Tutors

EILEEN NOLAN – Founder & Director AMAC, ATCL

Eileen Nolan founded the Montfort College of Performing Arts in 1962. Eileen qualified at Trinity College London and also at Sion Hill, Ireland. She worked as a peripatetic teacher working with students in Cork and Waterford. The school became recognised as one of the leading drama schools in Ireland and in 1963 singing and dancing classes were introduced to the curriculum.

Eileen is a member of the Association of LAMDA teachers, British Federation of Festivals and the Society of Speech & Drama teachers. Eileen has been twice nominated for the 'Cork Person of the Year' Awards for her contribution to the Arts over the last 50 years.

Eileen has thrilled Cork audiences over the years with countless award winning productions that has produced including 'West Side Story', 'No No Nanette', 'Mame', 'Hello Dolly', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Oliver', 'Anything Goes', 'Camelot', 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas', 'The Music Man', 'Godspell'. 'Camp Rock', 'Pippin'  and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat to name but a few. 

She continues to teach in Midleton and Clonakilty secondary schools.

Over the past 55 years Eileen has worked to instill and foster a love of theatre to all students of the college that leads to enjoyment, and an enjoyment that will last a lifetime. She continues to inspire all who surrounds her.     

TREVOR RYAN – Director FLCM, LLAM, ALAM (act), ALAM (rec)

Trevor is a partner and joint Artistic Director of the Montfort College of Performing Arts.

He is a speech and drama teacher with over 25 years experience. He has worked both as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of young people, many of whom are now working professionally in the Arts both at home and abroad. In his professional life as a director, actor and producer he has been involved in over 90 productions both locally, nationally and internationally. He is also an award winning actor, director, producer and examiner.

Trevor’s love for the arts began at 12 years of age when he joined the Montfort College of Performing Arts. His first thread the boards in the children’s chorus of 'I Pagliacci' in 1984. Trevor's acting credits include Uncle Max in the critically acclaimed 'The Sound of Music', one half of the Ugly Sister’s in 'Cinderella' in 2007 and 2011 and most recently in 2014 as Jafar in 'Aladdin' - all at Cork Opera House. In all Trevor has performed, scripted and directed 22 pantomimes to date.

Trevor toured the country for 18 months in the smash hit hurling comedy 'The All Star Wars' directed by Bryan Flynn. Most recently Trevor directed 'Tell Me On A Sunday' at the Everyman Theatre, the highly acclaimed 'Lost In Yonkers' for the Cork Repertory Company, 'Fame' the Musical, Disney's 'The Little Mermaid', 'Camp Rock', 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat', Relatively Speaking', An Enchanted Evening – A Tribute to Eileen Nolan', 'Suessical the Musical', 'The Witches', 'Bugsy Malone', and 'The Communication Cord' all at the Everyman Theatre. Other directing highlights include Cork Operatic Society’s critically acclaimed production of 'Sweeney Todd' at the Cork Opera House and Everyman Theatre, three sell-out runs of 'I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change' at the Cork Opera House and 'Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' in Rennes, France.  He has also directed several award-winning shows including 'Brighton Beach Memoirs', 'Sylvia', 'The Gingerbread Lady', 'Bad Seed', 'Extremities', 'One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest' and the world premiere of the musical 'Say It Ain’t So Joe'. Trevor has been nominated on three separate occasions as Best Director in the Cork Critic Theatre Awards. An accomplished actor Trevor has appeared in countless dramas, comedies and musicals over the years, favourite roles include Ralph in 'Our Country’s Good' for which he won a Best Supporting Actor award from ISDA, Martin in 'Brimstone & Treacle', Martin in 'Dangerous Corner' and Voltaire in 'Candide'. 

Trevor holds three diplomas in teaching, acting and speech with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and a fellowship with the London College of Music - the highest level external diploma awarded by the college. 

Currently Trevor is the resident co-writer and director of the Cork Opera House pantomime. In 2014/15 he directed 'Sleeping Beauty', in 2015/16  'Beauty and the Beast' in 2016/17 'Cinderella' and this Christmas will direct 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'.

