About us

Who are we?

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Human beings are social creatures, It has been scientifically proven that we need each other to survive and thrive. To support the performing arts educators across Ireland, a newly formed collective of industry professionals, with recognised qualifications and experience, have created the Community Networking, Advocacy & Support Group now known as the Performing Arts Educators of Ireland (PAEI). 


In Ireland alone, there are a large number of Performing Art schools, with high number of students attending these schools. We are currently in the process of collating precise data to further our understanding of these schools and use that understanding to better the support we offer. 

Our Aims


  • To provide a voice for performing arts educators in Ireland. 

  • To help legitimise our industry

  • To foster communication and collaborative opportunities for our members

  • To provide support, practical advice and help to our members

The Committee

Chairperson - Pamela Hughes - Take2 Performing Arts

Event Programming and Development Officer - Gavin Quigley - Born 2 Perform Stage School

Secretary - Suzanne Byrne - Stars of the West Dance and Performance School

Treasurer and PRO - Róisín Curran - Showtime Theatre School

Digital Presentation - Gillian Oman - The Independent Theatre Workshop

Our Sub Committee


Martina Lynch - Studio 55 Dance Academy

Andrea Kavanagh - The Showbiz Academy

Tracey Martin - Kidcast

Aisling Nally - Believe 2 Achieve Performance Academy 

Anne-Marie Bentick - Energy Plus Studios


Michael Quinn - Louisburgh Music School

Áine Egan - Danceworld West


Kate Gaffney - Super Stars Stageschool

Trevor Ryan - Montfort College of Performing Arts

Sinéad Sheppard - Sinéad Sheppard School of Dance

Our Sponsors

The Irish Board of Dance Performance

Gr8 Events

Sixtech Software

Wear Freedom

Irish board of Speech & Drama

Our Patrons

Jill Doyle

Eamonn Farrell

Andrea Kavanagh