Biographies of the 2015 award recipients
Andrew will be debuting new play Ross & Rachel by 2015 Olivier-nominee James Fritz at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 as well as touring Thomas Martin’s time-travelling spoken word murder mystery show Professional Supervision to UK Festivals. He also continues to work frequently with Punchdrunk and has previously worked with Vicky Graham Productions, Siobhan Davies Dance and Blind Summit Theatre Company.
Yinka created the world’s first ‘Afrobeats Musical’ called Oliva Tweest and has produced it as a sell-out concert show in the West End (2013, Lyric Theatre) and a successful, short ‘try-ou’t run (2014, Hackney Empire) and is currently producing a workshop presentation at St James’ Theatre (May 2015), showcasing the developed script and score while simultaneously plotting a regional tour. This year, he is setting up a company dedicated to developing and producing multi-genre theatre and entertainment, with an emphasis on musicals.
Yinka produces new writing at Worship Tabernacle church and charity. Over the last two years they have developed and produced 3 plays including Hopeless in Mundaya (The Citadel). He was assistant producer for The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Arcola Theatre) and before theatre Yinka was involved in producing several comedy nights, radio shows and other entertainment, including his current involvement in delivering the ‘UK’s craziest gameshow’ (tour), The Big Clash - a live and interactive university gameshow, since 2012.
Ashley Cook founded Troupe in 2013. His debut production, the first revival of R. C. Sherriff’s The White Carnation starred Aden Gillett and Benjamin Whitrow and enjoyed a critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre. The production later transferred to Jermyn Street Theatre for an extended run, starring Michael Praed.
Ashley is Co-Artistic Director of site-specific theatre company The Building Site. Work includes Still I Pray (Finalist – Barbican and Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2012 at the Church of St. Bartholomew the Great) and Hotel Confessions (Southwark Playhouse at the Bermondsey Square Hotel).
For Write to Play he produces one-off events featuring major contemporary playwrights and directors in conversation at leading new writing venues, followed by readings from their unseen work. Plays first heard at Write to Play include The Furies by Neil LaBute, Tender Napalm by Philip Ridley, Haunted Child by Joe Penhall, The Stock Da’wa by David Eldridge and Jefferson’s Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
He is also an actor and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Áine Flanagan is an Irish Freelance Producer, Art Director and Marketing manager.
After touring both Ireland and the United Kingdom for several years as a Company and Stage manager, Áine moved to the UK full time to pursue a career as an Independent Producer. She took part in the award winning Theatre503's resident Assistant Producer programme in early 2013 which launched her producing career, going on to assistant produce and production manage numerous productions for the venue.
Áine's current love children are Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho by Jon Brittain and Matthew Tedford and How to Win Against History by Seiriol Davies.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho returned from a sell-out Edinburgh Fringe Festival to go on to be programmed at Leicester Square Theatre for another sell out run. The show was described as "'One of the funniest hour's that this year"s Fringe has to offer' FEST. While at the Brighton Fringe Festival, the show won an Argos Angel Award and while at the International Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, won Best Male Actor. The show will return to both Latitude Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe this year.
Aine's other project is How to Win Against History, this Arts Council England funded project in conjunction with Ovalhouse Theatre is a ripped up musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and being totally fabulous. A frothy, glossy costume drama about the stories we tell to convince ourselves it's all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not. This will also be performed at the Latitude Festival.
Aine is delighted to be supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers and is looking forward to what her year with them will bring!
Matt founded Goblin, a company dedicated to original and exciting children’s theatre. 2015 sees Mr Tiger Goes Wild (Pleasance Edinburgh & UK Tour), The Ballad of Rudy (Royal Exchange Manchester) & Penguin Penguin Penguin Elephant (Chelsea Theatre) with a couple more in the pipeline.
Matt has worked as a venue programmer for children’s theatre and as a producer, including producing international contemporary performance festival Sacred. He also works in theatre press and marketing, most recently at Polka Theatre. Matt has a M(Phil) in Playwriting from University of Birmingham.
Sophie Cornell founded Essee Productions Ltd in 2014, and is producing the world premiere of ‘Dark Tourism’ at the Park Theatre in Sept/Oct 2015.
Sophie has produced Exposure: Opera and Bravo Figaro (Herald Angel and Fringe First award) for the Royal Opera House. She worked on two projects for the London 2012 Festival; project managing With One Voice, and Assistant Producer for The Owl and the Pussycat by Terry Jones (Monty Python) and Anne Dudley (The Full Monty).
Sophie currently works at the Cultural Institute at King’s mounting exhibitions within the Inigo Rooms (Somerset House), including Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath, Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge and Derek Jarman: Pandemonium.
Sophie was recently awarded a place on the Clore Leadership Emerging Leaders course.
Zoë Simpson has worked in professional theatre since 1998.
In 2014 she produced the UK tour of The Man Jesus by Matthew Hurt starring Simon Callow. The show was a critical and commercial success and productions are now planned for the US, Australia and Italy. Other recent credits include the UK tour of The Amazing Bubble Man and The Dylathon (a 36 hour reading of Dylan Thomas at Swansea Grand Theatre to celebrate the centenary of Thomas’ birth). Readers included Ian McKellen, Sian Phillips, Katherine Jenkins, Jo Brand, Matthew Rhys, Howard Brenton and Hannah Ellis, Dylan’s grand-daughter.
Between 2006 and 2010 she was Associate Producer at David Ian Productions working on various first class productions. DIP shows during that period included the major revival of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium (also UK tour Toronto), UK tours of Cats, Chicago, The Producers, West End transfers of La Cage Aux Folles and The Shawshank Redemption and the world premiere of Flashdance the Musical. She was Production Coordinator for Paul Nicholas & David Ian’s Grease between 2004 and 2010. Other Production Coordinator credits include The King & I (UK tour) and Jailhouse Rock (West End, world premiere).
