Caoimhe O’Neill – Singing Principal

Founded Encore in 1998!

Caoimhe is a qualified Secondary School Music teacher, having taught for many years to Leaving Cert Honours level. During her time at St. Raphaela’s Secondary School, Stillorgan she musically directed and conducted all the school musicals, including Grease, 7 Brides, Godspell, Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes.

The School Senior Choir won 1st prize in Feis Ceoil, Slogadh and the Stillorgan Feis under her direction, and her vocal groups won 1st place at Slogadh every year they entered, including the Best Overall Award.

Caoimhe was also Musical Director of Stillorgan Youth Musical Company for a number of years, musically directing the award winning Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and with SMCO adult group she was musical director for Godspell, bringing the group to the New Ross Choral Festival where they won 1st prize!

On stage she has played many and varied roles in musicals, including Mary in The Witness, Roxie in the award winning Chicago, Glinda in The Wiz, Pitti Sing in Hot Mikado, and Svetlana in Chess. In dramatic roles she has performed as Abigail in The Crucible, Lady Macbeth in Dogs Hamlet Cahoots Macbeth and Sophia in Fools among many others.

She trained in voice with Kenneth Shellard and in piano with Clare O’Halloran. Caoimhe also has a huge interest in choral singing, having performed with the Park Singers and Cantando for a number of years, she now runs “Choir Club”, a choral group who sing for fun! Caoimhe is Principal/Head of Singing at Encore! since founding it along with Emer in 1998, and the amazing students and brilliant staff continue to inspire her every day.

Jenny Boland

Joined Encore Staff in 2006

Jenny started dancing at the age of 3 years old and never looked back! She studied and performed with stage school, ballet and modern classes. At 3rd level she attended Inchicore College receiving a Diploma in dance. She also attained a Level 4 Diploma in ISTD dance education.

Jenny has also studied Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance, receiving her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2011, and most recently her Level 4 Diploma in ISTD Dance Education: Imperial Classical Ballet.

Jenny is ISTD, IDTA and RAD qualified. She has 8 years of full time teaching experience with both children and adults, preparing for shows and exams. She has choreographed and judged Strictly Come Dancing events.

Since 2011 Jenny has been the dance tutor for the Transition Year Musical Theatre class in Firhouse Community College choreographing full musical productions Smike, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Grease and Bring It On. Jenny has been teaching at Encore for 8 years and is well known for her boundless energy and enthusiasm!

Megan Doherty – Dance

Joined Encore Staff in 2009!

Megan was an Encore! student from the age of 10, completing her Musical Theatre and Drama exams while attending. She played many roles in Encore! shows over her years there, including Iris in Fame, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Consuela in West Side Story, as well as the 10 Year anniversary production of Annie.

Megan was a Dance Leader at Encore from a very young age, running our “Dance Club” and assisting with the younger students. She also took part in Honk and Oliver with TMS, and has danced professionally for Leinster Rugby events.

She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has studied ballet, ballroom, hiphop, jazz and tap. Megan has worked at Encore! since leaving school and hopes to continue being part of the team for many years to come!

Grainne Larkin – Singing

Joined Encore Staff in 2012!

Grainne attended Encore! School of Performing Arts from 2001 – 2012 playing many leading roles from Annie in Annie to Sandy in Grease and Milly in Seven Brides. She began working as an Encore singing teacher after attaining her Associate Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance (IBSD), and her Senior
Certificate in both Speech and Drama (LSMD) and Piano (RIAM).

As a performer, Grainne has had the privilege of working with Teacher’s Musical Society, Festival Productions and UCD Musical Society. Most recently she played the leading role of Tuptim in The King and I with the Rathmines and Rathgar Musical Society in the National Concert Hall (2014). Grainne has also played a role on the production team of many large scale performances, including vocally directing UCD Musical Society’s 2014 production of Into The Woods, and she has enjoyed directing the UCDMS Vocal Group for the past two years.

Lorna Pratt – Drama

Joined Encore Staff in 2011!

Lorna started drama at the age of 4 and took an instant shine to it. When Encore! opened its doors back in 1998, Lorna was one of the first students to join.

