Maureen-Victoria Ward, M.Mus Perf., B.Mus.Ed., H.dip.Hons., G.R.I.A.M
Agent /Artistic Director / Vocal Coach / Drama Coach / Musical Theatre Tutor / Choreographer
Maureen-Victoria Ward, Soprano, has a Masters in Music Performance (RIAM and DCU) and also possesses a Bachelor in Music Education Degree from Trinity College Dublin. As well as being a working qualified teacher in Singing, Musical Theatre and Speech and Drama, she is also an Agent, Examiner and an Adjudicator.
Maureen has been a soloist in many operas (including Wexford Opera Festival) and many musicals throughout Ireland, England, Brussels, Italy and U.S.A. She has also performed in numerous recitals worldwide.
From a young age, she toured as a solo singer, actress and dancer with the musical “Peace Child” around Ireland, and then in the U.S.A as the European representative. She was the only Irish representative who made it to the final 5 in the search for the Westend Musical Theatre show “A Song for Bernadette”. Maureen has been a very successful Bursary Winner and Overall Prize-winner at many competitions and festivals throughout the country and abroad for all styles of Singing and Drama, and has received a lot of news, television and radio coverage.
Maureen has a very keen interest in educating children and young people of all abilities through the Arts, and has been teaching for over sixteen years. Her students are multiple Prize-winners in Musical Theatre, Classical and Popular Singing Competitions; and in Speech and Drama Competitions throughout Ireland, Wales and England.
Her successful students have had glowing careers in their own right and many of them are familiar faces on RTE, TV3 and TG4 programmes, and have been cast in Leading Roles in Professional Theatre and Musical Productions. One has represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song contest, one has the current title of “Junior Achiever of the Year” at the Maternity and Infant Awards, another has been an IFTA nominee and a Monte Carlo TV and Film Festival nominee, others have been winners of AIMS Awards for Best Lead Vocalists + Actors, and many have been recipients of the Irish Permanent Higher Achiever Awards from the RIAM.
In 2003, Maureen founded Talented Kids Performing Arts School and Agency, which continues to grow from strength
to strength. The school, which is based in Clondalkin, Naas and Kilcullen gives classes in Singing, Drama, Musical Theatre, Modelling and various styles of Dance to students from the age of 3 up to Adults. Maureen also acts as an Agent to the students in the school and has many students at present
starring on RTE’s Fair City, many of The Den’s Young People’s Programmes, Drama Series ie “Primeval” & “Camelot”, Feature Films such as “This Must Be the Place” which stars JOHNNY WARD alongside Oscar Winning Actors Sean Penn + Francis McDormand, ” The Last Furlong” which features newcomer HOLLY GREGG who has received multiple press coverage due to her having to shave her head for the lead child role of cancer patient “Laura”, “Ella Enchanted”, newly released feature film”Shelter”and “Wimbledon”, Short Films including the award winning “Janey Mary” and many others which have been shown in Irish Cinemas and in Film Festivals here and abroad, Current Television and Radio Adverts, Web dramas, as well as Musical Shows, Corporate Shows and Pantomimes.
In 2009 and 2010, Maureen was the National Director for the whole of TEAM IRELAND at the prestigious Hollywood World Championships Of Performing Arts. She won the WCOPA “National Director of the Year” in 2009 and in 2010, an award for “Outstanding National Director”.
Maureen has been Head of Musical Theatre in the Royal Irish Academy of Music since 2005 and has recently revised the National Local Centre Musical Theatre + Popular Singing Examination Syllabus for Ireland. She has also been teaching Singing and Musical Theatre at the College of Dance in Monkstown since 2005, where many of her Singing Students have gone on to win FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to Top English Musical Theatre Colleges.