Staff

Aideen McAuliffe - Artistic Director

Aideen, originally from Tallow in Co. Waterford, is the founder and Director of Centre Stage School. After completing a degree in Media and Comunications, Aideen studied Drama and Musical Theatre at Maryland University, Washington, USA. She then returned to NUI Galway where she completed a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies.

Aideen holds a teaching diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is a qualified Primary School Teacher.  Aideen has directed and produced all of the schools productions to date and is forever compelled by the capabilities of the students and staff of Centre Stage School.

 

 

Mags, a nurse by trade, has been working at Centre Stage since 2007. She is a well seasoned performer and singer, starting her career at an early age in her native Killarney. Mags keeps both students and staff at Centre Stage in order, and will always answer the phone or open the office door with her trademark smile!

 

 

Originally from Wexford, David began his dance training in Cork at Colaiste Stiofan Naofa. Following two years dance training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Modern he went on to receive a full scholorship with Cambridge Performing Arts at Bodywork in England. He studied full time for three years in Musical Theatre and Dance. Graduating in 2005 David then went to work extensively in Ireland, UK and beyond in many productions as both a singer and dancer, including pantomimes, cruise ships and TV work. In 2011 he was backing vocalist for Jedward at the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with Ireland's entry song Lipstick. Alongside his performing career he also works as a Choreographer and made his debut in 2009 with his first professional production Westside Story with Director Bryan Flynn at the Cork Opera House, which received critical acclaim. Following the success of his first show he was asked to choreograph the Christmas pantomime at The Cork Opera House and continued to work with Bryan Flynn on many productions including Grease and Alice in Wonderland.  David has always had a great love for Centre Stage, working with the students on shows such as Miss Saigon, Chicago and Blood Brothers. He is excited to be back and is looking forward to the year ahead. 

 

Danny Buckley, from Mallow, has been associated with Centre Stage since the very early days. He attributes his love of drama and all things stage to his decade and a half of involvement with the school. An actor, director and drama teacher, with a Lamda Gold medal in acting, Danny formalised his qualifications receiving his Acting and Speech & Drama diplomas from the Victoria College of Music and Dramatic Art in London. Recently receiving his Licentiate qualification, LVCM.  The pinnacle of his acting achievements was being part of the RTÉ All Ireland winning cast of Conversations on a Homecoming with Palace Players in 2015.  In 2018, Danny directed the All Ireland One Act winner The Quiet Land by Malachy McKenna.  Passionate about drama and Centre Stage, Danny believes we can all learn from each other.

Laura's creative and energetic love for drama and working with children gives her the exciting drive to work with Centre Stage and the Theatre Tot and Musical Theatre Programme. Laura studied Speech and Drama for four years in the Cork College of Commerce, where she achieved four different Diplomas including her highest to date, her Fellowship Diploma certified by the Victoria College of London. Laura taught Drama & exercise classes for children from 4 years upwards in Passage West. In these classes she has been bringing stories to life for the children. She has also worked with Cope Foundation in bringing their "Growing Imaginations" projects to life. Laura is very excited to be involved with Centre Stage School.

Lesley-Anne Radcliffe is a qualified dance teacher with the internationally renowned Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D), the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (I.S.T.D) and Acrobatic Arts. She trained at Laine Theatre Arts in London, Joan Denise Moriarty in Cork and Hammond School in Chester. Not only is she qualified in Ballet, Modern, Tap, National and Acro dance, giving students the option to take internationally recognised exams, but she was also a professional dancer with Thomson Gold International, P&O Cruises and Carnival Cruises. Performances in Ireland also include dancing with Cork Ballet Company, Cork City Ballet, Cork city pantomimes as well as shows working with choreographer Donna Daly Blyth.  She has regularly been a guest performer with SYB Eastbourne. More recently Lesley-Anne became a qualified teacher of Acro dance through the highly acclaimed organisation Acrobatic Arts, who offer a professional curriculum for acrobatic dance reaching from Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.  Lesley-Anne has been with Centre Stage since 2014 during which time students have excelled in Ballet, Tap and Modern, all of which are of tremendous value to many performers who continue their studies to a professional level abroad.

A native of Waterford, Robbie’s first musical experiences came at an early age through the WIT’s esteemed choral program. This was soon supplemented with further specialised studies in singing and piano with Niall Crowley and Una Connery respectively. Although further tuition on the oboe and all too many brass instruments followed, these yielded extremely varied degrees of success.

