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ELAINE HEARTY -DIRECTOR- DRAMA/SINGING TEACHER​

 

Elaine graduated with distinction from D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama, having studied Speech and Drama from 1996-1999. Since then her roles have included Chava/Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof (Gaiety), Ado Annie in "Oklahoma" (Gaiety/Cork Opera House/Civic Theatre Tallaght), Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" (St. Anthony's Theatre), The Merrow in "Quest 2- The Good People Try Harder (Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire), The Pianist in " Death of Cabaret" (Dublin Fringe Festival), Lucy in the Irish Premiere of the RSC's production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (Cork Opera House), Sharon in "A Slice of Saturday Night" (Spirit), Alice in "Alice the Musical" (Marketplace Theatre Armagh/Pavillion Dun Laoghaire) Sharon in Shay Healy's new musical "Santa's Magical Mystery" (Irish Tour), Kirsty in Seagulls Dance for two Irish workshops and the world premiere in the Draoicht, Pam in "The Vagina Monologues" alongside Fenella Fielding(Dublin/Clonmel Tour) Maureen in "Rent" (Cork Opera House/Wexford Opera House), Listen to my Heart- National Concert Hall and Irish Tour, Elvis is my Daddy- Olympia Theatre and Irish Tour. Nora in Angelas Ashes the musical- Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Limetree in Limerick, and Belfast Opera House. She most recently performed with Northern Ireland Opera, in Sweeney Todd at the Lyric Theatre. 

 

TV Credits Damo and Ivor, Fair City, she played Maeve for an Eircom Phonewatch Ad, a DID electrical ad (singing to a dishwasher!), and Electric Ireland Ad.  Her film credits include City of Ember, The Exorcism Diaries, Princess Rehab, and Perspectives. Her voice credits include American Cartoon Series "Dad the Impaler", AIB, Permanent TSB, Munster v's All Blacks, Fruice, Renault, Supervalu, Meteor, VHI Dentalcare, Trocaire, Cinderella (Overdub), Annbrook house hotel, Cafe En Seine, Kerrygold and she is currently recording for Folens Primary School syllabus. She plays 3 characters in "Joe and Jack" a cartoon series showing on RTE/ Tinypop.

 

Elaine is an accomplished singer/songwriter and won the 2fm Song contest in 1998 with her own composition. She has made several appearances on programmes such as The Late Late Show, 2TV, The Den, Echo Island, TX, Popscene, PM Live and various radio programmes. She recorded a single for Telethon with Irish artists such as Linda Martin, Paul Harrington, Frances Black and Gavin Friday and reached number one in the Irish charts. Elaine has been a soloist in the National Concert Hall in shows such as "A Celebration of Song", "Joe Conlan and Friends" "A Century of Song" and the AIMS Concert.  Elaine played Elphaba from Wicked in "One Voice" - a variety show held in the Gaiety Theatre. She was also a backing vocalist for the talented Josh Groban at the Point Depot. 

 

Elaine set up a production company- "Smart Blondes Productions" with Sorcha Furlong (Fair City), Sarah Flood (Fair City) and Caroline Grace Cassidy (Novelist). Their first short and second shorts  "Princess Rehab" and "I am Jesus" were accepted into the Galway Film Fleadh, the San Francisco Irish Film Festival and the Underground Film Festival. 

Elaine and her husband Ross set up Singable productions and wrote the music/songs for the RTE Panto "Once Upon A Time at Christmas" They are currently working on the Junior Syllabus for Folens Educational Company. 

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DAMIEN GUTHERIE- CHOREOGRAPHER

Damien Gutherie is a professionally trained Dancer, actor and singer with the Leicester College of Performing Arts. 

 

Theatre Credits include: 

Eurovision the musical (Gaiety Theatre)

The Little Mermaid (Gaiety Theatre)

Aladdin (Gaiety Theatre)

Greg in  Chorus Line

Emcee in Cabaret

Thoroughly Modern Mille (Ensemble)

Putting on the Ritz (Dancer)

Funny Girls (Lead Dancer)

 

TV/Tour Credits include

BBC Comic Relief (Dancer)

Rupauls Drag Race UK (Dancer)

Damien has also appeared on various Channel 4/ITV Shows.

