Director – Danielle Bridson BA (Hons), PGCE



I have been fortunate enough to experience many different types of tuition and coaching during my time as a student, performer and teacher working within the Creative Arts field; from my first dance class and piano lessons at the tender age of 5, to my first professional role out of Performing Arts College.  I learnt my craft from many specialists within the Creative Arts Industry and it is my passion to pass on my skills, knowledge and experience to students of all ages on the Isle of Man. The Educational Specialist, Ken Robinson states that ‘creativity is putting your imagination to work’. I whole heartedly believe that everyone possesses the ability to be creative and imaginative and at ‘The Arts Hub’ we endeavour to explore this creativity to its full potential, allowing you to realise your artistic aspirations as performers and practitioners in the world of the Creative Arts.

I am certain that we have the perfect class waiting to help you unlock your creativity and imagination and I look forward to welcoming you to The Arts Hub soon!

Danielle Bridson

Danielle’s Background…

“I learnt my craft from many specialists within the Creative Arts Industry and it is my passion to pass on my skills, knowledge and experience to students of all ages on the Isle of Man.”

 The Arts Hub Founder and Director, Danielle, moved to the Isle of Man with her family in 1997. During her time as a student at Ballakermeen High School, Danielle was heavily involved in many aspects of the Arts in the Manx community. At the age of 19, Danielle embarked on a three year Performing Arts Degree at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. On completion of her degree, Danielle worked professionally in a number of fringe and touring productions in the United Kingdom and internationally. Danielle’s passion for teaching developed during this time when she worked as a singing, drama and music teacher delivering private lessons to both amateur enthusiasts, as well as professional actors and dancers whilst working for well established Performing Arts Schools in London and the home counties.

Danielle completed a PGCE at Middlesex University in 2009 and started a career in Secondary Education in London as Head of Music. In 2012, Danielle returned to the Isle of Man to take up the role as Faculty Leader for Arts at Ballakermeen High School.

Since returning to the Isle of Man, Danielle hasn’t been able to resist the opportunity to work with the many talented performer’s on the Island at the Gaiety, initially in ‘The Full Monty’ with JT Production and more recently as ‘Deloris Van Cartier’ in the Douglas Choral Union’s production of ‘Sister Act’



Performing Arts Teacher – Emily Coates BA (Hons)




G rowing up on the Isle of Man, Emily trained in all aspects of the performing arts, including piano, violin, singing, ballet, modern dance, drama and musical theatre. After completeing her secondary education at Ramsey Grammar School, Emily went on to complete a BA(hons) degree in Music and Drama at the University of Manchester. Although the course was very academic, she branched out and gained experience in various forms of theatre and performance including opera, full orchestral and choral works, scripted theatre and devised theatre. Whilst completing the degree, Emily began to teach singing and drama privately, and had success with students auditioning for and being accepted to prestigious stage schools.

Now Emily is  back on the Island she is teaching Music and Drama at Ballakermeen High School and training for her PGCE at the same time! She still takes part in as much performing as she can fit in and was most recently seen as Betty Schaefer in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and a highlight  as Christine Daae in ‘Phantom of the Opera’.

Emily is delighted to be joining the Arts Hub and can’t wait to meet all the students for some singing, dancing and all things theatrical!