Meet K-Star Academy team!
Emmet Kelly (Drama teacher Tyrrelstown)
Emmet Kelly is an award winning actor and director who works professionally in film/ tv and theatre in Ireland and the UK. He considers himself to have been fortunate to work with some amazing actors and directors so far in his career and is looking forward to collaborating with many other talented actors, directors, writers in the future.
Thomas Spratt (Dance teacher Ongar)
Thomas trained in Dublin he began his career performing in numerous productions across Ireland, some include (Junior) in the Hot Mikado, (Jack & dance captain) Jack and The Beanstalk, 42nd Street, dance captain/ensemble Singing in the Rain, Aida Opera, (dance captain, cover Doody) in Grease (Cork Opera House) and most recently he was very proud to perform as one of the four male dancers for the hugely successful ‘Centenary’ 1916-2016 RTE show live from the Bord Gais Energy theatre.
David Greene (Drama teacher Donabate)
David Greene is a Waterford born Dublin based actor. David trained at the Gaiety School of Acting (Advanced Performance) and also completed the Screen Acting Part Time Course in Bow Street. He has appeared in Someone Whol'll Watch Over Me (Frank McGuinness) and The Plough & The Stars (Séan O'Casey), both with Run Rabbit Theatre. Most recently, David played the lead role in the short film Homecoming directed by Sinéad O'Loughlin, funded by the Wicklow Arts Council and played the Role of Baxter in Marina Carr's Low in the Dark Squad Theatre Company.
Ruth Devine (Dance teacher Tyrrelstown)
Ruth began dancing at the age of 4. A student of the Billie Barry Stage School, Killester School of Ballet and The College of Dance, she is trained in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical. Ruth has also recently graduated from the Broadway Dance Centre in New York having completed the International Student Visa Programme in Dance. Credits include: “Laochra" 1916 celebration, Croke Park, Dublin; "An Evening with Earl”, Gaiety Theatre; “Singing in the Rain”, Cork Opera House; “The Merry Month of June” with June Rogers, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin and nationwide; “Sleeping Beauty” pantomime, Cork Opera House; “Welcome to Burlesque”, Mansion House, Dublin; “Beauty and the Beast”, Pantomime, the Helix, Dublin; “Billie Barry Living Legend award ceremony”, National Concert Hall, Dublin; “Ek the Tiger” Bollywood Film, filmed in Dublin; “June Rogers Christmas Show”, Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin and Silver Springs Hotel, Cork; “Wilde Nights Cabaret”, Irish Ferries; Ruth also featured as a backing singer on Enya’s Christmas TV Special, aired in Japan.
Gráinne (Dance teacher Scoil Ghráinne CNS)
Gráinne trained with Spotlight Stage School and at the College of Dance. She also trained in classical and Musical Theatre singing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Theatre credits include; four consecutive Christmas Pantos, Bugsy Malone and Our House: The Madness Musical at the Olympia Theatre, Oliver! and Christmas Crackers at the National Concert Hall, Celtic Circles at the Point Depot, Grease at the Gaiety, Taylor's Irish Cabaret, Dublin and London, Welcome to Burlesque, Belfast and six consecutive Panto's at the Helix Theatre.
Tours / other work includes; 3 seasons on board the Oscar Wilde in Wilde Nights Cabaret as lead Irish dancer and dance captain, 4 tours of the US with Dublin’s Traditional Irish Cabaret, Normandy Nights on board the MV Normandy, a 6 week tour of Holland with Celtic Rhythms as Irish dancer and lead female vocalist as well as numerous corporate events across the country. TV and advert work includes, The Late Late Show, Republic of Telly, George Gently, Ireland AM, The TV 3 Toyshow, Penny Dreadful, Vikings, Ripper Street, Heineken, Aura Gyms.
Grainne has been teaching dance for a number of schools in Dublin, Meath and Kildare for the past 10 years and has a wealth of experience!
Charlene (Dance teacher)
Charlene trained in the Gaiety School of Acting College ,Upon graduating she landed her first role in a short film The Draft directed by Gary Shore She then went on to land two leading roles for RTE playing Jolene in Trouble in Paradise and Sarah in Sarah & Steve.Charlene performed as Honor in The Playboy of the Western World at the Abbey Theatre, directed by Jimmy Fay.Charlene spent time in Los Angeles where she worked as a Ballroom Dance Choreographer at the prestigious Third Street Dance in West Hollywood. Whilst in America Charlene played the lead role In the short film 100 Degrees, directed by Jason Barry. Charlene was cast in Penny Dreadful directed by John Logan she has just completed shooting a special episode for Fair City .Charlene is Currently working with the Red Bear Theatre Company in the new Play Harder Faster More By Tracy Martin and also works as a Drama Teacher with Das Academy,Dir Thomas Spratt
Sandra Farmer (Head of Admin)
Sandra Farmer brings a diverse background and an unyielding passion for the Arts in her role as head of admin at the prestigious K-Star Academy. In addition to her former theatre experience, working in admin and stage management, Sandra has also competed as a professional Irish dancer for the last 24 years and has showcased her talent across many international platforms. Sandra is also a highly qualified childcare worker, and has worked over the past 13 years with children between the ages of 6months and 12 years. K-Star Academy is delighted to inform you that Sandra will be working between both its Ongar and Tyrellstown locations.
Vida Kazlauskaite (Web and social media assistant)
Vida is our web and social media wizard that makes everything tick in K-Star Academy.
From her early childhood she saw herself as a news broadcaster, military officer and later on as an English / Lithuanian language teacher. However, as neither of these things came to be, she realized that life has other plans for her. Few summers ago Vida had some volunteering experience in the local driving school as a marketing professional. This experience has changed her life as Vida clearly understood that this is her path which was disguised from her for a long time.