ENTREPRENEUR Ciará Moriarty has opened a second stage school, offering a world of theatrical opportunity for young people in the Yorkshire Dales and beyond. 

The founder and creative director, of The Performance Studios, based at The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, is making her second home at the Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick School, nea Settle.

Ciará, 23, said: “Since performing in front of the fireplace as a little girl, the arts is all I have ever wanted to be involved with, so to be opening my second theatre school is a real ‘pinch me’ moment. It is so rewarding to teach so many young people of all ages and see them grow in confidence and skills.

“I always feel very proud to see how each child develops at the studios during their time with us."

A launch day at Giggleswick took place earlier this month when families were invited to go along and meet the team. It was a chance for children to take part in singing, dancing and acting sessions taught by industry trained professionals.

Ciará is already proving to be a savvy businesswoman, having won ‘Best Creative Industry’ at the Enterprise Vision Awards. She has built up a team of ten tutors, to ensure she maintains standards and continue her success.

She has a BA Hons in Drama, Theatre and Performance from Lancaster University and was awarded a Teaching Fellowship as an Entrepreneur In Residence attached to the Management School.

She has also managed to secure sponsorship with Lloyd BMW, Mini and Kia, who have supported the delivery of various live performances, allowing young children to take to the stage.

Ciará added: “I started The Performance Studios while studying for my finals and at the peak of Covid, which, looking back sounds insane. But I had been given an opportunity I couldn’t turn down and while it’s a lot of hard work, I wouldn’t change a thing.

“Acting, singing and dancing offer so much to a young person and can help shape the adults they become in later life.

“More important still is that our schools are fully inclusive and open to every child. Here, everyone is respected as an individual and our goal is to give them the skills to improve their memory, confidence, mental wellbeing, concentration and happiness.

“We’re a family and we like nothing more than to see our children grow and flourish.”

Find out more at https://theperformancestudios.co.uk/tps-settle/