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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 23 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

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

Eamonn O’Donoghue

Eamonn O'Donoghue - StageWise - The Peforming Arts Camp For TeensEamonn is a former secondary school principal and co-founder of Stagewise. He is an experienced director with many stage productions to his credit. He has also directed for T.V. and Radio. His production of Patrick Galvin’s “Last Burning” represented Ireland at the World Theatre Festival in Monaco. In 1998 he established Acorn Theatre and recent productions include “Da”, “The Lonesome West”, “Moll” and “The Kings of the Kilburn Road”

Eamonn has a Masters in  Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway and is commencing his PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies.

He currently divides his time between freelance directing and school administration. He is also director of the StageWorks for adults. In 2005 he co-ordinated the Stagewise series at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin. In addition, he has established Acorn Youth Theatre with whom he has devised a theatre in the round, production entitled “What’s the Story?”


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.


Freda O’Donoghue

Freda O'Donoghue - StageWise - The Performing Arts Camp for TeensFreda has many years experience as an arts administrator. She is the co-founder of Stagewise and is responsible for the organising and running of the course. She has much experience in the area of managing residential courses for young people, having done so with Eamonn for the past nineteen years. Freda also looks after the administration needs of the Ballinasloe-based Acorn Theatre Company.