Meet The Team at Phoenix Arts Belfast
Kate Pielou LLCM ALCM
Principal, Head of Voice, (SINGING/EARLY YEARS FACILITATOR)
Kate is a well known and respected vocalist and teacher in the Greater Belfast/ Lisburn area, with a career spanning 30yrs (performing)/18 years (teaching)
Her training includes Speech & Drama, Music, Classical Singing, Opera, Musical Theatre and Pop Vocals. Her credentials include two diplomas, deeming her both a Licentiate and Associate of the London College of Music (Thames Valley University), in addition to a National Diploma in Music.
Kate studied Choral Singing extensively under the baton of Christopher Bell during her seven years with the Ulster Youth Choir, of which she was a founder member and featured soloist, performing in Paris, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and many locations across the province. Kate has worked with Hazel Nelson, Duke Special, Carolyn Dobbin, Glenville Hargreaves, Amos Christie, Peter Corry, and a host of incredible artists. She provided a children's choir and contributed to the original cast recording of ‘On Eagles’ Wing’, which was then used in each performance on its World Tour. Kate was a featured soloist for many years with the Cavalcade of Song, the Music Box, and has performed in the Royal Albert Hall & regularly at Stormont.
Kate has been the singing teacher at a number of leading performing arts schools in Belfast since 2006 and feels privileged to be involved in shaping the stars of the future, helping them to build confidence, life skills & the opportunity to perform in professional theatre, tv & film productions.
Professional student theatre credits include CATS (NEC Birmingham), the Sound Music, Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty's Theatre), Joseph & the Technicolour Dreamcoat, PBMusicals, Evita, La Traviata, Otello (Opera North), West Side Story (London). Her students have appeared in Titanic (BBC), Good Vibrations, City of Ember and Game of Thrones. Former pupils perform with Vokxen, NI opera, The Victory Rollers, Decomposing In Paris, The African Children's Choir.
Kate's primary passion is helping her students to flourish, successfully applying to Performing Arts Courses in Universities and Conservatoires. (ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC/ ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC/ THAMES VALLEY UNIVERSITY/ LONDON COLLEGE OF MUSIC/ LIVERPOOL/ MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY/ PERFORMANCE PREPARATION ACADEMY/ GUILDFORD/ SCHOOL OF ACTING/ CHICHESTER/ QUEEN'S/ ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND/ ARTS EDUCATIONAL)
Utilising her position as Head of Performing Arts at the Lisburn School of Music, she launched a series of workshops for primary schools focusing on music appreciation, and music theatre.
Sarah Johnston ISTD
Head of Dance
Sarah is a respected Choreographer and Dance Facilitator having worked on award winning and highly acclaimed productions including Molly Wobbly, Leicester Square Theatre, London and Cabaret at The MAC, Belfast.
With a unique Musical Theatre, TV and teaching career spanning 26 years, Sarah has tread the boards in some of the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious venues alongside famous faces such as Billy Connelly, Barbara Windsor, David Essex and Shane Ritchie.
Mentored by renowned choreographer Dougie Squires OBE for many years, and a former Musical Theatre student having studied at The Arts Educational School London. Sarah has trained through the Royal Academy of Dance and is one of only five Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) dance teachers in N Ireland.
Sarah teaches a wide repertoire including commercial jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and contemporary with the ability to develop new and fresh interpretations which she has demonstrated throughout her choreography career.
Sarah works in many contexts within dance and movement, she is a competent experienced professional choreographer, movement director and dance facilitator who can confidently work with children, students, adults, professionals and non-professionals and is a strong collaborator having held the position of Assistant Director on a number of joint productions.
Early Years' Team
Our 5 Early Years' staff bring a broad range of varied skills to the classes.
The senior practitioners and junior class assistants boast a wealth of expertise in Singing, Irish dancing, Acting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Improvisation, Speech and Drama, and preschool education through the Education Authority.
The combination of their knowledge and enthusiasm make for vibrant, engaging classes and birthday parties.
Through the use of drama, music and movement our early years and foundation classes encourage the discovery of new ideas and experiences. At the start of a young child’s journey into the world of education it is important that they are given a positive start, whilst helping them harness the ability to create positive relationships and develop their emotional and social well being.
DRAMA/ IMPROVISATION/ EARLY YEARS FACILITATOR
Laura has had a long standing love of drama, since her youth days with the Rainbow Factory during the 1990's. As a social worker, she utilised her dramatic flair to tackle youth car crime and antisocial behaviour through workshops, seminars and intervention programmes.
Laura has travelled the world through drama, most notably to Israel.
EARLY YEARS assistant facilitator/ SPEECH & DRAMA
Patrice has had a spectacularly varied performing career, despite her tender age. She holds grade 8 in performing arts, tin whistle, Irish Dance, Recital, Speech and Drama.
She was invited to perform with RiverDance for his Holiness, Pope Francis during his recent visit to Ireland.
Patrice is currently studying primary education at St. Mary's College, Belfast.
Fiona is originally from Dublin and trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), graduating in 2012.
She is currently touring SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL around the country with Verdant and Do or Die Productions.
Previous to this she appeared at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End in Roddy Doyle’s stage adaptation of THE COMMITMENTS.
Other credits include Wendy in PETER PAN and Trudy in TEENAGE KICKS (Millennium Forum Productions), Olive in The 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Bruiser Theatre Company/The Mac, Belfast), Mandy in TOWARDS THE MOON and April in Sondheim’s COMPANY (One Academy Productions), Martha in SPRING AWAKENING-The Irish Premiere (The Helix/Theatre Royal, Waterford), Maureen Johnson in RENT (The Helix/The Olympia Theatre).
As well as performing, Fiona has recently co-produced ‘Til I Go Home. An evening celebrating Irish music at The Landor Theatre in London.
Belfast born Kat Reagan studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, following the completion of a BA at Queens. In her spare time Kat enjoys competitive Céilí dancing with the Mulvenna senior ladies team. She is the founder of the very successful Andrew's Sisters harmony group The Victory Rollers.
Kat graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2009 with a PGDip in Musical Theatre. She has since been worked in theatre, TV and as a dance and Musical Theatre grades tutor. Her most recent TV work was as ‘Niamh’ in Channel 4’s TV series London Irish. In addition to this, Kat’s theatre roles have included playing ‘Marcy Parks’/ Dance Captain in Bruiser’s 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (MAC Belfast), ‘Kibosh Girl’ in Oh What A Lovely War! (Jack Lyon’s theatre, London), ‘Paula’ in Flesh and Blood Women(Baby Grand, Belfast Opera House), ‘Mary’ in Highly Efficient(Norton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and ‘Ella’ in Bells Are Ringing(Jack Lyon’s theatre, London).
Kat has also been involved in recording work at Universal Studios, London and has performed as a supporting vocalist at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir Elton John. Kat is focusing on her own performance projects and on the progress of the students she teaches at various schools across Belfast, and privately.
Kat is passionate about the performing arts and strives to motivate her students to work hard, grow their talents, become the best that they can be and, above all, to enjoy the process. Her hope is to inspire and encourage the artists and musical theatre lovers of the future