VALERIE O' LEARY - ALAM

Valerie is qualified with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and has been teaching drama at the Montfort College for 34 years. Valerie has achieved huge success with her pupils, many of whom are now working professionally in the Arts. As well as a highly accomplished drama teacher Valerie is one of the most recognised actor’s in Cork. She has appeared on Cork stages in over 100 productions over a 40 year career. Previous roles include the character of Missus/Lady Gaa Gaa in the 'All Star Wars', a role she originated and nurtured since its inception in 2011 and throughout its national tour in 2012. Favourite theatre credits include 'Private Lives', 'An Ideal Husband', 'Crimes of the Heart', 'Bad Seed', 'Hamlet', 'Many Young Men of Twenty' and 'The Wake'.

More recently Valerie was seen in 'Alice In Wonderland' ,'Calendar Girls', 'Sunbeam Girls 1 and 2', 'The Good Sisters', 'Barefoot in the Park' and 'All My Sons' for which she won the Best Actress Award at the All Ireland Drama Festival. Musical and pantomime performances include 'Singing in the Rain', 'High School Musical', 'Man of La Mancha', 'Nunsense', 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Carousel', 'Aladdin' and 'Sleeping Beauty'. She has also directed numerous school productions of her favourite musicals, most recently 'Aladdin' and 'Once Upon a Mattress'.

KAREN COTTER - ALAM

Karen is qualified with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art and has been teaching drama, dance and musical theatre with the Montfort College of Performing Arts for over 27 years. Karen is a member of the Association of LAMDA teachers. Karen is a well-established dancer, choreographer and actor and has appeared in more than 40 pantomimes. Most recently she choreographed and directed 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat' in Crosshaven National School.

SARAH MORIARTY

Sarah Moriarty began her training at Cork Arts Studio and continued her studies for 3 years at the CSN Dance course under the direction of Alan Foley. On graduating from CSN Sarah taught at the Alan Foley Academy of Dance and at the Cork School of Dance.

Sarah teaches dance in various secondary schools across the city and county and has choreographed many school shows including 'Hairspray', 'Sweet Charity' and 'Flashdance'. Sarah holds a modern dance qualification from the ISTD (The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). Sarah specialises in modern,contemporary, commercial and lyrical dance.

LAURI O' DRISCOLL - BA hons, Hdip in ed (hons), ALCM, LLCM (TD) (hons)

Laurie is a qualified English and history teacher working in Cobh Community College. She is the head of the English department and  the director of adult education. Laurie co-ordinates courses designed to increase her students' work potential in the wider working world. Laurie has directed 'High School Musical' and 'Annie' in Cobh Community College and was instrumental in the setting up of the Glee project in association with the local primary schools. As a student of Montforts Laurie was a regular medal and cup winner in Feis Maitiu and the Ringaskiddy Youth festivals. She studied vocal performance with Francis Reilly. While a student in the Montfort College under the tuition of Valerie O' Leary Laurie performed in numerous pantomimes in the Cork Arts Theatre and Everyman Palace. Her favourite musical theatre roles in the college include Anna in 'The King and I', Beth in 'Oliver', Charity in 'Anything Goes and Taylor in 'High School Musical'. Laurie's passion is musical theatre. She instils a love of same in her students. Laurie's solo students and groups have been regular prize winners in Feis Maitiu. She directed 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' in the Firkin Crane 2013 and was Assistant Director on 'Beauty and the Beast' in 2014. Laurie has directed and choreographed 'Broadway Kidz' 2013, 2014 and 2015. Laurie is currently preparing for her fellowship diploma with the London College of Music; the highest degree in teaching and performance. Laurie most recently played the role of Goneril in King Lear with the Cork Shakespearean company directed by Declan Wolfe and Sinead Dunphy. She also directed Broadway Kidz 2016 and 2017. Laurie looks forward to a fun and creative year ahead with her students.

PAULA WHITNEY - ALAM

Paula has been on the Montfort staff for the past 11 years. In addition to her qualifications with the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art se also holds a diploma in both Theatre Studies and Sound Engineering and has completed courses in Accents and Dialects along with Performance in Theatre. Paula has worked with a number of schools in preparation for their Whole School Evaluation in designing their drama curriculum to reach the department of Education’s requirements. 
She has taught language development as a resources teacher for a number of years.Paula is also an accomplished costume designer and has received awards for her costume and stage design. Since her early teens she has been an accomplished singer, performing as a lead vocalist regularly in various venues throughout the country.   

