Stephanie has 25 years experience of running theatres and a further 4 years experience of programming theatres. Her career includes stints as a Stage Manager in rep, an actress, theatre critic, court reporter and comedy club compere.
She has worked on all scales from a small-scale arts centre to a 1,500 seat SOLT venue. She has been programming dance since working at Sadler’s Wells under both Tim Tubbs and Nigel Hinds, and was a founder member of Dance Touring Partnership. She has run the Merlin Theatre, Frome, Blackpool Grand Theatre and, for the past 19 years, Nottingham Playhouse covering small-scale touring, middle-scale presenting and running a producing house. Nottingham Playhouse was a founder member of Eclipse Theatre Consortium and Ramps on the Moon under Stephanie’s leadership.
She is Vice President of UK Theatre, Vice Chair of Parents and Carers in Performing Arts and, at a local level, she sits on the ONE Nottingham Board and is an Ambassador for Inspiring Future Theatre.
Adam Penford trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).
His directorial credits for Nottingham Playhouse include: Holes (UK Tour), An Enemy of the People, Coram Boy, The Madness of George III and Wonderland.
For the National Theatre: A Small Family Business (Olivier), Dorfman Opening Gala (Dorfman) and Island (Cottesloe). Revival Director on One Man Two Guvnors (West End, Broadway, UK and International Tour). Associate Director on NT 50 Years on Stage.
Other directing credits: Committee (Donmar Warehouse), The Boys in The Band (Vaudeville and Park Theatre), Platinum (Hampstead Theatre), Unfaithful (Found111), Watership Down (Watermill Theatre), Deathtrap (Salisbury Playhouse and UK Tour), Ghost the Musical (ETF), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse) and The Machine Gunners and Run! (Polka Theatre).
Assistant/Associate director credits: The Winter’s Tale (Propeller at the Watermill), The Vagina Monologues (National Tour), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Bush), Imagine This (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Dying For It (Almeida) and Charley’s Aunt (Oxford Playhouse).
Board of Trustees
Mark Aldrich was formerly a partner at Browne Jacobson, a Nottingham commercial law firm. He now leads projects in their central management team. He has been passionate about the theatre since studying English Literature at school and taking leads on the school stage as Arthur Kipps in Half A Sixpence and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion. Mark has continued to take part in amateur dramatics locally, is a keen theatre-goer and is also trustee of a Nottinghamshire Multi-Academy Trust.
Anthony Almeida is an award-winning theatre and opera director. In 2019 he was named winner of the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award. He was the inaugural Link Artist Stage Director at Royal Opera House; and Resident Director at Almeida Theatre for whom he directed actors including Ian McKellen, Fiona Shaw and Ashley Walters in Figures of Speech – a digital film project interrogating leadership.
Steve Battlemuch is a Labour Councillor for Wollaton West on Nottingham City Council. He has been a Trustee since June 2015.
Steve works for the civil service trade union PCS. Previously he worked in the civil service and also for Oxfam. He has particular interests in comedy and contemporary drama and has 2 sons, one is which is currently studying drama at LIPA. He spends what spare time he has watching Forest and Notts cricket.
Andy is a Chartered Accountant and works as a Director at PwC. He studied Economics and Econometrics at the University of Nottingham, before a sabbatical year as Treasurer of the Students’ Union. Other than some time working in London and the US, he has lived in Nottingham since graduation.
He is a very regular theatre goer, both locally and in London and “took to the stage” at Nottingham Playhouse as part of the Coram Boy Choir and as part of the Community singers in Wasteland. Andy Chairs Nottingham Playhouse’s Risk Group and is also an elected member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Alex is Director of Audiences and Marketing at the National Theatre, where he is responsible for ensuring the organisation reaches and engages the widest possible audience in London, across the UK and around the world. Working across live theatre and digital output (notably including NT Live cinema broadcasts), he has overseen a move to data-driven, digital marketing and engagement strategies and is helping to build stronger, sustained partnerships with theatres across the UK. Originally from Dorset, Alex is a big fan of all forms of arts and culture and a keen gardener.
Amanda Farr is a practicing partner in Sweeney and Farr mental health consultancy. She was formerly a clinical lead of the NHS county primary care mental health service and is Deputy Lieutenant and former High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire.”
Natalie has lived in Nottingham since birth and fell in love with the theatre at a young age thanks to early childhood visits with her parents.
Natalie established a strong business reputation within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire whilst at the Federation of Small Businesses, working to strengthen small businesses and ensure their fair representation. She subsequently spent time as a Civil Servant working to drive and support the Midlands Engine. Keen to return closer to local delivery she is now Head of Operations at D2N2 LEP.
Natalie joins as a Trustee with a strong desire to enhance operational activities, and with the ethos that the theatre is for all. She is a firm believer that theatre opens minds, drives creativity and brings innovation to people and communities.
Natalie lives with her daughter Evie and husband Matthew, she enjoys travel and discovering new wines.
Sofia has over 30 years experience in arts marketing working across film and media, theatre and visual arts. She jumped ship into the third sector three years ago and currently works for an environmental charity in membership recruitment and fundraising. Sofia is also a member of the Board at Broadway Cinema in Nottingham.
