Rob joined Boundless Theatre in July 2016 as Artistic Director. Before which he was Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre where for three and a half years he ran the Literary Department and was responsible for all playwriting work including the commissioning and development of new plays for production.
He has established partnerships with Playwrights of New York (PoNY), delivered projects with Kudos Film & Television and established a partnership with Drama Centre London and Oberon Books on the ‘Student Guide To Writing: Playwriting’.
As a Dramaturg and Director Rob has worked with playwrights at theatres including The National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Contact, York Theatre Royal and Theatre503. Rob was one of the first recipients of an Artists’ International Development Fund from the Arts Council and British Council and spent time working in South Africa with playwrights and theatre makers at the Baxter and Market Theatres.
Zoë joined Boundless Theatre in March 2015. She studied French and Drama at Bristol University, where she first discovered the joy of producing and spent a year teaching in France. After freelancing in theatre design she started her career in arts administration and producing in the Youth and Education department of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. She later moved to Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, where she progressed from Administrator to Executive Director.
Zoë worked at GLYPT for over 10 years, during which time she produced a wide range of projects and productions for and with young people, and oversaw the company move to The Tramshed in Woolwich. She was on the board of new writing company Upstart Theatre for 8 years, and is currently on the board of the Independent Theatre Council.
Mark joined Boundless Theatre as Finance Manager in September 2015. He studied at the University of Warwick and trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School. He was the Executive Director of Deafinitely Theatre for almost 10 years, producing theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho Theatre, the Park Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and on national tour. He is also one of the co-founders of The Blueprint Theatre Company.
In September 2014, he set up Ardent Theatre Company for which he is currently the Co-Creative Director.
Roxan joined Boundless Theatre in October 2017 as Producer. For over 14 years Roxan has worked extensively in the arts education field as a Creative Learning Project Manager and an Applied Theatre Facilitator. She has worked for a wide range of organisations, specialising in working with young people and those with additional needs.
After studying Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Roxan worked as a freelance facilitator for organisations such as Halfmoon Theatre, London Bubble and Eastside Educational Trust.
She then went on to develop her passion for managing projects through producing participation programmes with The Ambassadors Theatre Group, Polka Theatre, Discover Children’s Story Centre and Hoxton Hall Theatre.
She was very proud to be the Artistic Director and CEO for East End Shed, an inclusive theatre company for young people, for over 3 years. Having worked for Haringey Shed and Peckham Shed, working inclusively and providing access to the arts is at the core of all her work.
Sarah Ruff is an arts development professional and theatre and live art enthusiast. Sarah’s previous employers include Battersea Arts Centre, the British Council, Dance UK and RADA. Sarah has a diverse range of experience, from securing grants from trusts and statutory funders to delivering ambitious fundraising events. Sarah has a strategic, creative and entrepreneurial approach and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds in new business for arts activities and artists.
Sarah benefits from a First Class Degree in Theatre from Dartington College of Arts and a Masters Degree in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College. She was the 2011 London Chamber of Commerce Bell Scholarship recipient for academic excellence and entrepreneurial potential and since then has benefited from leadership training as a Cause4 Fellow and BAC Independent. Sarah’s hobbies include writing and performing poetry, cooking, eating and delivering creative activities for adults with learning disabilities.
Robert is an emerging theatremaker currently suffering the early 20s crisis of graduating (University of Hull), wanting to do everything and not much idea of how. As well as directing and working on plays he is interested in music, spoken word, hating all the bigotry and trying to pay his rent on time. He is currently directing the intersectional feminist fantasia phroot salhad (pronounced fruit salad) on at the Lyric Hammersmith’s Evolution Festival and Camden People’s Theatre’s Hotbed festival.
I am a Junior Consultant at Shroomly which creates Virtual Reality hotel tours and training creation. I had worked as an assistant coach at Parkour Generations before setting off for university to study forensic science. While in university I developed an interest in brazilian jiu jitsu which I continue to train today.
Adrian’s interest lies in socially conscious performance and participation work. He currently works as an Assistant Producer at Apples and Snakes, England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word. He is also a freelance drama workshop facilitator, and has worked with the Old Vic and the Young Vic on a variety of outreach focused drama projects.
Previously he worked at Roundhouse as Trainee Assistant Producer in Performing Arts, working to develop the careers of their Resident Artists in Spoken Word, Cabaret, Circus and Theatre. He has also worked with organisations such as the Talawa Theatre Company, Emergency Exit Arts, Macnas, Lovebox, Bestival and Mousetrap Theatre Projects. Adrian studied Theatre at the The BRIT School of Performing Arts and Technology.
I became involved with Boundless theatre when it was Company of Angels as part of the Theatre Café at GLYPT and European Theatre Encounter at GRIPS in Berlin. I believe in the collaborative process of theatre making and love performing, writing, producing and helping in any way to make a show a success.
I am currently participating in the 28 play challenge with the space arts centre, which means writing a play every day throughout February. I like to keep busy and am always looking for my next adventure. I love theatre and August is always my favourite month of the year when I go to the Edinburgh fringe festival, I hope that 2017 will be my 4th consecutive visit.