As an independent producer she has produced a number of fringe and off-West End productions including the UK premiere of the off-Broadway hit Naked Boys Singing!, the London premiere of the multi award-winning New Zealand play No.2 by Toa Fraser starring Madeleine Sami (King’s Head), the London premiere of the musical Honk! by Stiles and Drewe in 1999 (the show went on to win the 2000 Olivier Award for Best Musical for its production at the National Theatre) and the world premiere of Joe & I by Laurie Slade (King’s Head) starring Peter Bowles.
Zoë is on the Board of Musical Theatre Network, an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation which works to promote opportunities for new musical theatre in the UK.
Biographies of the 2014 award recipients
Robin works as an independent theatre producer and is the executive producer for TREMers. He has produced the sell-out 21st anniversary production of The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Old Red Lion and filmed by the V&A for the National Video Archives of Performance), The Confession Room (St. James Studio), Political Pageantry (Old Red Lion), Christmas Is Miles Away (Hen & Chickens), Under The Mistletoe (Battersea Barge), Debbie Chapman - Queen of Hearts (Leicester Square Theatre & Edinburgh Festival).
He was the Associate Producer on Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Our Friends, The Enemy (Theatre 503, Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour) and A Night at the Pictures (Wood Street Market).
He has been Production Assistant on Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre, West End) and Judy, The Righteous (Trafalgar Studios 2).
Robin was recently funded by Arts Council England to develop new dance piece Oil & Trouble for TREMers and Spin Arts Management. In 2015, he will be producing the development of a new one-woman play with writer Abi Zakarian and director Tom O'Brien. The Stage One Producers Bursary will support Robin to produce Dogs of War by Tim Foley at the Old Red Lion.
Anna has recently completed her Stage One apprenticeship, where she worked with Seabright Productions Ltd and Bill Kenwright Ltd. She has founded Stormy Teacup Theatre, a company dedicated to new musical theatre, whose first production ‘I Need A Doctor: The Whosical’ received rave reviews, selling out performances on its UK tour as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe where it won Best Newcomer at The Musical Theatre Network Awards in 2013.
The Stage One Bursary will be assisting Anna with the development of her company ‘Anna Haigh Productions’. Her first venture will be co-producing Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked next year in London and on tour following it’s success at Edinburgh 2014. As well as this, AHP will be looking to develop a number of new shows planned for 2015/2016 in London and Edinburgh.
Anna’s other productions credits include: Ghost The Musical, Evita, Let The Right One In, Eric and Little Ern, Julie Madly Deeply, The Only Way Is Downton, Potted Potter, Chapel Street, Brava – A Musical Theatre Concert, Parade.
Robert is an independent Producer based in London. He is particularly interested in producing theatre that is highly visual, engaging and musical. Recent Producing credits include: The Matchmaker by John B. Keane starring Anne Charleston and Jon Kenny (Assembly Festival), Then by Yve Blake & Co. (Soho Theatre), ObamAmerica Festival (Theatre503), Hard Feelings by Doug Lucie (Finborough Theatre), On the Permanence Fugitive Colors by Cyd Casados (Tristan Bates Theatre), Connected by Karl Quinn and Will Irvine (Rakastajat Theatre Festival Finland), Dracula a new adaptation by Michael Scott (Tivoli Theatre Dublin), The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars by Conal Quinn (World Premier & National Tour) and All in the Timing by David Ives (Dublin Fringe Festival and Rakastajat Theatre Festival Finland).
Robert works with Spotlight Productions Ireland on the Olympai Theatre Panto, recent credits include: Beauty & the Beast, Jedward and the Magic Lamp, Jedward and the Giant Beanstalk, Cinderella starring Jedward, Robin Hood, Aladdin. He is also Development Director for Orchestra Vitae.
David Adkin is a Producer/General Manager and the Associate Producer for the Arts at Stowe programme at Stowe.
Current/recent Credits include: The UK premiere of 'Next Fall' starring Charlie Condou (Southwark Playhouse); the critically acclaimed sold out run of 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' starring David Bedella (Twickenham Theatre); 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Stowe) and 'Our Friends, The Enemy' (UK Tour).
Previous Credits include: ‘Our House The Musical – 10th Anniversary Concert’ starring Suggs, Tameka Empson, Alistair McGowan and Wendi Peters, directed by Matthew Warchus (Savoy Theatre, London); The first London revival of Polly Stenham's 'That Face' (Landor); ’Up4aMeet?’ (UK Tour); ‘The Agony & The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ (Waterloo East Theatre); ‘Holmes & Watson: The Farewell Tour’ (London, Edinburgh and Tour) and ‘searchforatwitterstarLIVE’ featuring performances from Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis and Jon Lee (Lyric Theatre, London).
Lindsay Fraser trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School and founded Fine Line Productions Ltd in 2011.
Productions include; EVEN STILLNESS BREATHES SOFTLY AGAINST A BRICK WALL (Soho Theatre) by Brad Birch, directed by Nadia Latif; WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE MY MOTHER? (Trafalgar Studios) by Christopher Hampton, directed by Blanche McIntyre; and EXECUTION OF JUSTICE (Southwark Playhouse) by Emily Mann, directed by Joss Bennathan.
Fine Line Productions upcoming show is the world premier of OUT OF THE CAGE by Alex McSweeney at Park Theatre in January 2015. Lindsay was awarded the Stage One Bursary to work on the production of OUT OF THE CAGE at Park Theatre and explore its future life.
Lindsay also co-runs the multi-award winning Bear Trap Theatre Company, where she produced; BOUND (Edinburgh Festival, Adelaide Festival, UK National Tour, Southwark Playhouse) which won a host of awards including a Fringe First; and ENDURING SONG (Southwark Playhouse).
Lindsay still works as an actor and has produced films including the Virgin Media Shorts 2013 winning film TOUCH.
