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.
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 currently I am a governor of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 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.
I’m Artistic Director of Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Outside of the Conservatoire I work as a freelance theatre director and most recently directed the opening segment of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. I’m creative/vocal director for Susan Boyle and have worked on her last three albums and recently directed her UK and US tours. My work on TV has included two seasons of Tonight’s the Night for BBC and three years on Children in Need as choir director. My passion is new work development, particularly within musical theatre, and I focus on this with my students and in my own professional work.
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.
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
I am a composer and producer who works in a number of genres. At the core of my work I like to explore the roots of Eastern and Western music using technology in innovative and creative ways. Theatre work includes the Olivier Award winning Rafta Rafta (National Theatre 2007) and Much Ado about Nothing (RSC 2013); film and TV work includes the Bafta and Emmy award winning Simon Schama’s Power of Art, (2007) and Our Girl (BBC1 2013) and I run my own independent label (Buzz-erk Records & Publishing). Since composing the score for Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadlers Wells & TRSE) I have become passionate about the future of musical theatre – in particular how it is defined and the role technology plays in its creation. This, for me, is what is so exciting about being a part of the MTN board.
I am an independent producer with a broad track record, from one person plays in fringe theatres to West End and Broadway musicals. My career includes stints at the Vivian Ellis Prize for new musicals and four years at the Theatre Royal Stratford East coordinating the Musical Theatre Development Project. I was Associate Producer for David Ian Productions between 2006 and 2010, and Production Coordinator for David Ian’s Grease between 2004 and 2010. My producing credits include the London premiere of Honk! by Stiles and Drewe (Landor Theatre) the award-winning New Zealand play No.2 by Toa Fraser (King’s Head) and the world premiere of Joe & I by Laurie Slade. I produced the UK tour of The Man Jesus starring Simon Callow in 2014 and have a number of other projects currently in development. MTN is in a key position at a key time. I hope I can bring my experience and passion for musicals to help realise the organisation’s ambitions and look towards a healthy and robust future for new musical theatre in the UK.
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.
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.
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.