MARGARET MCCARTHY - BDTS (Hons); FLCM; LLCM (Hons); ALCM (TD), Dip Mus (Hons) UCC; TEFL RELSA

Margaret is an Alumni of UCC with both an Honours Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and an Honours Diploma in Music.  She has an Associate, Licentiate and a Fellowship from Thames Valley University.  She also has a Certificate in Music Management and Sound, CSN. Margaret is a teacher of Theatre for Young Audiences.  This involves preparing productions in schools and studio for plays and examinations including auditions, research, casting, choreography and musical direction.  Margaret also prepares students for the LAMDA examinations and Feis Maitiu Cork and has also been an examiner for the Crawford Council for Drama Communications. Margaret has worked extensively in the theatre in both amateur and professional productions.  Her film credits include the award-winning short film ‘Razor Fish’ where she starred opposite Brenda Fricker.  She has also worked with Cork Disability Support Service for the Visually Impaired as a narrator of audio books.

KAREN WALSH - ME. Edu.


Karen began dancing as a tiny tot with Eileen Cavanagh at the age of two and a half, appearing in her first show at the tender age of 3. Since then she has studied dance under the direction of Donna Daly (Donna's Dance Studio), Mary Madden Gibson, EricGibson (Ballet Theatre Ireland) and Mary Weston (Montfort College) and completed her studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. Karen was a member of the Irish Operatic Society where she appeared in many of their productions and was assistant choreographer for'“Me and My Girl'. She taught tap dance for Ballet Theatre Ireland and for the Montfort’s before she moved to the US. While in the US she gained degrees in Theatre, Sociology and a master’s degree in Theatre Education.
While living in the States she studied dance under the direction of Keith Mottola (Steps off Broadway) in Boston. During this time she also starred in many musicals, including the role of Nancy in 'Oliver', Mrs. Johnson in 'Blood Brothers', Anytime Annie in '42nd Street' and The Orange Girl in 'Shout the Mod Musical. Karen taught ballet and tap for - Once upon A Ballet, in Charleston, South Carolina. She has now returned to Ireland to pass on the knowledge, experience and training she gained while living in the US. Karen is a qualified dance teacher through the (I.D.T.A) - International Dance Teachers Association.

MAJELLA CULLAGH - MA

Majella Cullagh is one of Ireland’s foremost international sopranos. She graduated from London’s prestigious National Opera Studio in 1993 and has had a twenty year career on the operatic stage. Her performances have brought her to many of the important houses in Europe; she’s performed in New York, Dallas, California and as far afield as New Zealand. Highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, at the Royal Swedish Opera, the Royal Danish Opera, Opera di Verona, Opera de Toulon, Edinburgh festival and the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo.
While Majella’s career has been concentrated on the operatic stage, she also performs extensively in oratorio and on the concert platform. She has sung recitals in London, Milan, Amsterdam, Catania, La Coruna, Pesaro and Stuttgart.
Majella has an impressive discography with over thirty recordings on the Opera Rara, Chandos and Naxos labels. Her latest release, on the Naxos label, is Rossini’s Le Siege de Corinthe, recorded live at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Germany.
Majella received first class honours in her Taught Master’s Degree from the CIT Cork School of Music in 2009. She has recently entered the education arena and has adjudicated at the Royal Academy of Music and the DIT Conservatory, Dublin. Majella is a member of the board of directors at the Cork Opera House.

KELLEY LONERGAN - MA, BMus

Irish Soprano Kelley Lonergan, described by The Irish Times as "a natural”and “the type of voice one could predict an exciting future for", is a recent alumna of Opera Theatre Company's Young Associate Artist programme in Ireland.

She is a recipient of several awards, including the esteemed RDS Music Bursary 2013, which is the largest bursary on offer to young musicians in Ireland. Kelley was also a multiple prizewinner during the 2013 Feis Ceoil, in Dublin, prizes include the John McCormack Bursary, the Mrs. P.J Geoghegan Memorial Cup and the Gervase Elwes Cup for best overall singer of the competition.

