Meet the studio2stage team!

studio2stage have an amazing team of choreographers, professional musicians, technical and administrative staff and we bring together aspiring musicians and dancers and make their dreams a reality! Our world class musical director and our professional dance choreographers will work together to bring out the best in you to create a full scale live show production. Our focus is on providing a comprehensive vocational experience assisting you in achieving your goal of becoming a successful, fully ready performer giving you the edge when you choose to put yourself forward for a future career in show productions.

Michelle LeeMichelle Lee

Executive Producer 

Michelle is from Dublin and has been involved with Irish music and dance all of her life. She is a passionate believer that love of dance and performance is an important freedom of expression and a means to brighter aspirations.

As a dancer she has won many awards but her love and passion has always been to teach and to foster a love of dance in her students. She established the Lee-Byrne Academy in Dublin in 1990 to teach and promote Irish dance and culture and to encourage and instruct the next generation of Irish dancers to pursue their dreams and follow their ambitions. Michelle is also a qualified adjudicator and as a dance educator she aims to create a learning environment in which students grow as individual dancers and team members. As a teacher and studio owner, her students have developed a love of dance, have won at the highest level competitively, and have gone on to dance with the largest Irish dance shows and dance companies, and many have gone on to share their love of dance and to become teachers themselves! Michelle loves to watch young performers grow and see the impact dance and performance has had on their lives. By surrounding herself and the students with exceptional teachers, a positive environment, and a love of dance she hopes to share all the benefits of dance with each and every student who walks through the door!

Michelle works as a dance events coordinator providing resources for the development of professional dance, event management, festivals, conferences and promotions.

Michelle is very excited to be the executive producer of studio2stage - The Irish Music & Dance Experience giving aspiring young dancers and musicians the opportunity of a lifetime, to learn from world class choreographers and perform on stage in a full scale professional Irish music and dance stage production.

Enda Dunne

Enda Dunne

Production Administrator

Enda began Irish Dancing in his native Dublin at the age of four. He enjoyed considerable success, winning prizes at regional and national level. Enda’s dance education was not confined to Irish Dance, however, and he was quickly recognised as a versatile artist, performing in a wide range of productions. Enda was awarded the title of ‘Best Entertainer’ in Ireland’s Showtime competition, and the Tom O’Reilly Award for Outstanding Performance in the John Player Tops competition.

Enda began his professional performance career with the internationally acclaimed Jury’s Irish Cabaret. He became the show’s principal male dancer, and went on to choreograph the show for many seasons, working alongside the widely respected choreographer and director, Joan Kenny. Jury’s Irish Cabaret was renowned for its creative choreography and Enda performed in and choreographed the exciting 1998 season which was awarded the coveted Jacob’s National Entertainment Award for Best Live Show.

For the following ten years, Enda worked in Irish productions at home and abroad and toured extensively with Tony Kenny and many other Irish artists. Television credits include live performances on several national television shows including the National Entertainment Awards and productions for PBS in America. Enda was honoured to be invited to choreograph the highly acclaimed Irish Dance montage in the hit film Some Mother’s Son, a clip of which was shown at the Academy Awards Ceremony. Enda continues to choreograph folkloric shows for corporate events at home and abroad. 

Enda is a registered Teacher, Adjudicator and Grading Examiner with An Chomhdháil, and runs a successful dance school in Dublin. His students have won National and World Championship titles and perform in many of the major Irish Dance Shows. Alongside his career in dance, Enda works as a Primary School Teacher in an Irish medium school in County Dublin.

AnthonyDavisAnthony Davis

Musical Director

Anthony is considered to be one of the finest young composers and arrangers to come from England in recent years and has composed, the original songs for the show Irish Celtic and has researched and arranged the traditional tunes in his own distinctive style. His adaptation of classic film scores from Braveheart, Titanic and Last of the Mohicans into dynamic, inspirational soundtracks for the stage have been met with universal acclaim. His unique fusion of Celtic music with jazz, funk, and percussive rhythms create modern versions of traditional tunes that are upbeat, infectious, and unforgettable.

Anthony was immersed in the Irish music and dance scene from an early age, learning the complex syncopated rhythms of traditional Irish dance music while observing daily classes at his mother’s dance school. He went on to study music, but he attributes his musical experience to playing in many improvised musical gatherings, known as 'sessions', in Irish pubs and folk festivals around the world. Anthony has revolutionised the relationship between choreography and music. He has a unique ability to listen to performance ideas and bring them to musical life. As opposed to dancers creating choreography to music, Anthony writes music specifically to suit choreographies, adapting and evolving the tunes to suit the dancer’s needs.

The calibre of his music, versatility and creativity as a composer, has made him one of the most sought after musicians in traditional Irish music and dance. Anthony has played at competitions across the globe including the World Championships, All Irelands, Great Britain’s, All Scotland, European Championships, American Nationals, Australian Nationals and the New Zealand Nationals. He has worked alongside choreographers Jim Murrihy and Denise Flynn of Damhsa on numerous projects and events and has worked and toured with many Irish dance shows across the world.