During her 10 years here she knew that she wanted to turn this passionate hobby into an exciting career.  At Encore’s 10 Year Anniversary Production of Annie, she was delighted to play Ms.Hannigan and to this day it is one of the highlights of her performance memories.

From here Lorna went on to obtain a first class honours degree in BA Drama (Performance) at Dublin Institute of Technology. She has performed in theatres such as The Project Arts Centre (The Arabian Nights), The Helix (Oliver!), DIT Rathmines Theatre (Love, Lust and the Lack of It, Macbeth), The Mill Theatre (Annie) and The Civic Theatre (The Wizard of Oz).

She has also trained and completed various workshops including Screen Acting with Vinny Murphy, Stage and Screen Combat with Paul Burke, Le Coz Movement with Michael McCabe and a Master Class in Classical Acting at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon. Upon receiving her Drama degree Lorna was delighted to become a part of the Encore! teaching team. She loves teaching all her students from her “buzzing Blues” right the way through to her “spectacular Seniors”! Lorna thrives on the opportunity to help every student reach their full potential and become a star at Encore!

Elaine McCann – Drama

Joined Encore Staff in 2009!

Elaine is a qualified primary school teacher (2008), currently teaching 3rd class. Prior to this, she qualified as a Speech and Drama Teacher in 1997, and worked as an associate director of a community and educational based theatre company in the UK for many years.

Elaine performed in many musical and dramatic productions with Stillorgan Musical Company, including Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Merry Murderess in their award winning Chicago and Cinderella in Rescuing the Fairytale.

Since returning to Ireland in 2009, Elaine has been working at Encore and bringing her love of theatrical performance to all her classes!

Edel Gillespie – Drama

Joined Encore Staff in 2001!

Edel has been facilitating Drama workshops since she was 17 years old, when she first started with Tallaght Youth Theatre. She went on to complete a degree in Theatre and Drama Studies with the Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT.

Edel then worked on the production side of theatre for five years as both a production manager and stage manager. Edel also has a Bachelor of Education Honours degree, and has been working as a primary school teacher for seven years. Edel has been involved with Encore since 2001 and has loved every minute of it!

Madeline Ryan – Drama Encore Tots

Joined Encore Staff in 1999!

Maddy is a fully qualified Montessori teacher with many years of experience teaching in the Montessori classroom. She worked full time in Stillorgan Montessori before moving to The Pleasant Place where she was manager for a number of years. Maddy then opened her own Montessori school in St Patrick’s NS Glencullen which was very successful.

She performed in numerous dramatic productions with SMCO drama groups including The Crucible, Living Quarters, Fools and many more. She was also an active member of many musical groups and choirs, performing on stage with Stillorgan Musical Company, Sinead Variety Group, ESB MADSOC, The Park Singers and many more, taking part in concerts at the NCH and Waterford and Bangor Festivals.

Maddy was also chorus mistress for a number of Stillorgan Youth Musical Company productions. She has been on the staff of Encore for longer than she cares to remember, and is our Centre Supervisor in Knocklyon, Taney, Sandyford and Mill Theatre. Every child loves Maddy, and we love having her as an integral part of the Encore Team!

Ruth Cahill – Singing

Joined Encore Staff in 2001!

A classical, Irish and contemporary singer, Ruth holds a B.Mus (Hons) degree from the Conservatory of Music and Drama and a PGDE from NUI Maynooth,and has been training in singing from an early age. She has won many awards for her singing throughout Ireland and the UK, including Feis Ceoil Vocal Rose Bowl and the Soprano Solo.

She made her professional debut in Carnegie Hall (NYC) in 2009. She has worked regularly at the National Concert Hall, Dublin (Gilbert & Sullivan, A Night at the Musicals, A Night in Vienna) and her classical roles include Barbarinna in Opera Ireland/DIT The Marriage of Figaro at the Gaiety Theatre, Adele (Die Fledermaus) in A Night at the Opera and was a member of Opera Ireland chorus in La Traviata also at the Gaiety Theatre.

A versatile singer, Ruth loves to perform in musical theatre, and she has played many leading roles including Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Maria in the professional production of West Side Story at the Gaiety Theatre to name but a few. Ruth has been a teacher at Encore! School of Performing Arts for over 10 years.


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