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About Us

Professional theatre and television director Ruth Carney established Carney Academy in September 2010. Her aim was clear: to offer industry standard performance training that unlocked the skills necessary to thrive in today’s entertainment industry, while empowering students to believe in themselves and understand how they best work with others.

Over the last decade Carney Academy has flourished and now teaches from two flagship schools – Carney Sheffield and Carney Cheshire.

Ruth continues to work with the BBC and ITV and draws upon her experience on the West End and Broadway. Carney Academy is a channel for her to share valuable insight, so that others can succeed as professionals and harness the power of performance.


Whether your dream is to be on the stage or you simply want to boost your confidence, our guidance is designed to help every student reach their goals.  


To drive growth and add even more talent to Carney’s teaching roster, Ruth appointed David Gregan-Jones as full time Principal of both schools in Autumn 2021.

You can meet our team here.

We also have a number of associates that work with Carney Academy - You can meet them here.