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ABOUT US - The College

Full Time courses in the following A Level Subjects
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Drama
Phoenix provides a 2 year course in the performing arts culminating in A-Level exams.

Phoenix is the only college of its kind in Ireland offering students full time professional training in performing Arts while still achieving a second level education and qualification which allows access to many colleges and universities.

Our aim is to prepare students for a career in the performingarts and entry into the leading performing arts colleges worldwide.
Full Time courses in the following GCSE Subjects
  • Expressive Arts
  • Performing Arts

    other subjects on request and subject to demand.

    Regular performances in our onsite theatre


Meet the Team
Therese has spent all her life dancing and has run a very successful Irish Dance school in Dublin, Finland and Russia. She was one of the very first to teach in Russia and Finland and together with local enthusiasts is responsible for setting up Irish Dancing in these regions, both of which are thriving.
The idea for the college came about as a result of Therese's children leaving school after junior cert to follow their dreams of a career in the Performing arts.
Therese has been working professionally in theatre for more than 10 years, as a chaperone and in the costume department on many shows nationally including a couple of west end touring companies.

Therese Rooney TCRG, IATI
Head of College
Patrick has been a supporter of the perfomring arts for many years and together with Therese came up with the idea for this college.
Patrick is very excited about the prospects of the college and what it will do for our tallented young performers.
Patrick Cooney
Co-Founder
Lynn trained at the North London Dance Studios where she graduated with a National Diploma in Dance and Musical Theatre.
  Shortly after graduating Lynn was awarded her first of many contracts with Costa Cruise Lines. She has performed in many countries during her time with Costa where she visited such places as the French & American Caribbean, Mediterranean, Adriatic, Transatlantic and South America regions as part of her profession.
Lynn has also worked onboard Irish Ferries as a Dancer in the “Wilde Nights Cabaret”, “Our House” in the Olympia and on several film productions in Ireland including the Bollywood Movie “EK THA TIGER”.
 Lynn has performed with Theatreworx Productions in various pantomimes such as Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty and most recently Jack and the Beanstalk at the Helix Theatre.
She has choreographed for various stage schools though out the years and in August 2016 choreographed “The Big Shot” Musical for the Camden Fringe Festival in London.
 Lynn has recently qualified as a ITEC Fitness Instructor & Personal Trainer.
“ I am very excited to be joining this new adventure and can’t wait to get started”


Lynn Redmond
DEPUTY HEAD
ddmix, musical theatre, lyrical, technique and flexibility and fitness
Brianne Fitzpatrick
HEAD OF DANCE
Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Technique, & Hip Hop
Brianne combines her passion for dance with a scientific understanding of movement and learning.   Having received well-rounded technique and performance training in jazz, modern, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, and hip hop, she always found her main passion in tap dance. 
She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing with a minor in Dance while teaching at several studios and attending international festivals.  Succeeding university graduation, she continued to New York City where she trained with hoofers such as Logan Miller, Robert L. Reed, Ofer Ben and Avi Miller, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuels Smith, Lisa LaTouche, Derick K. Grant, Aaron Tolson, Mark Albrecht, Jason E. Bernard, and Sarah Reich. 
Brianne recently completed her MSc in Dance Science and Education from the University of Edinburgh.  She is currently working towards getting her dissertation published and in her
spare time she attends as many festivals and conventions as possible. 
Brianne is very excited for this upcoming year and what new adventures lie ahead! 

Lauryn Gaffney is a Vocal Trainer/ Musical Director/ Producer and Writer who has graduated with a B.A in Music and Human Development: DCU. She studied vocal training in The Royal Irish Academy under Maureen V Ward. She is currently a vocal trainer for both B' Music and Atomic Stage School and is also collaborating as a songwriter with various artists.

Lauryn has also created and composed the international award winning musical 'Big Shot' Described as ‘A theatrical storm worthy of a Tony Gong’ (Irish Mirror). After winning the 'Spirit of Fringe' award in San Diego and Mexico 2015 went on to perform in London. Big Shot had a successful six night run in The London Irish Centre in Camden August 2016. Lauryn plans on developing this musical further.

She received an 'Arts Bursary Award' , an 'Individual Contribution Award' and a Kodaly scholarship from DCU and St Pats. She began Musically Directing in 2011 with the sell out show "DCU Glee Live" in the Helix theatre and has not stopped since. Musically Directed various shows such as the first Irish production of 'American Idiot', ‘Mamma Mia',’Snow White’ also Co. Produced and Co. Directed ‘Fame’ with LGMK Productions.

Lauryn is really looking forward to working with young enthusiasts and joining the amazing creative team at Phoenix!

Lauryn Gaffney
HEAD OF MUSIC AND DRAMA
Rory Hughes originally from Pittsburgh, PA grew up singing, dancing and acting at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and professional Prodcutions with Pittsburgh Musical Theatre.  He went onto Syracuse University receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre. Productions he performed while in college were ' Anything Goes' 'Carousel' 'Macbeth' and 'Inherit the Wind' to name a few.  He also danced yearly in 'Danceworks.'

Once he graduated he went home to Pittsburgh to perform in shows and regionally before moving to New York City In 2001. He is most proud performing at Lincoln Center as well as with the charity event 'Broadway Bares' created by Jerry Mitchell.  

In 2010 Rory decided to move across the Atlantic to Ireland to see more of the world and get back to his roots.  Since arriving he has danced in a Bollywood film, Choreographed and danced for Drag performers,  has performed in the Helix Panto for two years under Theatreworx productions & was a dancer in the hit TV show "Penny Dreadful."  He also has performed around Ireland for Rugby games, Awards Ceremonies and Corporate events. 
Most recently he created Hues Productions to create top of the line workshops for students in Ireland and worldwide, but also to bring more theatre and dance opportunities to the mainstream using as many Irish performers as possible. Broadway and Beyond is our concert series for singer and our debut dance production was 'Holding On' at the Axis Theatre.  The  piece was a great success.  'I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and your work.  Congratulations to the cast they were fantastic'. - June Rodgers 'Totally blown away. Stunning choreography portrayed so beautifully by some of Ireland's best dancers. Do not miss the opportunity to see this show.' - Laura Bella Griffin

Rory is excited to teach the future generation and also produce future professional productions in Ireland.
Rory Hughes
AUDITION COACH
James trained in Performing arts in Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin and completed his honours degree in musical theatre in the University of Chichester in the UK. He is a working professional performing in countless plays and musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Night of the Living Dead, Romeo and Juliet and more recently has been performing on Board the Oscar Wilde with Wilde Nights Cabaret.
James Deegan
DRAMA
Conor Armstrong Sanfey ALCM is an award winning filmmaker and theatre director. In 2009, Conor set up C.A.S. Productions Ireland; a film and theatre production company, which has produced the Irish premiere's of 'The Great Gatsby' and 'A Wasteland Harvest' and has recently completed work on feature film 'LIFT' which Conor also directed. LIFT has gone to garner fantastic reviews and awards worldwide including runner-up best feature film at Underground Cinema Film Festival and the 'Award of Excellence' at IndieFEST Film Awards in Los Angeles. Conor is also an experienced teacher, teaching in numerous schools and drama schools in addition to running his own course: StageScree
Conor Armstrong ALCM, BA
Film