Our doors are open to any budding performer regardless of ability!

We take great pride in the time we invest with each and every Pirrie Performer, encouraging them to improve skills, develop confidence and most of all, have fun!

We host several performances throughout the year to showcase our performers, giving them a chance to step out on to the stage and let you see what we have been working on in class! 

We also offer workshops in the holidays.

Stay tuned for the latest information on these by following our Facebook page.  

For more information contact us below.

 

 We look forward to hearing from you!

the directors

Dean and Sarah met dancing for Qdos Productions on board the Celebrity Millennium.

They spent the next 7 years travelling the World together dancing on Celebrity, Cunard and P&O cruises as well as several pantomimes and performances in between.

After tying the knot they moved home and  launched their own Performing Arts School to share their expertise and inspire the next generation of budding performers.

DEAN PIRRIE

Dean first found his passion for performing when he had the opportunity to study street dance under the mentorship of Royston Swanston and toured with his company in venues and concerts across England.

 

Realising he wanted to turn dance into a career, Dean attended Preston Dance College where he gained his Diploma in Dance Instruction with I.S.T.D. 

Upon graduating Dean was offered a contract as singer/dancer with MirageProductions for Fred Olsen where he enjoyed two contracts taking him round the World.

 

Dean was awarded a full scholarship to further his training at Tiffany Theatre College studying Musical Theatre. He was selected from his end of year performance to dance for one of the leading production companies in the cruise industry- Qdos Entertainment. He enjoyed several contracts on prestigious cruise lines, Celebrity, Cunard and the P&O flagship, Britannia.

 

Dean has always had a passion for teaching and a flair for choreography and was invited to choreograph end of year pieces for final year students at Coatbridge College. He also choreographed many show case dances during his contracts at sea. He has a wealth of teaching experience working with a wide variety of ages and abilities in many different genres. His teaching credits include: successfully running afterschool street dance programs at three primary schools, teaching I.S.T.D Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz at various dance schools and master classes at several colleges.

 

Dean wants to combine his love for performing and his enthusiasm for teaching to help inspire children, build their confidence and most of all, have fun!

SARAH PIRRIE

Sarah was born and raised in Fife and made her professional debut as a babe in the Carnegie Hall Dunfermline Pantomime, 'Dick Whittington and his Cat' where she first got the bug for being on stage. 

After graduating from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Sarah flourished in her role as Show Company Manager and Dance Captain for Qdos Productions on Celebrity, Cunard and P&O cruises. She was a featured dancer; performing in over 20 production shows in many different styles from Musical Theatre, Jazz and Ballet to Irish, Latin and Ballroom taking her all around the World several times.

 

Between contracts Sarah performed in Cinderella (High Wycombe Theatre), the MOBO Awards (SE Hydro for Fuse ODG), Humshakals (Bollywood Film), and was featured in several commercials including Chicago Fire Box Set (Universal Productions) and The Sun Bingo (STV).

 

Sarah has always had a love for teaching and taught ballet, jazz and tap at Italia Conti Associates during her training as well as instructing Latin and Ballroom classes on her cruise contracts.

With an enthusiasm for fitness Sarah recently qualified as a Personal Trainer and gained a further qualification in Exercise and Physical Activity for children. 

 

Sarah loves meeting and working with a wide variety of children and is so proud to see her students conquer new challenges and grow in confidence. 

ROSEMARY STANFORD
VOCAL TUTOR PERTH

Rosemary is a professional vocal coach and currently a lecturer in Musical Theatre at Perth College UHI. Her previous teaching credits in singing and drama are with Ad-lib Performing Arts, Theatre Arts Perth (TAS) as well as Vocal Tutoring for Perth & Kinross Council, Saturday Cool School(2011 - 2017) . Rosemary received an honours degree in Acting and Performing Arts (LIPA - 2010) and has been part of many shows and projects since.  After a break in performing to focus on teaching/music projects Rosemary recently took to the stage again playing the role of ‘Lady of the Lake’ in Spamalot,  

with Ad-Lib Theatre Arts (2018). 

Rosemary has established a career in music, currently singing in local Perth band True Gents and Jazz duo Finn & Roseas well as creating original theatre and music.

Rosemary is delighted to be a part of the Pirrie Performing Arts team and hopes her enthusiasm for singing and performing and her expert knowledge of the voice will help the young performers: build their confidence in singing and performing, learn new skills using singing technique exercises and warm-ups and most importantly to have lots of fun at the same time. 

CALUM CAMPBELL
DRAMA TEACHER FIFE

Calum has been involved in amateur dramatics for the past 10 years. After studying music performance in Edinburgh, Calum took on the role as director for Linlithgow Amateur Musical Productions Youth Theatre and still works with them to the current day.

Calum graduated from Summer Hall in Edinburgh with a Diploma in physical theatre and has worked all over the UK as a full time professional actor, director and workshop facilitator.

Some of his work includes; directing for Physical Theatre Scotland on their commonwealth games project for the National Theatre of Scotland, acting for Theatre In Education schools tour in Yorkshire and direction of countless societies across the central belt.

 

Calum is also the head of drama at The Fife Academy of Performing Arts. He is very pleased to be appointed The National Operatic and Dramatic Association Youth Advisor for Scotland.

CATHERINE BAKER
VOCAL TUTOR FIFE
LIANNE APPLEBY
DANCE TEACHER FIFE
ASHLEY GARDNER
COVER VOCAL COACH FIFE

Having performed from a young age Ashley moved from Fife to Glasgow to train in Musical Theatre at Coatbridge College. While there Ashley also won 'Faces of the Future' and obtained a summer scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts. After leaving Coatbridge College she undertook a scholarship at CPA Studios in Romford.

 

Ashley has worked with many composers and directors on workshop projects and in 2014 performed in Scott Alan's London Hippodrome residency.

 

Ashley began teaching in 2012 and has always focused strongly on vocal technique and performance through song. Having launched the vocal and acting classes at Adagio School of Dance in Essex she knew that teaching was where her true passion lay. Having taught at many institutions in London and Essex Ashley decided to relocate back to Scotland.

 

Since moving back Ashley continues to perform and teaches at schools across Glasgow and The West and is now excited to be working at Pirrie Performing Arts.

 

Not wanting to focus on one technique only, Ashley uses various approaches to give each student the ability to develop their own voices in a way that works for the individual and most importantly in a way that is safe. Each student can understand their voice in full and it's capabilities allowing them to sing a range of musical styles.