About

Founded by Aideen McAuliffe in 2003, Centre Stage School has evolved into a centre of excellence in performing arts. On completing a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway and studying musical theatre in Washington, USA, all Aideen’s creativity and energy was dedicated to the development and management of Centre Stage School.

Many exceptionally qualified and creatively talented teachers have since joined forces with Aideen assuring a highly creative learning environment where all students’ personal talents can shine. Pupils from as young as three years are treated to a curriculum that provides recreational access to the arts, as well as a high quality education. An impressive list of productions is now accredited to the school, accompanied by an accomplished tradition of examination and competition results.

Centre Stage teachers aim to create a safe environment where they can nourish the individuality and creative spirit of all students, encouraging them to grow in confidence as performers and as people. Each student is given the opportunity to excel in their area of interest, reach their full potential, follow their dreams and enable them to become more confident young adults.  For some, this is a hobby and for others, it is the start of a career.  Centre Stage has numerous past pupils studying musical theatre, voice or drama at third level education, and several are currently employed professionally in the arts industry.

Our staff are carefully selected and all have achieved the highest standards within their own area of expertise. Given that we have inspired past students to pursue careers in The Arts and Music, we are extremely proud that many of our teachers are former Centre Stage Students.

Since 2003 the school has prospered beyond Aideen’s wildest dreams. Her hope is that the students receive an extremely high standard of training while gathering a treasure trove of happy memories, new friends and a love of the performing arts that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

In the last 18 months of the pandemic we have striven to maintain contact with our students via zoom classes, virtual workshops, online competitions and outdoor events - all with the enthusiastic engagement of our teachers and support of our students' families.  We ran outdoor Summer Camps in July and August 2021, and the response from our students was incredible - the joy at being reunited with their friends, old and new, and being able to perform, even when we couldn't invite an audience, was truly wonderful.  We look forward to continuing this fulfilling work in the September 2021 Term!

 

 

 

 

Testimonials

Lucy has been attending Centre Stage since the age of 4.  I can’t thank the teachers and staff enough for all they instill in our kids; the talent, confidence & camaraderie inside those doors are so important, and it's a privilege for any child to be part of, and something which they’ll carry with them through life. 

Lisa Punch

My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

Eilish O'Leary

My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4  years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

Caroline Hayes (Arts Educational School London)