Peter McAuley

Starcast Drama Collective and Starcast Drama Company Teacher

Born in Belfast with a rich background in music and theatre, Pete has always been immersed in the world of performing arts.
During his younger years, he seized numerous opportunities to showcase his talent, even spending time in Australia. Upon returning to the UK, the focus shifted towards the technical aspects of performing arts, leading to the pursuit of a Level 3 BETC Diploma in Music Technology and Live Sound Engineering. Subsequently, Pete delved into Technical Theatre, completing a Level 3 BETC Diploma after a two-year study at Salisbury Playhouse.
Post-qualification, Pete’s professional journey involved working on various productions across the UK. Notable roles include serving as a Sound Operator for “Rent The Musical” in
 London, Assistant Stage Manager for “Beauty & The Beast” in Peterborough, and taking on the FollowSpot position for Jools Holland’s production in Salisbury.
In addition to his technical prowess, Pete has earned acclaim for his directorial skills, having directed over 30 productions. Notable works include “Les Miserables School Edition,”
 “My Fair Lady,” “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame,” “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind,” and “Brainstorm,” to name but a few. In 2023, he secured the Best Director award at the Totton Festival of Drama, where his group emerged as the overall winners. This
 triumph propelled them to the semi-finals of the All-England Festival. His Drama company further achieved remarkable success by reaching the All-England Semi-finals, securing a third-place position, and earning the coveted Adjudicator’s Shield. More recently,
 Pete led 40 drama students to the Devizes Festival of Speech and Drama, where his students clinched multiple awards across all categories entered.
Driven by a belief that the quality of a production should transcend the performers’ age, Pete is thrilled to collaborate with Starcast to create compelling and enjoyable theatre
 experiences, leaving audiences captivated by the sheer excellence of the productions.

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