Tina, Managing Director of BSPA, has been involved with running of the Company since it was established in 2010. Supported by an excellent team, Tina, has developed BSPA into Northern Ireland’s leading theatre school which currently has eight schools drawing children from across the Province.
Every week hundreds of boys and girls enjoy three hours of professional dance, acting and singing tuition and it has been a pleasure for Tina to watch them all grow in confidence and skill. Many BSPA pupils have gone on to study professionally at the UK’s top drama schools and universities whilst others have gained confidence and enjoyment performing with local and national amateur companies.
Tina is responsible for administrating the numerous and varied range of opportunities provided for BSPA pupils and their parents, including Theatre Skill Workshops, Summer Projects, Theatre trips to London, Disneyland Paris and New York as well as 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 BSPA Juniors for children aged 3-5 years. ‘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 to 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 the stage, knowing all the hard work that has gone into its production, both onstage and behind the scenes, and seeing the progress that each child has made whilst enjoying themselves and forming friendships. She works tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything is just perfect for each show.
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. Tina is delighted to have the support of Peter Corry as BSPA’s Artistic Director as he is able to share his vast knowledge and professional experience at the highest level with BSPA.
‘BSPA has a bright and exciting future ahead and I hope you will join us in what I know will be an exciting 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” (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. More recently Peter Corry Productions has toured the amazing ‘The Showman is Coming’ around Ireland, receiving rave reviews.
This year is continuing to bring the Christmas magic to the city with ‘Christmas at the Cathedral’, and BSPA Voices will join not only Peter but Barbara Dickson and Patrick Smith on stage with the amazing backdrop of St Annes Cathedral.
Peter is delighted to have been Artistic Director of BSPA for the last three years and to be passing on his experience, knowledge, and passion to the students. He visits the schools regularly and becomes involved in all productions, including directing the fabulous Summer Projects such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat and much more.
“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