Annabel runs W14 Productions and is a director of 1505, a general management company who have recently supported Microcosm (Soho) and The Island (Young Vic). Recent credits as a producer include Beyond Caring (The Yard), as Production Associate, The Act (Trafalgar Studios) and In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (St. James) and as Assistant Producer, Lizzie Siddal (Arcola) and Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse).
Annabel is a qualified solicitor who has previously worked with Paines Plough, the Gate Theatre and Fuel. She has been awarded a Stage One Bursary to enable her to move towards becoming a full time producer and to support a new piece of writing by Juliet Gilkes Romero (who won the Writers Guild Award in 2009 for Best Play with At The Gates of Gaza).
Skye Crawford and Hilary Elk
Crow and Elk Productions is an emerging commercial theatre company formed in 2013 by Hillary Elk and Skye Crawford. We have a passion for cultivating new work, with a specific focus on musical theatre. Productions to date under Crow and Elk Productions include BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER; THE MUSICAL (staged reading, Director Jerry Mitchell), JOHN BUCCHINO AND FRIENDS (St. James Theatre Studio), MISTER LOWRY by Graham Warrener (closed readings in 2013 and 2014), ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS by Alex Harding (closed reading The Lost Theatre), VILLAINY by Craig Christie (open reading, St. James Theatre Studio), THE CRAIG CHRISTIE SONGBOOK (St. James Theatre Studio).
Hillary Elk’s independent producing credits include Tour Producer for Isle of Noise’s Production of a new opera, HANDEL FURIOSO (Arcola Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford and Epstein Theatre, Liverpool), BROADWAY FLASH (a Broadway flash mob) with collaborators, Think Media Studios. Skye Crawford’s independent producing credits include LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL (The Lost Theatre, UK Premiere, nominated for Off West End Award for Best New Musical), FAMILY PORTRAIT by Theo Jamieson (Shaw Theatre), LOVE FOR SALE (Madame JoJo’s), WEST END’s SUNDAY BEST (Palace Theatre, West End).
Crow and Elk have several productions in development to be publicly staged later this year and in early 2015. For more information please visit www.crowandelk.com and follow @crowandelk on Twitter.
Oliver Taheri Productions was founded in 2013 by independent theatre producer and entrepreneur Oliver Taheri. Having been a part of the Theatre industry for over 8 years, Oliver took the move into Theatre Production with his first show Impotent receiving a sell-out run and critical acclaim from Critics and Audiences alike. Since then Oliver has developed relationships and worked alongside some of the UK’s top theatre producers. Most recently becoming an Associate Producer on the UK Premiere of Tony Award Winning Musical URINETOWN, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Oliver’s next show is a revival of the fastest selling new play in Royal Court history, The Vertical Hour by David Hare. The show will be directed by BAFTA winning director Nigel Douglas, and opens at Park 200 in September.
OTP is committed to providing high quality theatre productions for UK audiences and is dedicated to the producing and staging of ambitious productions and by doing so, contributing to the development of the ever changing and growing theatre industry. OTP welcomes new opportunities for collaboration and creativity, along with script submissions. Oliver is also a member of The Production Exchange.
Oliver Taheri Productions Ltd has received full SEIS status from HMRC and is a registered company in the UK.
Oliver was awarded the Bursary to develop OTP and future productions for the company.
Tara currently works as Producer at Iris Theatre and Assistant Producer at Company of Angels. She also runs Tara Finney Productions, with which she produced the critically acclaimed Land of Our Fathers (nominated for five Off West End Awards 2014 and named TimeOut’s Fringe Show of the Year 2013). Tara qualified as a solicitor before starting her theatrical career as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503. She also works as a freelance Casting Director.
Tara was awarded a bursary to allow her to develop her career as an independent producer and to support the transfer of Land of Our Fathers to Trafalgar Studios in September 2014.
Producing credits include: Alice through the Looking Glass, Richard III (St Paul's Church), Respect, Buy Nothing Day (ALRA Studio), I, Peaseblossom / I, Caliban (National Tour), Theatre Cafe York (York Theatre Royal), Land of Our Fathers (Theatre503), Alice in Wonderland, Julius Caesar (St Paul's Church), World Factory (National Theatre Studio), Desolate Heaven, Where the Mangrove Grows, ELEGY, Life for Beginners (all Theatre503), Bluebird (South Hill Park, Courtyard Theatre & Bedlam).
Casting credits include: Mucky Kid, Land of Our Fathers, The Life of Stuff (nominated for Best Ensemble, Off West End Awards 2014), Desolate Heaven (all Theatre503).
Debbie is currently Production Co-Ordinator for Jamie Hendry Productions as part of the Stage One Apprenticeship Scheme for outstanding new producers. Prior to her tenure at JHP she has worked variously for James Seabright, Sarah Brocklehurst, Theatre Uncut, and the Donmar Warehouse.
She has been commissioning and staging works in her own right since 2009. Highlights include: the multi-award winning NSDF hit Amadeus, the Fringe premiere of RENT, and acting as Managing Director for Bedlam Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011.
As her Apprenticeship is coming to an end, Debbie has been awarded a bursary to support developing her own theatrical ventures, including Tom Basden's Holes which is due to open off-West End in summer 2014.
Georgina is a producer with experience across new writing, comedy, devised and cross artform work across London's fringe and subsidised venues. She is currently a Cross Arts Producer at The Barbican and has produced contemporary community work at The Roundhouse. Georgina began producing new writing commissions and tours of devised work with MUJU based at the Tricycle Theatre and creating work with Coney, an interactive theatre collective and NPO. She managed UK Tours for Avalon Promotions including tours for Greg Davies and Russell Kane and coordinated their 26 shows at Edinburgh Festival 2010. As a freelance producer, Georgina has produced a site specific show, Sink or Spin, in East London and has two productions in development, including GELT at Camden Fringe in July 2014.
