Our Tutors

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Sinéad Dunphy

Sinéad Dunphy has been involved in the arts for over twenty years as a performer along with being a producer, director and event organiser of many prestigious arts Festivals, shows and events. Since attending University College Cork for the Bachelor of Drama and Theatre Studies Degree, she has produced, directed and performed in countless shows, festivals and events. 

Sinéad also holds qualifications with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in both Acting and Public Speaking. She also has several years of teaching experience, having guest tutored in a number of schools in Cork City and County,  as well as working in Edinburgh for the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a coordinator of an Edinburgh City Council youth project. 

In addition to her full time work Sinéad also runs her own production company, LittleShoes Productions, where she continues to teach adults acting along with directing several shows per year.  Her commitment to both the arts, in all its forms, and tourism sectors has been apparent and acknowledged by several national and local bodies through various awards, both as an individual and for the companies she represents as well as receiving invitations to speak on an international level as a guest speaker and academic.  


Julie O’Leary

Julie O’Leary is a theatre practitioner based in Cork. Julie has worked extensively as a facilitator and director, specialising in work for and with young people, students and community groups.

Physical Theatre and Performance are at the root of her practice and she holds a Higher Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice and a Masters in Theatre Practices.

Julie has worked with a range of companies both nationally and internationally, including Graffiti Theatre Company (Cork),  The Royal Lyceum Theatre Company (Edinburgh), The Citizen’s Theatre (Glasgow) , The Abbey Theatre (Dublin) and The Department of Theatre , University College Cork. She is delighted to begin working with Little Shoes Productions!

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Jeanine Hovius

Jeanine Hovius studied writing for performance at the Academy of Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands. 

Since then she has worked as a scriptwriter, director, projectmanager, fundraiser and dramateacher on different theatre projects, mostly with children, teenagers and students in Amsterdam. 

Many of her productions were composed with scenes written under her guidance by the young actors themselves. In her own writing she likes to find ways to bring pop culture to the theatre and finds inspiration in action movies, fashion brands and urban music.

She loves to see what interesting stories and characters appear when people unlock their creativity and start writing.