Meet The Team

With over 135 years of combined teaching experience .....

Sean

Gilligan

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

 

Sean began his stage and screen career at the tender age of 4 on RTE and went on to train at the Royal College of Music, Royal  School of Dance and Trinity College Dublin (B. Mus) and is now the proud Director and owner of Sean Gilligan Performing Arts - renowned for performances in every major venue in Dublin and beyond; Sparkle Costume Hire - Ireland's leading costume hire company and The Halleluia Gospel Choir.

 

He has also worked with  and performed alongside artists such as Westlife, Gary Barlow and Josh Groban in concert. Sean's multi award winning directing, choreography and design credits, are too many to mention but include musical theatre productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar, CATS, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, Grease, Legally Blonde and West Side Story. Sean has been directing his own pantos since 2012 starting with Cinderella, Snow White and Robin Hood in Clontarf castle, followed by Cinderella and Beauty & the beast in the Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel where Dublin panto was born and and has this year brought panto home to Grange Woodbine Club with Snow White and the seven dwarfs.

Sean also directs the Cheerios panto who made a move from the Tivoli theatre to the pantodome this year with Cinderella as well as choreographing the Snowman Christmas Special in Bord Gais Energy Theatre,

Aoibheann

Cooke

DANCE & PERFORMANCE

Aoibheann began her training as a dancer at The College of Dance Monkstown, graduating in 2000 gaining a Diploma in Professional Dance. Whilst at The College of Dance Aoibheann was a featured dancer in the Disney Miramax movie Ella Enchanted. 

 

 From there she received a full scholarship and completed three years at The Urdang Academy, London gaining a Diploma in Professional Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama. 

 

On graduating Aoibheann auditioned for a highly prestigious agency (PEEL) and was offered Dance Captain on board Cruise Ships. As dance captain she worked on some of the finest stages on board different cruise liners for over six years travelling all over the world. 

 

On returning to Dublin Aoibheann began teaching in and choreographing for different schools all over Ireland. Eventually she opened her own school (Training With Aoibheann) in 2013 focusing highly on advanced technical training for dancers. T.W.A prepares the dancers of today (both physically and mentally) for the tough industry they wish to jump into. 

 

Aoibheann is a teacher with SGPA, teaching technical jazz, lyrical and contemporary. 

 

Amongst many productions Aoibheann has also choreographed: 

West Side Story (MSPA, SGP) - Helix Theatre, Sep 2016

CATS (SGPA) - Helix Theatre, Sep 2017 AIMS winner for best choreography

The Little Mermaid (SGPA) - Helix Theatre, March 2018

Legally Blonde(SGPA) - Helix Theatre, Sep 2018

Oliver (SGPA) - Helix Theatre, April 2019

Jesus Christ Superstar - Helix Theatre, September 2019

 

Technically trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre,Singing, Contemporary, Lyrical, Commercial Jazz,  Burlesque, Stage Craft, Drama, YogaTone, Body conditioning, Personal Training. Aoibheann is also a life coach and believes in creating strong, confident performers. 

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Amy

Walsh

DANCE

Amy fell in love with performing at the age of 3 when she began taking class with the Royale School of dance. She then went on to train with F.A.C.T school of performing arts (SGPA), The Gaiety school of Acting receiving distinction in all 6 exams taken (Dublin Academy of Drama and communication) , College of Dance and Performers College (UK) graduating in 2015. Performance credits; Xfactor, F.A cup final 2013&2014, A Night with Westlife 02 arena, Aladdin Brighton Theatre Royal, Mass Movement Dancer, National Concert Hall Dublin, Hot Chocolate, World Street Performing Championship and many others. Theatre choreography credits; Hairspray, Grease, Footloose, Aladdin, Oklahoma, Wizard of OZ, High School Musical, Mamma Mia, The Wedding Singer to name a few. Amy has also completed FETAC Level 4 in Child Development. She has a passion for teaching and believes the Arts should be accessible to all.