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SHAUNA FINN
CHOREOGRAPHER

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ROSS O CONNOR
MUSICAL DIRECTOR 

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Ross O' Connor is a well known Musical Director/Composer. Husband of Elaine (Above). Together they wrote all the songs/music for the RTE Panto "Once Upon a Time at Christmas". They both set up Singable productions and created their own children's tv series. They currently work for Folens Educational company on their Junior Syllabus. 

Ross is a film composer and is currently scoring a Hallmark movie. He has written a successful musical "New Fish" which will be touring the UK in 2023 and is currently working on the music side of "Matress Mick the Musical"

Theatre Credits: 

  • Friends The Musical- Jendagi/Robert C Kelly Productions- UK and Ireland tour

Musical Director/Arranger/Music Production 2020

  • Menopause The Musical 2 - Jendagi/Robert C Kelly Productions- UK and Ireland tour

Musical Director/Arranger/Music Production 2020

  • New Fish (A Musical) Smock Alley

Composer/Arranger/Co-Creator/Musical Director 2019

  • Cheerios Pantomime -Anthem Productions

Musical Director/Arranger/Music Production 2003-2020

  • UCH Pantomime- Jendagi/Robert C Kelly Productions

Musical Director/Arranger/Music Production 2014-2020

  • Danny And The Deep Blue Sea- Courtney Jessica Larkin-London

Composer/Sound Designer- 2017

  • Irelands First Touring Panto- Jendagi/Robert C Kelly Productions

Musical Director/Arranger/Music Production 2015-2020

  • Menopause The Musical -Jendagi/Robert C Kelly Productions

Musical Director/Arranger/Music Production 2013-2019

  • Rod Stewart PBS special- Arranger/Copyist  2012

 

Shauna Finn is the founder and director of Infinity Movement LTD. She most recently took part in filming a new Disney movie ‘disenchanted’ along side a Disney pilot episode ‘Epic’. She was on the RTE TV series “Dancing with the Stars” for 3 seasons.

 

 

Since a young age she has been representing Ireland competing and training internationally. She has attained exams in numerous styles of dance including Ballet under Royal Academy of Dance, Modern jazz and Hip Hop with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, Latin & Ballroom with United Kingdom Alliance and DanceSport Federation of Ireland. She has previously worked in Vienna, America, Brazil and Paris as a performer and dance teacher. Shauna is a qualified teacher with Acrobatic Arts and received a scholarship with Alixa Flexibility. Shauna has appeared in multiple music videos and films including the hit Irish film ‘Sing Street’. Danced alongside Westlife, Riverdance, Wild Youth, Brendan Cole, Des Bishop and The2Johnnies.

 

Shauna studied Dance at ICFE where she became fascinated with Dance Therapy. She loves working with children and helping them achieve their goal whether it be for a career in dance or just for fun.  Her aim of every class is for “every child to have a fun experience and feel more confident like they have accomplished something during the class”. She appeared as a featured vocalist in ‘The Greatest Showman Live’.

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DANIEL PROUDFOOT- DANCE CREW CHOREOGRAPHER

Daniel competed and trained in multiple hip hop styles with many famous faces all over Europe since he was a young boy. 

At present he runs a successful dance company. He has also choreographed for tv shows such as The Late Late Toy Show, Donnachas Two Talented, Irelands Got Talent, Britains got Talent and was involved in the RTE Panto. 

Daniel has choreographed and co-choreographed teams that went on to win the All Irelands multiple times and a team who came second in the world hip hop championships 2019.

ABBY DOHERTY- TOTS TRAINEE AND LAMDA TEACHER

Abby has been a part of Showstoppers Stage School for over ten years, going from being a student to being part of the team. She is currently in her second year of studying for an BFA in Musical Theatre in American College Dublin. She has LAMDA qualifications for both Musical Theatre and Solo Acting, earning distinctions in all of her exams. She has been involved in several shows with Showstoppers, including performances in the Mill, the Helix, and the Civic theatres. She has also played supporting roles in local productions such as Grease and Hairspray, and hopes to peruse acting as a career after finishing her training with ACD.

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KAREN GUNN- TRAINEE TEACHER

Karen has been with Showstoppers Stageschool since a very young age. She is completing her final LAMDA Musical Theatre grade in Sept 2020.

 

She has been heavily involved in the school for years performing leads in most shows and showing huge potential. She is currently in her second year of Film studies. 

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