Mark Claney

Drama teacher in Antrim school and Newtownabbey

Mark Claney trained at Hull University and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has worked throughout Britain and Ireland as an actor and drama facilitator, with many Theatre, TV, Radio and Film credits. Mark continues to work as an actor on the local professional scene, appearing in productions with companies including Bruiser, Kabosh, Shotglass, Centre Stage, C21 and Wireless Mystery Theatre. His most recent theatre roles were in Dial M for Murder for Wireless Mystery and The Importance of Being Earnest for Centre Stage. Mark also works as a chaperone for child performers in theatre, film and television.




Victoria has been part of the Starburst team since 2010 when she began teaching the Oranges their Stage-works classes in our Ballyearl School. Since then, she has taken on the role of singing teacher for the Blues, Purples and Oranges in Both Ballyearl and Antrim. She has a strong passion for music and theatre and loves nothing more than passing her knowledge onto the kids and seeing it grown into something more.
Victoria has always had music in her life, learning the piano at a young age which later progressed to singing which she has held onto ever since. She was a member of the Ulster Youth Choir, often sings at weddings and other events and has studied in both Classical and Musical Theatre styles.

Victoria studied at Queen’s University, Belfast for three years after which she got her degree in Drama, specialising in Shakespeare and Non- Western Theatre and vocal training technique.
When she isn’t singing at the top of her lungs and annoying the neighbours, Victoria likes to chill with her pet pug, Poppy, go for long beach walks and drink copious amounts of tea.

  • Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts Second class Honours, First Division in Drama
  • A-levels- Music A, Drama B, English Lit B
  • TVU advanced graded Examination in Music Theatre , Grade 8- Distinction
  • Royal School of Music Singing grades up to six


Alex Mcfarlane


Alex is 20 years old and has achieved her ALCM Diploma in Musical Theatre through the teaching of Mrs. Karen Elliot is currently working as a dance teacher/choreographer for Starburst Theatre School and The Music Studio Bangor. For the last year Alex has also been working as the choreographer for Belfast Music and drama society in their productions of guys and dolls, spelling bee and most recently footloose.
She first performed with St Agnes’ Choral Society in 2012 as an orphan in their production of Annie. Following this she joined the company as a dancer in their productions of The Sound of Music and Hello Dolly and most recently played the role of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray.
Alex, at the age of four, joined McMaster Stage School in Bangor where she had the opportunity of playing Young Juliet in the Scottish Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet and the Christmas Pantomime in the Grand Opera House.
In addition to St Agnes’ Choral Society, Alex has performed with companies such as Upstage Downstage Theatre Company, New lyric operatic company, BSPA and Ravara Productions playing many supporting and leading roles including Nancy in Oliver, Hortense in The Boyfriend, Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man and Ida in Honk, Madame Thenardier in Les mis and a featured dancer in the Northern irish premiere of White Christmas.


Sheryn Mulligan.

Drama Teacher in Ballymena and Lisburn.

Sherryn has been with Starburst for 6 years, initially teaching the ‘orange’ group (3-7) years old in stage works and drama. She now leads drama in both the Lisburn and Ballymena schools for all ages.
In addition to her work in Starburst, Sherryn also teaches speech and drama to children and adults who wish to achieve grades with the London College of Music. She is also on the committee and assists in organising the Lagan Festival of Speech, Drama, Music and Art.
Sherryn recently performed in Bart Players adaption of ‘Wyrd Sisters’ by Terry Pratchett and is looking forward to performing again in February with Blaris Players in ‘Shady Pines.’
Sherryn has many years experience in working with children with special needs. She has a particular interest in children on the autistic spectrum, and has seen them achieve huge benefits through drama. She was recently invited by the charity Mencap to devise and deliver a programme on building self esteem through drama, to a group of teenage boys, all with autism.
Sherryn loves teaching in Starburst, and providing the opportunity for all children to explore and develop their own unique talents through drama.



Dance Coach

Debby is our Dance Coach at the Newtownabbey School. She has danced from the early age of 5. Her training was primarily in Ballet and Jazz with the Jennifer Bullock Royal Academy of Dance. At the age of 17 she completed her Aerobics Instructor course and began taking local classes. Debby has always had a strong passion for working with children and so she trained in Exercise & Fitness; adaptation for Children. She was a founder member of NYT (Newtownabbey Youth Team) gaining many first places at NICMACS (Northern Ireland Creative Movement and Aerobic Championships) both performing herself and entering teams which she choreographed & coached. She is also a proud past member of The National Team, ran by Fitness Northern Ireland. She has performed several times at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast Opera House and several locations in England. More recently her love of dance has led to dancing in a Hollywood Movie! She devotes her time to Starburst and loves giving the children and young adults the opportunity to express themselves through movement and performance.