Biographies of the 2013 award recipients
Rebecca is an independent producer, productions include: Romeo and Juliet (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Three to Four Days (Theatre 503 and Surgeon’s Hall The Spaces, Edinburgh Fringe) the world’s first stage adaptation of Princes Mononoke for sell out runs at New Diorama Theatre before transferring to The AiiA Theater, Japan, and The Investigation (Zoo Southside, Edinburgh Fringe).
She has previously worked at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a producer, assisting on Hopelessly Devoted, Open House, Strike the Gong and Pilot Night. She has previous experience at The Royal Shakespeare Company, Sonia Friedman Productions, Ambassador’s Theatre Group and Salisbury Playhouse.
She was part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Emerging Producer’s Programme 2013 and was mentored by Tony Reekie, Imaginate. Rebecca is mentored by Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer at The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Rebecca was awarded the Bursary to put the production Princess Mononoke back into R and D and to continue work as an independent producer.
Trish Wadley is Executive Producer of Defibrillator Productions; a London based Theatre Company, looking to bring dynamic, fluid theatre to a versatile contemporary audience. Led by artistic director James Hillier, it aims to bring to life work that has fallen unnoticed or is looking for creative re-invention. Trish spent 20 years working internationally in Media as a journalist and Marketing Director before moving to theatre and has worked as Development Director of the Bush Theatre and Development consultant to the Tricycle Theatre.
For Defibrillator she was Co-Producer on THE HOTEL PLAYS by Tennessee Williams (Grange Hotel October 2012) and Executive Producer for HARD FEELINGS by Doug Lucie (Finborough July 2013)
Trish received her bursary to allow her to develop her career as a full time commercial producer and to support a new revamped production of THE HOTEL PLAYS scheduled for The Langham Hotel in February 2014.
Trish is also a Director of The Uncertainty Principle – a theatre company established in both the UK and Australia - working with text and movement directors, developing Festival focused new works.
George worked as a script reader for Scottish Screen and film production companies (Breakthru Films, Storm Studio), and as a script developer for filmmakers including writer/director Richard Parry (A NIGHT IN THE WOODS, BLOOD TRAIL, SOUTH WEST 9). After university he worked for Summit Entertainment (THE TWILIGHT FRANCHISE, THE HURT LOCKER) in Los Angeles. He returned to UK in 2010, and now works as a producer and developer in theatre and television. Recent productions include THE HORROR! THE HORROR! at Wilton’s Music Hall (Oct 2012), ERNEST HEMINGWAY’S FIESTA at The Trafalgar Studios (Feb 2013) and THE GHOST HUNTER at Pleasance Edinburgh and UK tour (2013).
Aidan is currently Executive Director for Reading Rep Theatre and founder of ABG Productions. Since joining Reading Rep, he has produced four critically acclaimed sell-out productions as part of their inaugural season (The Dumb Waiter, A Christmas Carol, Miss Julie, and Look Back In Anger); and launched an ambitious second season of work (The Nativity Play Goes Wrong; Out at Sea and Striptease, and Proof). He has also overseen the development of an education programme, which places enterprise, experience and employability at its core; and secured funding from Arts Council England and The European Social Fund amongst others.
For ABG Productions, theatre includes Armstrong's War at the Finborough Theatre and Jekyll and Hyde at the Southwark Playhouse. ABG has also produced short films including Round and Round the Garden and The Wishing Horse. Prior to joining Reading Rep, Aidan led Illyria Productions, for which he produced 11 plays between 2009 and 2012, including The Seagull and The Hothouse, both at the Oxford Playhouse, as well as Wind in the Willows, Peer Gynt and Glengarry Glen Ross. He also produced the Oxford University Dramatic Society’s International Tour of Much Ado About Nothing, which was presented in association with Thelma Holt and the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation. More recently Aidan has been working as Production Coordinator with Young Vic short films and has worked as post-production assistant on films including Coriolanus, directed by Ralph Fiennes. Aidan read Classics at Wadham College, University of Oxford.
Nick Hennegan's first production was a transfer of Nicolai Erdman’s The Suicide to Solihull Library Theatre in 1992. After critical and audience success at the Edinburgh Festival with a one-person version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Nick established the Maverick Theatre Company in Birmingham in 1994 – to encourage new theatre audiences and new local talent. Over the next ten years, Nick and Maverick won numerous awards and produced over sixty shows in Birmingham – some touring nationally and to the USA – and established a youth theatre and a new writers group. He headed a company producing commercial events and openings, product launches and retail support for many bluechip clients and agencies and is a Sony Award winning radio presenter and producer.
Nick moved to London in 2009 to study and has an M.A. in Creative Producing for Theatre from the University of London. Since then he has managed a number of national tours and fringe productions for various companies. In 2012 he created The London Literary Pub Crawl, a guided performance celebrating the literary life of London and is looking forward to further projects in London, including Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood and presentations in the West End of his two critically acclaimed products, not seen in London before, Henry V - Lion of England and the Brit-Comedy P.A.L.S. He still runs an annual Introduction to Creative Producing workshop and continues to write. His screenplay George’s Seventh Dimension has been placed in the top 30 screenplays for the UK Screenwriters Festival, he is editing the memoir of the late Norman Raybone and is about to issue a memoir of 20 years of Maverick Theatre life, entitled How To Make a Crisis Out Of A Drama!
See www.nicholashennegan.com and www.londonliterarypubcrawl.com Or Maverick at www.mavericktheatre.co.uk.
David Hutchinson has been awarded a Stage One Bursary towards subsistence for the next eight months and has the valuable mentorship of producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers in developing new commercial touring and West End Theatre.
David trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating in 2009 when he founded Sell a Door Theatre Company with fellow LIPA graduate Phillip Rowntree. The production company now has over fifty productions under it's belt, and predominately tours to mid-scale and Off West End theatres across the UK. Past tours include 'Dracula' (2010), 'Spring Awakening the Musical' (2011), 'A Taste of Honey' (2011), 'Lord of the Flies' (2011/2012), 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' (2013) and '1984' (currently touring). David produced his first West End production 'Seussical' at the Arts Theatre in 2012. David has a particular interest in new writing, targeted at attracting 16-25 year olds to the theatre. He was awarded a Fringe First award by the Scotsman in 2012 for his co-production of 'Rainbow', and was nominated for a London Best Play Revival by LFF in 2011 for his production of Auburn's 'Proof' at the Greenwich Playhouse. Sell a Door was made 'Company in Residence' at the newly opened Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, Scotland in 2012 by Artistic Director Julie Ellen.
"I feel incredibly lucky to have been awarded the Stage One Bursary and offered guidance from two producers who I hold in the highest regard. I started producing very much by making mistakes and learning from them, however now I have reached a crucial stage in my development where I need to listen and plan carefully in how to sustain a long term career in this field. This bursary gives me focus and support to design a better working business model and develop future projects for West End and commercial touring."
Tim Johanson Productions was founded by Tim in 2011. Since then they have produced a rivival of Port Authority starring Ardal O'Hanlon at the Southwark Playhouse, Associate Produced Floyd Collins at the Southwark Playhouse, and produced new writer Rashid Razaq's The President and the Pakistani in Autumn 2012.
Independently of TJP, Tim has worked with Foxed Up Theatre, Firehouse Creative Productions, and Sheer Drop Theatre. He was most recently Associate Producer on the Olivier Awards.
Tim received his bursary to allow himself time to develop work, and to support his involvement with Dirty Great Love Story at the Brits Off Broadway festival at 59e59 in New York in June 2013.
Sam Yates founded 31Productions in 2011 to finance theatre projects. The inaugural production, MIXED MARRIAGE by St John Ervine, played to sell out houses at the Finborough Theatre and was described by Michael Billington in The Guardian as “The most compelling play in London”. Following this was a lost J.B. Priestley play, CORNELIUS, starring Alan Cox. The production started life at the Finborough Theatre and, after rave reviews across the national press, transfers to 59E59 in New York as part of the Brits Off Broadway season, 2013. Future productions include THE NEW YORK CYCLE by Eugene O’Neill, following a reading with Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson and Matthew Marsh in 2013. All productions for 31Productions have been directed by Yates.
Sarah Stribley (mentor James Bierman)
Sarah was the Assistant Producer at Paines Plough funded by the Stage One and Esmée Fairbairn new producers scheme, working on productions including The Roundabout Season London (Shoreditch Town Hall), Good With People by David Harrower (Traverse Theatre), Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett (Royal Court Theatre), The 8th by Paul Heaton & Ché Walker (Barbican & UK Tour) and as line-producer London by Simon Stephens (UK Tour). Prior to this she was an apprentice producer at Seabright Productions Ltd working on shows such as Potted Potter (International Tour and West End), The Showstoppers (UK Tour) and An Instinct for Kindness (Trafalgar Studios & UK Tour).
Previous productions include The Coronation of Poppea directed by Mark Ravenhill and starring Rebecca Caine (King’s Head Theatre), Word:Play/NWxSW (UK Tour 2013) for Box of Tricks Theatre, the Without Décor new writing season (King’s Head Theatre) and various comedy shows throughout the UK with award-winning comedy group Casual Violence.
Sarah was awarded a bursary to set up Sarah Stribley Productions and to allow her to develop future projects for 2013 & 14.
Leonora Twynam (mentor Joseph Smith)
Leonora is an independent producer. Having practiced as a full time solicitor from 2002, in 2008 she went part time and joined the development department at the Bush Theatre. After four years at the Bush, Leonora left and co-produced Events While Guarding the Bofors Gun at the Finborough Theatre, which received a ***** review from Michael Billington and was described in the New York Times as "stirring and shaking sellout audiences".
Leonora will use her Stage One Bursary to acquire the rights in and develop a new musical based on a novel by an international best selling author.
Alex is a recent law graduate from LSE and UCL. While at university he produced many student shows and founded the LSE’s first theatre company - ‘The Revolving Shed’- before taking their first show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Now, in its third year, The Revolving Shed is fast becoming an established student presence at the Fringe, notable for the quality of new writing it produces. Alex has also produced a number of 5 Star shows on the London Fringe including ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ at Theatro Technis, and ‘1984’ at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Since leaving university Alex co-founded Flying Bear Productions to produce ambitious multimedia theatre for commercial theatre. Among many other projects, Alex is particularly excited about developing a production of Orwell’s classic fable, ‘Animal Farm’, that promises to bring together puppetry, animation, and live music. Alex is delighted to have Stage One’s support for the project.
Theatre includes Mudlarks (HighTide Festival, Theatre503 & Bush Theatre), Cuddles (Ovalhouse), Fanta Orange and Don Juan Comes Back From the War at the Finborough Theatre, as well as the theatre's Vibrant – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights festivals (2009, 2010 and 2011). For Offstage Theatre Lucy produced Amphibians (Bridewell Theatre), for Misshapen Theatre she produced Phillipa and Will are Now in a Relationship and The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo (Pleasance Edinburgh and Theatre503) and Blast Off (Theatre503 & Soho Theatre), and for Rogues’ Gallery she produces The Folk Contraption (VAULT Festival/London Wonderground/Latitude Festival). She was a producer at Old Vic New Voices for The 24 Hour Plays, The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange (The Old Vic) and Time Warner Ignite 4 (Waterloo East). She has produced and managed at seven Edinburgh Festival Fringes including And No More Shall We Part for Hampstead Theatre (Traverse Theatre), PEEP for Natural Shocks, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (Volcano Theatre) and Thom Tuck Goes Straight-to-DVD (Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee for Best Newcomer). She is Producing Associate for New York-based company the TEAM, and has been a Production Assistant for TEG Productions/Jeremy Meadow Ltd. In 2013 Lucy will be a Stage One Apprentice for Mark Rubinstein Ltd.