Kelley graduated from the CIT Cork School of Music with first class honours in both her BMus and Masters in Performance. In 2012, while on Erasmus, she had the opportunity to study singing at the Conservatorio di Verona, Italy. Kelley then went on to study at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and is currently travelling to London for lessons.

In July 2014 she made her lunchtime debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in a concert entitled "Ciao Italia". Kelley also made her live radio debut on lyric fm with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in March 2014.

Her operatic roles include Mimi (La Boheme, DIT) and Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw – DIT) Kelley took part in the 62nd Wexford Festival Opera as a member of the chorus in two main stage productions Il cappello di paglia di Firenze and Cristina Regina di Svezia.

Kelley is a dedicated teacher who has been teaching voice to students of all ages and levels for six years in both Dublin and Cork. Initially, Kelley trained as a pianist and has over ten years experience in teaching piano. She is looking forward to meeting new students in the Montfort College of Performing Arts and sharing her knowledge with the budding young singers of the future’

EMMA NASH - MA (Advanced Opera Performance), BA

Irish soprano Emma Nash has been described as “outstanding...with a vivid stage presence” by The Arts Desk (Orpheus in the Underworld 2014), “splendid” by Opera Magazine (Der Vampyr 2014) and a soprano with a “exciting, individualised vocal colour” by Opera Today (Hansel and Gretel, Wexford Festival Opera 2015). Emma graduated with distinction from the M.A in Opera Performance course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was winner of the Lee Freeman Scholarship Prize, the Dolan Evans Award and a Leverhulme Scholarship. Recent engagements include the role of Valencienne in a concert performance of The Merry Widow at the Cork Opera House. This was the second instalment of The Cork Opera House Concert Performance Series following the success of La Traviata (June 2016) in which Emma sang the roles of Aninna and Flora. In 2015 Emma made her Wexford Festival Opera debut as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and chorus in the mainstage productions of Koanga and Le Pré aux Clercs. She also made her solo debut with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in December at The National Concert Hall under the baton of Christopher Bell. In May 2015 Emma enjoyed great success as Gilda in Opera Theatre Company’s national tour of Rigoletto directed by Selina Cartmel. She went on to cover Gilda for Longborough Festival Opera in July. In March 2017 Emma travelled to Naples Florida to sing at the Kind Mariners Charity Gala and appeared on CBS TV. In June she will premier a new opera Front of House by composer Tom Lane at the Cork Midsummer Festival before returning to Wexford Opera Festival for their 2017 season. There she will sing the role of Polly in the world premier of The Dubliners by Andrew Synott and the role of Handmaiden in Medea directed by Fiona Shaw.
Emma is passionate about contemporary opera having performed in a workshop performance of Irene Buckleys new opera Lament for Art O Leary as part of the 2015 Midsummer Festival in Cork. She played the role of Narrator in Brian Irvine’s new opera The Oldest Woman in Limerick with Wide Open Opera in 2014. She created the role of Joan in Irene Buckleys live score for The Passion of Joan of Arc which since premiering at the Cork French Film Festival has enjoyed successes at Glasgow Film Festival and Union Chapel London among others.
A student of Suzanne Murphy other notable roles include Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (Irish Youth Opera) and Janthe in Der Vampyr (The Everyman/Cork Operatic Society).
Emma has appeared as a guest soloist for the Welsh National Opera with David Pountney at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival where she showcased the work of contemporary opera composer Elena Langer. She sang the role of Moppet in the Royal Philharmonic Society opera award winning production of Paul Bunyan with the Welsh National Youth Opera (Wales Millennium Centre).
Other highlights include soprano soloist with the RWCMD Badinerie Ensemble (St Martin in the Fields), Pamina in the The Magic Flute (RWCMD), Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia (RWCMD), The Controller (cover) in Flight (RWCMD), Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Opera’r Ddraig), First Niece in Britten’s Women at the Bath International Music Festival (RWCMD) and scenes from Ariadne auf Naxos (Zerbinetta), The Cunning Little Vixen (Vixen), and Falstaff (Nanetta) with the RWCMD Concert Orchestra all conducted by David Jones.
An alumna of Opera Theatre Company's Young Associate Artist Programme Emma is a recipient of a Help Musicians U.K Sybil Tutton Award and two Arts Council Travel and Training Awards.

