Our Team

Meet Studio 2’s team that makes this arts space a happy, funfilled, creative hub of activity. We help mould, guide, educate, nurture and inspire all individuals who utilise this unique arts space.

Core Staff

OLIVER GREEN

Artistic Director

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Founder and Artistic Director of Greater Shantallow Community Arts since 1999, Ollie has extensive experience in the development, construction and delivery of high quality artistic projects and educational programmes. He has worked extensively with all our funders, community and voluntary organisations over the years and has developed a deep passion and gusto for the arts in all its forms.

He brings things to life whilst providing platforms that allow creative forces to be unleashed. As artistic director Ollie plays a pivotal role in contributing to the health, well-being, creativity and civic aspirations of our community through the transformative powers of the arts.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

EDEL SAUNDERS

Youth Support Worker In Charge

MICKEY

Caretaker

LOUISE HUGHES

Arts Programme Manager

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Louise has been a key member of staff at Greater Shantallow Community Arts for 14 years. She currently holds the post of Arts Programme Manager at Studio 2 and carries out many duties beyond her remit. Studious and a stickler for detail, she has been to the forefront of delivering some of the successful major events involving GSCA over the years including carnivals, festivals and Talent Northwest. Louise holds a BA Hons in Design; a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing and Design; and an MSC. In Computing and Design and is a dedicated member of staff at Studio 2.

Email: louise@gscaderry.com

JIM MCCAFFERTY

Communications Officer

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN

Board Member

Studio 2 Arts Faciltator’s Dance

IRENA NOONAN

Hip hop. Street, Zumba

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A highly motivated and experienced dance choreographer and facilitator with a proven history working in community dance. Irena has a BA Honours degree in dance and over 10 years’ experience training as a dancer, 8 of which, working in the heart of the community. You are sure to have seen Irena dressed up at civic events such as Halloween, St Patrick’s Day and The Earhart festival, engaging thousands of aspiring young dancers over the years. Irena facilitates weekly Hip Hop, Contemporary and Zumba dance classes at Studio 2 for all ages and abilities, always promoting the benefits of dance as an art form. Irena said ‘Everyone loves to dance, it keeps us young forever!’

Email: irena@gscaderry.com

CARIE LOGUE-HOUSTON

Contemporary

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Carie Logue-Houston is a local based dance artist working in both the Educational & Community dance sectors. She has worked on various city events, was assistant choreographer in the city of culture 2013 event ‘The Return of Colmcille’ & ‘O-Bon Japanese Festival of Light 2015. Carie trained at Laban London where she obtained her dance degree at John Moore’s University Liverpool and completed her Dance PGCE at the University of Brighton. She currently is a dance lecturer with NWRC & leads Create Dance classes at Studio 2. Create dance focuses on developing young dancer’s technique & choreographic skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

VANESSA CHAPMAN

Ballet,Tap & Modern

MARGARET HARKIN

Irish Dance certified instructor and offers grades

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My name is Margaret Harkin – McGinley TCRG and I teach the Art of Irish Dancing at Studio 2 Derry. I have been teaching for the Past 15 years and have accomplished so much in this space of time. My School holds Ulster and World Championship titles. I cater for all levels of ability from raw beginner to Championship level. My Classes take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4pm for Beginner level and can be for fun, fitness or simply to meet new friends if competition is not your interest. Studio 2 is a fabulous place to learn with the bright modern new interior design and has become our home for the McGinley School of Irish Dancing.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

Drama

JEAN DUNN

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‘Dream Big, Sparkle More and Shine Bright’ is the motto of Jean Dunn Studio 2 Community Drama co-ordinator. Jean has a Ba Honours degree in Drama and has worked in the heart of the community for 13 years, directing and acting in numerous productions. Jean is an advocate for providing opportunities for all ages and abilities in the community. She develops their skills as artists and allows them to experience and discover acting styles for stage and street. Jean guarantees fun, laughter and will inspire and encourage you to believe in yourself anything is possible.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