His CD Anton and Sully'is the definitive training CD for students of Irish dance of all ages. Equally adept on keyboards, accordion and guitar, his own contemporary Irish music group Kayna achieved a top ten review in the Irish music Magazine.

The quality of the artists who choose to work with him is indicative of the respect he has attained at a comparatively early age from the masters of the arts of Irish music, theatre and dance.

LiamOSullivanLiam O'Sullivan

Musical Director

Liam O’Sullivan is widely considered to be one of the best button accordion players performing professionally today. With many titles to his name and award winning recordings, his reputation within the folk world on his chosen instrument is cemented. His unique style, with intricacy, pace and drive has afforded him opportunities to grace stages across the world.

Having performed at such venues as Wembley Stadium, Trafalgar Square and Glastonbury Festival to name a few, Liam’s short career has a list of honours and collaborations that many and more senior musicians would be proud of.

One half of the globally acclaimed Anton & Sully, Liam’s influence on the world of Irish Dance competition and culture has been revolutionary. Having toured with Irish Dance and music shows (Irish Nights, Gaelforce Dance, Dance Masters, Mise Live and Irish Celtic) for 7 years, his knowledge of the professional workings of a show, tour life, contracts and overall experience of the road is extensive.

Liam is very proud to be associated with studio2stage and very much looks forward to working with all the crew this summer at Kean University.

RachelByrne

Rachel Byrne

Line Producer / Choreographer

Rachel is from Dublin, Ireland. She began her dancing at the age of four with the Crean School. Throughout her distinguished competitive career, she won titles including eight Dublin, nine Leinster and four All Ireland championships.

Rachel began her professional dance career as one of the original cast members of Riverdance. Her association with the show spanned eight years, and included extensive tours of the U.S.A., Australia, Europe and the Far East. Highlights of Rachels time with Riverdance include performing at The Radio City Music Hall, New York, and at The Opening Ceremony of The Special Olympics in Croke Park, Dublin.

Rachel qualified as a dance teacher and works at the very successful Lee-Byrne Academy of Irish Dance. The Academy has produced numerous world champions and Rachel is very proud of the fact that the dance troupe were the official Disney performing group for five consecutive years at Disneyland Resort Paris Saint Patrick's Festival.

Rachel took part as a celebrity teacher in RTE's Jigs & Reels TV programme in 2007 and reached the semi finals with her dance partner, celebrity chef Kevin Dundon.

Rachel owns and manages 'The Village Montessori School' in Dublin. The school has gone from strength to strength and takes up most of Rachels time but, as she says, “the kids make all the hard work worthwhile”.

Rachel is very excited to be involved with studio2stage - The Irish Music & Dance Experience

Haley RichardsonHaley Richardson

Fiddle - The studio2stage band

Dynamic young fiddler, Haley Richardson, began making her mark in the Irish music world when she won the MidAtlantic All Ireland qualifier in the under 12 age category at only six years old. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 Fiddle slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, 2013 All Ireland U12 Champion in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. In addition to multiple All Ireland silver medals, she is a 9X MidAtlantic Fleadh Solo Fiddle Champion winning every year since she was six.

Haley performs solo and collaborates with other musicians on various projects including Shared Madness and Mothers’ Pride. Haley has shared the stage with many of the most well-known names in Irish music including The Chieftains, Altan, Dervish, Mick Moloney, Pride of New York, Liz Carroll with Cherish the Ladies, John Whelan, Paddy Keenan, and is a regular member of Green Fields of American and The John Whelan Band. Haley was also featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue.

Haley’s debut recording, Heart on a String, was released in March 2015 and in March 2017, Haley released a project she produced entitled Music for Mercy, a compilation CD featuring donated tracks from many of the best Irish musicians under 21 years old from around the world. All proceeds from Music for Mercy benefit the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Haley is delighted to be returning for the fifth successive year to the studio2stage Irish dance production, 'That's Dancing' this July.

Find out more about Haley at www.HaleyRichardsonMusic.com or Haley Richardson Music on Facebook.

AndyOReilly

Andy O'Reilly

Choreographer

Andy from the midlands in the UK started dancing at 9 years old for the Sean Eireann McMahon Academy in Bristol. During his competitive career he became the All Ireland, Great Britain, North American and All Scotland Champion numerous times. He also won three gold medals at the World Championships for team dancing. He started his professional career with Michael Flatley’s Celtic Tiger on a worldwide arena tour. Shortly after Andy then joined the cast of Riverdance where he toured the globe extensively in major arena’s and theaters including New York’s, Radio City Music Hall and London’s, Hammersmith Apollo.

Andy is an original member of Prodijig. The groundbreaking group that beat thousands of other dance acts to be crowned Britain and Irelands best dance act on TV show ‘Got to Dance’. The live final took place in London’s Olympia Arena in front of a live television audience of 1.4 million. This outstanding achievement resulted in a full scale theatrical production called Footstorm which Andy was principle dancer as well as dance captain. This run included sell out shows in London’s, West End.

