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Established 31 years ago by its directors, Expressive Arts enjoys a well-earned reputation for excellence and achievement in the MidWest. The team brings with them years of experience, both as well-known performers and teachers.  This Theatre School has proven to be one of the foremost of its kind in the region.

The Expressive Arts programme is designed to educate and coach children from the age of 5 years up to 18 year-olds in the skills of Drama, Singing and Dance.  Each class involves a separate module in these three skills, where pupils work with specialists in each of these disciplines.  Promoting and encouraging confidence and self-assuredness in each student is the primary aim of Expressive Arts, and together, with our dynamic team, we work at nurturing and developing talent in young people while instilling a lifelong love of the Arts.

Over the years it has become evident to the tutors in Expressive Arts, that when children are in a safe and secure environment, confidence and talent will thrive and blossom.  This is evidenced by the many past students, who took their first tentative steps on stage, and are now leading lights on the professional stage, in the media and in the music industry.  But expressing yourself is not just about the stage, it’s about finding a voice for whatever road you travel in life . Many of their past students continue to perform, on a daily basis, with confidence and verve, in a varied range of jobs and professions right across the employment spectrum.  Another measure of the success of this school is the number of second generation children, who now attend the classes.

Each year there is a large-scale production involving all the classes. This creates a wonderful sense of self-worth, achievement and teamwork among the students; all of which enables and builds essential lifeskills.  The great friendships which developed during class, and continued and lasted right into adulthood, have been a wonderful bonus for both teachers and students alike.

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Pearl Kiely

Pearl Kiely's career has encompassed all facets of the Performing Arts. As a young singer she sang major roles in several operas including Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Faust, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, and many more with both the Limerick and Cork Operatic Societies. During this time she gained immense experience as a performer, working with opera singers, conducters and directors from all over Europe.

Later Pearl played many leading roles in light opera and musicals in the Limerick area. In addition to singing at Bunratty Castle, she was for many years the female lead singer with the very popular Jury's Cabaret. As an actress, Pearl has had long associations with the College Players Drama Group.

In the 1980's she became involved with the very popular John Player Tops of the Town National Competition as a guest performer with many competing groups. It was during this time that Pearl developed her talent as a director with great success, reaching the much coveted televised national finals on RTE1.

Her formal training began with voice lessons as a young teenager, and she continued these studies at the College of Music in Dublin under Dr. Veronica Dunne. She has studied the Zoltan Kodaly Method of Teaching Singing (Hungary).

She has completed courses in Drama and Musical Theatre in Mountview Academy, London. She holds an ALCM in Music Theatre from the London College of Music. 

 

Tommy Drennan

Tommy Drennan's career in music started early. By the age of eleven he was Principal Boy Soprano with the Redemptorist Choir in Limerick. He won the Boy's Open Solo in Feile Luimni and was performing regularly on Radio Eireann in programmes like Newcomers to the Microphone.

At nineteen Tommy moved to Dublin to study voice at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. During this time he was first prize winner at Dublin Feis Ceoil, did several half-hour programmes of classical songs for Radio Eireann and also appeared regularly on UTV in Teatime with Tommy.

A contract with the recording company EMI followed and over the next ten years Tommy Drennan & The Monarchs became a household name with numerous albums which were released internationally and a string of hit singles, many of which reached the Number 1 spot in the Irish charts including Boolavogue, The Promise and the Dream, and O Holy Night. UK and USA tours followed as did regular TV appearances including the Late Late Showand New Faces on ITV.

Tommy has always had an abiding interest in Musical Theatre and has played leading roles in all of the popular Gilbert & Sullivan shows, Franz Lehar's Land of Smiles, The Fantastics and many more. He holds and ALCM in Music Theatre from the London College of Music and is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS).

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Geri O'Sullivan

Geri O’Sullivan is resident choreographer with Expressive Arts Theatre School, Limerick.   She started her dancing career at the tender age of five.  As an Irish Dancer, Geri won Munster, All-Ireland and World Championships.   She performed for many years in the very popular Irish Cabarets in Dromoland Castle and other leading hotels in the region.

She holds a qualification as a Fitsteps Instructor, having studied  in London under two of the professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing, Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe.   Along with her dance experience,  Geri holds a N.C.E.F. qualification as a fitness instructor from the University of Limerick, and for many years ran her very successful Aerobic and Step Aerobic classes.  She was an original member of the hugely popular JAZZMIC Dance Group.  Following the success of this group,  she later went on to open her  own Dance Academy at the Red Apple Studio in Limerick.

As a much-sought after choreographer, Geri went on to do numerous shows for  Musical Societies, Tops of the Town, Siamsa, and Macra na Feirme Groups in the Limerick area, winning many awards in all categories of dance. 

The eternal student of Dance, Geri continues her studies  in London studying Ballroom Dancing.

 

Jessica Bray

Jessica Bray studied Musical Theatre Performance at the Guildhall School of Acting in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a B.A Hons (Performance) in Musical Theatre in 2008.

During her time at Guildhall, she received the much coveted Sir Michael Redgrave Scholarship and the Sir John Gielgud Award for Musical Theatre.   Whilst in England, in addition to her performing career, Jessica taught the Early Stages of Musical Theatre to children and young people.
 
On her return to Ireland Jessica became a much sought-after Performer, Director and Teacher.  Expressive Arts are delighted to have Jessica as their  Acting and Drama teacher.   In addition to her many talents,  Jessica displays a great rapport with her students and has proved to be an extremely popular member of the team. 
 
Jessica directed the ENNIS MUSICAL SOCIETY'S  production of SISTER ACT this year and has been invited back to direct the 2019 production of ANYTHING GOES.
 
She is a very popular director with SHANNON MUSICAL SOCIETY  and this year she directed THE WIZ, having previously directed LEGALLY BLONDE and 9 TO 5,THE MUSICAL with this hardworking group.  She is presently preparing to direct GREASE in Limerick.
 
Jessica has played leading roles with Limerick's Cecilian Musical SocietyShannon Musical Society and Limerick Musical Society.
 
Roles as a performer include LILY in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, ANITA in WEST SIDE STORY, GLADYS in COPACABANA, DELORIS in SISTER ACT, MARTHA in THE SECRET GARDEN, GIRLEEN in THE LONESOME WEST, FRENCHIE in DESTRY RIDES AGAIN and most recently as ALDONZA in THE MAN OF LA MANCHA for which  she received an AIMS NOMINATION for BEST FEMALE SINGER.

 

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Grace O'Brien

Grace took an interest in performing at a young age. She joined Expressive Arts at the age of 8 and her passion and love for performing has continued to grow ever since. Over the years, Grace has participated in various amateur productions with several of Limericks household theatrical names such as Limerick Musical Society, Limerick Panto Society & The Torch Players.

Whilst performing in Limerick's Tops of the Town Reunion shows, Graces love for dancing blossomed. As a result, She was delighted to be able to get the oppurtunity to join the Expressive Arts team 3 years ago and garner valuable experience from not the talented Choreographer Geri O'Sullivan.

Grace also has a real passion for teaching. She is a qualified Primary School teacher with a Higher Diploma in Primary Education and is also a qualified Zumba instructor. Between putting on annual school shows to carrying out afterschool dance classes, Grace continues to combine her love for education and Dance in her current role as a primary school teacher in Limerick city.