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Why StageWise?

StageWise - SupervisionIt’s well known that in today’s world academic qualifications alone are simply not enough to succeed and reach your full potential. At StageWise, we know this better than anyone and that is why we have designed our courses to help equip your child with the necessary skills to make sure they reach their full potential, both personally and socially.

Unlike most other performing arts courses, StageWise is fully residential, meaning your child benefits from a week-long experience rather than just a few hours each day. We find this approach gives each child the best possible chance to fully immerse themselves in the course content and even make a few new friends along the way.

Whether your child has difficulty expressing themselves, suffers from low self-esteem or is just a little shy, we’ve seen over the past 24 years that StageWise really delivers remarkable results.



StageWise - Supervision in a safe and secure locationYour children’s safety is our top priority. At StageWise, all participants are supervised around the clock. A team of group leaders, working with tutors and course organisers look after the welfare and safety of all students. StageWise tutors and leaders comply with vetting requirements. In addition, management and administration personnel are familiar with and operate child protection procedures.
The designated liaison person for StageWise 2020 is Shane Farrell.

The team providing the supervision are skilled and experienced in this area. Each class group is assigned a leader by whom they are monitored on a regular basis throughout the day. In addition, accommodation areas are also monitored throughout the night.


Course Administrators & Management

StageWise has been designed and structured by a team experienced in the areas of Theatre, Arts Administration, Education and looking after young people.

Freda & Eamonn O’Donoghue – Co-founders of StageWise.

Eamonn O'Donoghue

Freda O'Donoghue - StageWise - The Performing Arts Camp for Teens

Freda & Eamonn O’Donoghue established StageWise in 1994. Initially it took place in Gormanston College, Co. Meath. In 2003 the event was relocated to King’s Hospital School in Dublin. Since that time they have overseen and nurtured StageWise, Ireland’s first residential drama camp for young people. From the outset, apart from providing a very high quality drama training experience, the course has also provided the many hundreds of young people who have attended with a sensitive and supportive environment which facilitated the personal and social development of each individual, thus contributing to both the confidence and communication skills of all. They are also pleased to have gained a reputation for a policy of inclusivity where all levels of ability were welcomed to the creative process.

Freda and Eamonn would like to take this opportunity to thank both parents and students for supporting StageWise for the past 25 years and wish our many students both past and present the very best in the years ahead.
We also wish Shane and his team every success in taking StageWise further.

Freda & Eamonn O’Donoghue.


Shane Farrell, Course Manager

As a student in St. Jarlath’s College in Tuam, Shane got the musical bug from the Late Noel Kirrane and Joe Donoghue. Shane now lives in Loughrea with his wife Clodagh and four children; Tadhg, Teagan, Moya and Baby Sadie. Shane holds a degree in Music and Theology and recently started studying a Masters in Music Education. Shane is currently a secondary school teacher in Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles. Since his days in St. Jarlath’s, Shane has become a popular freelance Musical Director, much in demand with many groups around Connaught and Munster. Shane has been nominated as Best Musical Director three times, winning the award for the past two years with BRAVO for Sweeney Todd and Ragtime. Recently, Shane had the priviledge of conducting the BRAVO Choir for Tommy Fleming’s concert in Galway Cathedral, which was also used to record his new CD and DVD.

Shane has been with StageWise since 2017 as a Musical Director.

Shane has been busy planning exciting and challenging new projects for the 2020 camp and is excited to build on the success of previous years. Shane is delighted to be working in this new role.