Communication Skills 

Facilitators Phil Kingston and Andrea Ainsworth © Ros Kavanagh

Taking techniques from the stage, Theatre Skills for Business workshops will help you and your organisation develop a more confident and dynamic communication style in both meetings and presentations.

Our facilitators draw on over 20 years of theatre experience to coach business professionals to become stronger communicators, team players and leaders.

We run open workshops once a month and can tailor a bespoke workshop to suit your needs. We also offer one-to-one training.

Tune in to this clip from The Business Show on RTÉ Radio to learn how Theatre Skills for Business can make you a more dynamic communicator.

In The Persuaders podcast, Phil Kingston speaks about how our Collaborate and Innovate workshops build creative and adaptable teams.

Online Workshops 

Theatre Skills for Business, can help you and your organisation to create a more authentic communication style. Our workshops are crafted for both online and in-person training. Our skilled facilitators will help you find greater confidence, authority, and ease as a speaker so that you can connect to your audience and tell your story effectively.

Theatre Skills for Business workshops usually take place on the Abbey stages but during the COVID crisis, we will be offering these workshops online. Workshops will be split over two days to reduce ‘zoom’ fatigue and allow for individual coaching.

Presenting with Impact – facilitated by Andrea Ainsworth via Zoom

Using techniques from the stage, this programme will give you the skills to enhance your communication in presentations and meetings.

Delivered virtually, you will learn how to open up the potential of your speaking voice so that your message lands with greater energy, clarity and authority.  It is ideal for those who have some presenting experience but would like to speak with greater confidence and impact.  Participants are asked to bring a short presentation of 2 -3 minutes to use in the workshop.

Workshop structure:

Module 1:

Timing: 9.30am – 11am (90 mins).

Module 2:

Timing: 9.30am-11am (90 mins).

This will be followed by a one hour individual coaching session to focus in on how the techniques learnt in modules one and two, can address your specific learning needs.

Facilitator: Andrea Ainsworth, Voice Director, Abbey Theatre.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • How to use the breath to strengthen the voice and communicate with greater clarity and impact.
  • How to build confidence through proper use of voice and breath.
  • How to develop a more compelling communication style through the use of a greater variety of pitch, tone, pausing and pace.
  • How to shape the structure of your story to truly capture the attention of your audience.
  • How to build a greater connection with your audience both in the virtual space and in person.


Women in Business: Take Centre Stage – facilitated by Andrea Ainsworth and Phil Kingston via Zoom

This workshop is designed for those who wish to learn the skills which will empower them to communicate their ideas assertively, manage interruptions, and fine-tune their personal presence.

Using a series of techniques from theatre, we explore the voice and breath and how they can be enhanced to add confidence, authority and impact to your communication style in meetings/presentation. Participants will be shown how using a greater variety of pitch, pace, tone, and silences will enable them to influence and engage with greater confidence and ease both virtually and in-person.

This workshop will also give participants a greater insight into status –  how others use status to their advantage and in particular how status works between men and women in the work environment.   We will work with you to give you the skills to play status in a way which is more in keeping with who you truly are.

Workshop structure:

Module 1: May 20th

Timing: 9.30am – 11am (90 mins).

Module 2: May 20th 

Timing: 2.00pm – 3.30pm (90 mins).

These modules will be followed by a 60 minute one to one coaching session with a facilitator, which will allow you to work on specific learning needs. Virtual delivery via Zoom.

Facilitator: Andrea Ainsworth, Voice Director and Phil Kingston, Community and Education Manager, Abbey Theatre.

Participants can expect to learn how to:

  • Enhance the use of breath and voice so that one speaks with greater authority and impact
  • How to shape and deliver your contribution without being seen as aggressive or overly assertive
  • Confidently communicate in a voice which is authentic to you
  • Open up the potential of one’s speaking voice
  • Strengthen your personal presence and take centre stage with confidence
  • Manage interruptions
  • Use status to your advantage


The Power of Storytelling – facilitated by Phil Kingston
This two-day online workshop is suitable for those who would like to become more skilled in telling an engaging story with facts and figures. We use a series of storytelling techniques to help participants to create and communicate with confidence and impact and shape a compelling and memorable business narrative. People are not inspired by facts alone and this workshop explores the value of using emotion, stirring the hearts and minds of the audience. These sessions usually take place on our Abbey stages and so to be gentle with the learning and development and allow individual coaching, this workshop takes place over 2 days.

Participants suited would be those presenting regularly who want to refine their communication style and can expect to learn how to

  • bring their stories to life to influence, engage and connect
  • re-energise, engage and inspire their talent
  • create compelling business stories which persuade, influence, and drive customers to action
  • find an authentic voice to strengthen relationships and drive engagement
  • craft and communicate their leadership
  • motivate and inspire their team
  • connect and hold their audiences

Introductory skills session (2hrs)
Individual coaching sessions (45min)
Q&A Session

One to One Coaching – facilitated by Andrea Ainsworth
 via Zoom
Individual coaching sessions are focused on the emerging topics of the participant’s needs. You will find ways of opening up your potential as an individual and in your role in a team setting.
Sessions are approx. 1hr 15mins.


To find out more or book a workshop, please email Marie at or call 087 6837786

Open Workshops 

Our workshops are designed for people of all experience levels, and you can attend as an individual or with a group. We offer three distinct open workshops which run throughout the year.

  • Presenting with Impact
    Using skills from the stage, this workshop gives you the techniques to enhance your communication in presentations, meetings and networking events.
    It is ideal for those who have some presenting experience but would like to speak with greater confidence and impact.
  • Personal Presence and Dynamic Delivery
    This is ideal for business professionals who regularly deliver speeches and presentations and want to increase their authority and presence as a speaker. We work to improve the quality of your voice to achieve a personal speaking style which has both energy and influence.
  • The Power of Storytelling
    This workshop explores how a good story works and what it is that draws us in. We provide a series of techniques which will empower your employees to connect their personal stories to your organisational story, enabling them to influence and inspire colleagues and clients alike.

Bespoke Workshops 

You may have specific organisational learning needs you would like to address.

We will work in partnership with you to customise a workshop, to meet your specific needs. We can address areas such as building more collaborative and agile teams, developing a dynamic and authentic leadership style, and fostering innovative thinking. As always, these bespoke workshops are shaped following a consultation with you on your learning needs.

We have created transformative bespoke learning experiences for a variety of clients including IKEA, Irish Life and Northern Trust.


IKEA, Louise Edwards
The coaches at the Abbey Theatre listened to our brief and delivered an amazing day for us.  My team were nervous, but the coaches put them at ease, whilst still challenging them. The workshops were fun, and I have to say the team bonding through the day has brought the team closer and more able to support each other. The feedback from my team was amazing, they could not believe they acted on a stage!

Accenture, Bethany Cullen
Marie and Andrea were a dream to work with. They had a clear vision coming in based on our brief. We had a group of very shy individuals, but Andrea was a superstar in getting them to understand the power of storytelling. All of her pointers and coaching really hit home with the team because during the team’s final telling of their story during the main event, they were superstars! Thank you for helping us!