JimMurrihyJim Murrihy

Executive Producer

Jim Murrihy, from New Haven Connecticut, currently resides in Dundalk Ireland has been involved in Irish dancing for more than 35 years. His parents from County Galway and County Clare in Ireland instiled in him the love for Irish music and dance at a very early age. During his competitive career he has won numerous regional, national and world solo/team titles with the Smith Houlihan School of Irish Dancing. Jim was also the 2nd Irish dancer in North American history to be awarded a scholarship from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts, in the category of Dance, competing against some of the best up and coming ballet and jazz dancers in the Nation.

In 1995, Jim joined Michael Flatleys Lord of the Dance as an original cast member and toured Europe, Australia and North America. From 1998 onwards Jim performed Michael Flatley's lead role in Lord of the Dance in the North American touring show and the resident show at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. Jim was also an original cast member of 'Feet of Flames' that performed at Hyde Park in London to an audience in excess of 25,000. During his career he has appeared in numerous National and International television shows and toured with some of Ireland's top musicians: Donny & Marie, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jerry Lewis Telethon, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Howie Mandell Show, The Chieftains and Anuna to name but a few.

Jim is Co-Director of Damhsa Irish Dance Entertainment Ltd based in Dublin Ireland. He has choreographed numerous Irish dance performances for corporate events and festivals in Ireland, Europe, Russia, Dubai and America. He has also created and choreographed  as part of Damhsa a nightly Irish music and dance  dinner show at the Belvedere Hotel in Dublin and a Medieval Castle Banquet for Barberstown Castle, Straffan, Co Kildare. In 2011 Jim was approached by Nicholas Ferru (Indigo Productions) to choreograph and create with Denise Flynn (Damhsa), Toby Gough (Director) and Anthony Davis (Musical Director) a touring Irish dance and music show called Irish Celtic. This production tours extensively throughout France and Germany, with plans to take the show to other countries from 2014 onwards.

He is also a registered Irish dance teacher and adjudicator with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha. With adjudicating various competitions throughout the year; Jim is thrilled to see so many talented young Irish dancers coming up the ranks.

Jim is delighted to be working at studio2stage with a great production team and the next generation of show performers.

MichelleLeeMichelle 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 students with great 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, managing festivals, conferences and promotions and is the managing director of M&R Dance Events Ltd.

Michelle is very excited to be producing 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.

RachelByrne

Rachel Byrne

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

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.

SusieSheilSusie Sheil

Line Producer

Susie’s background originates in theatre; after studying Performance Arts in Dublin in the early 90’s she began working in the Abbey Theatre as an assistant stage manager. Over a short space of time she progressed to Stage Director and Production Manager and worked freelance with Ireland’s leading theatre companies including Fishamble (formerly Pigsback), Rough Magic and Opera Ireland.

Over the last 20 years Susie has specifically concentrated on high-end commercial shows which have brought her around the world many times.  She toured North America, Canada and Asia extensively with both Lord of the Dance and Riverdance; She has worked in London’s West End with The Shaughraun - and closer to home – Susie produced the Cape Town SA show Queen at the Ballet in Dublin’s Point Depot.

In the last decade, Susie’s transition from Theatre production in the public arena to Corporate Events, has been both a natural and steady progression. Following her years on the road with Riverdance she returned to the Dublin office of Abhann Productions to develop the corporate division of the International show: The Riverdance Flying Squad;

During an intensive 3-year programme working with a team, she created a business and marketing strategy that led to both a substantial profit increase and a highly sought after entertainment package. She produced and promoted more than 50 private, corporate and public worldwide events during this time, including performances in Disneyland California & Radio City Music Hall New York. Now, over 10 years on, Susie brings that experience to both her Artists and audiences alike.

Other highlights of Susie’s career include Line Producer for the 2003 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony and Line Producer for the Ryder Cup 2006 Opening Ceremony, both of which took place in Ireland.

Susie works as a freelance Creative Producer and is Managing Director of Sheil Entertainment Agency Ltd. www.sheilentertainmentagency.com

Ciara Sexton

Ciara Sexton

Celebrity Guest

Ciara Sexton is an internationally known Irish dancing professional who possesses multiple skills as a Lead Dancer, Choreographer, Lecturer and Television Announcer/Presenter for major shows and events throughout the world.

She is a five time World & All Ireland Champion. Show experience includes; Lead dancer with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Lord of the Dance 3D, Lead dancer in both Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home. She has also served as a television broadcaster and network personality for various Irish dancing sporting events throughout the world, working with the following television stations: 4IrelandTV, JTV and IrishTV.

In 2017 Ciara is proud to have joined the Irish dancing Magazine team as a senior editorial contributor.

Ciara is excited to be a part of studio2stage and is looking forward to meeting with all the incredible talent this year!

 

 

ZachKlingenberg

Zach Klingenberg

Choreographer

Zach Klingenberg was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio where he began dancing with the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish dance at the age of five.  He spent 14 years with the academy, competing in Regional, National and World championships until he graduated high school in 2010. After becoming a Regional champion, a North American runner-up and finishing top 10 at the World championship four times, Zach went on to perform in the show Lord of the Dance as a back line dancer as well as the lead role in the production.

In addition Zach has gone on to be a co-founder and choreographer of Irish dance & electronic music fusion group TapTronic, choreographer of the recent dance production, Murphy’s Legacy, and has recently performed with several other productions.

As Zach continues to explore and push the boundaries of what it means to be an Irish dancer he is incredibly excited to be working once again for 2017 with all the studio2stage team and to help younger dancers bridge the gap between the competitive and professional realms of Irish dance.

 

 

ScottDoherty

Scott Doherty

Choreographer

Scott Doherty started Irish dancing at the age of six at the O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance in Boston, Massachusetts. Taught by the world renowned Rita O’Shea and her daughter, Lisa Chaplin, Scott went on to win many titles including eight New England Championships, the North American Championships, the Great Britain Championships, and most notably he became the men's World Champion of Irish dance in 2009.

Scott made his professional debut in 2005 with the North American tour of Riverdance. Since then he has toured all over the world with Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance & Feet of Flames, Gaelforce Dance, as well as numerous other productions. Scott has also performed at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, and since 2012 has served as dance captain and principle dancer for Celtic Fyre - Voted USA Today’s Best Amusement Park Entertainment in America. Scott has also been a guest performer with many acclaimed Irish acts, including the Irish Tenors, Cherish the Ladies, Michael Londra, and Andy Cooney. In 2013 Scott was invited to be host a masterclass for the online Irish dance platform, Diddlyi.com.

Most recently, Scott co-created his own show, Rockin’ Road to Dublin. Serving as the show’s Choreographer, Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and Principle Lead dancer; Scott was proud to debut the show in 2014. Rockin’ Road to Dublin is a dream come true for Scott, a modern new production and another exciting opportunity for dancers to tour with a professional production. Rockin’ Road to Dublin recently embarked on their first major tour all over the United States Rockin Road To Dublin

Scott is thrilled to be part of studio2stage and is excited to work with all the incredible talent on and off the stage 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.

Aidan is currently a member of the Riverdance Troupe and will be touring the UK and Germany 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 fourth year.

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 2017 for the fourth year, and looks forward to meeting this years talented crew! . 

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.