FELICITY MCCALL

Page-to-Stage

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Award-winning writer and producer Felicity McCall (12 professional stage and 4 screen credits. Emerging and established writers see the scripts they are working on brought to life in the Wee Theatre. Supported in a non-judgmental atmosphere by fellow writers and theatre professionals, participants are guided through the transition from printed page towards the ultimate aim- a public performance. More than half the new plays staged professionally in the NW in the past five years have been developed through Page to Stage. It’s inspirational, hugely enjoyable, and it works.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

CARL CAMPBELL & JIM MCCLELLAND

Drama & Creative Writing

Digital & Visual Arts

TOMMY LONG

Oil Painting Teacher & Artist

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I’m a former art lecturer, currently pursuing a career as a professional artist.
In 2009 I graduated from the University of Ulster winning both the Carson Mcdowell award for painting and the risecreatives prize. I have had two solo shows and multiple group shows both regionally and internationally. Recently exhibiting in the final of the prestigious Lynn strainers Prize in London.

I will be teaching a 16 week course entitled ‘The eye of the Painter’. A course which is specifically designed to provide the participants with a solid understanding of the key fundamentals of successful painting such as colour theory, light, drawing, composition, materials and tools. By providing knowledge of these key areas, I aim to help students grow in confidence to create his/her own individual technique.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

DANNY MCLAUGHLIN

Graphic & Digital Art

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Danny McLaughlin, founder of Revolve Comics, has been working and creating award-winning comics for the last 7 years. With this abundance of experience working in the industry, Danny wants to help shape the new generation of writers and artists locally- to teach all the skills that help young people communicate through storytelling which helps them unlock their creative minds and help them read, write and interpret complex concepts easily. With the popular rise of comic book movies this is the best time to get kids, and big kids alike, interested in the art of visual storytelling.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

Music

DENIS MCLAUGHLIN & CAOLAN MCLAUGHLIN

Messin with Music

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Caolán Mc Laughlin is a BA music graduate and multi-instrumentalist with keys being his forte. As a music facilitator and director Caolán carries out various work for organisations: SYNC, Foyle Speech and Drama and his own, Messin’ with Music. He is now currently part of The Lee Matthews Band and works passionately on original outfits, Plain Zebra and The Carousel Cafe as well as touring immensely as a solo performer all over the world. He also performs and records with many other ensembles including The Bronágh Gallagher Band. He spent 5 years touring with Bronághs band doing some top shows including TV and also had a hand in composing and arranging her second album and a slight bit of the current one.

SIOBHAN MOLLOY

Tin Whistle

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Craobh Baile na gCailleach will equip the community with key and specialist skills through our traditional Irish Arts programme. We are a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, the national organisation for the promotion and preservation of the traditional Irish arts. Classes include Tin Whistle, mixed strings, Ceilí dancing and other instruments. As well as these weekly classes, there are monthly sessions and various activities including workshops, talks, Fleadh days and much more! We aim to develop the confidence of class participants in their ability to actively engage by challenging them to reach their creative and participative potential through having fun and sharing laughter in an Irish arts environment.

MICHAEL DOHERTY

Mixed String Instruments & Banjo

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‘Michael Doherty has been a singer and guitar player for many years. He also plays the Mandala, Tenner Banjo and lately has bought a Gazuki which is an eight stringed instrument tuned to the same pitch as a mandolin or violin. Michael is recognised as having a passion for getting people to learn a musical instrument and would encourage people of all ages to have a go at either the guitar, banjo or mandolin.
Michael’s beginners class for the above instruments is held on a Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Why not come along and enjoy the craic while learning to play. You would be surprised how quickly you could learn to play your favourite tunes’.

