Gladys Coyle

Gladys

Gladys teaches singing and drama and directs all Stagezone shows.

Gladys has been immersed in all things theatre both on and off stage for as long as she cares to remember. Having trained in the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Prof. Michael O'Higgins and the DIT College of Music she went on to perform in Feis Ceoil and various Feiseanna, culminating in winning the gold medal for contralto solo.

Gladys has performed in over 80 musicals with various musical societies in the Dublin area and beyond and has played many leading roles that include dramatic, comedy, and Gilbert & Sullivan contralto roles. Her favourites include Aunt Eller in OklahomaKatisha in The Mikado, Ruth in The Pirates of PenzanceGolde in Fiddler on the Roof and Carrie in Carousel. She won Best Supporting Female at the Northern Ireland Festival for her powerhouse performance of Jewel in O'Connell Musical Society's Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1987.

She has graced countless stages around the country including The Olympia Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre and the National Concert Hall and performed in the Northern Ireland Light Opera Festival and the Waterford Festival of Light Opera.

Gladys taught speech and drama in many schools in the Dublin 15 area in the 1990s and has directed several plays for local drama groups in the same area and further afield. She has maintained her love of being onstage during this time by performing in many plays with different groups in the Sean O'Casey Theatre and Axis Theatre that includes an invite to perform Hugh Leonard's Summer in the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival in the United States and Canada.

Perhaps most proudly, Gladys has been the director and musical director for Coolmine Panto Group for 20 years and while doing this, realised her love for working with children and training them to reach their full potential on stage. This lead to Stagezone and to date she has directed Les Miserables, Oliver, Hot Mikado, The King & I and Jungle Book with Stagezone Productions.

Gladys has a love and passion for musical theatre that she feels compelled to share and pass on to the next generation! Nothing gives her more pleasure than seeing children grow in confidence as they develop a love of performing on stage.

 

Marie Barber

Marie

Marie teaches ballroom, musical theatre and tap dancing and choreographs all Stagezone shows.

Marie's love of dance began at a very early age. She has performed over the years on stage, film, RTE's Shall we Dance and BBC's Come Dancing, partnered with her husband Jim. Her many awards include Irish, British Isles, European and World titles. 

Marie is a member of I.A.T.D., U.K.A. and A.D.A. and is a qualified Dance Coach and Sports Adjudicator licensed by the All Ireland Board of Dance.

Marie has worked with numerous Musical Societies in Dublin and around the country.   Some of the many shows she has choreographed include GodspellBrigadoonMy Fair LadyThe Hired Man, Sweet CharityMack and MabelFiddler on the RoofLes Misérables (School Edition) and The Merry Widow which won eight awards in the Waterford Festival of Light Opera with St. John's M.S.   

Marie won the AIMS Best Choreographer award for Copacobana in 2004 with Avonmore M.S. She also choreographed the AIMS Best Overall Show Oliver! in 2005 with Teachers M.S.

 

Louise Hudson

Louise

Louise, a former student, has joined Stagezone as an assistant teacher in 2015. She will also be teaching hip hop dancing.

Louise has had a great adoration for the stage from a young age. In her early years she trained in many forms of dance. She attended The Leonie McLoughlin School of Ballet and The Siobhan O'Donaghue School of Irish Dance. She trained in hip hop, jazz and tap with the National Performing Arts School as well as The Adele King Theatre School. 

Louise realised she loved the stage once she began training with Stagezone Theatre School nine years ago under the care and guidance of Gladys and Marie. She has appeared in many of their productions, having the opportunity to play various roles. Her highlights in particular are 'Peep Bo' in The Hot Mikado and 'Bet' in  Oliver! as well as the roles of 'Penny' in Hairspray, 'Roxie' in Chicago and the 'Blue Fairy' in Pinocchio in their end of year productions.

In 2011 she became a member of Coolmine Musical Society, where she has performed in their productions of Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Me And My Girl and as a featured soloist in many of their annual concerts.

Louise has performed with Coolmine Panto Group from 2009. This is where she realised how much she adored working in such a high energy production and sharing the stage with talented children of all ages. Louise holds panto dear to her heart as over the years, she has been blessed to perform her favourite Disney princess roles including 'Snow White' in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs; 'Jasmine' in Aladdin; 'Princess Eloise' in Jack And The Beanstalk and also the role of 'The Scarecrow' in The Wizard of Oz, which was a different but very fun and rewarding role for her.

She has also been involved in promotional work as Disney characters; playing Queen Elsa in a Frozen themed event in 2015. 

Louise is beyond thrilled to be returning to her Stagezone family as a teacher and would like to thank both Gladys and Marie for all of the wonderful opportunities over the years, especially this one!