We're a friendly team of 14: all with degrees in Theatre, English or Comparative Literature.
We're directors, theatremakers, performers, marketers, writers, script editors, production assistants and arts junkies - big on attending work by emerging companies and on feedback, where necessary, always being constructive.
MEET THE TEAM ARTHUR JONES Arthur graduated from Warwick’s Theatre and Performance course in 2014 with first-class honours, the Student Prize and a lot of opinions. Alongside two coursemates, he started an interactive theatre company and has been taking studio shows to Edinburgh’s Underbelly, the Camden People’s Theatre and more for the last four years.
When he’s not watching or making theatre, he’s either discussing it (in his day job, as an Account Director in ATG’s West End department) or teaching it (at LCN Performing Arts, an independent performing arts school in Lewisham). MEET THE TEAM FELICITY CAROL Felicity is a director, arts manager and theatre facilitator based in South London. She' s the founder and artistic director of HighTime, who present opera in new ways in places it isn’t currently found. Directing credits include Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) and The Marriage of Figaro (Warwick Arts Centre).
Felicity's delivered education sessions for over ten years, been an associate artist in Glyndebourne's education department and is also an experienced arts fundraiser and marketer, having recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy. She holds a BA (Hons) in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. MEET THE TEAM FRANK McHUGH Frank’s a writer, actor and director based in East London – and founder of Lotus Productions, a company dedicated to creating unique and exciting original work in both film and theatre. To acquire mintage, Frank is also a barman at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields; a hub for creative types and general silly buggers. MEET THE TEAM IZZY PENHALLOW Izzy is a final year Marketing Communications student at Bournemouth University. In the last year, she has worked with Creation Theatre Company and Warwick Arts Centre, marketing a variety of performances and art forms. At university, Izzy was Assistant Director of the BU & AUB Performing Arts Society for 2016/17 and will be returning this year to take on the role of President.
Izzy has been an avid fan of musical theatre ever since her mum plonked her down in front of a video of Cats when she was three, and she has an opinion on every show, from Annie to Zorro. Izzy’s other passions include true crime, sustainable fashion and dogs. MEET THE TEAM JORDAN CHARLES Since graduating from the University of Warwick, Jordan recently starred as a talent judge in BBC1’s All Together Now, with spice girl Geri Horner. He also had a successful stint on BBC1’s ‘Let it Shine’, where he performed with the Kaiser Chiefs and a real life Minogue.
He writes for publications such as Gay Times, and considers it his life work to catalogue every catchphrase from RuPaul’s Drag Race. MEET THE TEAM KATIE LAURENCE Whilst Katie is now pursuing a career in the political sphere, she’s been passionate about the arts since a young age. A former member of the National Youth Theatre, Katie continued both acting and directing throughout her time at The University of Sheffield and the London School of Economics.
She often mixes her interest in politics with her love of theatre to tackle controversial issues through performance, and is particularly interested in exploring the concepts of gender and sexuality on stage. MEET THE TEAM LAURA KURLANSKY Laura Kurlansky graduated from Warwick University with first-class honours in English and Theatre Studies. She went on to do her Masters at Central School of Speech and Drama in Advanced Theatre Practice. Since graduating in 2015, she has been writing, directing and producing her own work which has played in a number of London venues. When she is not immersed in the theatre world, she is an avid video game player and has been involved in script development for a number of indie games as well as currently setting up an online feminist gaming magazine. She is a self proclaimed geek, and proud. MEET THE TEAM LILY SLYDEL Lily's a University of Warwick Theatre graduate, who migrated a love of storytelling from stage to screen promptly after finishing university. Having worked in development and acquisitions for several years, Lily has experience of script editing, story development and production coordination.
In a bid to diversify her skills, Lily has now moved to the British Film Institute to try her hand at marketing where she currently spends her days utilising the enviable staff discount at the Southbank’s bars. Outside the 9-5 confines, Lily’s life is made up of short film production, drag connoisseurship and, most importantly, providing a loving home to her cat baby, Duck. MEET THE TEAM SARAH DIVALL Sarah graduated from Southampton University with a degree in English Literature in 2015, spending most of her university career putting on plays. She went onto work with the graduate production company Broken Arrow.
By night, she spends most of her free time hiding out in the cheap seats of London theatres and by day, she presents a YouTube series for the environmental charity Hubbub. MEET THE TEAM YOLANDA SITHOLE Yolanda graduated from King’s College London in 2015 with first-class honours in Comparative Literature with French and Korean. After establishing an academic film analysis blog called Cinesthesium, working as a Development Assistant in a production company, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, she attended the Oxford School of Drama.
In addition to working in a production company, Yolanda is also a writer, researcher and freelance script reader. Outside of these interests, she is an enthusiastic D&D player and an ardent pop-culture enthusiast. MEET THE TEAM ŽAD NOVAK Žad Novak is currently studying Comparative Literature and German at the University of Glasgow, with Theatre Studies as her additional subject. Before going to university, she took a gap year volunteering as a runner/assistant (to the) director on various professional theatre productions in her native country of Croatia. Her passion lies in bringing theatre, literature and film from non-English-speaking countries into the spotlight, believing that exposing people to artworks from other places helps battle inequality and xenophobia.
She is one of the founders of Glasgow International Student Theatre, a theatre society at University of Glasgow aiming to stage translated plays from around the world. Nevertheless, none of this is to say that she cannot enjoy a good production of Shakespeare. MEET THE TEAM ZOE ROBERTS Zoe studied Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Edinburgh, and was lucky enough to get to discuss 17th century French Theatre at great length. She insists that it was better than it sounds. She carried over this interest from the page to stage, following student theatre and fringe shows.
After graduating she went on to teach Cultural Studies at the University of Rouen. Now she’s based in London and has finally taken up dancing salsa and bachata, which is what she wishes she could do all day.