Brendan Riding has been awarded the Stage One Bursary for his production of Tumbledown.
After a 10 year career in the British Army, which included serving on operational tours in Iraq, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Bosnia, Brendan decided to pursue an alternate career in the Arts. Gaining business experience by initially working for a hedge fund manager and studying at Ashridge Business School for his MBA, Brendan then trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School prior to establishing West End Front Productions in 2010.
Whilst serving in the Army he was a specialist security consultant for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; where he was bodyguard to Her Majesties Ambassador to Iraq, Sir William Patey and Chief of Defence Staff, Lord Stirrup alongside other VIP’s and Government figures. Brendan spent over 5 years on Operations with the Army and it was these experiences that gave him a unique understanding of the human effects of war and he was keen to explore them further through the medium of theatre.
Brendan continues to grow as a producer and currently has 3 shows that he and West End Front Productions are producing. The first of which is Tumbledown by Charles Wood and is adapted from the BBC BAFTA winning film of the same name.
Tumbledown is the true story of Robert Lawrence MC who in the final hours of battle during the Falklands Campaign is shot by a sniper and looses over 40% of his brain. Through sharp dialogue and brilliantly realised flashbacks Tumbledown explores those blind moments of triumph and how they have been paid for ever after, with the kind of angry heroism and suffering that is not rewarded by medals. Tumbledown is a shocking and profoundly moving play, less concerned to expose the politics of the Falklands conflict, than to convey something of the irredeemable damage inflicted by every war.
For further information please visit www.westendfrontproductions.com or
Yvette Griffith is lead producer of Dandy Theatre Associates co-owned with the current General Manager of the Bush Theatre, Deborah Sawyerr.
Yvette has worked for some of London’s best known and loved theatre companies including Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions, Royal Court Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hampstead Theatre and Young Vic.
Dandy Theatre Associates, is going through an exciting time with a diverse spectrum of quality theatre projects and regularly collaborates with like-minded individuals and organisations.
Along with her on-going theatre projects supported by Stage One bursary, Yvette is currently conducting a theatre feasibility study for the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.
Tom Atkins (mentor Joseph Smith)
Tom Atkins is an independent producer and freelance project manager. Graduating from Rose Bruford College as a manager in 2009, he has since worked in a number of roles for organisations including York Theatre Royal, Seabright Productions, Paines Plough, HighTide Festival Theatre, Dirty Dancing on Stage, Backbeat on Stage, WeDidThis, You Need Me, Opera Holland Park, Camden Council, and Chris Grady. His most recent independent production was the European Premiere of How The World Began by Catherine Trieschmann at the Arcola Theatre which The Times called “a scorching production.” He has been an Ideas Fund judge for IdeasTap and is currently an assessor for the OffWestEnd.com ‘Offies’ Awards. He also sits on the Arts Grants Advisory Panel for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and is a board member of Musical Theatre Network.
The Stage One Bursary for New Producers has enabled him to begin pre-production on his next independent production for Autumn 2013.
Sarah Brocklehurst (mentor Ros Povey)
Sarah is an independent producer working in both theatre and film, nominated in 2012 for a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Producer. She has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sonia Friedman Productions, where she was an Apprentice supported by Stage One. She is the producer of Theatre Uncut, through which she presents political work from international playwrights at the Young Vic and the Traverse Theatre.
Sarah was awarded a Stage One Bursary to set up Sarah Brocklehurst Productions and develop her slate of forthcoming projects.
Mark Cartwright produced Jigsy (Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh / Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol / Royal Court, Liverpool), Fireface (Young Vic), The Hairy Ape (Southwark Playhouse), Bunny (Soho Theatre and 59E59 Theaters, New York), which was a NY Times Critics' Pick, Blue Surge (Finborough), and The Boy on the Swing (Arcola). He was Associate Producer of Herding Cats (Hampstead). Other producing credits include Time Warner Ignite 1 and The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (Old Vic) and he was Assistant Producer on Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Arcola).
In 2012 he was awarded a Stage One Bursary for New Producers to help him stage Jigsy.
See http://www.markcartwright.co.uk for further details of upcoming productions.
Stewart Charlesworth and Luke Fredericks (mentor Julian Bird)
Morphic Graffiti was created by Stewart Charlesworth and Luke Fredericks in 2011 with the aim of creating theatre that is recognised for its creativity, artistic integrity and quality. The pair have both had extensive careers as performers and have combined their passions to produce exciting and thought provoking theatre. Their inaugural production of Jekyll and Hyde at the Union Theatre played in June 2012 and received rave reviews.
The Stage One Bursary has allowed the pair to expand Morphic Graffiti and begin pre-production on their next project.
Tracey Childs (mentor Kim Poster)
Following a 38 year career as an actress Tracey is now delighted that the Stage One Bursary is allowing her to concentrate on producing. When Andrew Hall directed ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ with Matthew Kelly as George and Tracey Childs as Martha, they had no idea the show would prove so career changing. When the production was offered a run at Trafalgar Studios there was no one to produce the transfer, so Andrew and Tracey did it themselves! The show was a sell-out critically acclaimed success. Andrew and Tracey loved the whole experience, discovered they made a great team and formed Hall and Childs Ltd.
They have since produced Alan Ayckbourn’s ghost story ‘Haunting Julia’ at Riverside Studios, again to great critical acclaim. Now, going out on its first ever National tour in Autumn 2012 starring Duncan Preston, Richard O’Callaghan and Joe McFadden, Tracey is able to focus fully on this project and the future of Hall and Childs Ltd thanks to the generosity and support of the Stage One charity.
