Board

Musical Theatre Network is governed by a board of directors with a real passion for the company and what it is trying to do. This page is their chance to explain how (and why) they got involved; but if you’d like to find out a bit more about the background to the company and haven’t found our “Who We Are” page yet, just click here.


Jodi Myers NewJodi Myers (Chair)

I work as an independent consultant across the arts, and also as a mentor and coach. Previously I was Director of Performing Arts at the South Bank Centre, Director of Warwick Arts Centre, and Deputy Director of Touring at the Arts Council of Great Britain. My early career was spent marketing opera and stage managing theatre. I have been a trustee of a number of theatre companies and I am a lifelong enthusiast for musical theatre – its combination of drama, music and dance, makes for a potent brew. Musical Theatre Network and its members can play a key role in developing both the artform and the audiences for it.

 

 

Andrew S mug shotAndrew Subramaniam

I am a partner in the HW Fisher & Company Chartered Accountants Media Group and have many clients in the acting profession as well as other creatives such as musicians, artists, authors and playwrights so am very well versed in advising media people and celebrities, including a number of household names. I am on the board of the Actors Centre providing them with advice on accounting and tax issues and acting as a business advisor and am also proud to be a patron of the Henley Literary Festival with which I have been involved for several years and a sponsor of the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, the largest Crime Writing Festival in Europe.

 

Nikolai Foster

I have worked as a freelance theatre director since graduating from Drama Centre London in 2001. In addition to directing plays and musicals in theatres throughout the UK, I have been director on attachment at the Sheffield Crucible, the Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre Studio and served as an Associate Director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. In January 2015, I began my new role as Artistic Director of Curve Theatre, Leicester. I have always enjoyed working on musicals and it is my intention to develop new musicals and the work of those connected with the art form at Curve. In addition to rediscoveries of musicals from the existing cannon, we will endeavour to champion and support emerging writers and practitioners. The work of MTN is vitally important in developing the networks that support all of this activity and I am proud to be associated with such a prestigious organisation and group of practitioners.

WEBSITESuzann McLean

I have been working as an actress and theatre director since graduating from Italia Conti Academy in 1995. My credits include playing Isabella in the National Theatre production of Measure for Measure, the regional tour of Little Shop of Horrors and various film and TV projects including the film version of the musical stage play Jesus Christ Superstar. I have worked nationally and internationally and directed the UK’s first live streamed production This Child by Joel Pommerat for Pilot Theatre. In 2004 I founded Young and Talented school of Stage and Screen, a non-profit, weekend performing arts school for children aged 3 to 19 year olds. The school provides a stepping stone for young people to access the arts and has turned many students into professional actors and musical performers. Over the years I have written and produced 8 musicals for family audiences. I am proud to be associated with MTN and embrace the opportunity to develop networks that inspire a new generation of talented artists.

PETER ROWE 2 2016 NWT WEBPeter Rowe

I am a  director and writer, with a particular interest in music theatre, often working with an ensemble of actor-musicians. Since the year 2000 I have  been the Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich where we have produced a series of new musicals alongside actor-musician makeovers of musical theatre classics. After training at the Thorndike Theatre, I became the Artistic Director for the Southampton-based Solent People’s Theatre and then Artistic Director for the London Bubble Theatre Company touring London in a big top tent. My directing career has included two other Artistic Directorships, at the Gateway Theatre, Chester and the Liverpool Everyman, combined with freelance productions for regional theatres and touring companies up and down the country. I directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet in the West End and on national tours, together with my own musical, Leader of the Pack. My work as a writer includes nine record-breaking “rock n roll pantomimes” which are currently being produced annually at the New Wolsey Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Leeds City Varieties. I have written two biographical musicals around the lives and music of Ellie Greenwich, Leader of the Pack, and Marc Bolan, 20th Century Boy, and a setting of Kurt Weill songs – Songs from a Hotel Bedroom. My original play, Midsummer Songs, with music by Ben Goddard completed a successful run at the New Wolsey in September 2014. I am keen to help MTN support the development and production of new musical theatre . The need for new work and new voices has never been more widely recognised and MTN’s network can help turn this great potential into exciting new productions.

