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Elaine Clotworthy PhD



01 853 5105
St Mary's, Room 218


Department of Arts, Mathematics, PE and Early Childhood


Lecturer in Education


Elaine Clotworthy has been lecturing in Drama Education and Integrated Arts since joining the Marino Institute of Education Arts Department in 2016. Prior to this, Elaine was a practicing primary school teacher, and worked with young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders in ‘Social Drama’ classes, in conjunction with Aspire and Trinty College Dublin. Elaine’s research areas are reflected in her masters and doctoral studies and include; Drama Education, Integrated Arts, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Generalisability and Inclusive Education. Elaine is the chairperson for the Association for Drama Education in Ireland (ADEI) and is a member of the Arts Education Research Group (AERG) Trinity College Dublin. Elaine is a research fellow of Trinity College Dublin.


PhD (Trinity College Dublin)

M.Ed (Drama Education, Trinity College Dublin)

B.Ed Hons. (Trinity College Dublin)



Module Code

Module Name


B.Ed 1


Visual Arts and the Arts


B.Ed 2


Drama and the Arts

Module co-ordinator and lecturer

B.Ed 3


Music and the Arts




Arts Education




Integrated Arts Education

Module co-ordinator and lecturer


Publications and other outputs




Clotworthy, E. (2022). Examining the generalisability of ‘social drama’ for young people with autism spectrum disorders to natural environments. [Unpublished doctoral thesis]. Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin.


Research Reports


O’Sullivan, C., Clotworthy, E., Nugent, M., Colleary, S., Keane, E., Piazzoli, E., Gubbins, E., Krakaur, L., Kerin, M., McCormick, S., & Heeran Flynn, L. (2023). Arts Alive: A literature review to support curriculum specification development for the area of Arts Education. NCCA.


Recent Conference Contributions


O’Sullivan, C. & Clotworthy, E. (2023, November 7th). Arts Alive: Key Findings. Presentation for NCCA Council. NCCA Offices, Portlaoise, Laois, Ireland.

O’Sullivan, C. & Clotworthy, E. (2023, November 2nd). Arts Alive: Key Findings. Recorded Presentation for NCCA Council. Online.

O’Sullivan, C. & Clotworthy, E. (2023, October, 18th). Arts Alive: Key Findings. Presentation for NCCA Council. NCCA Offices, Portlaoise, Laois, Ireland.

O’Sullivan, C., Clotworthy, E., Nuinseann, M., & Gubbins, E. (2023, March 22nd). Arts Education in the Redeveloped Primary School Curriculum. [Paper presentation]. NCCA Reimagining Curriculum Seminar, Dublin, Ireland.

Clotworthy, E. & and O’Sullivan, C. (2022, July 4th). The Generalisability of `Social Drama" for Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Natural Environments [Paper Presentation]. Drama4LL Drama for Tall and Small -Celebrating Drama in a Changing World, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Clotworthy, E. & O'Sullivan, C. (2022, July 15th). Eliciting the voice of children with ASD [Paper Presentation] , 10th IDIERI Conference - Navigating Mess and Complexity in Uncertain Times: values, practices, methods and impacts. University of Warwick, UK

Clotworthy, E., Hallissey, H., Finnegan, A. & Fahy, E. (2021, August 26th). Drama for Wellness. Together We Go On-International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA). Online Conference.

Clotworthy, E. & O'Sullivan, C. (2019, September 19th). The Contribution of Social Drama to the Generalisability of Social Skills of Children and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. British Educational Research Association (BERA), The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Clotworthy, E. & O'Sullivan, C. (2019, August, 7th). Using Role-Play to Elicit Child Voice in the Social Drama Model for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder [Paper Presentation]. World Education Research Association (WERA). Tokyo, Japan.

Clotworthy, E. (2019, March 9th & 10th). Association for Drama in Education Ireland (ADEI) Address. Who Am I? Who Can Tell Me Who I am? A Conference Celebrating the Life of David Davis to Drama and Theatre Education. Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Clotworthy, E. &  O'Sullivan, C. (2018, July 8th). The contribution of Social Drama to the generalisability of social skills of children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) - Tyranny of Distance, University of The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

Clotworthy, E. & Browne, A. (2018, October 15th). Winning hearts and minds: The common benefits of Teacher Education in the community.  16th Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS) on Education as a Common Good: the Role of Teacher Education. Canal Court, Newry.

Clotworthy, E. & O’Sullivan, C. (2018, May 13th). Social Drama for Children and Young People with ASD. 30th Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education on ‘Thinking, Acting and Researching Inclusively’. Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland.

Clotworthy E. & Flannery, M.(2018, May 7th). Integrated Art in Practice. Wittgenstein’s Theory of Family Resemblances in Arts Education TCD School of Education Research Seminar, Arts Education Research Group (AERG). Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.




Clotworthy, E, Lafferty, S., Fahy, E., Finnegan, A.& O’Meara, S. (2021, October 2nd).  Drama and Well Being. Féilte. Online.   

O'Sullivan, C. & Clotworthy, E. (2020, February 12th). 'Social Drama' for Children and Young People with ASD. Waterford Education Centre, Waterford, Ireland.

Hallissey, H., Clotworthy, E., & Woodhouse, F. (2019, April 7th). Exploring Under the Hawthorn Tree Through Drama. Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland.

O'Sullivan, C. & Clotworthy, E. (2017, September 30th). 'Social Drama' for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder. IATSE (Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education)Drumcondra Education Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

O'Sullivan, C., Conroy, L., Condon, F. & Clotworthy, E. (2017, September 22nd). The Greenwood Forest - drama programme for children with ASD. Culture Night, Russborough House, Wicklow, Ireland.

O'Sullivan, C., & Clotworthy, E. & Clarke, S. (2017, March 23rd). Social Drama for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder,Special Education Support Service (DES), Portlaoise Education Centre, Portlaoise, Laois, Ireland.




Lights, camera, action: Practical Strategies for Drama in the Primary Classroom- November 29th, 2021. Hosted by Clare Education Centre, Clare.

Thriving Thursday: Drama & Wellbeing: The Association for Drama in Education Ireland (ADEI)-April 22nd, 2021. Hosted by ADEI.


Theatre Productions


Overseeing Marino Drama Society Productions:

  • Back to the 80’s-5th & 6th February 2020. Axis Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 9 to 5-6th,7th& 8th March 2022. Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.
  • All Shook Up-5th,6th &7th February 2023. Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.



INTO Research Bursary for doctoral studies-2016



Association for Drama in Education (ADEI)-Chairperson

Arts Education Research Group (AERG)

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)