Team MTN


625596_10151540751815659_194312991_nJames Hadley – Executive Director

To contact James, please email

James Hadley became Executive Director of Musical Theatre Network in November 2015. Prior to this he worked in the London Theatre team at Arts Council England for seven years, with a particular focus on investments in musical theatre. During that time he managed 8 National Portfolio Organisations’ funding relationships, advising a wide range of independent theatre practitioners on their applications to Grants for the Arts, and advocating for increased funding support for the development of new British musicals. While born and raised in England, James spent his university years in New Zealand, gaining two Masters degrees – one in Art History & Theory, the other in Theatre Directing.

After graduating, James worked for the British Council, Playmarket – NZ’s playwrights agency and script development service, and, for four years, as Programme Manager at BATS Theatre – one of New Zealand’s leading venues for new writing and supporting emerging theatremakers.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 he directed over 30 theatre productions, including new writing, devised theatre, immersive site-specific productions, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Wilde and one new musical. He also produced over 20 theatre productions over that same time, as well as writing several plays and reviewing and marketing many more. James has been a dedicated follower of musical theatre since the age of seven when he discovered his mother’s LP record of ‘Annie’ (his uncle having been one of the producers of the original Broadway production), and a particular devotee to British musicals since purchasing cassette tapes of ‘Song & Dance’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Evita’ from the Woolworth’s store in High Wycombe in 1985.




Rosie Archer – Membership & Communications Manager

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Rosie joined Musical Theatre Network as Membership & Communications Manager in 2017. Rosie works conjointly for both Musical Theatre Network and Mercury Musical Developments, managing communications strategy, looking after our coinjoint membership and aiding both organisations support and develop the new musical theatre sector across the UK. Since joining MTN, Rosie has assisted the team in delivering BEAM2018 (the UK’s largest ever showcase of new British musical theatre) at Theatre Royal Stratford East & UK Musical Theatre Conference 2019 at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

Rosie has a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Drama from the University of Exeter where she specialised in studying theatrical theory, history and practice. Rosie geared her time at Exeter University towards the study and practice of Musical Theatre, which culminated in a dissertation on European Megamusicals, Les Miserables and Phantom Of The Opera. Following this, Rosie gained a Masters in Musical Theatre from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she was the was the inaugural recipient of the Carne Scholarship for Musical Theatre.

Rosie’s previous work includes roles in Communications, Recruitment, HR and Marketing for firms such as Alium Partners Ltd, Harrods and Dyson Ltd.


Simon Bell, Theatre Bristol
"[through MTN] I have been inspired and energised by conversations with those who are grappling with the development, staging and reinvention of contemporary musical theatre."
Simon Bell, Theatre Bristol



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