Email: info@gscaderry.com

MICK DENEIFFE

Mixed Reid Instruments & Banjo

JACQUELINE MCKAY

Bodhran

DIANA MCLAUGHLIN

Singing

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American-Irish soprano Diana Bryan McLaughlin grew up with music as the center of her life. After studying classical singing and piano from a very early age, she attended university at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she studied Vocal Performance (Opera) with Metropolitan Opera soprano, Sharon Christman.  She received her bachelor and master of music degrees in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America. In her time there, Mrs. McLaughlin had the honor of singing various operatic roles including: Adina in L’Elisir D’amore, Latitia in The Old Maid and the Thief , Alexandra in Regina, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. She also had the honor of performing the lead role of Emily in Ned Rorem’s new opera Our Town. At it’s east coast premier, she was reviewed by the Washington Post: “Diana Bryan’s Emily was sung with agility, ebullience, and true-to-life emotional expression.”
Since moving to Ireland with her husband in 2009, Diana has been seen performing in various venues around Donegal and Derry while also maintaining a private studio. She performs frequently with Northwest Opera (Letterkenny) having been with them since 2012 when she gave Irish debut as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Since then she has sung the role of Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Musetta in La Boheme, Michaela in Carmen, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. In the summer of 2016, Diana travelled to Xi’an, China where she participated in the Sound of Piano, Strings and Voice Music Festival with musicians from around the world. While in China she competed in the Music Festival’s Vocal competition and placed first.
Most recently Mrs. McLaughlin could be seen touring Europe with “Das Phantom der Oper” and soloing on the European tour of “Die Grosse Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala”. Alongside her varied performance career, she has a great love of teaching and sharing her knowledge with upcoming young singers and performers.
Teaching Mission: To bring the highest quality singing tuition to as many young singers in the Derry area. By offering group tuition, my services can be affordable for any family budget. Private tuition is available on request. I strive to give my students the tools they need to take care of their voices and have healthy singing habits. I wish to create a fun, easy going atmosphere, but a disciplined approach for serious singers who intend to sit grade exams.

Art of Health & Well-being

MASTER ZHU CHANG HAI 8th DUAN

Tai Chi Instructor

Youth & Social Inclusion Programme

EDEL SAUNDERS

Youth Support Worker In Charge

SIOBHAN MOLLOY

Youth Support Worker In Charge

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Craobh Baile na gCailleach will equip the community with key and specialist skills through our traditional Irish Arts programme. We are a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann, the national organisation for the promotion and preservation of the traditional Irish arts. Classes include Tin Whistle, mixed strings, Ceilí dancing and other instruments. As well as these weekly classes, there are monthly sessions and various activities including workshops, talks, Fleadh days and much more! We aim to develop the confidence of class participants in their ability to actively engage by challenging them to reach their creative and participative potential through having fun and sharing laughter in an Irish arts environment.

Communities United

LOUISE HUGHES

Arts Programme Manager

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Louise has been a key member of staff at Greater Shantallow Community Arts for 14 years. She currently holds the post of Arts Programme Manager at Studio 2 and carries out many duties beyond her remit. Studious and a stickler for detail, she has been to the forefront of delivering some of the successful major events involving GSCA over the years including carnivals, festivals and Talent Northwest. Louise holds a BA Hons in Design; a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing and Design; and an MSC. In Computing and Design and is a dedicated member of staff at Studio 2.

Email: louise@gscaderry.com

IRENA NOONAN

Hip hop. Street, Zumba

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A highly motivated and experienced dance choreographer and facilitator with a proven history working in community dance. Irena has a BA Honours degree in dance and over 10 years’ experience training as a dancer, 8 of which, working in the heart of the community. You are sure to have seen Irena dressed up at civic events such as Halloween, St Patrick’s Day and The Earhart festival, engaging thousands of aspiring young dancers over the years. Irena facilitates weekly Hip Hop, Contemporary and Zumba dance classes at Studio 2 for all ages and abilities, always promoting the benefits of dance as an art form. Irena said ‘Everyone loves to dance, it keeps us young forever!’

Email: irena@gscaderry.com