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Theresa Heskins

Director

For the New Vic: The Snow Queen,  Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood & Marian, Hoard Festival, Dracula, The Borrowers, Around the World in Eighty Days (co-production with the Royal Exchange-nominated for Best Show for children and young people, UK Theatre Awards and the Manchester Theatre Awards), The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Widowers’ Houses, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Christmas Carol, Far From the Madding Crowd, Where Have I Been All My Life?, Alice in Wonderland (nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People at the UK Theatre Awards), The Rivals, The Admirable Crichton, Peter Pan, Bleak House, Humble Boy, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Wicked Lady, A Voyage Round My Father, The Weir, Great Expectations, The Wizard of Oz, Cider With Rosie, Jamaica Inn and The Glee Club.

Credits include: White Open Spaces (South Bank Show Award nomination), Silent Engine (Edinburgh Fringe First Award), Strawberry Fields and Precious Bane (all for Pentabus Theatre as artistic director); Grace, Like Candyfloss and Night Train (Jade Theatre); The Turn of the Screw and The Devil’s Only Sleeping (Birmingham Rep); Gangsta Rapture and Pink Floyd’s The Wall (Midlands Arts Centre) and productions for Custard Factory Theatre, the RSC Fringe Festival, Women and Theatre, the National Theatre Studio, Coventry Belgrade and Soho Theatre.

Theresa has written plays and screenplays for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, ITV and BBC Radio including, most recently, Woman’s Hour dramatizations of Lady Audley’s Secret and Wives and Daughters.

 Theresa studied at Oxford University and trained at Birmingham Rep on the ITV/Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme.

Laura Eason

Adapter

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. www.lauraeason.com  

 

Lis Evans

Designer

As Resident Designer for the New Vic, production include:  Dial M for Murder, Cyrano, The Snow Queen, The Mountaintop, Talent, Diana of Dobson's, Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, Dracula, Around the World in Eighty Days (co-production with the Royal Exchange); I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire!, An August Bank Holiday Lark, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, Around the World in Eighty Days, Talking Heads, A Christmas Carol, Proof, Spring and Port Wine, Hamlet, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Desire Under the Elms, Rafta, Rafta… (with Bolton Octagon Theatre); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bouncers, Honeymoon Suite, A Voyage Round My Father, Arabian Nights, Flamingoland, Great Expectations, Laurel and Hardy, Romeo and Juliet, Blue/Orange, Jamaica Inn, Oliver!, Stags and Hens, Poor Mrs Pepys, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, The Graduate, Kitty and Kate, Pinocchio, Stepping Out, Amadeus, Kes, Carmen, My Night With Reg, The Lonesome West, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Railway Children, By Jeeves, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, Pat and Margaret, Toad of Toad Hall and Top Girls.

Other theatre includes: The Canterbury Tales, Romeo and Juliet, Vacuum, The Tempest (Northern Broadsides UK and China tour) and design, painting and making various productions in Nottingham, Manchester, Bradford, Edinburgh and London.

Lis has contributed to the National Life Stories collection for the British Library’s sound archive.

Other recent work includes: research and development with Claybody Theatre and illustration for Northern Broadsides, Birmingham Rep and private commissions. Lis’s costume drawings are currently on display on the New Vic front-of-house lampshades.

James Atherton

Composer/MD

For the New Vic: Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood & Marian, the Hoard Festival, The Borrowers, Around the World in Eighty Days (co-production with the Royal Exchange), The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, Around the World in Eighty Days, A Christmas Carol, Phoenix From the Flames (Olympic torch relay), Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Garden and Don’t Turn My Life Into a Musical – the Musical.

Theatre as composer/musical director includes: Bedtime Stories (Upswing at Stratford Circus); Eyam (Eyam Church and Oldham Coliseum); The Little Mermaid (Oldham Coliseum); Miss Interpreted (Square Chapel, Halifax); Stanley’s Stick (Manchester Literature Festival); In My Element (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham); Prom! – the Musical (Oldham Coliseum); Love and Madness (Barbican Theatre, Plymouth); Scheherazade (Bradford Playhouse); Shades of Grey (Oldham Coliseum Theatre); According to Brian Haw (Square Chapel Halifax/Barbican Theatre Plymouth); Don’t Turn My Life Into a Musical – the Musical and Alice in Wonderland (Oldham Coliseum Theatre); The Adoration of the Chip (Manchester International Festival); Fight Like A Girl (Youth Music Theatre UK); The Tiger’s Bones (New Perspectives - National Tour) and The Tragical Tale of Romeus and Juliet (Oldham Coliseum).

