The Island Glee Club is run by Leigh Jane Gibbs, an accomplished Performing Arts professional with an international career spanning 25years. Now with children of her own, she is passionate about guiding children's enthusiasm for music and movement. Their sparks of creativity and individuality need basic training - training that fosters creativity, self expression and most importantly confidence. Through The Island Glee Club, she hopes to enthuse and inspire the youth of Hong Kong in an environment that is collaborative, structured, but most of all lots of fun.
As the founder/Principal of The Island GLEE Club, Leigh brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the entertainment industry to her teaching.
Originally from Australia, she began studying ballet, tap and jazz from the age of 4. Shortly after, she was introduced to her first Musical Theatre Production. That sparked a fire which ignited her passion and set her on her journey.
She later honed her performing arts skills at the Johnny Young Talent School and then went on to study fulltime with the renowned Brent Street School of Performing Arts.
As a singer/dancer/actor, Leigh became an established 'triple threat' performer. Her versatility led her through a rewarding career in the Australian Entertainment Industry, spanning 25 years.
From stage to screen, catwalk to catalogue, her experience is vast. For television she has featured in Home and Away as 'Ingrid', Baywatch Downunder, The NRL's Footy Show, Popstars, the TV Week Logie Awards, and Good News Week with the Poptarts. She has worked for some of Australia's most well-known artists including Kylie Minogue, INXS and Vanessa Amarossi at the 2000 Olympics, Marcia Hines and with Human Nature on their Counting Down Tour. She has featured in a number of TVCs and walked the Catwalk for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, Elle MacPherson and Westfield to name a few.
Musical Theatre is her passion however and has seen her enjoy success in numerous professional productions such as CHICAGO The Musical - role of Annie, (the Australasian Tour which saw her tread the boards here in Hong Kong), The BOY From OZ with Hugh Jackman; Saturday Night Fever role of Connie; David Atkins' Hot Shoe Shuffle Lead understudy; Get Happy - The Musical role of Connie; GREASE The Mega Musical role of Cha Cha; and as 'Posh' in the hugely successful Spice Power The Tribute Show.
In the course of her studies and career, Leigh has had the opportunity to learn from some of Australias best vocal coaches, including Patricia Oertel, Musical Theatres leading classical vocal coach.
With both classical and contemporary training, she is able to guide young voices, with a sound understanding of both styles, techniques and vocal health.
Leigh has taught singing and dancing classes/workshops over the years, in both Australia and Hong Kong and continues to work in the professional industry.
She has appeared in numerous HK TV commercials and also currently performs, choreographs and produces entertainment for events here in Hong Kong.
Leigh Jane Gibbs
Angeline Hair - Singing/Dance Teacher
Angeline was born in New Zealand and grew up training and performing in all disciplines of the performing arts.
Graduating from the Apollo Theatre School in 2009 Angeline gained a Diploma in Musical Theatre, at the same time graduating from Auckland Technology University gaining a degree in communications.
During her time in New Zealand Angeline worked professionally in corporate dance shows, was a cheerleader for the NRL Warriors and appeared on national television in numerous TVCS & music videos. Her stage credits include productions such as ‘Cat in the Hat’ & ‘Anything Goes’ and the traveling international circus 'Le Grande Cirque'.
Moving into the music arena, Angeline then joined a girls pop trio called ‘Laa Laa girls’ where they wrote and recorded original songs, also starring in their own music videos.
Angeline then decided move abroad to Paris and then London, studying at the West End Musical Theatre School, where she studied 'speech level singing' technique. She was fortunate to be cast to tour with the band ‘Starboy’, performing her way across Europe before landing in Hong Kong.
As a triple threat performer, Angeline is an extremely passionate and versatile artist. Her professional career continues today in Hong Kong, whether it be modelling, dancing, acting, singing or teaching. Angeline has worked for clients such as Cadillac, The Parisian, Frank Muller, Victoria Secrets as well as TVCs and short films.
Her passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts is transferable in her teaching style, engaging with her students to inspire and instill skills to nurture and build life confidence for their future.
Boaz Chad - Singing Teacher
Boaz holds a master’s degree in Musical Theatre from Guildford School of Acting (GSA), and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also received a full scholarship from Goldsmiths University of London for a 3-week-intensive musical training course in 2017.
Aside from being a professional actor, singer, dancer and teacher, he also has extensive experience in vocal coaching, play writing, song writing, directing, choreographing, and translating. He has taken part in over 20 musical, ballet, and opera productions, including the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s La Cage Aux Folles, the original West End’s touring production of 'The Sound of Music', the Opera Hong Kong’s 'Otello', the Bavarian State Ballet’s 'La Bayadère' as an extra, and the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation’s 'FAME'.
Over the past 10 years, Boaz has taught singing and drama in many primary and secondary schools, kindergartens, and education centres in Hong Kong and mainland China. He was an adjudicator for the Hong Kong School Drama Festival and is also an experienced teacher for the Hong Kong School Speech Festival (training more than 60 groups of students to take part in the Dramatic English Duologue category, all of whom received a merit or above certification), the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Exam (HKDSE), the Trinity College of London Exam, and the London College of Music Exam (LCM). He was a tutor in the HKAPA Excel and a guest speaker at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Boaz believes that in arts education there are numerous ways to acquire the same set of skills. The most important job as an educator is to guide individual learners to understand their strengths and to remind them to always be open-minded and creative.
Paige Fitzmaurice - Dance Teacher
Paige is an extremely passionate and versatile Australian trained dancer.
She graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and went on to get her Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance at DLDC Brisbane.
Since then, Paige has gained invaluable experience performing on international contracts for Tokyo DisneySea, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines and at Sands/Venetian Macau as a resident performer. She is a highly sought after commercial dancer here in Hong Kong.
Along the way, Paige has shared her love of dance, teaching jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop and break dance in Australia and Hong Kong.
Paige's true passion is sharing her love of dance and performance and inspiring others to follow their dreams. This resonates in her warm, fun and encouraging down to earth teaching style.