Aoife McClafferty Director/ Choreographer
Aoife is a full time primary school teacher from Galway. Her love for the arts began at a very young age through involvement in local community games.She loves fostering and developing talent and confidence in children.Aoife has a Master of Arts in Dance from University of limerick. She is also choreographer and co-director for Marian Choral society in Tuam.She is choreoghrapher with Ballinrobe Musical society. She has worked on productions such as The Pirate Queen, Titanic, Aida, Hot Mikado and Beauty and the Beast.
John Mulrooney: Director/ Drama Coach
John set up Stage Left Youth Theatre with his good friend and musical colleague Aoife McClafferty in 2009. John has been immersed in Drama and Music ever since he came to Tuam over 25 years ago. A primary school teacher by profession, he has been involved in as many as 70 productions all over the west, both on stage and as Director.He acted and directed with Tuam Theatre Guild for many years, winning numerous awards along the way. He also took part in many productions with Pegasus Theatre Company, where he performed with the legendary Anna Manahan and in more recent years, has taken to the stage on many occasions with Tuam’s Marian Choral Society, where he has been fortunate to play leading roles in a series of wonderful productions and Irish Premieres! His commitment to Stage Left is huge and is based on a simple philosophy… to give children an opportunity to enjoy the experience, and benefit from the development of confidence, that goes with being part of the performing arts!
Aine Doherty: Stage Left Coach
Aine is a primary school teacher currently working in St. Patricks Primary school in Tuam. She Graduated from Mary Immaculate college, Limerick where she also studied music, dance and drama. Aine has a huge interest in the arts, both on stage and at a production level. She is a member of the Marian Choral Society, Tuam with had the great success of the Irish premiere Aida written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Aine first became involved in Stage Left when they prodcued Oliver and Shamstiltskin. Aines special interest is developing creative arts in children through dance and drama.
Emer Kelly: Musical Director
Emer, a Tuam native, has been involved in Stage Left since it first started 6 years ago. She has enjoyed every minute of working with the children and this work helped greatly with her decision to become a Primary School teacher. She has since graduated from Mary I College, Limerick, where music and drama played a major role in her studies.
Emer is very fond of performing herself, and is an active member of the Tuam Marian Choral Society, where she has played many roles in shows such as ‘Titanic’, ‘The Wedding Singer’ & ‘Hairspray’. She has also had experience as a teenager in the West End, performing in Her Majesty’s Theatre, after a week-long musical theatre course. The Mary I Dramatic Arts Society (MIDAS) played a huge part in Emer’s time in college, where she experienced a lot about the stage, both performance and behind the scenes. Her favourite role in a MIDAS production was Belle from Beauty & the Beast. She was also a member of the Ballinrobe Musical Society this year, playing Natalie in All Shook Up.
She is the Musical Director & organist of the Tuam Cathedral Youth Choir who sing at the 6pm Mass every Saturday and who perform at various events throughout the church year, including the annual Christmas carol service. Emer also teaches piano and helps many students each week to prepare for their exams with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Having studied Music alongside her teaching degree, Emer is delighted to be taking the role of Musical Director this year at Stage Left and looks forward to working with all the children and the production team, to produce 2 more magnificent shows this June.
Jennifer Duggan: Stage Left Coach
‘ Hailing from Galway City, but now living and working in Tuam as a Special Needs Assistant, Jennifer has had a love for musical theatre for over 16 years. Jennifer found her love for the stage as a teenager in Top Hat Stage School. Since then she has become an active member of a number of musical societies, including Renmore Pantomime, Encore Musical Society, Patrician Musical Society and Marian Choral Society. Jennifer was also a member of the local Tuam band The Wondertones for 5 years and has performed to many an audience. Jennifer knows all the children of Stage Left will learn, grow and shine bright as they too find their groove as little performers. ‘