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Theresa Heskins


Productions include:

The Worst Witch for Northampton Theatres, Kenny Wax family Entertainment, Novel Theatre & Nica Burns; Around the World in 80 Days for the New Vic, Royal Exchange, Simon Friend and Kenny Wax Family Entertainment (London Book Week Cameo Award for best stage play adapted from a novel). 

Theresa is Artistic Director of the New Vic, Staffordshire, where she’s directed The 39 Steps; Frazer Flintham’s Astley’s Astounding Adventures; Elizabeth Robins’ Votes for Women; The Snow Queen (UK Theatre Best Show for Children and Young People Award); Amanda Whittington’s Kiss Me Quickstep; Alecky Blythe’s Where Have I Been All My Life?;  Bryony Lavery’s The Wicked Lady;  Frazer Flintham’s The Throne and her own verbatim documentary Unearthed (with the National Theatre Studio);  Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Widowers’ Houses, The Admirable Crichton, Bleak House, The Weir, Great Expectations, Jamaica Inn, The Glee Club.

As Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre: Silent Engine (with the National Theatre Studio, Edinbugrh Festival Fringe First Award); Precious Bane by Bryony Lavery (with the National Trust and English Heritage); White Open Spaces (with BBC Radio).

Writing includes: Lady Audley’s Secret, Gunpowder Women, Wives and Daughters for BBC Radio; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which has been produced all over the world including most recently by the Edinburgh Lyceum and Cardiff Sherman; The Borrowers, which was produced last by The Watermill Theatre; Alice in Wonderland, which was produced last by Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

She trained at Birmingham Rep on the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

Laura Eason


Laura is a Brooklyn-based screenwriter and playwright. She is best known for four seasons as a writer/producer on the Netflix drama, House of Cards (WGA nomination for outstanding writing in a drama series, three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for a drama series) and more than twenty produced stage adaptations and plays including Sex with Strangers (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago: Second Stage, NYC; Hampstead Theatre, London; Sydney Theatre, AU: Blackwing Productions, Buenos Aires, AR; Teatro das Artes, Rio, Brazil; one of the most produced plays in America in '15, '16 and '17 seasons with over fifty separate productions in the U.S.). She has written pilots for 20th Century Fox TV/Fox network and Fox 21 and is adapting Peter Nichols' novel The Rocks for television.

Upcoming in 2017: Her feature film debut produced by and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and the world premiere of her latest play, Remarkable Invisible, at the Theater by the Lake. Laura is an ensemble member and the former Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre company in Chicago (2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award), a Dramatist's Guild and WGAE, AEA, SAG & SDC member and alumna of the WP Playwright's Lab.  


Lis Evans


As Resident Designer for the New Vic, productions include The Wind in the Willows: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, Playhouse Creatures, The Pitmen Painters, Around the World in Eighty Days (2017 co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Simon Friend and Royal Exchange – winner of the Cameo Page to Stage Award), Dial M for Murder, Merry Wives, Cyrano An August Bank Holiday Lark, (co-productions with Northern Broadsides), The Snow Queen (winner of UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People), The Mountaintop, Talent, Diana of Dobson’s, Robin Hood and Marian, The Hoard Festival, Dracula, Around the World in Eighty Days (2014 co-production with the Royal Exchange); I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire!, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, Talking Heads, A Christmas Carol, Proof and Spring and Port Wine. ​

James Atherton


Theatre as composer/musical director includes: 39 Steps;  Astley’s Astounding Adventures; Treasure Island; The Snow Queen, Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, (New Vic Theatre);  A Tiger’s Tale (M6 Theatre); Harvest; The Giant Jam Sandwich, The Tigers Bones (New Perspectives - National Tour); Fight Like A Girl (Youth Music Theatre UK); The Tragical Tale of Romeus and Juliet (Oldham Coliseum); Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, The Borrowers (New Vic Theatre); Around the World in Eighty Days (New Vic Theatre and Royal Exchange); Ramshackle House; Bedtime Stories, Tamburo (Upswing); Miss Interpreted (Square Chapel, Halifax); The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, A Christmas Carol (New Vic Theatre); According To Brian Haw (Riverside Studios); Phoenix From the Flames (Olympic torch relay).

