Presidents, Associate Artists & Board

President

Andrew Lloyd Webber

David Grindrod
Vice President
Show biography

David launched David Grindrod Associates in 1998 and has been Andrew Lloyd Webber’s dedicated casting director on all Really Useful Group productions since then. As well as being our Vice President, David is a board member of Laine Theatre Arts, Watermill Theatre Newbury and the Council of Dance Education and Training, and he is a proud Associate Artist of the Old Vic Theatre.

Robert Powell
Vice President
Show biography

Robert Powell is an English actor and voice actor, best known for the title roles in Mahler and Jesus of Nazareth, and for his portrayal of secret agent Richard Hannay in The Thirty Nine Steps and its subsequent spinoff television series.

Associate Artists

Michael Attenborough
Show biography

Michael Attenborough was educated at Westminster School and Sussex University. In 1990, he was appointed Resident Director and Executive Producer of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2002, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre. Under Michael’s leadership as Artistic Director, the Almeida produced twenty eight premieres, ten new versions of foreign plays, ten new plays for young people and four major festivals. In June 2013, he was awarded the CBE for services to theatre, and in November 2016, Michael was appointed to the honorary post of Director Emeritus at RADA.

Don Black OBE
Show biography

Lyricist Don Black has achieved global success and many glittering prizes. He has worked with many of the world’s leading composers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber. They first joined forces to write the song cycle Tell Me on a Sunday, which developed to form the basis of the stage show Song and Dance. They were reunited again for Aspects of Love and their most recent production, Stephen Ward. He was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008. He also received the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s honours list.

Sir Matthew Bourne
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Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is widely hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer and director. For over thirty years he has been creating and directing dance for musicals, theatre and film, as well as his own highly successful, award-winning companies. Matthew is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, and has been recognised with numerous international awards. He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 list for services to dance, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award – one of the most coveted honours in the world of dance – in recognition of his outstanding services to the art of ballet.

John Brant
Show biography

Having worked extensively as a Director in New York after receiving the Jehlinger Award for Excellence at the American Academy of Arts in 2006, John Brant formed Smith & Brant Theatricals with Joseph Smith in 2013. Their first production as lead producers was the critically acclaimed The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre at the Shaftesbury Theatre, in 2014.

Prior to this he was Associate Producer on the multi award-winning Sweeney Todd plus acclaimed new musical, Departure Lounge under his own independent company, Olive Theatre.

Whilst living and working in New York he produced Walking The Road by Dermot Bolger, Rum and Vodka by Conor McPherson and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuinness.

As Associate Director for Perfect Pitch Musicals from 2008 until 2013 he worked extensively on the development, showcasing and licensing of new British musicals and remains an enthusiastic champion of new work.

Anthony Cherry
Show biography

Anthony Cherry is a producer, writer and director at the BBC, and has been in charge of Friday Night Is Music Night for the last eight years. He became a producer in 1984 and has worked on numerous programmes, concerts, documentaries, dramas and series, both in radio and television. Notable amongst them is the award-winning Parkinson’s Sunday Supplement with Sir Michael Parkinson, which Anthony produced for 11 years.

Bill Deamer
Show biography

Bill is an Olivier award winning choreographer for film,television and theatre. Putting his previous acting training to work. His keen eye for the camera has served him well as the choreographer most notably for So You Think You Can Dance and the hit BBC Strictly Come Dancing series where he continues to contribute featured group professional routines and Charlestons.

Throughout his career, Bill has also become an expert on Fred Astaire, one of his dance idols. He directed and choreographed the first-ever tribute to Fred at the London Palladium, and has recently appeared in ITV Perspectives programme For the Love of Fred Astaire. He was a featured speaker at the V&A Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers exhibition in September 2015. He won an Olivier Award for his choreography in TOP HAT, in the West End and National Tour.

In 2017 Bill choreographed the revival of FOLLIES at the National Theatre, starring Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, earning himself a 2018 Olivier nomination for Best Theatre Choreographer and Best Musical Revival.

Janie Dee
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Janie is an award-winning British actress, singer and musical theatre performer, characterised by her extraordinary versatility in acclaimed work on stage, film, television and radio. Janie won the three most prestigious awards in British theatre: the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award and Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Play. She has also won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in Nicholas Hytner’s acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel at the National Theatre.