In 2017, Robbie graduated from the CIT Cork School of Music with a first class honours degree, having specialised in vocal performance with Rob Craig (Mmus Julliard) and musical direction under Thomas Doyle and Conor Palliser. This successful time in CSM saw Robbie take on the position of Assistant Musical Director for the CIT Musical Society’s production of American Idiot, as well as the formation of the six-part close harmony group CanTur, which highlighted with performances at the National Concert Hall and the INEC Killarney.

Although equally passionate about all genres and types of music, Robbie has a special affinity for choral music which has seen him work closely with the Irish Youth Choir and Irish Youth Chamber Choir since 2013, and with whom he performed as a soloist in 2016. Further choral engagements have brought performances across the Czech Republic, Poland, Spain, Italy and to the BBC Proms in London. From September 2017, Robbie assumed the conductorship of several choirs across Munster and is looking forward to engaging as many people in music-making as possible!

Katie Holly is from Charleville and studied Drama, Theatre Studies and Music in UCC before completing an MA in Irish Literature.  She has written, directed and produced her own work for Cork Midsummer Festival 2016, 2017 and 2018, has toured her productions nationally. Her 2019 production 'Crossword' starred Drama teacher Danny Buckley, was commissioned by Cork County Council and toured the libraries of Co. Cork for Bealtaine Festival in May 2019, before being recorded and broadcast as part of Cork County Culture Night in September 2020.  She wrote and directed the Transition Year All Ireland Drama Final winner 2017 with St. Mary's Secondary School, Charleville and worked with Graffitti Theatre Company on their Young Playwright programme in 2018 and 2019, mentoring playwrights aged 14 to 19.  She loves working in administration, sometimes helps out with scripts for the talented drama students at Centre Stage School and is looking forward to the year ahead!

 

 

Louise Luddy is a qualified Music and Maths teacher from Mallow. As a past pupil of Centre Stage School, her love of music and drama was fostered from a young age. She later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013, followed by a Bachelor of Music from UCC in 2014, and went on to acquire a Professional Masters in Education in 2016. During her time in UCC, she was a member and regular accompanist of the UCC Choral Society and the UCC Singers. A founding member of the UCC Musical Society, Louise was Assistant Musical Director and Choral Mistress for several productions such as Songs for a New World, Avenue Q and Seussical the Musical during her tenure.  During lockdown 2020 Louise broadcasted fabulous songs and recordings online, and thrilled us with her musical talent and collaborations - she is delighted to be returning to the Centre Stage team this year, and excited to get started with the year ahead!

A qualified Art Teacher and Graphic Designer, Conor has been involved with Centre Stage for a number of years. In 2013 he received his Higher Diploma in Art and Design Teaching from the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork. In 2016, he began teaching the Art Classes here in Centre Stage. He took a year out from Centre Stage in 2017 to pursue his Post Graduate studies and subsequently received a first class honour in the area of Special Education from Mary Immaculate College. He was delighted to renew his Art Teaching post with us from September 2018. Over the course of the year he will cover all aspects of Art and Design including drawing, painting, clay and 3d work with the students. He is also looking forward to seeing some familiar faces in the Art classes this September.

Emily is an American actor and singer who has recently moved to Cork from New York City.  She studied Musical Theatre from Webster University's Conservatory of Fine Arts in St. Louis, Missouri where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  At her time in university, she received two distinguished awards: The Leigh Gerdine Conservatory of Fine Arts Department Honours, and The Francis Marion Annual Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement. She then spent 12 years in New York working as not only an actor, but a personal acting coach and voice teacher.  She has had the pleasure of working with companies like The Flea Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Downtown Dance Factory, Songful Artists, Timber Lake Playhouse, and 5 tours with Theatreworks USA.  In addition to performance, she has had the great privilege of working as the Acting Techniques and Musical Theatre instructor for Berridge Programs for Theatre and Film for the last 11 summers in Normandy, France.  This year, as well as Musical Theatre, Emily will teach Drama up to Gold Medal standard (LAMDA exams).