Neil Franklin (Mentor Edward Snape)
Franklin Productions Ltd is an independent commercial theatre producer, formed by Neil Franklin in 2012 to produce work on tour in the UK and in the West End. Franklin Productions are producing and general managing a UK tour of Being Tommy Cooper which opens in May and a UK tour of Fat Pig in autumn 2013. Franklin Productions are also developing two new musicals, a British feature film and in the process of commissioning a new play for commercial production in 2014.
Neil was awarded a Stage One Bursary to allow development of projects in 2013.
For more information please visit www.franklinproductions.co.uk
Vicky Graham (mentor Tobias Round)
Vicky has seven years' experience of producing on the fringe and at festivals in London, Edinburgh, Paris, Avignon, and Off-Broadway in New York. She was the first in-house Producer at Theatre503, where she produced seven in-house productions, countless co-productions and events, and has worked as Associate Producer for Pip Productions, Joint Artistic Director of Gilt & Grime and as a freelance producer and administrator. In 2011, Vicky was selected to participate in the Old Vic New Voices T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange, and subsequently spent three months working in New York at Jean Doumanian Productions at NYMF (New York Musical Theatre Festival) and line producing Off-Broadway at the Duke on 42nd Street.
Vicky will use her Stage One Bursary to raise the profile of her work as an independent producer, to set up Vicky Graham Productions, raise investment and plan future projects.
Katy Lipson (mentor Jo Danvers)
Katy’s diverse experiences in the arts include theatre producing, working as a Musical Director, accompanist, vocal coach, composer and piano/vocalist. She created Aria Entertainment in 2011 and has gone on to produce the Best Little Whorehouse In Texas at the Union Theatre and a charity gala of Children Of Eden at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, West End starring Gareth Gates, Russell Grant and Kerry Ellis. Her most recent production The Mystery Of Edwin Drood transferred from a 4 week run at The Landor Theatre to The Arts Theatre, London for a limited 35 performances starring former Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters.
She has also run the A STAGE KINDLY new musical theatre initiative for the past 3 years which has brought to life the music from over 50 International new musicals. Other credits as a Musical Director include the Uk Tour of It’s A Wonderful Life, The No 1 Uk Tour of Hot Flush starring Marti Webb and Sheila Ferguson and the European Tour of The 12 Tenors in addition to a wealth of London fringe productions.
Katy also collaborated with and produced a new cabaret show for Edward Reid who shot to fame in Britain’s Got Talent last year: “Edward Reid, Living The Dream One Song At A Time”, which ran at the Edinburgh Festival, Assembly Rooms, 2nd-15th August 2012 before a National tour of Scotland in the Autumn.
Sarah Loader and Eleanor Rhode, Snapdragon Productions (mentor Dan Bates)
Snapdragon Productions was formed by Producer Sarah Loader and Artistic Director Eleanor Rhode in 2009 to bring neglected and unknown works to new audiences. In 2012, Snapdragon became a limited company under the direction of Pelham Olive, and won the Stage One Bursary for New Producers.
In 2013, Snapdragon returned to the Park Theatre to present the London premiere of The Dead Wait by Paul Herzberg. This followed their multi-award nominated production of Thark by Ben Travers which also played at the Park Theatre. Productions in development include A Bill of Divorcement by Clemence Dane, Four Places by Joel Drake Johnson, a trilogy of plays by Lanford Wilson and Smolensk by Sarah Grochala.
Snapdragon’s previous productions include the revival of A Life by Hugh Leonard (Finborough Theatre), the London premiere of Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy (Finborough Theatre) which was named Time Out Critics’ Choice, the world premiere of Barrow Hill by Jane Wainwright (Finborough Theatre), the European premiere of Michael Healey’s Generous (Finborough Theatre) which enjoyed two sell-out runs and was also named Time Out Critics’ Choice, the award-winning European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Me and Juliet (Finborough Theatre) and Anna Karenina (Arcola Theatre). Snapdragon co-produced the world premiere of Anders Lustgarten’s A Day at the Racists (Finborough Theatre and the Broadway Theatre, Barking) which was nominated for the 2010 TMA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre and won the playwright the Inaugural Harold Pinter Award for Playwriting.
Eleanor trained at Mountview and the National Theatre Studio, and is a former Staff Director at the National Theatre. Her work outside of Snapdragon has included productions at the Arcola, Cockpit Theatre, Camden People's Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Tristan Bates, Theatre 503 and Hampstead Theatre. Sarah is a former Production Executive for Bill Kenwright and a former fundraising officer for Finborough Theatre where she co-fonded the annual new writing festival, 'Vibrant'. She is currently an assistant to the director Simon McBurney.
As well as allowing Sarah and Eleanor to produce full time for Snapdragon, the 2012 Bursary from Stage One supported their productions of The Dead Wait and A Life and supported the development of A Bill of Divorcement.
Eliza Lumley (mentor Nick Allott)
Eliza's background is in both theatre and the music business. After Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music (where she is now an Associate), she worked for 14 years as an actress in the West End, National Theatre, RSC and on Broadway. More recently she founded Locomotion Entertainment, a management and publishing company for artists in the music business. After working as an Associate Producer for Judy Craymer, she is now embarking on her own as an independent Producer, with the invaluable help of a Stage One bursary. Her first project is a new musical for the West End.
Curran Mckay (mentor James Seabright)
Curran McKay founded Folie a deux Productions in 2012 with the remit of reviving obscure plays by great writers and to develop and conceive new stories that push boundaries in theatre. To date, the company has produced two shows Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams and ‘I Am A Camera’ by John Van Druten which were received with critical acclaim and nominated for three Off West End Awards.
Having been awarded a Stage One Bursary, Curran will use it to formally establish the company, raise its profile and attract further investment towards the work.