Mike Dixon
Show biography

Mike Dixon graduated from Trinity College of Music in 1979 and over the course of his varied career has established himself as one of the leading figures in the West End, television and radio as a Musical Supervisor, Musical Director, Conductor, Arranger and Composer. His work includes Aspects of Love, Dr Dolittle, Jesus Christ Superstar and We Will Rock You, and he has worked with icons such as Shirley Bassey and Lionel Richie.

Anthony Drewe
Show biography

For more than 30 years, Anthony has worked with composer George Stiles. Together they have written eleven shows. These include: Honk! (National Theatre, UK Tour & Worldwide), Mary Poppins (West End, Broadway, International and UK Tour), Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Half A Sixpence (Chicester Festival Theatre and West End), Travels With My Aunt (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour & West End), Betty Blue Eyes (West End & UK Tour), Just So (Tricycle Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and International), Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Reportory Theatre, Royal Festival Hall & International), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre and in concert at the Queen’s Theatre), The Three Little Pigs (West End, UK Tour & International Tour), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Singapore Repertory Theatre), and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Singapore Repertory Theatre).

Nigel Havers
Show biography

Nigel Havers trained at ArtsEd and is one of Britain’s leading television actors. He has starred in many outstanding productions including Upstairs Downstairs, The Glittering Prizes, Pennies from Heaven, Don’t Wait Up and The Charmer.  Other recent appearances include The Sarah Jane Adventures for the BBC and two seasons of the hit US series Brothers & Sisters. He has recently completed a second series of the BBC comedy Lunch Monkeys and reprised his role of Lewis Archer in Coronation Street.

David Howe
Show biography

David Howe is a leading lighting designer & frequently works at ArtsEd.  His credits include:
West End:

Mischief Movie Nights, A Comedy about a Bank Robbery, McQueen, Quatermaine’s Terms, Bette & Joan, Birdsong, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Sweet Charity, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Private Lives, A Christmas Carol, The Norman Conquests, The Last Five Years and Tick Tick Boom, Maria Friedman Re-Arranged, Rent, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Pageant, Forbidden Broadway, Sweet Charity, La Cage aux Folles, Take Flight and The Last Five Years.
Broadway:

Private Lives, The Norman Conquests Trilogy and Primo.
Off West End & Regional Work:

Starlight Express – Other Palace, The Life, The A to Z of Mrs P, Diary of a Teenage Girl – Southwark Playhouse. Richard III, The Cherry Orchard, The Lower Depths & Clarion – Arcola Theatre, London. All My Sons – Rose Theatre, Kingston, Alex Salmond Unleashed – Edinburgh Festival & UK Tour, An Audience With Jimmy Savile & Dead Sheep – Park Theatre, North London, Matchbox Theatre – Hampstead Theatre, The Curing Room – Edinburgh Festival & Pleasance, North London, Love Me Do – Watford Palace, Sisters – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Pantomimes across the UK.

Rachel Kavanaugh
Show biography

Rachel is a director working across the country. Her recent work includes Half a Sixpence (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (The Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park – Best Musical Revival Olivier Award Nomination).

Other productions at Regent’s Park include: The Sound of Music (Best Musical Revival, WhatsOnStage Awards;  Best Musical Revival, Olivier Awards Nomination),  Much Ado About NothingAs You Like ItCymbelineThe Taming of the ShrewA Midsummer Night’s DreamTwelfth NightLove’s Labour’s Lost.

Mary King
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Mary’s career has encompassed a wide range of roles, including that of performer, teacher, coach and most recently broadcaster and writer. A popular and highly experienced mezzo soprano, Mary has worked with leading conductors and numerous orchestras across the world, and has made a particular feature of the contemporary classical repertoire.

She has had a long involvement with outreach and teaching, working with all the major companies in the UK as well as running training programmes both at home and abroad. During Mary’s long association with English National Opera, she devised and ran a highly successful performance skills course, ‘The Knack’, for eleven years, and between 2004 and 2006 she was also an Artistic Associate for the company.

From 2006 to 2013 Mary was Head of Singing at Millennium Performing Arts and between 2007 and 2013 she created and led Voicelab, an initiative at London’s Southbank Centre which embraced everything from casting professional projects, to creating and training numerous choirs and small ensembles.