Based in Mallow, Sarah started learning the piano at the age of 7. She completed her Grade 8 while still in school, and graduated from UCC in 2011 with a BA in Music and Maths, 2012 with a BMus, and 2013 with a Professional Diploma in Education. She received piano master classes during her time in UCC from British pianist Andrew Zolinsky and British-Vietnamese pianist Tra Nguyen.  After University she started learning the violin and flute, in which she holds Grades 5 and 4 respectively. She's not finished learning yet! She has been giving music lessons for many years and has been teaching in St. Mary's Secondary school since 2014. Sarah has a great passion for music and enjoys being able to pass this passion on to her students. 

Christine is a professional musician and vocalist from Midleton, Co. Cork. She has a B.A Hons in Music and English, and BMus Hons in Music from University College Cork. Her love of performing arts and the stage developed with the Gaiety School of Acting and The Leinster School of Music from an early age. She went on to join the LSM team, teaching voice across Cork city and County. Christine has been teaching guitar for four years with Cork ETB. She is a self-confessed vocal science nerd and has recently completed the BAST course with Ian Davidson. She believes in constantly up-skilling and learning her craft and continues to attend vocal masterclasses and workshops – most recently, the core singing course with Dr Patricia Rooney in CSM and a creative singers bootcamp/masterclass with Tommy Ludgate (vocal coach on The Voice UK and BIMM London) and Gemma Sugrue. Above all she is a passionate teacher and looks forward to the new term with Centre Stage School! 

 

Allanna is in her last years training to be a secondary school teacher in music and history.  Having taught for one year in St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow, she is now teaching music in Regina Mundi, Cork. This is her second year working for Centre Stage and she has been playing the piano since she was 4 years old.  She completed all grades while still in school, and successfully achieved honors or distinction in all. She accompanies choirs (and  students in instrumental exams), performs music for wedding ceremonies, and has been teaching piano for several years.  Her love for music goes beyond teaching and piano, as she is currently learning the violin, and she has participated in several choirs throughout the years.  She spent last summer teaching music and English in an English camp abroad and looks forward to teaching again in Centre Stage.

 

Lorraine is a professional singer from Skibbereen. She is a recent graduate of Cork School of Music where she studied a B.A. in Popular Music (Voice). During her time at Cork School of Music, she was chairperson of CIT Musical Society, where she produced the Irish premiere of Bad Girls: The Musical with much success. She has also featured on backing vocals on television shows for RTE and BBC.

Lorraine is keen to further her own knowledge and is constantly furthering her education. She has studied classical guitar and piano, and also holds a Diploma of the London College of Music in Musical Theatre Performance. She is currently studying a Masters in Performance at Cork School of Music and is lead singer of The Papa Zitas. She has taught privately for the last number of years, and is eager to pass on her knowledge to more young people. Lorraine is really looking forward to returning to Centre Stage and can’t wait to see what the term holds!

Carrie is currently in her final year in the Cork School of Music studying Popular Music - voice.
Her stage career began at age 3 when she took ballet lessons in the De Braam School of Dance in Waterford. After 11 years of dance training, she joined the David Hennessy Junior Stage School where she found her love for musical theatre. Since then, Carrie has been involved in over 50 productions onstage and off. When she isnʼt performing out front, sheʼs backstage, chaperoning, supervising mics or or operating spotlights.

In 2014, Carrie was given the opportunity of a life-time to get to perform in the 3 Arena at Gary Barlow's concert as part of the Clontarf Community Choir under musical direction of David Hayes.

Since starting college, Carrie has been the lead singer for Cork-based wedding band, Blue Fusion, gigging in different venues across the country.

Aside from her stage career, Carrie has been teaching guitar, piano, voice and ukulele alongside her father for the last 6 years in her hometown of Waterford. She has always been passionate about teaching children and is grateful every day to get the chance to pass on her knowledge to these bright future stars!

 

Currently back home from London after his studies, Keith is a Singer/Performer & Vocal Coach. Having studied Popular Music Performance (Vocals) at BIMM London as well as teaching, Keith is excited to share all his knowledge & passion with the up and coming generation. 

Keith is certainly no stranger to the Cork performing scene, having performed principal roles in numerous Pantos at the Everyman Palace Theatre, in Annie at Cork Opera House, and is lead vocalist for 'Cork Pops Orchestra' under the direction of Evelyn Grant (RTÉ Lyric FM) & 'UCC Rocks’. Having won RTÉ’s 'The Voice Of Ireland’, Keith has a wealth of TV experience & is currently recording new music to be released early next year. 

