Meet The Team at Phoenix Arts Belfast
Kate Pielou LLCM ALCM
Principal, Head of Voice, (SINGING/EARLY YEARS FACILITATOR)
One of a modest number of teachers in the province who are fully qualified, and highly experienced enough, to teach several different styles of singing to the highest level.
Not just a singing teacher, but also a consultant vocal coach, specialising in the muscular mechanics of the voice and whole body instrument. How to draw the physicality and drama from the voice and performer.
Regularly sought out to assist with the preparation of University audition material.
Over 11 years of experience teaching comprehensive choral singing with Stagecoach Theatre Arts. As Head of Voice (Saturday school) she guided groups of children aged 5 to adult.
In addition to general classwork, Kate regularly worked with the children alongside her colleagues in dance and drama on professional projects.
Collectively preparing audition materials for the students' casting calls in theatre, film and television.
Kate developed and delivered primary school music and drama programmes during her time as Co-Head of Voice at the Lisburn School of Music (Now Lisburn Music Centre).
Kate has a passion for creating choral arrangements, medleys and iconic megamixes in a range of music styles.
She has and continues to accept commissions.
Conleth Kane is a 35 year old Recording Artist from Northern Ireland.
He trained at the prestigious Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London.
Conleth rose to fame in his home country of Ireland as a finalist on Ireland's first ever Reality TV Show 'Fame the Musical' in 2010, singing for the all important public vote every week. He also appeared as student doctor 'Paul Bridges' in BBC 1's No 1 hospital drama 'Casualty' (Series 24). He made his West End Theatre debut in the hit musical 'Naked Boys Singing' at the Arts Theatre in 2009 and also toured the UK and Ireland playing roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' and Walt Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast'. He has performed in major pantomimes all over the the UK including The Liverpool Empire Theatre, The Birmingham Hippodrome and 2 years at The Grand Opera House in Belfast.
Conleth moved into songwriting in 2016 and just recently signed his first publishing deal. His debut concert at the Arts Theatre in Leicester Square in May of this year sold out in a week! He has performed his music live on BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Ulster and was a headline act at both Belfast Pride and Maspalomas Winter Pride 2017 and 2019, as well as performing a set at Pride in London for the past 2 years. Conleth received critical acclaim and national radio success with his first 3 self-penned singles 'Giving It Up', 'The Grass Is Greener' and 'I Wonder'. He signed his first publishing contract in 2017. Conleth performs for the LGMC fresh from returning from his debut appearance in Sydney, Australia.
Conleth won the 'Outstanding Personal Contribution Award to the LGBT Community' at the GNI Magazine Awards in November 2017 with over 21,000 votes from the public. His song 'Proud' is fast becoming a recognised across the world as an anthem for equality. His debut album 'Proud - Live in London' entered the UK iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts at Number 2 and his follow up studio EP is released in march 2020.
Drama, 1-1 singing & lamda
Drama & 1-1 Lamda
Michael is a working actor with a career spanning both stage and screen. Theatre work includes: ‘Desire Under The Elms’ (Sheffield Crucible), Peter And The Starcatcher (Northampton Royal & Dernagate), Playboy Of The Western World (Lyric/Gaiety Dublin). On screen Michael can be seen in Channel 4’s ‘Derry Girls’ and Netflix/ITV’s ‘Marcella’ amongst other notable credits. Michael trained professionally as an actor at LAMDA on a full scholarship and now works with the school as a mentor to young graduating actors. He has been teaching LAMDA exams to students for two years now alongside tutoring pupils in acting technique and drama school audition preparation, with a very high success rate. He is passionate about his work and his pupils!
Dance, drama & singing
She has performed in many musicals throughout Ireland and the UK, including Evita, In The Heights, Hunchback, The Sound of Music, Annie, and as part of the children’s choir in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat several times. One of her performing highlights was when she performed in CATS (NEC Birmingham) as part of the elite dance ensemble, where she was 1 of the two successful auditionees from the whole of Ireland. Some of her choreography credits including Spring Awakening and Singin’ In The Rain (Durham University Light Opera Group) and Annie.
Megan’s love for dancing and movement was enhanced further through her studies in health and fitness. She has completed her Extended Diploma in Personal Training and Fitness Instructing, and is extremely passionate about the importance of safe training with good technique, and uses fitness to improve her dancing and performing!
Megan also holds a high level of music knowledge. After studying singing under Kate’s teaching for many years, Megan went on to study at Durham University, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Music.
Early years, drama & improvisation
EARLY YEARS assistant facilitator/ SPEECH & DRAMA
Patrice has been involved with Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre from the young age of 3 has performed in many theatres across Ireland. She studied with the Belfast School of Speech and Drama and Aspire School of Speech and Drama and currently holds her Teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama, Acting and Public Speaking. She also holds Grade 8 in Solo Verse Speaking, Musical Theatre, Singing, Tin Whistle, Recital and Reading. She was invited to perform for BBC’s “Off By Heart” competition in which she was awarded 2nd in Belfast and 3rd in Northern Ireland.
Patrice has performed in many musicals throughout Ireland and the UK, including Evita, Honk, Grease, Hairspray, Annie, Joseph and the amazing technicolour dream coat and The Sound of Music. However, her personal highlight was performing with the west end tour of Shrek the Musical in which she played ‘Young Princess Fiona’.
She also holds Grade 12 in Irish Dance and has been dancing from 3 years old. She was even invited to perform with Riverdance for his holiness, Pope Francis during his recent visit to Ireland.
Patrice is currently studying Primary Education with Music at St. Mary’s University College, Belfast.
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.
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