Anne Peach is a Labour Councillor for Radford Ward in Nottingham City Council who actively supports local residents and organisations and is committed to improvements in the quality of life of residents. She has lived and worked in Nottingham for over forty years and worked in the railway industry. She regularly goes to the theatre and to classical music concerts.
Danielle Russell is a senior marketing, communications and fundraising professional with a career spanning 20 years. She is Head of Alumni Relations and Regular Giving at Nottingham Trent University and, prior to this, she spent nine years in a similar role at Sheffield Hallam University.
Danielle believes in the importance of higher education in transforming people’s lives and increasing social mobility and, through her work at both universities, has played a crucial role in supporting this.
Before making the move into Higher Education, Danielle enjoyed a career in the arts, working at Sheffield Theatres, the Southbank Centre during the successful £110 million capital fundraising campaign and 2007 relaunch, Box Clever Theatre Company, Stratford Circus Arts Centre and East London Dance.
A dance alumna of the University of Surrey, Danielle has a passion for theatre and dance, and champions access to arts and culture for all.
Simrun is a recent graduate from King College London and studied Religion Philosophy and Ethics. She has a huge love for theatre and wishes to make it a safe, open, welcoming space for everyone. She is a passionately empathetic and seeks to help lift others especially those from marginalised backgrounds. She adores cold weather and winter is her favourite time of year – who doesn’t love soft cuddly blankets and sitting by a cosy fire with a mug of tea and a good book or film.
Neena has many years experience as a board level Human Resources professional. Having worked with some of the UK’s most well known companies, she now runs her own HR and Coaching consultancy in Nottingham. She studied English at Loughborough University and is a regular theatre goer. Being passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion, she strongly believes that going to the theatre should be something which is accessible to and enjoyable for everyone.
Neena joined Nottingham Playhouse’s Board in 2018.
I moved to Nottingham in 2018 when I began my degree in English literature at the University of Nottingham. I have 10 years’ experience in youth theatre, currently working at Lakeside Arts Centre. Previously I have produced ‘A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing’ at NSDF 2019, as well as various productions at Nottingham New Theatre.
I was born and have lived in Nottingham my whole life, and I’m currently studying for my A-Levels. Being part of the participation schemes at the Playhouse has inspired me to pursue a career as a theatre director, and I’m really excited to be a part of the Youth Board.
My name is Owen Brindley, I am delighted that I’m a youth boarder for Nottingham Playhouse. I always am keen to support everyone and share my ideas. I am also a radio presenter for 2 local radio stations. I have a disability, which I never let stop me doing what I enjoy.
I am a student at the University of Nottingham and I want to help engage more young people who like I used to, might not see theatre as an option. I also want to diversify the theatre more generally as to me feeling represented and welcomed is crucial to a better and more creative environment. Outside of theatre I enjoy graphic design, read (a lot!), watch a lot of movies (bit of a snob), have challenged myself to listen to one new album per day and even picked up embroidery over lockdown.
My name is Sam Harris and I am currently finishing my degree in Politics and International Relations at NTU. I am also Co-Director of Community Action Nottingham, a youth-led volunteering organisation that aims to engage young people in community volunteering. Having lived in Nottingham for 3 years, I have developed a passion for local communities and their incredible diversity. This is something I will champion as a member of the Playhouse Youth Board.
I was a member of the Mouthy Poets at Nottingham Playhouse from the age of 9 and am a current member of Homegrown. My ultimate plan is to become a lawyer, and I am passionate about writing – including scripts and songs. I was the Youth Mayor of Gedling, sit on the UNESCO City of Literature Youth Board and have a huge interest in social activism.
I am a queer performer and performance maker from Leicester and Andrew Lloyd-Webber & Curve Theatre acting graduate. In 2020, I graduated from De Montfort University with a First Class Degree in Drama BA Honours. My art deconstructs injustices, particularly in my theatre company ‘Category Peach’, where I previously directed a self-written tragi-comedy lesbian love story, framed within a Brexit dystopia.
I am a performer, director and facilitator who specialises in physical and comical work. I am a graduate of Rose Bruford College, the Nottingham Playhouse Homegrown programme and am currently studying a Post Graduate Certificate at ALRA North. I want to make the theatre industry more diverse, accessible and environmentally sustainable.
I have a long-term love of theatre and immersive storytelling. Over the last five years, I’ve worked as a Producer, Stage Manager and Assistant Director in student and professional theatre, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I equally have an interest in youth advocacy and representation as well as charity governance.
Hi my name is Simrun Sandhu, 22 years old and a recent graduate from King College London in Religion Philosophy and Ethics. I have a huge love for theatre and wish to make it a safe, open, welcoming space for EVERYONE. I am passionately empathetic and seek to help lift others especially those from marginalised backgrounds. I adore cold weather and winter is my favourite time of year – who doesn’t love soft cuddly blankets and sitting by a cosy fire with a mug of tea and a good book or film.
I am a non-binary aspiring playwright with a master’s degree in theatre. I am interested in queer expression and representation and allowing for empathy amongst different groups of people through theatre. Along with theatre, I love tabletop roleplaying games and baking.
Hello! I’m Olivia – a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham, and many years ago I was in the cast of the pantomime here at Nottingham Playhouse! Now I’m delighted to be back in this glorious theatre as a member of the Youth Board, and will strive towards making the arts as accessible as possible for audiences and creatives alike
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