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About Us

'At Encore PAA, we encourage, promote and facilitate the development of performance skills in Acting, Singing and Dance, whilst instilling confidence in our amazing students, helping them grow in all aspects of life'

- Rebecca Thompson, Founder & Artistic Director


Welcome to Encore! We are the North West's leading Performing Arts Academy, offering a fresh, innovative approach to singing, dancing and acting.

Our purpose-built studios are located in Letterkenny and Strabane, offering a professional training ground for our students. Our Tutors are actively working in the industry, as actors, directors and writers, providing our students with endless opportunities and insight into the creative world.

At Encore, you get the opportunity to explore the creative arts, regardless of your background or experience. We understand and recognise that each student is unique, and our tutors work tirelessly to ensure that individual needs are being met, nurturing all abilities and encouraging our students to just be themselves.

Our tutors are all professionally trained in their craft, and have worked, or are still  currently working, in the Performing Arts Industry. We also invite guest tutors to lead workshops and masterclasses in various fields. We pride ourselves on providing our students with the top standard of training.


At Encore, the opportunities are endless. Each year our students get the chance to perform in a showcase or audition for a full-scale musical. This gives them the opportunity to perform on a professional stage in full costume and make-up, ensuring they get the whole performing experience. 

We provide our students with the option of undertaking exams in Musical Theatre, Oral Communication, Acting (via LCM) and Dance (via IDTA). We are very proud of our 100% pass rate, with all of our students passing with Merits and Distinction.

We also run a Casting Agency at Encore, giving students the opportunity to audition for suitable Film or TV roles that may come up. 

Throughout the year we invite industry professionals to come to Encore for one-off workshops and masterclasses. These are optional, but highly encouraged, as they give our students the chance to work with many different professionals,

We are very proud of our Encore Alumni, who have gone on to train at the likes of Arts Educational Schools London, Trinity Laban and Central School of Speech and Drama.


Megan Thompson, Parent

"They all have so much love and respect for each other at Encore. No competition, no nastiness, just a wonderful wee group of children!'

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