meet the team

Pamela Hughes

Pamela Hughes

Director

M.A.  F.I.B.S.D. L.I.B.S.D. (First Hons) L.L.S.M.D. (First Hons) A.L.C.M.  I.A.C.A.T. (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists) 

Pamela Hughes runs a very successful performing arts school which was established in 1988.

Pamela has been involved in performing arts all her life, she attended drama classes from the tender age of 3 and thus the story began! Pamela was a member of Irish Actors Equity for many years and tread the boards both on stage and screen.

Pamela studied in the Royal Irish Academy of Music & Drama with the well known Irish actress Aileen Harte and secured her diploma with the London College of Music in 1988.  She went on to  attend the Gaiety School of Acting under the tuition of Joe Dowling & Pat Laffan. Pamela then went on to study in the Leinster School of Music & Drama and was awarded her Licentiate Teaching Diploma. She worked in the ‘Adam Acting Academy’ and was involved in producing & directing shows for them. Pamela also worked as a make-up artist in the Olympia, Gaiety and Abbey theatre. 

Pamela started working as a casting agent in the early 1990s and the ‘Take2 Agency’ is well respected & received within the industry. The agency specialises in young artists, from babies to 25 years approx.

Pamela is a long time member of ‘Speech & Drama Teachers of Ireland’ having served on the board for 5 years.

Pamela went back to the books (2009) and was awarded a Licentiate & Fellowship from the Irish Board of Speech & Drama; ‘it’s never too late to learn and broaden your mind, I now empathise even more with my students at exam time’.

Pamela then went on to do a Masters in Dramatherapy in NUI Maynooth & qualified with a 1.1 in 2018 and is a member of I.A.C.A.T (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists).

Pamela is currently kept busy running the Agency & teaching in her school.  She also adjudicates at various Drama & Musical Theatre Festivals around Ireland, is a senior examiner for the Irish Board of Speech & Drama, and works on a consultancy basis as a communication coach.

‘Teaching & working with young people is my life; I consider it a great privilege to be doing what I love. I still get a buzz from it and every day is special, and I am always learning from my students & clients”. 

Therese has been actively involved in Take2 since 1988.

Therese has a wealth of experience working with young children, having run her own playschool for over 20 years, as well as teaching Speech & Drama.

Therese is always on hand to lend support & encouragement on examination, & Feis days! Therese has studied Child Psychology in UCD and has a Cert in Pastoral Counselling with the Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre.

At present Therese is Administrator with Take2.  She is also actively involved with the Glencullen Dundrum Musical and Dramatic Society.

Therese Hughes

Administrator

Shauna Griffith

Casting Assistant
B.A., L.I.B.S.D. (First Class Hons) A.I.B.S.D.(Acting Dip,Hons) A.I.B.S.D. (Teaching Dip,Hons)

Having grown up in a ‘Dramatic’ family Shauna has been involved in Drama & Musical Theatre from a very young age. She attended Take2 Drama classes for 15 years & has a Distinction/Medal award in her Proficiency Grades in both Speech & Drama & Public Speaking. Shauna has been awarded her Associate Diploma from The Irish Board of Speech & Drama (A.I.B.S.D.) Acting as well as her Associate Diploma in Teaching (A.I.B.S.D.).  Shauna has been awarded numerous gold medals & Excellence awards in both exams & Feis competitions. Shauna landed her first film role at the age of 5 playing a leading role in short film ‘Pluck’ directed by Nessa Hardiman. She also played ‘Jenny’ in the RTE Drama ‘Amber’ directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Chloe in ‘Dreamhouse’ directed by Jim Sheridan.She played the lead in feature film’Lost Generation’  & as well as parts in Feature Film ‘Life’s a Breeze’ (Lance Daly Directed) & various TV commercials. including  the ‘Headstrong’ mental health awareness campaign. She is a member of  ‘The Glencullen Dundrum Musical & Dramatic Society’ & her stage credits include Oliver, Scrooge & Miracle on 34th Street, Mary Poppins, as well as all the Take2 shows. Shauna played a leading role in Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt) in the CBC Monkstown/ Loreto Foxrock Musical 2013. 

A.I.B.S.D. (MUSICAL THEATRE).

Ciara began performing at a young age and as a child was involved in various Panto’s, Musicals and Films. She went on to study in Dance and Performing Arts in Sallynoggin College of Performing Arts and since then has continued her training in the UK. Ciara’s theatre credits include: ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat’ – Cork Opera House, ‘Evita’ – Gaiety Theatre, ‘Whistle Down The Wind’ – Grand Canal Theatre, ‘RENT’ – National Tour, and ‘Annie’ – The Helix as well as numerous television and film appearances. She has also won many awards, both for performance and production.

Ciara Woods

Musical Director & Dance Coach

Carl Stallwood

Singing Coach

B.A. Mountview Performing Arts College, London

Originally from Berkshire in England, Carl started performing at a young age, playing lead roles in many local productions. At the age of 19, Carl was awarded a full scholarship to train at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, where he graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre.

