Susie Moore - Director / Musical Theatre
Susie started singing and dancing at the tender age of 3 with the Billie Barry Stage School. She took part in many Christmas pantomimes in the Gaiety Theatre, including Goldilocks and the three bears, Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood & Mother Goose.
In 1980, Susie played 2 different orphans (Duffy & Tessie) in the Musical “Annie” in the Gaiety Theatre. This ran for 11 months alongside Maureen Potter, Jacinta Whyte & Angeline Ball.
Susie was no stranger to the Christmas toy shows with Gay Byrne, she also took part in the Tony Kenny & Twink Christmas shows on RTE.
After leaving Billie Barry, Susie began teaching Musical Theatre in Diggs Lane, to 3-14 year olds.
Susie became a member of the Rathmines and Rathgar musical society in 1993 and took part in many shows including, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, “A night with Gilbert and Sullivan" and The Pirates of Penance. She also joined the Rush Musical Society and was involved in “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Curtains” in the Mill Bank Theatre.
Michelle Moore - Director/Creative Drama
Michelle started singing and dancing at the age of 3 with the Billie Barry Stage School. She took part in five consecutive pantomimes in the Gaiety Theatre, alongside Maureen Potter including, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the three Bears, Hansel & Gretel, Aladdin & Cinderella. She also took part in Sunday night at the Olympia for 8 weeks.
Michelle appeared on The Late Late Toy Show, The Mike Murphy Show, The Tony Kenny Christmas shows and on a commercial for TV/Cinema.
During her teenage summer months, Michelle performed in Butlins alongside Jacinta Whyte in their Cabaret and also in the Shelling Hotel, Raheny.
After leaving Billie Barry, Michelle began teaching in Diggs Lane to 3-14 year olds and then at “The Factory” Burrow Street. Michelle took part in various courses with the Gaiety School of Acting & the Abbey School of Acting.
Michelle joined the Rush Musical Society in November 2006, where she took part in “Pirates of Penance”, "Hollywood Pinafore", “Fiddler on the Roof” , “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and "Jesus Christ Superstar.
Susan Moore - Musical Theatre / Tap
Susan, born into a theatrical family, started singing and dancing at the Billie Barry Stage School at the age of 3, where she was involved in a wide variety of professional work. She performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall on many occasions and appeared in numerous Christmas pantomimes & summer productions in both the Gaiety and Olympia theatres, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Babes in the Wood and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.
Susan has also featured on various TV shows including the Late Late Toy Show, Bibi, Live at 3, Sunday Night at the Gaiety/Olympia, to name but a few, and has featured on a number of TV and radio commercials. She has also recorded singles accompanying some of Ireland’s leading artists such as the Dublin City Ramblers & Susan McCann.
Susan was later involved with the R&R Musical Society, where she took part in their production of Carousel at the Gaiety and also their 90th anniversary show in the National Concert Hall.
Susan was delighted to come on board as a Musical Theatre teacher with the MSPA in November 2006, where she teaches children from the age of 3 to 18.
Niamh Carroll - Creative & Exam Drama
Niamh trained with the Audrey Behan School of Speech & Drama from the tender age of 5 years old and successfully completed grade exams with the Guildhall of London and the Royal Irish Academy where she achieved an Associated Speech & Drama Teachers Diploma. Niamh established her own Speech & Drama School in her home town of Drimnagh and four years ago established Speech & Drama classes in Rush. She has experience in preparing students for the RIAM grade exams to senior certificate and annually prepares students for competitions in Feis Maitiu. She is a member of the Rush Dramatic Society and the Rush Musical Society and has performed in a number of their recent productions. More recently Niamh has trained with the Lir Academy and Filmbase and works with the Blackthorn Arts Entertainment Agency. She will appear in Coolmine Musical Society’s “All Shook Up” in the Draiocht Theatre in Blanchardstown this November. Niamh is really looking forward to working with the Moore School during Michelle’s maternity leave. Michelle went on to study drama with The Gaiety School of Acting, graduating in 2007. She received vocal training from Frank Merriman at the Belcanto School of Music in North Great Georges Street. She toured Belgium with the Christchurch Youth Choir.
Eimear Sheridan - Hip Hop / Tap / Contemporary
Eimear is a dancer/choreographer who began her dance training at the tender age of three with Billie Barry Stage School. Growing up, Eimear has loved learning and training in various different styles of dance such as Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Line Dancing and Ballet. She began travelling at 15 to broaden her dance skills, to train and compete in competitions in many counties around Ireland, The U.K and Poland. She even represented Ireland in the World Hip-Hop championships in Las Vegas (US) in 2012.
Since she was 17, Eimear has choreographed/assistant choreographed many shows such as Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge and many more, including Variety Shows, Charity Events, Movie Premiers. She has also choreographed and preformed for The Entrepreneur Awards. When Eimear completed school she then went on to train in Dance and Performance in Sallynoggin College of Dance while still choreographing and teaching in her spare time.