After winning the show, Keith was fortunate to work in different Primary Schools and musical settings around the Munster Region - holding Vocal Workshops, Stage Directing & Musical Directing. His classes are all about enhancing each students talent, while teaching them techniques and tips they need to succeed in their singing. He wants to build each students confidence and help them find their unique voice and develop on that. He also focuses on teaching them how to sing in a healthy, fun, open, relaxed but controlled way, giving them the tools necessary to push them beyond their boundaries. Nurturing your talent and growing your voice is an on going adventure.  Keith is very excited to be returning to the Centre Stage team this year and looks forward to the new year ahead. 

 

Originally from the Boston area in the United States, Lily has been living in Mallow for the last 10 years.  She has been a Music, Dance, and Drama educator (both in Ireland and in America) for the last 16 years, teaching in schools, camps and with Community Outreach programs.  With a degree in Sociology, she is especially interested in the community aspect of performing arts, and enjoys bringing people together through these art forms as well as realising the importance they have on the individual.  She has taught music and drama, conducted school choirs in Irish National schools in the greater Mallow area, and has been the program director for a multigenerational music and dance summer camp program for the last 5 years. Lily has been dancing and singing with performance groups since childhood, and has performed in numerous productions.  She is currently a member of Mallow's Community Choir as well as the founder of Various Voices, a small vocal ensemble.  Lily has watched from the side-lines as her two daughters have enjoyed classes at Centre Stage over the last few years and is now delighted to be part of the team, bringing her love of the performing arts to Centre Stage School's youngest students in the Theatre Tots program!

 

Michael is a graduate of CIT Cork School of Music, with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Drama Studies.  He has also received a diploma from the London College of Music in Musical Theatre Performance, and a LAMDA Gold medal in Performance.  Following his degree, he accepted a teaching position in ActorsVision.

Michael is primarily a musical theatre performer, having appeared in over 30 musicals, including the Irish premieres of Carrie (CIT Musical Society), Life (Belltable Theatre) and Dogfight (Granary Theatre).  He also appeared as Dandini in the Everyman Panto Cinderella, and will perform in Jekyll and Hyde later this year.  In 2016 he was nominated for Best Male Singer at the National AIMS Awards for his role in Bare the Musical (CIT Musical Society), and became the first recipient of a DYMT Musical Theatre Scholarship.  As part of the scholarship, he trained under Seimi Campbell, Fra Fee, Tine Verbeke and Jennifer Rooney; all accomplished Musical Theatre industry professionals.  He has performed as part of Cork Midsummer Festival, and starred in three short films with artists Mark Dooley and Lisa Freeman.

Michael is looking forward to working with the talented Drama students here at Centre Stage!

Office Manager Trish Ryan from Cork City, has been living in Mallow for the past 13 years.  A graduate of University College Cork in Relationship Studies, Trish has a primarily financial background.  Having attended many Centre Stage School shows (to see her two childrens' talents on display) over the past 10 years, and with a background in 'Tops of the Towns' as a young performer herself, she is delighted to be joining the team, and will be happy to assist you in the office!

From Mallow originally, Danny is a fully qualified physiotherapist and fitness instructor.  He leads our Dance Companies in extra classes designed to enhance their strength and flexibility, in Release Clinic on St. Joseph's Road, Mallow.  He also teaches Adult fitness classes, and runs a physiotherapy clinic in the same building.  Danny is always available to support and advise the Dance squads at Centre Stage to prevent injury and encourage physical fitness and strength.  

Caoimhe McCarthy began taking violin lessons in Mallow at the age of 7 before starting lessons at the Cork School of Music. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree in Music in CIT Cork School of Music, where she studies with Gregory Ellis of the Vanbrugh String Quartet.

She loves teaching and has a special interest in Music Education. She has played with orchestras such as SinfoNua, Cork Chamber Orchestra, Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, CSM Symphony Orchestra, and most recently took part in the Haydn Symphony Series in Cork.

Caoimhe is delighted to return to Centre Stage School in 2020!

Kate was a pupil of Centre Stage from 2003-2015.  During her time in CSS she particularly enjoyed the Dance classes she undertook.  Kate was involved in many big CSS productions including Godspell, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Chicago, and won various awards throughout her years at CSS, receiving the honour of being named Student of the Year in 2015.

