School of Arts Education & Movement


Primary Department
School of Arts Education & Movement
Academic Staff
Dr Una McCabe
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Una is an Assistant Professor in Drama Education. She studied Drama at Trinity College Dublin and her teaching career has spanned the international, pre-school, primary, secondary and vocational sectors. Una's experience also includes workshops at the Ark Children's Cultural Centre, The Hugh Lane Gallery and Dublin City Libraries. Una held the position of Pedagogic Coordinator and researcher of MUS-E Ireland, which was a three year joint action research project in Early Learning in the Arts, in association with The Arts Council (Ireland) and the International Arts Education programme of The Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (Brussels). Prior to joining DCU in 2007, Una lectured in Drama, and Early Childhood Education, at the Froebel College of Education and at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her M.A at the National College of Art and Design was in the Arts in Early Childhood, followed by a Phd from University College Cork in which she investigated drama as a method of socio dramatic play training. Presently, Una is the subject coordinator of Drama and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her publications include Classroom Drama: A Practical Guide as well as international publications relating to drama and the early years. Una was awarded a DCU Institute of Education Research Fellowship in 2019 and is a member of the review panel for the International Journal of Early Years Education. Her research interests and current research projects include drama, play, creativity and the arts. Una supervises and welcomes PhD/EdD students in those areas.

Research interests

Drama and pedagogy; Sociodramatic Play; Interactions in Arts Rich Classrooms; Creativity; Play.