EMMA POWER - BMus

Emma, a Waterford native, was introduced to music through the WIT’s Choral Programme at a very young age. Progressing through the choirs in the programme, combined with individual lessons and musicianship classes – both provided by her director, Niall Crowley – lead Emma to studying music at third level.

In 2014, Emma graduated from the Cork School of Music with first class honours, having focused her studies on vocal performance with Mary MacSweeney and conducting with Alan Cutts. During her time in Cork, Emma was a member of Madrigal ’75 and Voci Nuove, two internationally acclaimed choirs (the latter of which she was directly involved in its founding), and was a member of the Irish Youth Chamber Choir for the ‘15/’16 season. She has enjoyed performing and competing in places like Toronto, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Northern Ireland as a chorister. As a soloist, Emma has worked with Cor Cois Abhainn (‘Messiah’), Cork Orchestral Society (‘Faust’) and Eat My Noise Productions (‘INCHOIR’, ‘Carinae’).
Since 2014, Emma has been a member of Ensemble Dagda, Ireland’s newest historically informed Baroque ensemble, specialising in works from the 17th Century. The Ensemble has enjoyed residencies at West Cork Chamber Festival, East Cork Early Music Festival, and have accepted a place as Apprentice Ensemble for the 2017/18 season as part of the Galway Music Residency.

As a professional chorister, Emma spent three years as a recipient of the Choral Scholarship awarded by St. Finbarre’s Cathedral, Cork. During the 2015/16 season, she was awarded a second scholarship by St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Cork, and split her time between both churches.
Emma has been teaching privately since 2015 in Waterford and Cork, giving lessons in musicianship, harmony and singing. She takes part in annual educational music workshops provided by West Cork Music for primary and secondary schools around Cork City and County during the school year. Emma is looking forward to starting work as part of the team at the Montfort College, meeting new students and making good music.

KEITH GREENE - MA, BMus, PDGE. DipLCM. ATCL

 


Keith hails from Clonmel Co. Tipperary and is currently living in Cork city. Keith is a member of Defence Forces Ireland Band 1 Brigade, playing flute and piccolo. He also regularly performs as a vocalist with the band. Keith is co-owner and director at Bellvue Academy of Performing Arts in Clonmel Co. Tipperary. Keith undertook his professional training in University College Cork with an honours bachelor of music degree and continued his studies at Trinity College Dublin with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Keith also holds a first class honours masters degree in Musical Theatre performance from CIT Cork School of Music. Keith's primary interests lie in musical theatre, a field in which he has worked extensively, both on and off the stage. He has taught with many stage schools in the south of Ireland, working in capacities of Musical Director, Choreographer and Producer. Performance credits include Reilly (Our Day Out), John The Baptist (Godspell), Billy Crocker (Anything Goes), Topper (Scrooge), Prince Charming (Cinderella), Pish Tush (Mikado), King Herod (Jesus Christ Superstar), Molokov (Chess), Moose (Crazy For You), Mr.Primm (Sleeping Beauty) Ensemble (Orpheus), Zack (Bare) and most recently he played the part of Riff in West Side Story.

AONGHUS JOYCE - BMus, MA, ALCM, ITM

A native of Letterfrack in Connemara, Aonghus Joyce started his piano studies with Sr Karol O’Connell of Kylemore Abbey. He went on to study with Eleanor Malone and Nicholas O’Halloran in the CIT Cork School of Music, graduating from both the Bachelor of Music Degree (2011) and MA in Piano Performance (2014) with First Class Honours. He has been the grateful recipient of piano masterclasses from such distinguished pianists as Finghin Collins, Philippe Cassard, Romain Descharmes, Rokas Zubovas and Veronique Bonnecaze. Performances include a recital with internationally acclaimed soprano Mary Hegarty, as part of his MA studies, and a solo piano recital in the 37th Clifden Arts Festival, 2014. Aonghus was Musical Director of Montfort College of Performing Arts in their 2014-2015 season, overseeing a variety of performances in the Everyman Theatre, Cork Opera House, Cork Arts Theatre, and the Masonic Hall, Cork.


