Shelley Lowry Speech & Drama Teacher and Adjudicator | Professional Profile
Shelley Lowry Speech and Drama teacher Portadown Northern Ireland
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Shelley Lowry. BA (Hons) LLCM (TD) ALCM (Speech & Drama) ALCM (Verse-Speaking)

Shelley has been teaching in Northern Ireland since establishing her school in 2002. Upon graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) degree, Shelley was employed by the BBC in London and worked in entertainment and music production, mostly on Top Of The Pops as International Production Executive. Shelley also worked with director Farren Blackburn (The Fades, Daredevil, The Innocents, Shut In, Luther, Doctor Who) whilst living in London, and assisted with the production of his short film ‘Going For Broke’ Sky Movie Max Short film of the year in 1999. Having studied Speech, Drama and Communication Skills for many years prior to completing her degree, Shelley returned to Northern Ireland with the intention of developing a school that would deliver the highest standard of teaching and opportunities for young people across Ireland.  Shelley is a Speech and Drama adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals and runs Shelley Lowry Talent Management. Shelley is very proud of all the exam and professional success that her pupils have achieved over the years, and is honoured that Trinity College London have awarded the school ‘Champion’ status for two consecutive years.

Dance Tutor/Choreographer

Aimee McVeigh

Aimee McVeigh has studied dance since the age of 3, initially under the guidance and tutelage of Donna Whitten, and then with Rachel Scott of Portadown Dance College (PDC.)
Aimee participated in RTE’s Pump Up My Dance, and has completed level 1 in Estill Music Theatre Vocal Training. Aimee appeared twice in the Birmingham Stage Company Production of ‘Gangsta Granny’ at The Grand Opera House in Belfast. Before leaving to study in London, Aimee studied acting and theatre classes with the Shelley Lowry School of Speech and Drama.
Aimee then went on to complete 6 months dance training with the world renowned Bird College. Whilst in London, Aimee participated in the Guinness World Record for the largest disco dance to celebrate the release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Aimee is also registered with the Associated Board of Dance and holds a certificate to enter students for accredited GQAL & OFQUAL examinations in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary.
Aimee is fully trained in first aid, insured and DBS checked. Aimee will continue to further her own teacher training whilst teaching at the Shelley Lowry School.
She is also working with the Talent Management department of the school.

Dance Tutor/Choreographer:

Diane Cochrane

Diane has over 25 years experience working with young people in a dance and exercise environment.
Diane studied ballet with Royal Academy of Dance from the age of 6 to 19 years reaching Pre-elementary, gaining exams in grades 1-6, progressing to vocational examinations Levels 1-3.  She has a love of ballet which stays with her today. Diane is also a qualified Exercise to Music instructor and was a member of Fitness NI National Team for many years. As a member of the demonstration team, she performed at numerous venues around Ireland and the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall, promoting fitness through dance. Over the years Diane has not only competed but trained teams and soloists for competition,  and was privileged to be able to choreograph her own work to be performed by young people in competition where she adjudicated in both the U.K. and Ireland. Diane has been a key team member of Theatre Skills classes assisting with the choreography in both Junior and Senior groups.

Accompanist/Music Director:

Orly Watson

Orly Watson BA Mus (Oxon), MA Mus (RAM), FLCM, LLCM, ALCM, DipLCM, DipABRSM is Organist and Director of Music at Dromore Cathedral and a professional pianist. He read Music at Somerville College, Oxford (specialising in the music of Delius), and studied the piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers included the pianists Michael Dussek and John Reid, pianist and composer Simon Mawhinney, and the organists Theo Saunders and Baron George Minne. He was a member of the Choir of Somerville College, Oxford, with whom he made a professional recording for Stone Records and travelled to the United States of America for a concert tour. Whilst still at school, Orly was a member of the Choir of Armagh Cathedral, and performed for the Queen and the President of Ireland. He has given many solo piano and organ recitals around England and Northern Ireland, has appeared as a concerto soloist, and is active as an accompanist and private teacher. He is continuing academic studies in the field of composition, and has written instrumental works for orchestra, organ, piano, and chamber ensembles, as well as numerous vocal works, including two song cycles. Orly is Official Accompanist at Queen’s University, and gives regular performance masterclasses there. He began working with Northern Ireland Opera in 2018, as Assistant Musical Director on their production of Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio. He is a member of the Ulster Society of Organists and Choirmasters, and his first large-scale organ work, the Armagh Suite, Op. 1, has been published by Fagus Music. He has also produced many transcriptions and arrangements of works by other composers. His large solo performing repertoire includes works from the Renaissance to the present day, but focusses primarily on the Romantic virtuoso literature.

Accompanist/Assistant Music Director:

Sara-Jo Loney

Sara-Jo has studied the piano since the age of 3 alongside other musical interests such as clarinet, guitar and drums through the years. She recently completed her DipLCM in piano. Sara-Jo is continuing on her passion for music at Queens University Belfast studying Music Performance BA(Hons). Sara-Jo has had experience accompanying for different schools and productions whilst being apart of different youth orchestras and ensembles.

Drama Assistant:

Noah Cochrane

Noah has been a student at the Shelley Lowry School of Speech and Drama since the age of 4. Noah has developed through the school having just completed his Grade 7 Acting and Grade 5 Musical Theatre with Trinity College London. As well as being fully involved in all aspects of the school, Noah also studies Ballet and is presently working towards his Grade 5 and Inter-Foundation exams with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Noah not only has had many performance opportunities within the school, but already has a varied performance background.  He was the winner of ‘The Stage’ Scholarship with British Youth Music Theatre in 2018 at the age of 12, performing a lead role in their production of ‘Paperboy’ at The Lyric Theatre and again in 2019.  Noah has also has the pleasure of dancing with The Scottish Ballet and The English Youth Ballet at The Grand Opera House.
Noah is an enthusiastic and dedicated student with a passion for performing arts and this is reflected in his work.


A great number of my students have gone on to enjoy professional success within the creative and media industries.
However, the skills acquired through studying Speech & Drama classes have also given my other students a competitive edge in their many other chosen professions.


I deliver drama workshops in primary schools that are tailored to the Northern Ireland curriculum.
I work with community groups using theatre in education as a tool to deal with issues that impact young people.
I have delivered drama workshops for adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues.


BA Hons, LLCM (TD), ALCM (Speech & Drama), ALCM (Verse Speaking).
Fully insured with DBS clearance.

Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.