Ros Poveyros

I am a theatre producer and general manager with 12 years experience in the West End and mid scale touring. My career started as part of Kevin Spacey’s team for the launch of the Old Vic Theatre Company, and as associate producer for OVP on the original production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Since leaving to work independently in 2008, my work has ranged from classic revivals to transfers of new plays and musicals. A member of the Society of London Theatre since 2009, I was awarded the Stage One Start up Fund to co-produce the transfer of Love Story the Musical, which received an Olivier nomination for Best New Musical in 2011. Other independent projects have included The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville), Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and LIFT the Musical (Soho Theatre) which was nominated for Best Original Score at the 2014 Whatsonstage Awards.  Throughout my career, I have been keen to support emerging talent both in playwriting and musical theatre. I’m delighted to be part of MTN at this exciting moment, and hope to encourage greater communication, awareness and support from all areas of the industry to ensure that British musical theatre gets the investment it needs to develop and thrive on our biggest stages.

Sarah Culshaw

I am an employment lawyer and work as a consultant at Teacher Stern LLP. I advise individuals and employers – within businesses, not-for-profits and charities – on all aspects of the employment relationship including unfair dismissal and discrimination litigation, both offering and securing exit packages and drafting the relevant documentation. Many of my clients work in the arts and media sectors. Before retraining to be a lawyer, I worked in publishing, ran the Association of Illustrators and founded my own artists’ agency. I was a Board member of the Actors’ Centre for many years and am currently a Trustee of the House of Illustration and a Director of Quentin Blake Limited. MTN is at an exciting time in its development and I am delighted to be part of such an impressive organisation supporting exciting new work

Rishi Coupland

Rishi Coupland is an audience expert with over fifteen years experience in delivering strategic programmes, spanning Commercial and Third Sector industries. He is Head of Data Intelligence at the National Theatre, where he leads the newly-formed Data Studio. Prior to this, he held the roles of Head of Audience Strategy (National Theatre), Marketing Services Manager (Southbank Centre), and Creative Producer (Buzz-erk Productions). Rishi began his career as an engineer with companies including British Airways and Kimberly-Clark, in locations across the UK and Europe. In 2017 Rishi was awarded a Clore Fellowship, and is currently an elected board member of the Arts Marketing Association and trustee of the London Arts and Health Forum. 

Katy Lipson

I’m the Company Director of Aria Entertainment and Producing Artistic Director of the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. In 2017, I was awarded the Best Producer award by the Off-West End Awards and I am a recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. In 2018 and 2019 I made The Stage 100 with Joe Houston and William Whelton for our work at Hope Mill Theatre, which also won Fringe Theatre Of The Year in THE STAGE awards. Most notable credits include the UK Tour of The Addams Family and the 50th Anniversary production of HAIR at the London Vaults which won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 Whatsonstage Awards. I also produced the London transfer of new musical The Toxic Avenger at The Arts Theatre. Some other recent productions include: Unexpected Joy (Southwark Playhouse and York Theatre, Off-Broadway); It’s Only Life (Union Theatre); Putting it Together; The Return of the Soldier, Aspects of Love, Spring Awakening, Little Women, Pippin, The ToyBoy Diaries, Yank!, Parade and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); the London transfers of Pippin (Southwark Playhouse), Yank! (Charing Cross Theatre); tick, tick…BOOM! (Park Theatre); Promises, Promises and The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); See What I Wanna See and The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Adventures of Pinocchio, Lizzie and The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors & Hearts, (Arcola Theatre) and Marry Me A Little, Jerry’s Girls and Forever Plaid (St. James Studio).

Other projects include: Aspects of Love (Southwark Playhouse); Rags; Mame and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (Hope Mill Theatre) and the UK Tour of Hair. I have produced 6 festivals of new musical theatre under the banner of FROM PAGE TO STAGE which has supported over 100 new musicals to date.

Tim Sawyers
I am currently embarking on my 3rd career!  Having spent 20 years in the oil & gas industry and then 20 years in theatre, I have embarked on a portfolio career that encompasses charity work, restaurants, websites, classical choral singing and many other small projects.  With respect to musical theatre, I was part of the team, lead by Carol Metcalfe, that started the Bridewell Theatre in 1993 and the desire to focus on musical theatre as a genre, in particular supporting new musical theatre writing in the UK.  I was the Executive Director there for many years and produced a number of in-house musical theatre productions including a number of World and European premieres including Songs for a New World, Hello Again and Floyd Collins.

 

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Eleanor Lloyd, Producer - Hamlet! The Musical
"The involvement of MTN through the Edinburgh Awards has already given me and the show a crucial level of support."
Eleanor Lloyd, Producer - Hamlet! The Musical

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