Television as composer includes: The History Of Christianity, Tales From the National Parks, The Lives of Gandhi, Around the World in 80 Faiths, Olaudah Equiano, Greater Love Hath No
Man and Brick Lane (BBC); Survivors, Tonight With Trevor McDonald and Kenny Everett: License to Laugh (ITV1); The Unseen Eric Morecambe (Channel 4); Roger to the Rescue (Cosgrove Hall); Colleen’s Secrets (Channel 5) and All in the Game, starring Ray Winstone (Film4).

James is also the artistic director of the renowned Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Beverley Edmunds

Movement Director

Recent credits include: 

The Worst Witch, Astley’s Astounding Adventures, Playhouse Creatures, Treasure Island, The Snow Queen (UK Theatre Award Winner) Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep (New Vic Theatre)

Jack Lear (Hull Truck Theatre)

Cinderella, O What a Lovely War, Up ‘n’ Under, Hot Stuff, Chicago (MEN Theatre Award for Best Ensemble) (Oldham Coliseum Theatre) Maggie May the Musical, Scouse Nativity, Our Day Out the Musical (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool) Much Ado,Hard Times, For Love or Money, Cyrano, A Winter’s Tale,Loves Labours Lost (Northern Broadsides)

Tours include: Around the World in 80 Days, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Carmen.

Television credits: Disney’s The Evermoor Chronicles, Coronation Street, Butterfly, Hollyoaks, Cbeebie’s The Magic Door, Sunny D, Fernando Torres Nike Commercial, September Song and O Jerusalem (feature film).

Beverley has worked with Tmesis Theatre company on numerous productions, the latest being on the award-winning Wolf Red

Alexandra Stafford

Lighting Designer

Recent theatre credits include: Kindertransport, Posh & Private Lives (Nottingham Playhouse);

Babe the Sheep Pig (Mercury Theatre Colchester); Playhouse Creatures, The Rivals & Proof

(the New Vic); Hard Times (Oldham Coliseum); Lava, All the Little Lights & Amateur Girl,

(Fifth Word Theatre); Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles, Betrayal, Blithe

Spirit (York Theatre Royal); The Season Ticket (Northern Stage & Pilot Theatre); Outsiders &

Antigone (Pilot Theatre); Mirror Mirror, The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist, Emil & the

Detectives (Red Earth Theatre); Sleuth (Nottingham Playhouse & West Yorkshire Playhouse);

Harvest, Finding Nana (New Perspectives); A Tender Thing, The Kreutzer Sonata (Chipping

Norton Theatre & Arcola); The Island & Stones in His Pockets (Dukes Lancaster & Chipping

Norton Theatre); Cosi Fan Tutte & Hansel & Gretel (Clonter Opera) and thirteen Pantomimes for

Harrogate Theatre, the most recent being Jack & The Beanstalk.

Alex was the Head of Lighting at Derby Playhouse. Lighting Designs for Derby Playhouse include

My Dad’s Corner Shop; Educating Rita; Up ’n’ Under; The Blue Room; Bouncers; Three

Viewings; A Life in the Theatre & A Slice of Saturday Night.

James Earls-Davis

Sound Designer

For the New Vic: nearly all main-house sound designs since 1987 including: Educating Rita, Pitmen Painters, Around the World in 80 Days ( 2017 co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Simon Friend and Royal Exchange Theatre); Anna of The Five Towns, Dial M for Murder, The Snow Queen (co-designed with Alex Day - Winner of UK Theatre Awards for Best Show for Children and Young People); The Kitchen Sink, Peter Pan in Scarlet (co-design with Alex Day); Kiss Me Quickstep (co-designed with Alex Day – with Oldham Coliseum); Robin Hood & Marian (co-designed with Alex Day); Seeing the Lights, The Hoard Festival, The Ladykillers, Dracula (co-designed with Alex Day)

Original music includes: Bell, Book and Candle, The Thrill of Love, Gaslight, Proof, Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen, Blue/Orange, Misery, Dealer’s Choice, Romeo and Juliet, Broken Glass (solo); Talking Heads, Smoke, Once We Were Mothers, Kes, All That Trouble That We Had (with Russell Gregory); The Wicked Lady, Romeo and Juliet and A Fine Bright Day Today (with Sue Moffat).