Heartbeat of Home; the new production from the creators of Riverdance was the natural progression for Andy. He became dance captain from its initial rehearsal period and was most recently made principle dancer for its tour of China 2015. Television shows that Andy has been fortunate enough to perform on include ‘Good Morning America’, ‘The Late Late Show’, ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Andy is currently performing across North America as dance captain for the Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour.

Andy is delighted to be involved in this year’s studio2stage and can’t wait to meet and work alongside this year’s cast.

MiriamLeeMiriam Lee

Choreographer

Miriam began dancing at the age of three with the Lee-Byrne Academy, Dublin. Over her competitive years she has won Dublin, Leinster, All England, All Scotland, Great Britain, All Ireland and World Championship titles. From a young age Miriam performed with her dance academy at corporate events in Ireland, Europe and America, regularly performing in the Disneyland Paris theme park for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. She spent her childhood summers dancing in Jury’s Irish Cabaret and later with the Tony Kenny Show on international cruise liners.

In 2011, Miriam deferred her university degree to start her touring career with Irish Celtic. She was one of the original cast members and was selected as Dance Captain of the troupe in 2014. Miriam has also toured with both Gaelforce Dance and Dance Masters, where she performed the lead role. She has also been a member of Damhsa Irish Dance Company since 2010 and performs at the Belvedere Irish Nights in Dublin and at corporate events throughout Ireland and abroad.

Miriam has been touring the world with Riverdance since 2014 and is currently performing in the USA tour. She also performs with the Riverdance Flying Squad while home from tour and has been honoured to perform at events such as the Eurovision's 60th Anniversary on BBC, Florian Silbereisen & Carmen Nebel TV Shows in Berlin, Irish Club of Monaco, BBC Proms in the Park 2015 and most recently on the NBC Today Show in New York as part of the 2016 St.Patrick's Day celebrations.

Miriam is delighted to be involved with studio2stage in 2018 for the fifth year, and looks forward to meeting this years talented crew! . 

Kieran Hardiman

Kieran Hardiman

Choreographer

Kieran started dancing at the age of nine for the prestigious Costello O'Brien school in Galway, Ireland.

His competitive career highlights include taking the top spots at the Connaught championships, the All Scotland championships, British National championships and being ranked 3rd overall in the world. 

Kieran has over ten years professional experience, has performed with 12 different productions, and toured in over 40 countries! Joining Riverdance in 2007 was a dream achieved. He is delighted to be apart of 'the original, the best' and is now performing as the principal dancer, the highest accolade for any show performer.

Noteable highlights include performing on BBC's the Alan Titchmarsh Show, RTE's the Late Late Show, BBC's Proms In The Park, and UNICEF's Cinema for Peace. 

He has also danced for the president of Ireland and Empress Michiko of Japan.

Kieran became a TCRG in 2012 and has successfully taught in Ireland and the US over his six years as a qualified teacher.

Kieran is excited to be taking up the position of choreographer at studio2stage and is looking forward to meeting with all the incredible talent coming to the show this year!

BobbyHodgesAidan Garvey

Choreographer

Aidan commenced dancing at the age of four with Scoil Rince Mona Ní Rodaigh where he travelled all over the world winning every major dance title including the World Championships in both solo and team dancing. He has also won several All Ireland, All Scotland, Ulster, North American and Great Britain Championships.

Aidan's show career started in 2006 in Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia where he performed in Emerald Beat. After several summer seasons in Busch Gardens, Aidan joined both Dance Masters and Gaelforce as the lead dancer and he has toured Germany, Russia, Holland, Poland and China with the company. He was also Dance Captain of the show.

In 2011 Aidan began touring with Irish Celtic throughout Europe and is one of the original cast members and Dance Captain. He is also a member of Damhsa and Afterlife, performing regularly at corporate events throughout Ireland and Europe, most frequently in the Belvedere Irish Nights in Dublin. In 2017 Aidan joined the covetted show Prodijig The Revolution for its summer run in the Cork Opera House. 

Aidan is currently a member of the Riverdance Troupe and will be touring America & Canada  in the coming months. He has also performed with the Riverdance Flying Squad at the iFest in Boston, Eurovision's 60th Anniversary on BBC, Florian Silberesian TV Show in Berlin, Irish Club of Monaco, the Rory McIlroy Foundation and BBC Proms in the Park 2015 to name a few.

In December 2015 Aidan was honored to be chosen as the Irish Dancing and Culture Magazines ‘Man Of The Year 2015’.

Aidan is looking forward to working with the talented performers at studio2stage this summer for its fifth year.

Bertrand Coquin

Bertrand Coquin

Sound Engineer

Bertrand, from Poitiers in France has been working as an audio technician for 20 years. He has extensive experience mixing front of house, in system design and also mixing in ear monitoring.

He has toured the world with shows such as African Footprint, Umoja and Indochine and has also spent several years working with Irish music productions, including Celtic Legend, Irish Celtic and has accompanied studio2stage since 2015.

Closer to home in his native France he has also worked as a sound engineer at renowned festivals such as FreeMusic, Hellfest and Solidays. His work has taken him all over the world, to North America, Asia and all over Europe and Bertrand is looking forward to meeting the cast and to a successful new season with studio2stage.