She is currently Talent Consultant at Glyndebourne and works as a vocal coach for a number of West End shows. She also offers 1-1 vocal teaching for professional singers. Mary is increasingly widely known through her work on television and radio. She was one of the driving forces behind Channel 4’s award-winning Operatunity, and on Musicality, also on Channel 4. She has appeared on BBC TV as the expert analyst for the Cardiff Singer of the World competitions since 2003 and is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3. Since 2006 she has been one of the judges on the National Choir of the Year competition.

Mary is also in demand as a writer. In 2007 The Singer’s Handbook (Faber) was published, co-written with Anthony Legge. This has been followed by a series of selected vocal repertoire collections with coaching notes, The Boosey Voice Coach (Boosey & Hawkes). Mary is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Honorary Fellow of Rose Bruford College and a Fellow of the Northern College of Music.

Nigel Lilley
Show biography

Nigel Lilley is a musical director working primarily in musical theatre. He worked on several occasions with Victoria Wood. His West End credits include Spring Awakening, Piaf and La Cage Aux Folles. On tour and out of the West End he has musical directed The Bacchae and Acorn Antiques. He trained at King’s College, London and the Royal College of Music. He regularly teaches and has co-written a book with vocal coach, Mary Hammond. He has most recent work includes “Oklahoma!” at Chichester Festival Theatre, “Follies” at the National Theatre & “Caroline or Change” in the West End.

Lynette Linton
Show biography

Lynette Linton is a writer and director, and is the Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre. She was Associate Director of the Gate Theatre from 2016 to 2017 and the Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse until February 2018. In September 2017, she was nominated for Best Director at the Stage Debut Awards. She is also a co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment.

Lynette has commissioned and is curating Passages: A Windrush Celebration (Royal Court), a series of seven monologue films, one of which she has written.

Robert Lindsay
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Robert’s career began on the stage and he has played major roles in the West End. However, most plaudits were won for Me and My Girl, which eventually took Robert to Broadway for a year, and for which he won Olivier, Fred Astaire and Tony Awards. On television, Robert starred alongside Zoë Wanamaker in My Family. Robert has also worked on five of the BBC’s Shakespeare adaptations. He’s also played Tony Blair twice on the small screen, in A Very Social Secretary and The Trial of Tony Blair.

Lesley Manville
Show biography

Lesley Manville is a multi-award-winning stage, screen and television actress. In the theatre, she has been seen in Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre, West End and New York, for which she won both an Olivier Award and the Critics Circle Best Actress Award. She recently appeared in Harlots, an eight-part US/UK series. Lesley was made an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Stephen Mear
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Two-time Olivier Award Winner Stephen Mear has been described by the Telegraph as “The Old-Style Master of the Modern Chorus Line.” Stephen’s prolific career has taken him in all directions from Musical Theatre on Broadway & the West End to Opera at the ENO, Paris & the MET in New York. His varied & sought after talent extends to well known TV programs such as “So You Think You Can Dance”, “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The Victoria Wood Show”. He has also choreographed music videos for high profile artists “OASIS” & “Goldfrapp”. Stephen has had the privilege of working and learning from some of the best in the business and has had the opportunity to choreograph and direct many successful, beautiful and exciting productions not to mention achieving an outstanding collection of awards and nominations.

Sir Trevor Nunn
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From 1968 to 1986, Trevor Nunn was the youngest ever Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directing over thirty productions, including the West End’s longest-running musical Les MisérablesHe has also directed the legendary musical CATS, working with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Dame Gillian Lynne. From 1997 to 2003, he was Director of the National Theatre, where his productions included Troilus & Cressida, Oklahoma!, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk, My Fair Lady, The Coast of Utopia, A Streetcar Named Desire, Anything Goes and Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Arlene Phillips
Show biography

Arlene Phillips, CBE is an English Choreographer, theatre director, talent scout, television judge and presenter, and former dancer, who has worked in many fields of entertainment. For many years, she was most noted as the choreographer of numerous West End and Broadway musicals, films, and television shows, but she later achieved mainstream fame as a judge on television talent shows including Strictly Come Dancing & So You Think You Can Dance.