Carl has played many lead roles including ‘Herb’ in Godspell, ‘Tevye’ in Fiddler on the Roof, ‘Ernst Ludwig’ in Cabaret, ‘Barnum’ in Barnum, ‘Principal Male’ in ‘Closer Than Ever’, ‘Diesel’ in West Side Story, ‘Jud Fry’ in ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Petruchio’ in Kiss Me Kate, ‘Luis’ in Copacabana, ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth and ‘The Sergeant’ in Woyzeck at the New York Fringe Festival.

In 2008 Carl made his Westend debut at The Novello Theatre starring in ‘Eurobeat – Winning is Everything’, and since then, went on to star in ‘Evita’ as Eva Peron’s brother, which was co-produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright. He was then cast by Bill Kenwright as the male lead role of ‘Amos’ in the UK tour of ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, also performing this role in the first musical production to tread the boards in Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre, ‘Finn’ in the full UK tour of ‘Don’t Stop Believin, a tribute to Glee’. He premiered ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ an original production based on the Thin Lizzy song starring as ‘Captain Farrell’ at The Red Cow in Dublin.

Carl performed the iconic role of ‘Danny’ in Cork Opera House’s production of Grease last year for two seasons & again summer 2014 in The Gaiety Theatre Dublin.

Carl has been a principal dancer in ‘Mrs Browns Boys D’Movie’, danced for Jane Shortall at Croke Park, been a principal dancer on TV3, played ‘The Beast’ in ‘Jedward and Beauty and the Beast’ at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, performed as a soloist in ‘West End in the Gable End’ in Montrose, Scotland, been a judge for the All-Ireland Variety Show in Killarney and most recently a backing vocalist for the finalists in The Voice Of Ireland.

Other credits include being a lead vocalist for ‘Children in Need’, co-presenting the Lawrence Olivier Awards with Richard Wilson and performing in a concert for the President of Israel.

As well as performing, Carl also spends a lot of time teaching Musical Theatre. He is currently co-director of TAP Stage School and on the Board of Directors of the Irish Academy of Musical Theatre (IAMT).

 A.I.B.S.D. (Teaching Diploma, Hons)

Having grown up surrounded by ‘Drama’ Sophie has been involved in Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre from a very young age. Sophie entered her first Feis aged just 3 years and was awarded a Gold Medal, she went on to win many awards over the years in Drama & Musical Theatre. Sophie took Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Aerial Silk classes for many years. Sophie was awarded a medal of Distinction for her Proficiency Grade in Speech & Drama. Sophie appeared in a number of TV Commercials from a young age, featuring in commercials for ‘Suzuki Cars, Douglas Newman Good, SuperValu and many more. Sophie teaches Dance & Drama in our ‘Little Stars’ classes on Saturday mornings for our junior Musical Theatre students as well as teaching Drama & ‘Show Class’ to our Musical Theatre students. Sophie is also currently studying Primary School Teaching in Marino College & is working towards her Licentiate Teaching Diploma. 

Sophie Griffith

Drama Coach

Caroline O’Boyle

Drama Coach

B.A. L.I.B.S.D. (Teaching, Hons)  A.I.B.S.D. (Teaching Diploma, Hons)

Caroline teaches Drama & Theatre Skills to our Musical Theatre students on Saturdays,  works alongside Pamela teaching Drama on Mondays & Tuesdays & teaches Drama on Thursdays assisted by Jane.

 
Caroline began Speech and Drama at the age of 7 at the Betty Ann Norton Theatre School. During her years there she completed her grades with the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama and won numerous medals at Feis Mathew. She also appeared from a young age on stage and screen with a major part in a play at the Peacock Theatre, The Duty Master, and in two Irish films The Snapper by Roddy Doyle and Conor McPherson’s Saltwater. Caroline then went on to study at Colaiste Dhulaigh and she completed a 3-year course in Theatre Studies gaining a BTEC Diploma. During her time there, as well as performance, she gained much experience in all aspects of Theatre, including production, directing, lighting, makeup, and costume design. She went on to study for another 3 years at Manchester Metropolitan University where she was awarded a BA Honours degree in Acting.

Caroline is the co-founder of Mind’s Eye Theatre Company and has performed in two productions to date at The New Theatre in Temple Bar. She also completed a summer programme at the William Esper Studio in New York City where she trained in the Stanford Meisner technique.

Caroline has a keen interest in teaching all aspects of speech and drama and lately, in particular, the use of masks as a teaching tool which was the subject of her her Licentiate dissertation.

 

A.I.B.S.D.

Emma has been involved in Speech and Drama from the age of four and has always had a love for it. She attended Arclight Drama Studios for number of years, where she took part in many feis competitions, as well as her Speech and Drama exams with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama where she achieved numerous medals and awards.

Emma then went onto study English and Media Studies in I.A.D.T for four years, from which she graduated in 2016. That same year Emma completed a six weeks monologue course with Arclight Drama Studios as well as achieving her Teaching Associate Diploma with The Irish Board of Speech and Drama. She is currently about to start working towards achieving her Diploma of Licentiate (Teaching Diploma).

Emma’s Stage credits include plays such as ‘Stags and Hen’s’, ‘Kennedy’s Children’, as well a taking part in annual pantomime’s in The Pavillion Theatre.

Emma is one of Take2’s Drama Teachers for Little Stars on Saturday mornings & teaches the older students on Saturday afternoons.   She is thrilled to be Take2’s newest member of their dedicated team.

Emma Murtagh

Speech & Drama Coach