Amy

Fidgeon

DRAMA

Amy started her career at an early age studying at the youngGaiety School of Acting and practiced with Deirdre SmithsSchool of Ballet. From there-a passion was ignited. Under the tutelage of playwright Grainne Jordan where, she completed her grades for Speech and Drama and went on to receive an ActingDiploma with the Gaeity School of Acting. Amy also trained under the Dublin Theatre Arts school, crafting her art before she joined Sean Gilligan Performing Arts formerly F.A.C.T School of Performing Arts. And is proud to say she is part of their teaching team today.Amy is reprising her role as Pilot in SGPAs adaption of JesusChrist Superstar this coming Autumn. She would like to take this opportunity to thank Sean and his wonderful motherMaureen, for all the training and opportunities she has been given throughout the years. She has also appeared in principal roles such as Ms.Darbus (High School Musical), Ariel(Footloose),Lola (Copacabana), Amneris (Aida), Evil Queen(Cinderella Pantomime at Clontarf Castle), Ugly Sister(Cinderella, Dublin Panto) and understudied all major roles inCheerios Panto 2017/2018 to say but a few of her favorite roles to date. In addition to performing, she has the privilege of directing and assistant directing shows such as Aladdin Jr, HighSchool Musical, Lion King Jr, Annie Jr, Mamma Mia, Back to the 80s,We will rock you, Hairspray Jr, Little Mermaid Jr,Legally Blonde Jr and many more. Amy can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and SGPA here’s to many more adventures!

James Deegan

DRAMA

James, a Dublin native, has been performing for over 10 years in theatre and film..He completed his theatre education with a B.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of Chichester in the UK. While training James performed such roles as:Willard Hewitt in"Footloose", Frederic in "Pirates of Penzance",The Tin Man in "The Wizard of Oz"and Cecil Sessile in “Brenda Bly:Teen Detective". Post training credits include:A continuing role in The Helix Panto every year,Emmet in LegallyBlonde, Bill Sykes in Oliver!,Purser/Swing in "Anything Goes"(Sussex Tour), Man 1in “Marry Me aLittle,Ensemble/Understudy Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz (Cork Opera House),Rooster in"Annie",Coach Bolton in “High School Musical"James has sang back up for many pop stars including Westlife, Gary Barlow and John Owen Jones.James is also a regular on the cabaret scene in Dublin singing at many corporate events and recently completed a stint as Lead Male onIrish Ferries Oscar Wilde.James’s teaching credits include A level Drama in Phoenix Performing Arts College where all of his students were accepted to university in the UK, Guest lecturing to BTEC Theatre Students in Colaiste Dhulaigh, Comedy Director for Grange Woodbine Variety group as well as SingingTeacher and assistant musical director for The showbiz academy

Caoilfhionn

Byrne

VOCAL COACH / HIP HOP

Caoilfhionn, comes from a musical family and has been singing from a very young age. She attended the Royale School of Dance under the tutelage of Kay Buckley, Delores Davis and Betty Leonard (former Royalettes). Early on it was evident that this little girl had a big voice and a uniquely musical ear for rhythm and she was given the chance to perform and truly shine treading the boards of the Gaiety and Olympia Theatres to name but a few.After over a decade in the Royales, she progressed to the FACT School of Performing Arts where she excelled in dance and song. Under the guidance of Maureen and later Sean Gilligan she continues to attend classes to ensure her instrument is kept finely tuned.Through her involvement in FACT she was asked to join the Halleluia Gospel Choir. This has led to her becoming the Choral Mistress of the choir and she is now one of the longest standing members. With the choir she has had the privilege of singing alongside GaryBarlow (the Waterfront, Belfast), Westlife (O2, RTÉ and private engagements), John OwenJones (Bord Gais Energy Theatre), Jacinta Whyte (National Concert Hall), Mary Black(RTÉ), Charlie Pride (RTÉ) and also asa support act to Hot Chocolate.Caoilfhionn’s love of performing has given her the opportunity to help develop some ofDublin’s brightest new talent by going into various stage and theatre schools in as a vocal coach. With all this commitment she still manages to rehearse and gig with her band, The Crush on a regular basis.

Sarah

Kenny

VARIETY CLASS DANCE & PERFORMANCE

Sarah started her dance training at the age of 3 with CP dance company and later with Billie Barry stage school training in jazz, tap and musical theatre. She received her B.A honours degree from Sunderland university where she  was a part of the dancers who toured northern England to perform in many  different venues. Sarah trained for 7 weeks in Broadway Dance centre where she worked with many famous choreographers.

She has performed on many well known stages such as the Gaiety, Olympia and the  Bord Gais Energy Theatre and was selected to be one of the performers by BDC to  perform a flashmob on time square.

Sarah has been teaching for CP Dance Company now for 4 years and has also had the joy of teaching SGPAs adult variety class for the amazing Hilton show.

Sarah has also choreographed Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for Dublin Panto.

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