I am currently attending Sydenham School in Year 11 and am in the process of completing my GCSEs. Drama is probably my biggest passion; I am doing it as a GCSE and I have performed in lots of plays in and out of school. I have been a member of Lewisham Youth Theatre since I started secondary school and here I completed my Bronze Arts Award in 2014. Outside of drama, I love to read and started to learn guitar as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award I completed in 2016.
Fin sees that there is a lot going on in the world and believes that the only way to make significant progress on complex issues is by creating and encouraging new perspectives. This is what he has done through his films, his writing and his performance. Having grown up being homeschooled around the world, he is currently studying Drama, Applied Theatre & Education at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He hopes to use his new skills to position the arts as a means of bridging cultural divides and bringing people together.
Charles Glanville is Managing Director of Oberon Books Ltd., a leading publisher of new plays and books on theatre and dance. He also serves on the boards of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Yorkshire Ballet Summer School.
Carolyn Unsted has worked in education for over 30 years. Starting as an English and Drama Teacher, she has been Headteacher in two secondary schools, Assistant and Deputy Director for Children’s Services and Education in local authorities, Governor of a primary school and member of a Multi Academy Trust. She is an now Education Adviser to the DfE and a Fellow of the RSA and Trustee for Lewisham Music. Carolyn has been committed to promoting the Arts for young people all of her career.
Jake is Producer at Theatre 503 and is Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. Jake co-directs and produces the annual Incoming Festival. Jake is also co-director of producing company Making Room working with artists across the UK. As an independent producer he has produced ‘BLUSH’ (Snuff Box Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soho and on Tour), ‘Weald’ (Snuff Box Theatre and Finborough Theatre) and ‘Shelter me’ (Theatre Delicatessen).
As Associate Producer his credits include ‘The Bombing of the Grand Hotel’ (Cockpit Theatre and Tour), ‘Mouse Plague’ (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAC and Tour) and ‘The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland’ (Edinburgh Festival Fringe, BAC and Tour). Jake also co-curates Dialogue with Maddy Costa and produces Dialogue Festival. He was a freelance marketer before moving into producing and is a trustee of Boundless Theatre. Jake was nominated as Best Producer in the 2014 Off West End Awards.
Charlotte has over 10 years within the arts industry, graduating from the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama she has gone on to work with Punchdrunk, Hofesh Shechter, Jacksons Lane Theatre, Grange Park Opera & Pimlico Opera. Charlotte now produces experiential shows across 21 festivals for Live Nation Entertainment, including arts festivals such as Wilderness and Latitude.
David Beardmore is Commercial Director of the Open Data Institute. David leads the ODI’s commercial, business development and marketing activities. Originally a classically trained musician, David has a Masters from Cambridge and an MBA in Marketing. He is married to Gill and they have 2 boys, 18 and 28. Ever the optimist, he continues to hold a season ticket at Nottingham Forest.
Michelle Matherson is a Talent Executive at ITV Studios. Michelle joined Shiver, ITV Studios in December 2013 as Talent Executive. She has one of the best ‘black books’ in the business and has responsibility for bringing in top industry editorial talent to work and share their creative ideas within Shiver. Michelle has a proven track record in headhunting, delivering creative solutions for both on and off-screen talent.
Before leaving the BBC she produced the 2013 Television Drama Writers Festival. Her partnership initiatives included ‘Mind the Gap’ to encourage new BAME writers. Michelle is recognised for her interpersonal skills including change management and negotiation. She is one of the founder members of the pan tv industry ‘Talent Forum’.
Claire Dikecoglu is a Senior Account Director at 33Seconds and leads dedicated teams in the creation and execution of creative and social media strategies for multiple clients. She has been working in social media for over 10 years and has worked in several of London’s award winning specialist agencies. She has worked with a diverse range of commercial brands, such as Sony Electronics, L’Oreal and Amazon Tickets, as well as charities and arts organisations such as the BFI, Harper Collins, British Red Cross and Comic Relief. Claire is focused on helping clients maximise the potential of digital for their business and drive innovation in creative social media campaigns.
Rachel is a Project Manager at The Premier League. Rachel spent her childhood performing in local theatres and eventually went on to study Creative Writing at ‘Dartington College of Arts’. Since leaving University however, her professional life took her in a different direction. She started her career as a teacher of English language before moving within the industry to become part of the operations team and managing a small school in Covent Garden. From education to sports, Rachel now works as a Project Manager for The Premier League managing a high performing department and leading projects of varying scales and complexities. Her interest in the arts remains strong as she regularly attends theatre productions and is a keen writer of poetry and short stories.
Spencer Simmons is a retired Chartered Accountant. Spencer has been a Chartered Accountant for 40 years, mainly as a partner in practice, and has been in amateur theatre for 50 years both acting and directing. He recently spent four years abroad volunteering for different charities in Africa and is now the financial advisor to the trustees of the Charles Hayward Foundation.
Simon Gomes is a Senior Lawyer at the Ministry of Defence. Simon is a solicitor with a proven track record of public service, working for the civil service for over 8 years; including on the Free Schools programme. Simon has done a variety of fundraising work for small and national charities. Simon is a keen amateur artist and dancer in his spare time.
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