GK Stage Academy offers tuition in dance, drama, song & musical theatre to boys & girls aged 3 – 18! Build confidence, nurture creativity and have fun in a positive, inclusive and encouraging environment.

Classes comprise of a mix of the three fundamentals of performance; dance, drama and singing. Classes are divided by age, class in school and ability. Our teachers continually strive to ensure children are engaged and challenged and continually push to help them meet their full potentially, all the while keeping fun and positivity to the forefront.

Instructors:

Grainne Kennedy – Director and Dance Teacher

fullsizeoutput_6863Fresh from the Helix stage in one of Dublin’s top rated pantomimes, Gráinne began dancing with the Metropolitan School of Ballet before moving to Spotlight Stage School. From there she commenced full time training at the College of Dance. She also trained in Classical and Musical Theatre singing to grade 8 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Theatre credits include; four consecutive Christmas Pantos, Bugsy Malone and Our House: The Madness Musical at the Olympia Theatre, Christmas Crackers and Oliver! at the National Concert Hall, Celtic Circles at the Point, Grease at the Gaiety, The Musical Awards at the Bord Gais and nine consecutive pantos at Helix Theatre as well as various corporate events across the country, most recently dancing with Taylors Irish Nights in London and for UK band Rudimental in Dublin’s 3Arena. Grainne also performs regularly around the country with XOD dancers.

Tour credits include; three seasons in Wilde Nights Cabaret on board the Oscar Wilde as lead Irish dancer and dance captain. Four tours of North America with Dublin’s Traditional Irish Cabaret, Normandy Nights Cabaret Show on board the MV Normandy, a tour of Denmark with Irish Dreams and a tour of Holland with Celtic Rhythms as Irish dancer and lead female vocalist.

TV and ad credits include, several appearances on The Late Late Show, Republic of Telly (RTE) George Gently (BBC) Ireland Am, The TV3 Toy Show (TV3) Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, Vikings (Sky Atlantic) Heineken, Vodafone, and most recently an ad campaign for Aura Gyms being screened on Setanta Sport as well as cinemas throughout Ireland. Grainne also recently featured in country singer Claudia Buckley’s latest music video.

Choreography credits including, Strictly Summerhill, Omigod You Guys (Scoil Mhuire, Trim) South Pacific, Sweeney Todd and All Shook Up (Oatlands College and Sion Hill, Stillorgan) Strictly Broadway 2017 (St Pats College and Mercy Convent, Navan) Don’t Give Me Lip (St Pats College and Loreto Convent, Navan) Broadway Battle 2018, Dancing Through the Decades 2019 and Genre Battles 2020 (Ashbourne Community School) Broadway Battles 2018, Dancing Through the Decades 2018 (O’Carolan College Nobber) The Lion King Junior (St Pius X Boys School, Terenure) The Enfield Revue 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, Strictly Come Dangan 2018, along with choreographing and judging a large number of Strictly Events country wide.

Gráinne began teaching dance 13 years ago and is now linked to a large number of schools as both dance and musical theatre teacher.  She loves to help children reach their full potential, nurture their talent and watch their confidence grow.

 

Laura Wynne – Singing and Drama Teacher 

IMG_5013Laura is no stranger to the stage and has been involved in Musical Theatre from an early age. She has performed in all the major theatres in Ireland. Laura studied “Theatre Studies” in Inchicore College and also trained in the Gaiety School of Acting. She starred as “Eva Peron” in the Irish Premiere of “Evita“. She also played the lead role of “Sally” in “Me and My Girl” at the Gaiety Theatre. Laura starred in a Christmas pantomime which ran for three months in the Tivoli Theatre. She has since performed with the same Theatre Company five times, playing lead on each tour. Laura has also starred as “Rizzo” in “Grease”, “Maria” in “The Sound of Music”, “Audrey” in “Little Shop of Horrors” and acting roles which include William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “Bombshells” which ran in the Sugar Club. She was also nominated for “Best Actress in a performance” for her role as Eva Person. Laura has also toured with “Normandy Night Cabaret” to France for two years as lead singer and with “The Oscar Wilde Cabaret” as singer and dancer.

Laura has worked with the Lambert Puppet Theatre for the last eight years starring in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and many more… She is also a member of “Bentley Boys Band”  and performs at weddings and festivals all over the country.

Laura is currently preparing for a role in “Vikings” and American television series “Into the Badlands”.

Laura has over 15 years teaching experience and has taught in many Stage Schools over the years.

 

Orlaith Carr – Drama and Theatrical Dance

Orlaith has a wealth of experience within the creative arts industry. Most recently she was nominated for a “Best Actress Award’ in the short film category at the New York International Film Festival for her role as Jenny in the short film “Butter”. The film was also chosen to screen at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Orlaith enjoys working across multiple disciplines and first trained as a dancer in Dublin before being awarded a Leverhulme scholarship to complete a BA Hons Degree in Theatre and Dance at London Studio Centre. Since then she has toured Europe as a performing artist and has worked as an Actor in theatres across Ireland and on the long running TG4 series Ros na Rún. She has her own theatre company called Fizz and Chips Theatre who write and perform musical theatre shows for young and old. In 2019 Orlaith was chosen as one of twenty young theatre makers in Ireland to take part in the Abbey Theatre’s 20×20 programme to support up and coming talent. 

Orlaith’s performance work has led her to the realm of “Theatre for Young Audiences” working with companies such as Fíbín, Branar, The Ark and Baboró in Galway. She loved working with children so much that as well as teaching dance and drama classes, she is now currently studying a Masters in Education to become a Primary School Teacher. 

John Kennedy – Administrator and Covid 19 Liaison Officer 

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A Dublin native, John began his career with AIB where he worked for twenty plus years before his recent retirement. A keen member of the banks ‘Tops of the Towns’ group, he has himself graced many of Ireland’s top stages, including the Olympia.

A long time ‘stage Dad’ he spent many a Sunday reading the paper as his daughters attended class and rehearsals, so he understands the time, effort and dedication given by the parents as well as the children!

John will be on hand during class times to answer any queries you may have.