Kate completed an Undergraduate degree in Mary Immaculate College where she studied Irish and History and is now undertaking a professional masters degree in education to become a primary teacher.  She is very much looking forward to returning to Centre Stage School for the new term!

 

 

Jenny started taking classes in CSS at the age of 4 and continued right up to the age of 19, starting in Musical Theatre and moving into Dance classes; Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Ballet.  She won two dance awards from CSS, was Dance Captain for Senior Company Dance and received a ‘Spirit of the Year’ award in 2019.  Jenny performed in Oliver, Peter Pan and Forever After in the Everyman Theatre, completed Dance exams and competed in Dance competitions with Senior Dance Company and the Elite Jazz Squad.

Jenny says that Centre Stage School has always been a huge part of her life, and she relishes the opportunity to be involved in the school as a teacher now that her time as a student is over.

Aoibhínn has recently graduated from London Studio Centre with First Class Honours in her Theatre Dance Degree. She trained under Aileen Coffey before moving to London to study.

Before graduating she signed with her agent Nina Lee Management. While training she completed dance teaching qualifications under the IDTA and BBo dance and will continue to complete more qualifications in the coming year. She is currently training as a Personal Trainer and will be fully qualified at the beginning of September. She has a passion for dance and has been teaching since the age of 16. She is looking forward to meeting the students and sharing her love of the arts with the next generation!

By day Diahann works in the Spa and Hotel industry, but her first love has always been Acrobatics, qualifying back in 1990 as an ISAF club coach, the youngest in Ireland at that time.  Enjoying many years of Acro as a club owner and as a gymnast with 15 All Ireland titles, and many happy memories.  After leaving Irish shores for the USA, she found yoga and pilates as her fix to keep the gymnastic bug alive. Diahann is so delighted to be part of the Centre Stage team, and to bring her love of Acro to the fore again.

 

Katie Gallagher (known around the hallways of CSS as 'Katie G') attended CSS for 14 years taking classes in Musical Theatre, Drama, Singing, Senior Dance Company, Jazz, Commercial, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Acro, Choir, Flexibility and Lyrical Dance.  She received a scholarship to the IAB summer school run by Rob Foley and a scholarship to the Broadway Arts Community summer school In LA by Chryssie Whitehead.  She has taken workshops with many choreographers including Dane Bates, Lee Barrett, Nicky Griffiths, Adam Garcia, Rob Foley, Chryssie Whitehead, and in schools such as CAPA college, Masters, London Studio Centre, RAD and Italia Conti.  Last year, Katie was Dance Captain for the Centre Stage School competition team, which she led to unprecedented success.  Katie was the proud recipient of distinctions in Gold Medal LAMDA exams in Acting and Singing, as well as a bronze medal in Modern Dance with ISTD and Intermediate Foundation Grade Ballet with RAD.  In January 2020 Katie was accepted to the 3 year BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree in the Italia Conti Academy in London, based on her audition.  She is delighted to be joining the teaching staff in Centre Stage School until such time as travelling to continue her education is possible again.  Welcome to the team, Katie!

Brian trained with National Youth Music Theatre and studied at Bird Colllege (Conservatoire of Dance and Musical Theatre) in London.  He has performed in The Wizard of Oz at Blackpool Winter Gardens, the international tours of Cats, Hairspray and The Producers, and the UK tour of La Cage Aux Folles.  He was an ensemble performer in Mack and Mabel at the Hackney Empire Theatre, was Dance Captain in The Hired Man at the Other Palace and performed in West Side Story with the National Youth Music Theatre.

He was assistant choreographer for Spring Awakening (Leicester Curve), Encore (Adelphi Theatre) and The Beautiful Game (The Other Palace).  Brian is delighted to be joining the CSS team and looks forward to working with our very talented dance students of all ages.

Testimonials

My daughter has been going to centre stage since she was 3 years old and she loves every class she made great friends there and she adores her teachers cannot recommend enough

Colleen Boyle

Can't praise Centre Stage school enough, my daughter has attended since she was 5 years old and enjoys every class she attends. Staff are friendly and professional and bring out the best in every student.

Michelle Geaney

The atmosphere in classes, the variety of the class content and the teaching and guidance from all the teachers had me wanting more.

Shane O'Riordan (Arts Educational School London)