’ workshops for BA in Acting students at The Lir in Dublin.