Television as composer includes: 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: Licence 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 currently developing a new piece fusing his two main loves: running and music.

James is currently writing the score to a new stage adaptation of ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’ with New Perspectives Theatre Company.

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

Beverley Edmunds

Movement Director

For the New Vic: Cyrano (co-production with Northern Broadsides);  Peter Pan in Scarlet (co-production with Oxford Playhouse); Kiss Me Quickstep (co-production with Oldham Coliseum Theatre); Robin Hood & Marian, The Borrowers, Around the World in 80 Days (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, A Christmas Carol, Where Have I Been All My Life?, Alice in Wonderland, The Rivals, The Admirable Crichton, Peter Pan, Bouncers, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Amadeus, Stepping Out, Moll Flanders, Don Giovanni, Pirates on Parade, The Glee Club, Laurel and Hardy, and Olympic torch 2012 – Phoenix From the Flame.

Recent Choreography: Hot Stuff, Chicago (Manchester Evening News Award winner) and Dreamer (Oldham Coliseum); The Royal, Golden Oldies Father O'Flaughty, Bouncers, Our Day Out -  the Musical by Willy Russell and Ladies’ Night (Royal Court Theatre); and Rollover Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre)

She has also choreographed productions for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Empire, Liverpool Everyman, Bolton Octagon, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and Harrogate Theatre.

Tours include: Lisa’s Sex Strike, The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Winter’s Tale (Northern Broadsides); Return to the Forbidden Planet (national tour); Sex and Suburbia and Carmen (New Vic and tour); and Sex and Suburbia (National Tour).

Television credits include: Disney’s The Evermoor Chronicles, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Fernando Torres’s Nike commercial, September Song, O Jerusalem (feature film) and Sunny Delight, CBeebies The Magic Door.

Alexandra Stafford

Lighting Designer

For the New Vic: Around the World in 80 Days the New Vic & Royal Exchange, The Rivals and Proof.

Recent theatre credits include: Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles, Betrayal, Blithe Spirit (York Theatre Royal); The Season Ticket (Northern Stage & Pilot Theatre); Outsiders & Antigone (Pilot Theatre); All The Little Lights & Amateur Girl, (Fifth Word Theatre); The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist, Emil & the Detectives (Red Earth Theatre); Sleuth (Nottingham Playhouse & West Yorkshire Playhouse); Posh & Private Lives (Nottingham Playhouse); 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 eleven Pantomimes for Harrogate Theatre, the most recent being Dick Whittington.

Alex was the Head of Lighting at Derby Playhouse from 1999 until 2003. 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 and ten Pantomimes.

James Earls-Davis

Sound Designer

For the New Vic: nearly all main-house sound designs since 1987 including: Dial M for Murder,  Cyrano (with Northern Broadsides), The Snow Queen (co-design with Alex Day), The Kitchen Sink, Peter Pan in Scarlet (co-design with Alex Day), Talent, Diana of Dobson’s, Kiss Me Quickstep (co-designed with Alex Day – with Oldham Coliseum), Robin Hood & Marian (with Alex Day), Seeing the Lights, the Hoard Festival, The Ladykillers, Dracula (with Alex Day), The Borrowers, Ghosts, A History of Falling Things, Around the World in Eighty Days, Inherit the Wind, I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire!, The Memory of Water, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, Widowers’ Houses, The Thrill of Love, Talking Heads, A Christmas Carol, A Bright Fine Day, Far From the Madding Crowd, Where Have I Been All My Life?, Alice in Wonderland, The Glass Menagerie, The Admirable Crichton, Spring and Port Wine, The Rivals, Bus Stop, Peter Pan, Bleak House, Alphabetical Order, Humble Boy, And a Nightingale Sang, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Bouncers, The Daughter-in-Law, Dumb Show, A Taste of Honey, Honeymoon Suite, The Price, A Voyage Round My Father, Arabian Nights, The Weir, Dangerous Corner, Flamingoland, Don Giovanni, Great Expectations, Laurel and Hardy and Be My Baby.