Daniel Mahon - Creative Drama
Daniel has been a member of MSPA since he was four and has played many solo parts with them, including Glad hand from “West Side Story”, Mr Thenardier from “Les Miserables”, Judah from “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, Fagin from “Oliver”. Daniel played Bill Sykes from Oliver with MT4Uth during summer projects. Daniel has taken part in The Lir’s two-week summer project and weekend courses and was offered a place on their foundation course. He has also studied acting on camera with John Dawson, and Graham Cantwell and played the part of Paul in the short movie “Lily”, which won best Short Drama in the Galway Fleadh along with many more awards. Daniel has received honours in all his RIAM’s drama exams up to the senior cert and now teaches part-time with MSPA. Daniel spent two summers in Kamp Kohut, Maine teaching archery and drama. He also directed four shows during his time there. Daniel also studied film/camera studies full time with the Irish Film Academy in 2014 and is presently attending The Lir Academy (Trinity) studying Bachelor in Acting.
Leah Meagher - Musical Theatre/HipHop
Musical Theatre has been a part of Leah’s life for as long as she can remember. She owes much of her confidence, friends and love of the theatre to MSPA stage school, where she started taking classes at the early age of 4. Leah took singing lessons for 8 years with Fiona Mullaney at the Skerries Music Studio. When she started University, she began receiving vocal training at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama under Mairead Burke and Donna Gallagher, who she continues to receive lessons from. Leah has been vocally trained in Classical and Musical Theatre singing styles.
Leah earned herself a Distinction in her Grade 8 Speech and Drama with The Royal Irish Academy of Music after completing grades 4-7.
Some of her most memorable stage credits include, Anita (West Side Story), Eponine (Les Miserables, Helix), Tanya (Mamma Mia, Helix), Elle Woods (Legally Blonde, Helix), Kath (Our House, Millbank), Consuela (Westside Story, Millbank), Dancer (Evita, T13 Belfast), Adult Chorus (Annie, NCH), Shprintze, (Fiddler on the Roof, Gaiety Theatre and Landskrona Theatre, Sweden), Annie (Annie, The Braid, Belfast with Mt4uth).
In 2017, Leah spent the summer as a Drama and Dance Councellor at Kamp Kohut in Maine, USA. There she also choreographed their two musicals.
In March 2018 Leah helped choreograph a dance routine that was entered into the Winter Elite Dance Competition. The name of the group was Synergy Tribe from MSPA and it won first place.
In April 2018, Leah won an award for Best Choreographer and Best Co-Director at the Musical Theatre Intervarisities 2018, where she was up against 9 other student musical societies.
In Nov 2018, Leah played Charlie in Chromatics, the New Irish Musical written by Shauna Carrick and directed by Westend Director Andrew Keates.
Leah won Best Choreographer and Best Choreography for her production of 'Cabaret' with her college UCD, at The Amateur Irish Musical Society Awards (AIMS) in 2019. She is currently attending an Advanced Dance Technique Performance and Choreography course in Bray and in her final year will train in England.
Lizzy Benham - Jazz/Technique
Lizzy started dancing at the age of 8. She won numerous All-Ireland Championships she went on to represent Ireland in the 5 Nations Dance Contest in 3 different dance styles. Lizzy obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance from The College of Dance in Dublin and was awarded a full scholarship to study at London Studio Centre, where she acquired a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre Dance.
Most recently Lizzy has graced our TV screens with performances for Ireland’s Got Talent with Locked Creative and the inaugural Xpose & Benefit Awards with Fatale Events.
Further TV and stage credits include the All-Ireland Talent Show, ad campaigns for Vodafone, Theatre M.A.D’s West End Bares - fire breather (2011), a UK tour with London Studio Centre’s Jazz Dance Company (2012), the BRIT Awards (2012) with Olly Murs feat. Rizzle Kicks, a residency with the Body of People (BOP) Jazz Company (2013), Dial M for Music’s Wilde Nights Cabaret (2014, 2015 & 2016 – Dancer, 2017 – Assistant Choreographer & Dance Captain), Laochra – 1916 Commemoration at Croke Park, (2016), Gaiety Pantomimes Cinderella (2012/2013), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (2013/2014), Peter Pan (2014/2015), Robin Hood and his Merry Men (2016/2017) and The Snow Queen (2018/2019), The Golden Era at the Mansion House (2017/2018), L’Oreal Colour Trophy, 2018.
Lizzy’s passion for dance extends beyond performing. She is also a qualified Sports Therapist holding a Diploma in Sports Therapy. And, after completing her second BA(Hons) Degree in Physical Education and Biology, Lizzy is now a Secondary School teacher delivering Science, Biology and P.E. to students at second level. She believes in the importance of quality dance training and the need to incorporate the arts more prominently into our school system.
To advocate for this change, Lizzy is combining her knowledge and experience to develop a new curriculum that can be packaged and taught within performing arts colleges or in schools as a Junior Cycle Short Course, a Transition Year module or a strand within the new Leaving Cert P.E. syllabus.
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