Mark Shenton
Show biography

Mark Shenton is a London-based British arts journalist and theatre critic. Between April 2002 and December 2013 he was chief Theatre Critic for the Sunday Express. He formerly wrote a daily blog for The Stage, where he was an Associate Editor, as well as reviews and features until March 2019. He now writes a three-times weekly blog and reviews for LondonTheatre.co.uk. Mark is a teacher on the BA MT course. He teaches History of Musical Theatre to the 1st Years. He is also a huge supporter of ArtsEd and continues to sing our praises everywhere he goes.

George Stiles
Show biography

For more than 30 years, Stiles has worked with lyricist Anthony Drewe. Together they have written eleven shows. These include: Honk! (National Theatre, UK Tour & Worldwide), Mary Poppins (West End, Broadway, International and UK Tour), Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of Half A Sixpence (Chicester Festival Theatre and West End), Travels With My Aunt (Minerva Theatre, Chichester), The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour & West End), Betty Blue Eyes (West End & UK Tour), Just So (Tricycle Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and International), Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Reportory Theatre, Royal Festival Hall & International), Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre and in concert at the Queen’s Theatre), The Three Little Pigs (West End, UK Tour & International Tour), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Singapore Repertory Theatre), and The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Singapore Repertory Theatre).

Ian Talbot
Show biography

Ian was Artistic and Managing Director of The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park from 1987 until 2007. For Regent’s Park he directed Babes In Arms; The Fantasticks; Lady Be Good; The Card; Kiss Me Kate; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; Oh, What A Lovely War; H.M.S. Pinafore; ( all nominated for Olivier Awards ), The Pirates Of Penzance ( Olivier nomination for best director 2000 ), Much Ado About Nothing; Androcles and the Lion; Look Here Old Son; The Two Gentlemen Of Verona; Twelfth Night; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; A Connecticut Yankee; The Comedy Of Errors; Paint Your Wagon; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; The Music Man; Where’s Charley?; Camelot and The Boyfriend. His other directing credits include: The Secret Garden ( Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Yeoman Of The Guard ( Savoy Theatre ), Peter Pan ( Royal Festival Hall), High Society ( Shaftesbury Theatre and national tour ), The Pirates Of Penzance ( West Yorkshire Playhouse and national tour ), Anything goes ( national tour ), Kiss Me Kate ( Brisbane Festival ) Lend Me A Tenor The Musical ( Gielgud Theatre ), Doctor In The House ( national tour), The Invisible Man and Charlie’s Aunt ( The Menier Chocolate Factory), Love Letters ( Dubai Festival ), Third Finger Left Hand ( Trafalgar Studios ), A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( The Old Globe, San Diego ) Million Dollar Quartet(National Tour),Eugenius (The Other Palace), The Mousetrap(St. Martins Theatre),and many overseas tours and pantomimes.

Ian was awarded the O.B.E. in 2007 for his work at The Open Air Theatre.

Roy Williams
Show biography

Roy Williams is an English playwright, Williams has many awards including the George Devine Award for Lift Off, the 2001 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright for his play Clubland, the 2002 BAFTA Award for Best Schools Drama for Offside and 2004 South Bank Show Arts Council Decibel Award. Most recently for his play Sucker Punch was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2011. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours and sits on the board of Trustees for Theatre Centre. In 2018, he was made a felow of The Royal Society of Literature.

Board of Trustees

Kevin McGrath
Chair
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Founder and Executive Chairman of M&M Asset Management. Kevin has extensive and diverse community and charitable interests. Kevin was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List for Services to Charities. He was The High Sheriff of the County of Greater London in 2014/15 and is the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Clare Ferguson
Vice-Chair
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Former partner and consultant with law firm Taylor Wessing for nearly 40 years. Clare is also a Trustee of Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

Jacquie Brunjes
Trustee
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Artistic Advisor of Dance World Cup UK, an adjudicator for The British Federation of Festivals and All England Dance and is Chair of Sussex Festival of Performing Arts. Jacquie directs the family business at Folkington Manor in Sussex. Her recent productions as a Choreographer include “What a Performance” for the BBC, “Toast of London” for Channel 4 and a 60th Anniversary Concert Performance of “My Fair Lady” in the West End featuring Anthony Andrews and Kara Tointon.

Sandy Cahill
Trustee
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Following her time as a drama teacher and then theatre Stage Manager, Sandy began her 30 year career in television. She started in Production, working on a variety of shows ranging from major entertainment and comedies to classic dramas. She moved to broadcasting, was a Member of the Channel Four launch team before returning to the BBC in charge of Transmission. Amongst her other responsibilities was management of the Weather Centre and Childrens’ BBC presentation. Finally she became the Controller of TV Operations.