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: Devotion (Potboiler Theatre Co); The Game (Northern Broadsides); A Number (Library Theatre, Manchester); These Four Streets (Birmingham Repertory); Rebecca and Frozen (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick); King Macbeth, Silent Anger, Homefront and Sticks and Stones (Reveal Theatre Co); Twelfth Night (Belgrade, Coventry); Her Big Chance (Harrogate); several sound designs and/or original music for New Vic Borderlines and Education projects, and soundtracks for community arts projects and films. 

Alex Day

Associate Sound Designer

For the New Vic: Beryl, The Snow Queen (co design with James Earls-Davis), Peter Pan In Scarlet (with James Earls-Davis at the Oxford Playhouse); The Mountaintop, Kiss Me Quickstep (with Oldham Coliseum);Robin Hood & Marian, Dracula, Around the world in 80 days (2014) – Associate sound designer

Alex trained at the School of Sound Recording, Manchester, specializing in studio engineering. He joined the New Vic in 2013.

Anji Carroll CDG

Casting Associate

For the New Vic: Dial M for Murder, Beryl, The Snow Queen, Tale trail to The Snow Queen, The Kitchen Sink, Peter Pan in Scarlet, The Mountaintop, Talent, Diana of Dobson’s, Kiss Me Quickstep (with Oldham Coliseum), Tale Trail to Robin Hood & Marian, Robin Hood & Marian, Seeing the Lights, the Hoard Festival, The Ladykillers, Dracula, Bell, Book and Candle, The Borrowers, Ghosts, A History of Falling Things, Around the World in Eighty Days, Inherit the Wind, I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire!, The Memory of Water, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Stones in His Pockets, Widowers’ Houses, The Thrill of Love, Talking Heads, A Christmas Carol, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, A Bright Fine Day, Far From the Madding Crowd, Where Have I Been All My Life?, Alice in Wonderland, The Glass Menagerie, The Admirable Crichton, Spring and Port Wine, Proof, The Rivals, Bus Stop, Peter Pan, Desire Under the Elms, Copenhagen, Bleak House, Dumb Show and Honeymoon Suite.

Theatre credits include: Judgement Day (the Print Room); Precious Little Talent (Best Play at the London Theatre Festival Awards 2011 – Trafalgar Studios); Othello and Richard III (Ludlow Festival); The Ladykillers, Twelfth Night, The Deep Blue Sea, Macbeth and The Notebook of Trigorin (Northcott Theatre); The Wizard of Oz, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Antigone, The Beggar’s Opera, A Chorus of Disapproval, Henry IV parts one and two, The Wind in the Willows and Betrayal for the Bristol Old Vic.

Television credits include: Inside the Titanic (Channel 5); BBC2’s comedy drama series The Cup; The Bill (over 50 episodes); The Sarah Jane Adventures – Invasion of the Bane; two series of London’s Burning (32 episodes); The Knock (4 x 90-minute episodes).

Other credits includes: feature film: Papadopoulos & Sons, West Is West, Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution, Out of Depth and The Jolly Boys’ Last Stand; drama-documentary: Curiosity – What Sank Titanic?, Mayday and Joan of Arc, and BBC Radio 4 political drama series Number 10.

Anji is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain.

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.

Eleanor Clare Taylor

Assistant Director

Eleanor Clare studied Text and Performance at RADA/Birkbeck and has a History and Politics degree from The University of York. 

Previous directing credits include: Drowning: The Algo Movement (Making Space Arts / Leicester Curve Inside/Out Festival / The Ugly Duck); 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 (St Leonards Festival/Hikapee Circus Company) and Circa (Theater de Meervaart, Amsterdam).

As Associate Director to Michael Rudman, work includes: All My Sons at the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong. As Assistant Director: All My Sons (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre Kingston); Do We Do The Right Thing? (New Diorama and UK/Germany Tour) and Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors (Grosvenor Park Theatre).

Eleanor Clare is also a playwright, and was a 2016 finalist for the Kenneth Branagh Award.