Alan is Managing Director of Young Vic Productions. Alan joined as Marketing Manager, and subsequently became Director of Marketing and Press before assuming his current role. In just three years at the Young Vic, he has seen sales rise from 70% to 95%, and he now oversees all of the theatre’s commercial operations. Before joining the Young Vic, he was Director of Marketing at Bill Kenwright Ltd, and Marketing Director of Talawa Theatre Company. He has a Masters from King’s College, London and studied English at the University of Nottingham.
Reading born Suzanne Stallard is an artist and designer. She is the founder of jelly, a Reading based arts charity formed in 1993. During her 20 years as Director of jelly, she has seen the organisation move and develop strategically over 5 homes plus many other short term pop-up spaces. She has developed artists’ studios, delivered innovative artist programmes, exhibitions, events, an education programme and has worked with many of Reading’s artists and creative groups delivering collaborative projects. Recently Suzanne was nominated as the Heritage Representative for the Community for Reading’s Cultural Partnership. Suzanne has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art and is also an active Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Paul is the Interim Principal of Reading College, the further education college with whom Reading Rep have partnered to create Reading Studio of Dramatic Art. Reading College is part of the Activate Learning group, a forward-thinking and employment-focused educational group that brings together further and higher education, secondary schools, apprenticeships, training and consultancy for business as well as commercial enterprise. Paul has worked in teaching and management roles at Reading College for over six years, and has an MSc in Applied Management from the University of Reading.
Piers is a senior associate in the Financial Institutions Disputes Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He acts for a broad range of financial institutions on civil litigation and contentious regulatory matters. He specialises in complex finance disputes and has significant experience of high value, large scale matters which often have a multi-jurisdictional dimension.
As founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres, Robert Brustein has supervised well over two hundred productions, acting in eight and directing twelve. He has written eleven adaptations for the American Repertory Theatre and is the author of thirteen books on theatre and society. Mr. Brustein also served for twenty years as director of the Loeb Drama Center, is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University and drama critic for The New Republic. He is a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient numerous awards including the George Polk Award in Journalism, the Commonweath (Massachusetts) Award for Organizational Leadership, and most recently the Eugene O’Neill Foundation’s Tao House Award for serving the American theatre with distinction. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2002.
Anatoly Smeliansky joined the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) in 1980 as Literary Director and was appointed Associate Artistic Director in 1996. Dean of the MXAT School for Academic Studies since 1986, he became the head of the school in 2000. Dr. Smeliansky is also Editor-in-Chief of the new edition of the Complete Works Konstantin Stanislavsky and The Moscow Art Theatre Encyclopedia. He is the author of Our Collocutors: Russian Classics on Stage, Bulgakov and the Moscow Art Theatre, Is Comrade Bulgakov Dead? (rated among the best theatre publications in 1995 by American Theatre magazine) and The Russian Theatre after Stalin. He has extensive experience lecturing on Russian and Soviet theatre in the United States (Columbia, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton, Yale), France (the Sorbonne), and England (Cambridge and Oxford). He is the recipient of several national awards for artistic excellence, including Distinguished Artsmaker of Russia.
Gideon is director of Undergraduate Theatre Programmes at Bard College and Curator of the Fisher Center for the Arts. Previously he taught at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar, and Columbia University School of the Arts, where he founded the Arts Collaboration Lab in association with Performance Space 122. Co-curator of Crossing the Line, a trans-disciplinary arts festival in New York City, he has also served as acting artistic director and resident dramaturg at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and as director of A.R.T.’s graduate program in dramaturgy at the A.R.T./Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training. He has worked with leading American and international artists, including Anne Bogart ’74, Chen Shi-Zheng, Peter Sellars, Anna Deavere Smith, Robert Woodruff, and Anne Washburn.
Jez founded Park Theatre in 2010 and led the £2.5m conversion of number 11-13 Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park into London’s new state of the art theatre. Working closely with a number of ambassadors and supporters including Ian McKellen, Celia Imrie and Tamzin Outhwaite, Jez and his team have garnered significant national and international press coverage for the project. As Artistic Director of Stages International he worked with the Old Vic producing A Season in South Africa with actors including Anthony Sher, Janet Suzman, Samantha Bond and John Kani. As Associate Director of Y Touring he company managed six national tours including Sweet As You Are (Fringe First) and Pig in the Middle (UK and Holland). As a dramaturge he has worked with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic.
Thelma Holt CBE
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