Bring your passion - We’ll teach you the rest

Vocal, dance & acting academy for 16-24 year olds starting September 2022

The Programme

Starting this October, and running on Thursday evenings, The Performance Academy is a great opportunity for young adults who want to dive deeper into the three main disciplines of Musical Theatre.

What’s covered

Whether considering auditioning for drama school, going into the business or exploring a passion, there is something for all within this concentrated evening course:

  • Vocal techniques
  • Dance classes
  • Acting technique classes
  • How to integrate different disciplines
  • Song and monologue preparation
  • Audition technique
  • Voice production
  • Movement
  • Scene studies
  • Physicality

The course will be led by some of the best industry professionals in Northern Ireland.

  • Peter Corry – Course Director
  • Adam Darcy – Music Coach
  • Emily McDonagh – Dance Coach
  • Nik Parks – Acting Coach

The course starts on Thursday 5th October  and this year we are delighted to be offering students the ability to do a Trinity Level 4 Diploma or Trinity Grades.

As well as a qualification, this course will broaden students’ knowledge of the Musical Theatre genre, prepare them for exams and any potential drama school auditions and be a great opportunity to create, take ownership of their work and have a dedicated focus.

We will be aiming for Feb/March for the exam so we are finished before any students studying for GCSEs, AS, A-Levels or college exams go off on study leave.

These classes are specifically aimed at those between the ages of 16yrs and 24yrs.



Meet your teachers

Peter Corry

With over 25 yrs experience in musical theatre both on stage and behind the scenes, he is the perfect person to bring our show to life.

As a performer, he has appeared throughout the world and as a director, he has staged shows which have toured the UK, USA and Europe. To date, Peter has recorded 12 solo albums.

Peter also runs his own company, Peter Corry Productions which is one of the leading theatrical producers in Ireland.

Peters experience is invaluable to any performer wanting to enhance their skills and knowledge of musical theatre as well as the entertainment and music industry.

Adam Darcy

Adam is a musical director, accompanist and vocal tutor, having graduated in 2015 with a first-class honours degree in Drama and Music from Edge Hill University in Liverpool.

While studying in Liverpool, Adam worked as a Musical Director on a number of plays and musicals. He also composed and performed an original composition, ‘Belfast Child’ in the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.

He has played and conducted for countless musical theatre productions in Northern Ireland in venues such as The Ulster Hall, The MAC and The Grand Opera House. He also conducted the Irish premieres of In the Heights and Godspell (2012 Revival) at the Belfast Waterfront.

Adam is co-founder of youth theatre company ‘Ravara Productions’.

Emily McDonagh

Emily trained in Musical theatre and dance, she is now a dancer/choreographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland as well as a circus artist and cabaret performer.

Emily has been a rolling member of Yuck Circus, an all-female multi-award winning circus company since its birth in 2018 and is the founder and co-director of POKE Theatre, an up and coming interdisciplinary physical theatre company.

Nik Parks

Nick trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Dr. Veronica Dunne.

Credits include Dead Man Walking (Irish Premier), Little Women The Musical (Irish Premier), The International Magic Tenors (European Tour), The New Jersey Boys (Mallorca), Rock of Ages (Mallorca), Peter Corry’s Moulin Rouge (World Premier), Red Velvet Cabaret, The Sound of Musicals & The Music Box and, most recently, Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom (US and Canadian Tour & Olympia Theatre, Dublin).

He is passionate about acting through song and believes the key to unlocking ones vocal potential lies in having confidence in oneself- whether that is as a professional singer or as someone taking up a new hobby.

The Performance Academy has been designed to give expert advice to those with a passion for performance. We are excited to bring this to the talented young adults in Northern Ireland and can’t wait to get started.

Peter Corry - Course Director

Request more information

If you would like to attend the Performance Academy in September 2023, please fill in the form below and we will be in contact to discuss the course in more detail.