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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 2018 is Freda O’Donoghue.

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.

Now in 2018 as the transition to new management begins, Freda and Eamonn are pleased to welcome Cormac Donoghue as the incoming Director. Cormac has worked with the StageWise team for the past few years in the areas of promotion, marketing and online activity. We have every confidence that the standards, values and quality of training and supervision already in place, will under his direction continue to be cherished.

For the initial period, Freda and Eamonn will continue to support the new management and will be available, as in previous years, to respond to any enquiries and questions from both parents and students.
Contact number: 086 8750578 / 090 9643338.
Email: stagewise@eircom.net.

Freda and Eamonn would like to take this opportunity to thank both parents and students for supporting StageWise for the past 24 years and wish our many students both past and present the very best in the years ahead.
We also wish Cormac and his team every success in taking StageWise further.

Freda & Eamonn O’Donoghue.


Cormac Donoghue, Course Manager

Cormac DonoghueCormac looks after the management and administration for StageWise and also runs StageWorks annual drama summer school (the big brother of StageWise). Cormac has been involved with the theatre and arts for many years, learning the production ropes from a very young age and continuing throughout his years at university. He has previously worked extensively with Seven Ages Theatre Company, Galway and is a former Auditor of the NUIG Drama Society. He previously served as an award-winning Festival Director of the ISDA (Irish Student Drama Association) Festival and is also a founding member of ISDA.