All teachers at CPA are fully qualified, Garda vetted, first aid trained and follow our strict child protection policy designed to ensure the safety of every child that comes through our doors. With over 35 years combined teaching experience, we guarantee structured and professional classes in all our locations. Not only do our teachers have an extensive background in teaching, but each is a performer in their own right. Bringing to our students their own unique flare and creativity that they have developed from years of performing both at home and abroad.
Katie Burke DipLCM, DipBTEC
(Director and Singing Teacher)
Katie is a professional singer, teacher & IMRO registered songwriter. She holds both a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance from BCFE and a DipLCM in Music Theatre from The London College of Music. Katie has been teaching singing and musical theatre for over 15 years in various schools, libraries and youth groups throughout Ireland.
Katie recently signed a songwriters publishing deal with Notting Hill Music Publishing based in the UK, and with Gulliver’s Music Publishing based in Israel. Among her many TV and Radio credits is a recent appearance on RTE’s ‘The Hit’ where she performed as one half of acoustic duo, Jezzebelle. Katie has toured in Ireland, UK, Italy, Canada and the USA – bringing original music to the masses and flying the flag for Irish singers & songwriters! She has shared with (among others) Jack L, Don Baker, Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), Jennifer Batten (of the Michael Jackson band).
Hannah Troy DipLCM, DDE
Hannah trained at WestSide Performing Arts. Through Westside Hannah has achieved her Diploma in Musical Theatre through London College of Music. She has gained her training with world renowned tutors, choreographers and directors with WestSide. hannah received scholarships through WestSide with Bodyworks (Cambridge), CPA (Essex). Hannah went on to study teacher training at Inchicore College. Hannah received her teaching diplomas in dance under the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance she has her Dance Diploma in Education (DDE) and Advanced 2 Modern. Under the Royal Academy of dance she has gained her Advanced ballet certificate. Hannah has many years of experience in musical theatre, commercial dance, contemporary and modern jazz. Hannah received many scholarships for example the opportunity to train at Impluz Tanz Vienna 2011. Hannah has done many TV, film and on stage performances from Bollywoods ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (2011) to performing at Croke Park (2013) to playing lead roles in WestSide productions (Alice in Finding Wonderland 2012, Christmas Eve – Avenue Q 2014)
Kelly-Marie NíCheallaigh DipLCM, DDI
Kelly-Marie started her training at WestSide Performing Arts when she was 15, and went on to be selected to take part in both the North London Dance Studios and CPA Studio’s (Essex) Scholarship Programmes both funded by WestSide. She continued her training with the College of Dance, Dublin, and then received her teaching qualification at Inchicore College of Further Education in ISTD modern dance. Kelly-Marie also received her Diploma in Musical Theatre with the London College of Music. She has recently received her diploma in makeup artistry and is now a qualified makeup artist. Credits include: Penny Dreadful S3, Featured Dancer. Swing the Night Away, Singer/Dancer. Shout the Mod Musical, Red Girl, Tivoli Theatre. Wilde Nights Cabaret, Dancer, Irish Ferries. Our House, Ensemble, Olympia Theatre. Robinson Cruseo, Ensemble, Gaiety Theatre. Disney Cruise Line, Performer.”
Gary Burke DipBTEC
(Director, Guitar, Songwriting & Recording)
Gary is a professional guitarist, teacher & IMRO registered songwriter. He holds both a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance from BCFE and has over 12yrs teaching experience in guitar, singing, songwriting, recording, ukulele, bass & electric guitar. Gary is also a member of RAAP in Ireland, and has many songwriting awards from throughout his career, including the Clonmel National Song Contest 2007 & 2009, Glinsk 2010, Tipperary Peace Song Contest 2013, Junior Eurovision 2015, The HIT (RTÉ) 2013, Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2013 & 2014, ISC 2014. Gary is also a full-time member of Irish band Jezzebelle, touring & recording since 2006.