Aonghus’ love of choral music began with his conducting studies with Alan Cutts in the Cork School of Music. He has been conductor of the Carrigaline Choral Group since September 2014. In 2015, Aonghus led the group in competition in the Cork International Choral Festival and the AIMS Choral Festival, New Ross. The group has recently returned from a trip to Germany, where they sang to an audience of over 1,700 people. The group was awarded Second Place in the Mixed Choir Competition at the AIMS Choral Festival 2016.

In 2012, he began the ITM Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course under Don Weed in Bristol. Aonghus recently graduated from the four-year training programme in June 2016, and will be a teacher at the third annual ITM Summer Workshop in July 2016, held in University College Cork.

A keen singer, Aonghus studied with Marian Crowley during his time in the Cork School of Music and holds an ALCM in Classical Singing Performance. He is heavily involved in choral singing and is currently a tenor in the celebrated choirs Madrigal '75 and Voci Nuove. Aonghus has been a voice tutor in Montfort College of Performing Arts since 2014.

EMILY FIRTH BFA (Hon), AEA

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 10 summers in Normandy, France.  To learn more about Emily, please feel free to visit her website at: www.emilyfirth.com.

EMILY COMPTON

Emily began my dance training at the age of 3 with the Montfort College of Performing Arts. She recently graduated from Colaiste Stiofain Naofa where she studied dance for the past two years. She have performed in numerous Montfort College productions including 'Seussical the Musical', 'Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella', 'Aladdin', 'Camp Rock' , 'Broadway Kids' and was Dance Captain in Montfort College production of 'Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolour Dreamcoat'. She was Assistant choreographer on 'Cinderella' in the Firkin Crane.
In 2013 Emily played the role of Penny Pingleton in 'Hairspray'.
Her love for theatre and in particular dance and musical theatre has grown from doing backstage work, wardrobe assistant and assistant choreographer on numerour Montfort shows over the last ten years. Emily has also completed several examinations with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). She is looking forward to instilling a love for dance and the arts in her classes this year.

NAOMI LUTTRELL

Naomi Luttrell began her training at the age of four studying many different styles including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, commercial, hip-hop and Irish. Naomi has performed in many different professional productions including many pantomimes and the touring cast of the All Star Wars.
On completion of her Leaving Certificate she attended UCC for four years. During her time there she was a member of the UCC jazz squad and each year attended, competed and won the inter-varsities competition. For the 2016 college year Naomi went back to the jazz squad and choreographed the squad’s routine for the inter-varsities competition.
After her time in UCC she attended the CSN Dance course under the direction of Jane Kellaghan studying many different styles of dance. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher with 6 years’ experience in the Sinead Sheppard School of Dance and more recently Cork Arts Studio, UCC Dance and Billie-Jean’s East Cork Stage School Rhythm Dance Company. As well as her experience in teaching; ballet, modern, jazz, commercial, hip-hop and dance gymnastics, she also has 6 years’ experience coaching in a gymnastics club. Naomi is a qualified dance teacher through the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). She also holds a modern dance cert from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), a qualification to teach Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix).
Naomi is very much looking forward to joining the Monfort’s team.