Sound design and/or original music includes: Play (B-Arts); Devotion (Potboiler Theatre Co); The Game (Northern Broadsides); A Number (Library Theatre, Manchester); These Four Streets (Birmingham Repertory); Rebecca, Frozen (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); King Macbeth, Silent Anger, Homefront, Sticks and Stones (Reveal Theatre Co); Twelfth Night (Belgrade, Coventry).

Alex Day

Associate Sound Designer

Sound Designs for the New Vic: The 39 Steps, Votes for Women, Beryl, The Mountaintop, The 39 Steps.
Co Designs: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, Treasure Island, The Snow Queen (Winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Show for Children and Young People), Peter Pan in Scarlet (co - production with Oxford Playhouse), Kiss Me Quickstep (co-production with Oldham Coliseum), Robin Hood & Marian, Dracula.
Associate Sound Designer: Around The World In 80 Days (2017 co-production with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment, Simon Friend and Royal Exchange - winner of the Cameo Page to Stage Award), Around The World In Eighty Days (2014 co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre).
Alex trained at the School of Sound Recording, Manchester, specialising in Studio & Live sound engineering. He joined the New Vic in 2013.​

Anji Carroll CDG

Casting Associate

Anji trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Theatre includes: Over 50 plays with the New Vic Theatre where Anji is delighted to be Casting Associate. Salisbury Playhouse, Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Oxford Playhouse, Theatre in the Quarter, New Perspectives, The Print Room, Trafalgar Studios, Ludlow Festival, seasons for the Bristol Old Vic and the Northcott Exeter.

Television includes: BBC1’s The Sarah Jane Adventures, BBC2’s comedy drama series The Cup (Hartswood Films), over 50 episodes of The Bill (Talkback Thames) 32 episodes of London’s Burning and four 90 minute films of The Knock, both for LWT. Single drama work for BBC1, Channel 4, Granada, Disney Channel and Fox Kids.

Film includes: Papadopoulos & SonsWest is WestMrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution. Out of Depth and The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand.

Radio: The long running, political drama series Number Ten for BBC Radio 4.

Anji is a member of the Casting Director’s Guild of Great Britain and Ireland and BAFTA.

Mark Langley

Voice Coach

For the New Vic: The Rivals, Proof, Spring and Port Wine, The Admirable Crichton, Peter Pan, Honeymoon Suite, The Price, A Voyage Round My Father, The Weir, Flamingoland, Great Expectations, The Wizard of Oz, Jamaica Inn, The Glee Club, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Safari Party, Poor Mrs Pepys, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Dancing at Lughnasa, Kitty and Kate, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Woman of No Importance, Perfect Days, Beauty and the Beast, Kes, East is East, The Lonesome West, Blue Remembered Hills, Big Maggie, Top Girls, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, Billy Liar.

He has worked as a voice coach for The BBC, ITV, Tiger Aspect Productions, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Crucible Theatre, Opera North and for productions staged at the Royal National Theatre and in the West End.

Mark is the Head of Bath School of Music and Performance at Bath Spa University and works nationally and internationally as a freelance Voice Coach.

Mark trained at Saint John’s College, York.

Ellie Taylor

Assistant Director

Directing credits include: Cabinet of Curiosities (New Vic Theatre Studio), Drowning: The Algo Movement (Leicester Curve Inside/Out Festival), Telo, Tolerable But Pungent and Pieces of Eight (all for the RADA Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Opera Group), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hikapee Circus Theatre Company / St Leonard’s Festival). 

As Associate Director: The Worst Witch (Kenny Wax Family Entertainment / Royal and Derngate Theatre) and All My Sons (Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong). 

As Resident Assistant Director at the New Vic Theatre: Astley’s Astounding Adventures, Votes for Women, Treasure Island and Around The World in 80 Days.

As Assistant Director: They Don’t Pay, We Won’t Pay (Northern Broadsides / York Theatre Royal), All My Sons and The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston), Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre).

Ellie is also a writer, and was a finalist for the 2016 Kenneth Branagh Award. She is a member of the Royal Court Writers Group, and currently working on her first feature film script, supported by BFI North.