Wilfie Pyper,MBE

Wilfie Pyper,MBE

Wilfie is delighted to be a patron of BSPA. He has spent a lifetime in theatre having started to perform at the age of 7. Whilst at school he had the privilege of working with the late Irish theatrical giant Sam McCready to whom he is indebted. Wilfie is an actor in his own right having worked in BBC drama, local drama groups and the Lyric Theatre. However he is perhaps best known as a director of musical theatre. His work in this field was recognised when he was awarded an MBE by her Majesty the Queen for his services to musical theatre and drama.

He has been associated with BSPA since its inception both as a teacher, Head of Drama and in an advisory capacity.

Wilfie has worked with many of the leading musical theatre companies both here and in Dublin. For some thirty-seven years he has been the resident director of the renowned Belfast Operatic Company and his list of Grand Opera House productions for them is extensive. Included in these are Oklahoma, Calamity Jane ,Annie Get Your Gun, Brigadoon, Showboat, Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Jekyll and Hyde, Titanic the Musical, Christmas Carol, Pirates of Penzance, Orpheus in the Underworld,  Cinderella and Hello Dolly to name but a few. Productions for other companies include Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Me and My Girl, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, Mac and Mabel, God Bless Archie Dean, Oliver, and many others.

For ten years he directed and toured throughout Ireland with a group of talented performers specialising in the works of Percy French. He has also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to take several productions on overseas tours and these include Mac and Mabel (Rush MS) to Sweden and a tour of India with Toccata which featured his musical Forgiven.

He has received may accolades for his theatrical work not least when he made history in 2012 by being awarded Best Director by the Association of Irish Musical Societies in both tiers of their annual awards something which had never been achieved by any director in the Northern region and only once before in the whole of Ireland. 

In his career outside of theatre Wilfie was for many years Deputy Head of a large Belfast Primary school and for a number of years hosted a four hour children’s radio programme on Saturdays for BCR 96.7 FM

Wifie is also very much in demand as a concert compere and after dinner speaker. He is thrilled that two of his sons, Simon and Keith, have followed in his theatrical footsteps, both of whom are on the Staff of BSPA. Keith is also musical director of BOC and Simon has worked as a director with a number of leading companies in Northern Ireland. 

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