Experience Change with Bogbean Arts and Minds - Ciara Cassoni

Supporting Well-being through Mindfulness, Dramatherapy, Theraplay® and Creativity in person and online!

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About Ciara 


MA Dramatherapy; PG Cert in Children and Loss; Diploma Speech & Drama; MiSP Teacher; MIACT, ALCM.


Ciara is a Qualified Dramatherapist, Mindfulness Teacher and Drama Facilitator and is trained in Theraplay® Informed  Practice. Ciara also has training in Telehealth Therapy.    


  • Dramatherapist MA (Hons) from NUI Maynooth with over 15 years experience.



  • Post Grad Cert in Children and Loss through the Irish Hospice Foundation and The Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland.  


  • Seasons for Growth Companion Training (Bereavement and Loss programme for children and adolescents)

  • Foundation in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy


  • Professional training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor. 


  • Professional training with the UK Based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to teach children, teenagers, teachers/parents and anyone who works with young people.

  • Teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama from The London School of Music with over 20 years of creative teaching experience.                

  • Training and experience in Telehealth Therapy for online therapy. 


  • Freelance Dramatherapist and Mindfulness Teacher working in Secondary and Primary schools and Therapy Services. 

  • Ciara worked as a Dramatherapist and Mindfulness Teacher for Dublin City ETB with The School Completion Programme in Finglas, Dublin for 13 years, working with children and young people who presented with many difficulties including behavioural, emotional, family and/or social and bereavement and loss. 

  • Dramatherapist with  children in Genesis Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Service, Corduff, Dublin 15. 

  • Dramatherapist with teenagers and young adults in Candle Community Trust, Ballyfermot, Dubin 10.

  • Ciara also works on a freelance basis as a Mindfulness Teacher for adults and young people and has worked in the following settings:           schools, gyms, health & wellbeing centres and yoga centres. 

  • Ciara worked as a Drama Facilitator at the Academy of Performing Arts, Navan and has regularly taught for The Gaiety School of Acting as well as teaching Drama in schools in Meath and Dublin for over 20 years. 

  • Ciara uses her skills as a therapist and her knowledge of Drama, Mindfulness and Play to work through the many issues that these young people face on a daily basis, in a creative way.


Ciara acts, writes and directs  with Theatre Groups in Dublin, Meath and Cavan.  She is a member of and sits on the committee for Navan Theatre Group.   Her plays have won the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award at Listowel Writers Week in 2020, the Billy Roche International Short Play Award at Wexford Literary Festival 2020 and the Best New Playwright Award at Cork Arts Theatre Writers Week in 2014 where she also received the Best Actress Award. Her play 'Giddyup's Way was shortlisted for The Women's Prize for Playwriting UK/Ireland in 2020. Her short play 'The Search' is due to be produced by SAW IT HERE FIRST PRODUCTIONS in London in 2021.  She received a full professional  reading of her play at the New Theatre's Writers Week in Dublin in 2017, with performances by Geraldine Plunkett, Daniel Reardon, Phelim Drew and Sue Collins.   Giddyup's Way received a Full Professional Reading with the Solstice Arts Theatre in June 2022 under the Direction of Ronan Leahy. In 2019 Ciara was one of ten new playwrights to be accepted onto the Abbey Theatre's (National Theatre of Ireland) 'Abbey Begins' Programme, where she studied under one of their Resident Playwrights with the opportunity to discuss her writing with the New Works Team.   Ciara has written and performed under the guidance of Padraic McIntyre with the Ramor Writers Group in Virginia, Cavan. 

Mission Statement

Ciara is committed to promoting the value of Mindfulness and Creative well-being through providing high quality courses and workshops such as Mindfulness Courses, Dramatherapy sessions and Drama Facilitation which aid in the development and enhancement of personal well being, positive mental health, confidence, social skills and personal development and creativity for people within the counties of Dublin and Meath.