Ann Cottis
Trustee
Show biography

Ann Cottis was a partner in PwC until her retirement after 38 years; following many years as a tax partner she developed and led the people agenda across the partnership. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and a Chartered Tax Advisor in 1980 after completing a Maths degree at Warwick University. She has held a number of non-executive directorship and trusteeships including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Surrey Cricket Foundation.

Stephen Denyer
Trustee
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Currently Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Sussex, Stephen was appointed QAA Higher Education insitutional reviewer in 2012, TEF Project Board member in 2016, and has acted as external examiner and advisor to a number of HEI’s.

David Ian
Trustee
Show biography

David Ian is a theatre producer who presents shows all over the world. He is the recipient of five Olivier awards and three Tony nominations.

He started out as an actor and appeared in a number of UK theatre productions, including the musicals Time, The Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Rocky Horror Show.

From 2005, David was Chairman and CEO of the global theatrical division of Live Nation having previously joined the group in 2000 when it was part of Clear Channel, the largest theatrical group in the world. At Live Nation, David was responsible for Broadway Across America, which produced, and toured first class Broadway shows in over 40 cities in the United States and Canada. He was simultaneously CEO of the UK division, which included over 25 theatres both in London’s West End and most regional markets in the UK.

West End, UK touring and international productions include: Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The King and I, West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Anything Goes, The Producers, Defending the Caveman, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls it Off, The Sound of Music, La Cage aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Flashdance, Gypsy, The Shawshank Redemption, The Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas), My Fair Lady, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, The Rocky Horror Show, Dr Dolittle, Starlight Express, Seminar, Steel Magnolias, Ghost the Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Bodyguard, Jersey Boys, Annie, Xanadu, Show Boat, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Sunset Boulevard, Scrooge, Quartet, Benidorm Live, Magic Mike Live and Tootsie.

Forthcoming productions include School of Rock, Waitress, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Drifters Girl, Love Never Dies and Hello, Dolly!

Brenlen Jinkens
Trustee
Show biography

Managing Director in Greenhill’s Capital Advisory group. He has nearly 20 years of experience advising financial services companies and other entities. Brenlen has an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BA from Princeton University.

Nicholai La Barrie
Trustee
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Nicholai La Barrie is a theatre and film director and Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He has also been a MOBO Fellow.

Theatre credits include: Resident Director (Tina – The Tina Turner Musical),  White (Edinburgh Festival ), Gob (London International Festival of Theatre), The Book of Disquiet (Blue Elephant Theatre), I’ll Take You There (Gate) , There is Nothing There (Oval House), Chet Baker: Speedball (606 Jazz Club) Portrait For Posterity (Arcola Theatre)

Film Credits Include: Hamlet Sort Of (2017), North East South West (Short Film 2016), Aingeal (2012), Dark Stranger (2009 Official Selection at the Caribbean Film Festival)

Dramaturge credits include: Feels (Lyric Hammersmith)

Diana Maine
Trustee
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Diana’s career in education spans 37 years with 4-18 yrs in schools within both maintained and independent sectors. Since retiring from headship at Thomas’s Kensington she helped to set up an outstanding free school in Mortlake and is the Chair of Governors at Colville Primary School in Notting Hill.

Rob Mathieson
Trustee
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Property development and project management specialist, Rob has a degree in architecture and started his career working in construction before spending more than 22 years at a major property company, Capital & Counties, where he ran their project team. Until his recent retirement, he was a director of Rosenau Properties.

Guy Mullin-Henderson
Trustee
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Guy Mullin-Henderson is currently Managing Director Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets based in London. Has over 30 years of investment banking experience.

Kathryn Norton-Smith
Trustee
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Kathryn Norton-Smith is Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at Dulwich College. She is an Associate Director and Producer for the Pleasance Theatre Trust and is co-founder and Artistic Director of Young Pleasance. She has a Scotsman Fringe First award and been involved with every YP production since founding the company 25 years ago, including tours to Salzburg. She has taught in the Independent and State sectors including James Allen’s Girls’ School, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and City of London Girls’ School and has directed over 100 productions with young people including staging original work in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe Theatre, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank.