Meet our teachers
Principal - Janet-Anne Phillips - FULL EQUITY Member
Originally from Reading, Berkshire, Janet-Anne trained in ballet, tap, jazz, Modern dance, drama and singing at Jeanine Greville Academy, Henley on Thames and as a member of Generation Theatre Company (whose fellow members included Christian Bale and Kate Winslet), before heading into the entertainment business aged 17, where she worked with top names in directing and choreography both in the U.K and abroad.
Janet-Anne works as a choreographer and has choreographed professional productions at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast and for television and film.
Most recent credits include choreographer on CBBC's 'Dani's Castle' series one and two, choreographer on BBC drama 'Wipers Times' (written by Ian Hislop) and she had the honour of teaching presenter Lindsay Russell on CBBC Blue Peter.
Janet-Anne also takes on the role as children's director on the national tours of 'Joseph', 'Evita', 'Half a Sixpence' and 'Annie' and in opera - Aida, Carmen, Tosca and La Traviata.
Janet-Anne specialises in teaching actors with two left feet to dance!
A Licenced Chaperone, Janet-Anne is striving to make sure that children working in the entertainment industry are always safe and protected.
She enjoys working alongside the talented teachers at Stagecoach to encourage the stars of the future.
Dance Coach - Sarah Jane Johnston - Member of Imperial society of Teachers of Dancing
Sarah, originally from West Midlands, trained at the prestigious Arts Educational School in London on their 3 year Musical Theatre course (Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre (level 6) validated by Trinity College, London).
The programme develops students as 'triple threat' performers offering multiple skills in Dancing (RAD & ISTD), Singing (RAM) and Acting (LAMDA).
After graduating for Arts Ed, Sarah worked successfully and professionally for over 15 years and her professional experience took her around the world and also saw her working extensively throughout the UK with some of the biggest names in show business.
After making the natural transition from performer to choreographer, she has collaborated on various projects throughout Ireland both as Choreographer and Assistant Director with 'PBM' Musicals, Cahoots NI and Big Telly Productions and has choreographed the acclaimed musicals 'McCool' and 'Pinocchio' which was nominated for the TMA Equity award, both at The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
As well as teaching for Stagecoach since 2001, Sarah also has facilitated numerous dance genre workshops and Musical Theatre Summer Schools and is currently studying her Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) with ISTD.
Singing Coach - Katherine Pielou
Katherine began performing aged just seven. She has trained in Speech and Drama, music and principally Voice - Classical Singing, Opera Musical Theatre and Pop Vocals. She studied Choral Singing extensively during her seven years with the Ulster Youth Choir, of which she was a founder member and featured soloist, performing in Paris, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and many locations across the province. In addition to this, her credits include 'Tosca', 'Rigoletto' (Countess) and 'Carmen' (Cork National Opera) and musical theatre productions of 'Calamity Jane', 'Les Miserables', 'Joseph' (as Narrator), 'Anything Goes', 'Me and My Girl', 'Rent' and 'Pirates of Penzance' (for which she was awarded Best Vocalist by A.I.M.S).
Katherine has worked with Peter Corry and The Priests. She also works as a private Voice teacher and enjoys helping her students successfully apply to Performing Arts Courses for Universities and Conservatoires.
Katie has been singing teacher at Stagecoach from 2006 and feels privileged to be involved in shaping the stars of the future.
Singing Coach - Caroline Mitchell - BA Hons, LTCL, AS
Caroline is a pianist, clarinettist, singer and conductor who has worked as a full-time Head of Music in integrated schools, teaching 11-18 year olds for 26 years. During this time she has worked as a musical director on numerous musicals, events and competitions in addition to her duties as a classroom music teacher. She has 26 years experience in preparing pupils for music examinations at various levels including GCSE Music, A-Level Music, singing and instrumental examinations and music theory. She has also performed both on stage and in the orchestra in many professional productions in Northern Ireland, including The Magic Flute at Castle Ward, La Traviata at the Grand Opera House and musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma at the Grand Opera House. A large part of her career has included working with choirs both conducting and accompanying them. She attended City of Belfast Music School as a child and since the age of 20 has been teaching individuals and conducting bands at the School of Music. This involves working with students from age 8-18 years of age. Caroline has a BA Hons degree in Music, a Music Teaching Diploma and LTCL. In addition to the above she is an examiner for AS Music.
Drama Coach - Sara Dylan - BA Theatre GSA ALAM Diploma LAMDA
Sara Dylan trained in acting at the GSA Conservatoire and has worked across the UK and Ireland in various film and TV roles including 'Your Highness' for Universal pictures, 'Peridot' NI Screen and 'The Toughest Girl in the World' for the National Film and Television school. Sara also played the leading role in the feature film 'Gnaw' (2007). Sara's televison credits include the BBC television series 'Occupation', 'Manu' for TG4 and Season 2 of HBO'S 'Game of Thrones'. Sara's work in local theatre includes 'Carthaginians' Irish tour 2012, directed by Adrian Dunbar, Marin Lynch's, The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty at the Grand Opera House Belfast and Replay Theatre Comapny's tour of 'Plasticine Tina' by Patrick O'Reilly. Sara is a busy voice-over artist and has appeared in a number of television advertisements over recent years.
Early Stages Coach - Cherie Brammeld - OCR, NICON, NOCN
Cherie is originally from New Zealand, where she trained extensively in Singing (Elite Choir NZ) and Drama (Avon College Christchurch NZ). In 1995 she attended the Rangi Ruru Early Childhood College where she gained childcare qualifications, as well as experience in classroom and performance. In New Zealand Cherie worked in various roles in the performance arts field, as well as being a Rhythmic Gymnastic Coach (RG Coaching Cert).
Now having fully qualified as a fitness and exercise teacher (OCR), Cherie not only takes on the very young (Early Stages) but also teaches chair based classes to the older generation (NICON) as well as very popular hip hop/dance sessions for Beat Initiative.
Cherie has been teaching classes (Dance and Early Stages) at Stagecoach from 2002.
As a mother of two young children, she realises the importance of building confidence, self esteem, motivation and excellent social skills in children from a young age and she values the opportunity to uncover and nurture hidden talents.