Rob joined Boundless Theatre in July 2016 as Artistic Director and become sole CEO in 2019. Rob leads the organisation including commissioning new work and developing artists and projects as well as leading strategy for engaging young adults across the artistic programme. Currently working with Arts Council England on the strategic development of the Impacts & Insights Toolkit, Rob is passionate about new ways to innovate around more audiences engaging with theatre and better understanding the impact of the arts on young adults specifically.
For Boundless, Rob has directed NATIVES by Glenn Waldron (2017) and CONFIDENCE by Judy Upton (2018).
Before joining Boundless 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.
Rob is a Board Member for the Bermondsey Business Improvement District, where Boundless are proudly based.
Ine Van Riet joined Boundless from the Bush Theatre where she was Development Manager and jointly responsible for creating and implementing the fundraising and talent development strategies. During her time, the Bush fundraised for and completed the largest capital project in the organisation’s history, reopening the venue’s refurbished Shepherd’s Bush home in 2017. The Bush Theatre was recently awarded London Theatre of the Year by The Stage.
Prior to this Ine was General Manager for Iris Theatre and Development Officer & Associate Producer at Tara Arts. As a freelance producer she has presented UK premières at Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503 and the Finborough Theatre, and toured work both nationally and internationally.
Kirsten joined Boundless as Producer in October 2018.
Prior to joining the company, Kirsten’s roles included Producer (Projects) at Mahogany Opera, Assistant Producer of ON THE EDGE: The World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences 2016 with Birmingham REP, Assistant Producer of 24:7 Festival in Manchester, Production Assistant at ebp and Edinburgh Assistant to Making Room.
Kirsten is also an independent Producer and co-Director of COMPLEX., a two-woman team producing theatre and arts nights with a political edge.
Kirsten holds a First Class Honours degree in Drama & French from the University of Birmingham.
Ogechi joined Boundless in March and takes care of all digital and social off/online affairs as Social & Digital Manager. She is a trained teacher for languages and history and integrated herself in various social-cultural projects during her time in Germany. She loves music, sings and writes songs, takes care of the digital marketing and directing of her own music culture platform Noctarium. A multi-faceted mind with an interdisciplinary background who always wants to combine social, educational, artistic and (sub-)cultural aspects in her work.
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.
Beth is a freelance multi-arts producer and stage manager with particular interest in making intersectional queer and feminist work across theatre and cabaret. She is a Roundhouse Future Producer 2020 and is the producer of interdisciplinary arts collective and New Diorama Emerging Company, Frisky Arts. With Frisky, she produces shows (Girl World; Camden People’s Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, Platform Southwark) as well as regular cabaret events at The Albany Deptford. Other producing credits include: Len Blanco: Firing Blancs, VAULT Festival and After Dark Award Nominee 2019, Pollyanna Cabaret, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 and Make Advena Great Again!, Camden People’s Theatre 2017.
Running alongside her work as a producer, she is a freelance stage manager. Previous work includes: Venue Stage Manager at VAULT Festival 2020, Assistant Stage Manager of Poet in da Corner at the Royal Court Theatre and Venue Manager for The Pleasance in 2018.
During the Covid-19 lockdown and in response to arts industries being shut down, Beth founded an online quarantine community and skillshare called the Sunflower Skills Club. It is an online, creative community for womxn and non-binary people which fundrasies for The Sunflower Foundation and Cancer Research UK. The aim of the skills club is to bring people together and learn new skills which is done via video shares and online events; some of which have included an online poetry event and workshops with independent artists and companies. This has been a fantastic avenue in learning more about producing online content and thinking of ways to keep some sort of positive hold on arts communities and folk. You can find out more @sunflowerskillsclub
Robert is a director / theatremaker based in London.
Theatre includes: Personal Statements [rehearsed reading], Background Noise [rehearsed reading] (National Theatre); Bullring Techno Makeout Jamz, Virtue (The Bunker); The Derek Smith Show (Karamel Club); phroot sahlad (The North Wall / Lyric Hammersmith/ Camden People’s Theatre); Lockout, Roost (The North Wall); The Lost (Young Vic)
Associate director: WE KNOW WHAT WE MAY BE [Artistic Associate](Barbican)
Assistant director: “Daddy” – A Melodrama (Almeida Theatre), Fairview (Young Vic), Let Kilburn Shake (Kiln Theatre), The Slave (Tristan Bates Theatre); The Trial (Young Vic)
Robert is on the Advisory Board for Boundless Theatre, and was recently on the Board Shadowing Programme run by Artistic Directors of the Future.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Gomes is a Senior Lawyer at the Government Legal Department. 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.
Simon sits on the Finance & Risk Sub-Committee.
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’.
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.
Spencer sits on the Finance & Risk Sub-Committee.
Sam is Associate Director (Development) at Joe Public. His responsibilities include the strategic leadership of Joe Public, helping to future proof the growth of the company through the development of new business opportunities and the monitoring of the new business plan. Sam also helps to develop and manage relations between the company and its portfolio of affiliate partners, as well as lead specific campaign work. After graduating from the University of Reading with a First Class BA Hons in English Literature, Sam embarked on a year-long placement overseeing community-based projects from within BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford.
Outside of Joe Public, Sam took part in the Stage One Workshop for New Producers in Spring 2010, and later applied this knowledge to mounting the first production in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan’s Variation on a Theme, starring twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling. The run sold out and received widespread critical acclaim.
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