Tom Miller & Daniel Souter (mentor: Thelma Holt)
Daniel and Tom both graduated from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth in 2008, with a BA Hons in Acting. Within a year of graduating they co-founded The New Actors Company with Robert Laycock and Thomas Shirley for their debut production of A Dinner Party at The Camden Peoples Theatre. In this production Tom and Daniel both took the lead roles as well as co-writing and producing it.
In the spirit of The New Actors Company they have performed and produced a further three productions since then: The Night Before Christmas (Barons Court) Out Of The Sun (Hen And Chickens Theatre) and a critically acclaimed production of J B Priestly’s They Came To A City (Southwark Playhouse).
They have also produced The Grand Duke at the Finborough Theatre in April 2012. The roles of actor / producer is one Daniel and Tom hope to maintain in their career and are sure this new project, under the aegis of a Stage One bursary will help them on that path.
Tom O'Connell (mentor Jamie Hendry)
Tom O'Connell produces commercial theatre through his business QNQ Ltd, which he co-owns with Nicole Nicholson. QNQ have two divisions: a commercial production company and a creative service agency offering design, photography and film to small scale producers.
QNQ recently co-produced Step 9 [of 12] a new dark comedy starring The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison, directed by Tom Attenborough which ran for a limited season in the West End at the Trafalgar Studios.
Tom trained as a Stage One apprentice producer at Fiery Angel Ltd under the mentoring of Edward Snape and Jon Bath, working on The 39 Steps (Criterion & UK Tour); The Ladykillers (Gielgud & National Tour); Swallows and Amazons directed by Tom Morris (Vaudeville/UK Tour); Peppa Pig Live (Criterion/UK Tour); The Painkiller starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon (Lyric, Belfast); Ben-Hur (West Berkshire Playhouse) and most recently Goodnight Mister Tom (Phoenix Theatre).
As a production co-ordinator: Floyd Collins – A Musical (Southwark Playhouse); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Southwark Playhouse); Jason Robert Brown in Concert (Apollo) and WhatsOnStage Awards 2012 (Prince of Wales).
Other producer credits include: Wonderland Jazz series (Dome Room, Brighton), A Night at the Musicals (UK Tour), Nursery Crimes the Musical (Kings Head Theatre), Jose Vanders Live (Heist, Brighton), Now We Are Five (Old Courtroom Theatre), Live on the Lawns (Hove Champagne Festival) and various professional pantomime adaptations regionally. Associate producer for Old Courtroom Theatre during Brighton Fringe Festival 2010, producing over 15 shows in-house.
In 2013 Tom O'Connell for QNQ will produce the 20th anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing directed by Nikolai Foster, starring Suranne Jones in the West End & UK Tour for a limited season. For more information visit: QNQLtd.com
Kat Portman Smith (mentor Barbara Matthews)
As Associate Producer for Seabright Productions Kat has produced and general managed many shows in London, Edinburgh and on U.K. national tours.
Whilst working with James Seabright for the last seven years she has worked on diverse shows including Potted Potter in the West End and U.K. tour, Hardeep Singh Kohli’s touring shows, the U.K. tour of An Instinct for Kindness and The Showstoppers.
In September 2012 Kat left Seabright Productions to set up as an independent producer. The generosity of Stage One will allow her to concentrate on her current projects, to set up KPS Productions and to raise investment.
James Quaife (mentor Carole Winter & Matthew Gordon)
Formed in 2008 James Quaife Productions is a West End and Off-West End production company based in London.
Productions include: Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts starring Charlie Condou (Southwark Playhouse), Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire starring Imelda Staunton (Noël Coward Theatre), Barking In Essex by Clive Exton starring Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock and Keeley Hawes (Wyndham’s Theatre – WhatsOnStage nomination for Best New Comedy and Evening Standard Theatre Awards nomination for Best Night Out), Happy Never After by Hannah Rodger (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013, Pleasance Courtyard), Step 9 (of 12) by Rob Hayes starring Blake Harrison (Trafalgar Studios), the world premiere of Happy Never After by Hannah Rodger and People Like Us by Jake Brunger (Pleasance Theatre, London), the London premiere of Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson starring Olivia Hallinan (Trafalgar Studios – 2011 London Theatre Award for Best New Play), the first London revival of Moliere or The League of Hypocrites by Mikhail Bulgakov (Best Play 2009, History Today), the European premiere of the musical Little Fish by Michael John LaChiusa and the world premiere of Death of Long Pig by Nigel Planer (Finborough Theatre).
From 2010 – 2011 James worked as the Project Manager for Old Vic New Voices where he project managed The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange in London and New York (Vineyard Theatre 2010 & Public Theater 2011), The 24 Hour Plays: Old Vic New Voices (The Old Vic), The Arden Project (Warner Brothers in London and 3LD in New York) and Time Warner IGNITE.
In 2012 James was awarded a Stage One Producer’s Bursary for his production of Step 9 (of 12) and was mentored by Carole Winter and Mathew Gordon (MJE Productions). In 2013 James was awarded a Stage One Start Up Fund for the West End production Barking In Essex and was mentored by Mark Rubinstein.
James has recently joined English Tour Theatre as their new producer and will be producing the UK tour of Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and directed by Blanche McIntyre. He will then go on to produce a major revival of Peter Whelan’s The Herbal Bed which will open at the Royal & Derngate ahead of a national tour, completing its run at the Rose Theatre Kingston.
Leo Wood (mentor Becky Barber)
Independent Productions was established by Leo Wood in 2010. 2012 projects include: Black Battles with Dogs at Southwark Playhouse, Old Earth for Jericho at Spitalfields Music Festival, Boy in a Dress at the Edinburgh Festival written and performed by La John Joseph and Revenger's Tragedy directed by Suba Das (for which the Stage One Bursary was awarded). 2011 projects include: The Tempest for Jericho at the Barbican and on tour in Israel/Palestine. Projects in development for 2013 include: a UK tour of The Bear with Angela Clerkin (an Improbable Associate Artist project).