Tina, Managing Director of BSPA, has dealt with the business and administrative side of the Company since it was established in 2010. She is responsible for organising the numerous and varied range of opportunities provided for BSPA pupils and their parents, including Theatre Skill Workshops, Summer Projects, Theatre trips to London and New York and opportunities to perform throughout Northern Ireland.
Tina’s involvement in theatre began at the age of 8 when she was cast as ‘Jane’ in Mary Poppins. Her love of music was developed further at Methodist College, Belfast under the guidance of Billy McKay and John Anderson. Tina was one of the youngest members of their renowned Chapel Choir and became a regular soloist in their concert programme. She was first introduced to the magic of Musical Theatre as a student teacher at Stranmillis College, Belfast, performing in the wonderful musicals of Gilbert and Sullivan. Tina joined Belfast Operatic Company in 1986 and has performed regularly in the Grand Opera House. She was the Company’s Secretary for over 14 years and was actively involved in the organisation and running of the Company. Tina’s knowledge and experience of the performing industry made her the ideal person to assume responsibility for setting up the business side of BSPA.
As a qualified Nursery Teacher, Tina has particularly enjoyed the development of the Junior section of BSPA for children aged 3-5. ‘It is wonderful to see these very young children join the BSPA Family as this is an age group very dear to my heart. I am looking forward to seeing them gain confidence and move up through the main school whilst having a lot of fun along the way.’
Nothing gives Tina more satisfaction than seeing a BSPA show come
together on stage, knowing all the hard-work that has gone in to its production, both onstage and behind the scenes, and seeing the progress that each child has made whilst enjoying themselves and forming friendships.
Tina is keen to provide the best opportunities and experiences, in all aspects of Musical Theatre, through BSPA for the wealth of talent in Northern Ireland. She is delighted to welcome Peter Corry as BSPA’s new Artistic Director and is looking forward to seeing the pupils benefit from his considerable talent and experience.
‘BSPA has a bright and exciting future ahead and I hope you will join us in the journey.’ Tina McVeigh
Peter, Artistic Director of BSPA, has over 20 year’s experience in musical theatre as a performer, director and producer. Originally from Belfast he has starred in musicals from London’s West End, to PBS American television. He has performed throughout the World as a solo artist and with many of the leading Orchestras in Europe and has recorded 11 albums. Peter has also hosted his own TV series and several Radio series for BBC Northern Ireland.
His long list of performance credits include over 3 years as Inspector Javert in Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s “Les Misérables”, performing in concert at the MGM Grand Las Vegas and famously singing “Bring him home” at the funeral of George Best.
His producing credits include “Les Misérables in Concert” at the Odyssey Arena Belfast (at the time the largest production to be staged anywhere in the World) and his annual Christmas show “The Music Box”.
As well as many productions in Ireland Peter has directed shows that have toured both Europe and the USA.
Passionate about encouraging young people to perform, he has directed youth productions of “The Producers”, “Oklahoma!” “Les Misérables SE ” (all at Theatre at the Mill) and most recently “Cats” at the SSE Arena Belfast. He has also staged “Oliver!” and “Into the Woods” at the UK’s largest theatre, The Edinburgh Playhouse.
Peter is delighted to be the newly appointed Artistic Director of BSPA and looks forward to passing on his experience, knowledge, and passion to our students.
“The benefits young people get from performing goes way beyond the stage itself.
Self-belief, like-minded friends and self-discipline all come from this wonderful pastime.” Peter Corry