ANTHONY PALMER

Anthony started as a student at Stage One Theatre School, London back in 1992. Having the passion for performing he went on to study at The Italia Conti Academy Of Performing Arts.
After three years of training Anthony was already working as a professional. His credits include, ‘The Paul Daniels Magic Tour’, ‘Rave On’ Rock and Roll National Tour, and various dance variety & commercial shows.
Theatre credits include ‘Eddie’ in ‘A Slice of Saturday Night’, ‘Mark’ in ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Dave’ in ‘Viva Ibiza’ and a tour of ‘Shakespeare around London’.  
Commercial dance credits include a national tour with ‘Will Young’ & ‘Gareth Gates’, dancing for ‘Blue’ and the ‘Sugarbabes’ including their Brit Awards appearance.
His TV & Film credits include ‘Tom Riddle’s’ double in ‘Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets’, ‘Clockwork Mice’, and ‘The Bill’.
Anthony has performed on shows such as SMTV, CDUK and other ITV and BBC productions, and in various music venues such as Wembley Stadium, Birmingham NEC, The Hammersmith Appollo and West End Theatres such as the London Palladium and Drury Lane.
His work also includes choreographing and starring in musical productions, music festivals, and fashion shows around London and Essex.
Prior to joining the Montfort's, Anthony has spent the last 8 years as a drama and dance teacher for Stage One Theatre School and Productions in Essex. Throughout his teaching career, he has supported many students to reach their full potential, leading to successful careers within the industry.

SARAH DALY 

Sarah began performing at a very young age. She began Irish dancing at the age of 5 before joining the Montfort College of Performing Arts. She has been involved in many Montfort productions including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat" and "Camp Rock". She was a class assistant before beginning to teach her own class for JD Steps following assisting in their summer camp in her local area. Following this Sarah began to teach for the Shevaun Hogan School of Drama where she taught for 3 years. While teaching in the Shevaun Hogan School of Drama Sarah choreographed their productions of "Annie" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" both in the Cork Arts Theatre. Sarah is the choreographer of her local theatre group the Aghada Centre Theatre Group and has choreographed their productions of "Oliver!" and "Nun on the Run". Sarah is currently studying music full time at the CIT Cork School of Music where she recently choreographed the CIT entry for the Musical Theatre Inter Varsities.

NIAMH KELLEHER - Dip VCM (Hons), VCM, LVCM

Niamh Kelleher has been studying elocution, speech and drama since she was 4 years old pre-dominantly with Miriam Daly and subsequently with Declan Wolfe. During her years attending classes she took part in several productions including 'Annie', 'Oliver', 'Matilda', 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Grease'. Niamh continues to perform and is a member of her local drama group where she played the lead this year in Jimmy Keary's play "Mother Knows Best".
In 2004 Niamh was awarded a scholarship to travel to Los Angeles for 6 weeks to work with Clair Sinnett, a well known casting director to the stars. During this time Niamh gained invaluable experience with Celtic Talent whilst also attending many acting workshops.
In 2014 Niamh began her final studies to qualify as a Speech & Drama teacher with the Victoria College of London. Since then she has been awarded a Dip VCM (Hons) AVCM and LVCM. Niamh has been working with a Cork based music, movement and drama company for the past 3 years teaching drama to pre-school children all over Cork and has gained vast expertise working with this age group in particular. Niamh looks forward to inspiring and developing the young stars of the future. 

MICHELLE COOKE – BMUS, MA, PMEP

Michelle completed her third level training in CIT Cork School of Music, where she was awarded First Class Honours in both the Bachelor of Music Degree and Master of Arts in Piano Performance. During her time there, she studied with Eleanor Malone and Gabriela Mayer, and also received piano masterclasses from John O’Connor, Barry Douglas, Finghin Collins and Ewan Poblocka. Michelle was the winner of the Sligo Feis Ceoil for two consecutive years and performed in Dublin’s Mansion House for the Alpha One Chopin Awards. In 2015, she also had the pleasure of performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Clonakilty based Allegria Concert Orchestra. For seven years, Michelle toured Ireland with renowned wedding and function band, The Heebie Jeebies. Her previous choral accompaniment experience includes ensembles such as CSM chamber choir Capella Lyrica, the CSM Junior Choir, and UCC Choral Society. Michelle moved back to her hometown of Castlerea, Co. Roscommon in 2015 to complete the Professional Master of Education in Primary Education with Hibernia College. There, she was delighted to take on the role of Musical Director for Castlerea Youth Stage School. Having grown up with a love for musical theatre, Michelle has been involved in shows with Castlerea Musical Society and CIT Musical Society. Previous roles include Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods) and Kate Murphy (Titanic – The Musical). Now, returned to Cork as a primary school teacher, Michelle also teaches piano in Kinsale Music Academy, and is very excited to take on the position of Musical Director with Montfort Youth Choir.