Reading Repertory Staff

Staff

Artistic Director, Paul Stacey

Before launching Reading Rep, Paul was Literary Manager of the Old Red Lion Theatre in London. Prior to returning to the UK, Paul worked as a Director and Dramaturg for some of the most prestigious companies in world theatre, including the Moscow Art Theatre, Punchdrunk Theatre Company (the critically acclaimed American premiere of Sleep No More) and New Repertory Theatre. His directing debut – Sexual Perversity in Chicago – made him one of the youngest people ever to direct at the American Repertory Theatre. He has taught theatre history, acting and dramaturgy at Harvard University. He is a Dramaturgy graduate of the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard University. He read English at the University of Nottingham and is a Teach First Ambassador.


Executive Director, Niki Robinson

Niki trained in acting and musical theatre at the B.R.I.T performing arts school in London (one of the first 100 students) and as a post graduate at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama  firstly with a P.G Certificate Directing Text with Young People in association with the National Theatre, and most recently a Masters in Applied Theatre.  She has more than 20 years’ experience as an actor, arts education consultant, festival planner, workshop facilitator, writer, producer and agent. For several years she co-ran ACE funded  Freeflow Productions at South Hill Park, and produced many large pantomimes, shows  and outdoor community productions. For six years she produced the  Children’s International Arts Organization (CIAO!) summer festival which gave up to 3000 young people a week a chance to engage in the visual and performing arts. She began her first school in 2002, and later opened her own ofsted registered performing arts studios – Artemis Studios – in 2007. In 2008 she founded the Windsor Globe – an annual festival with a large pop-up theatre in Windsor, which ran until 2015. She joined Reading Rep in March 2016.


Associate Director, Christie O’Carroll

Christie trained at the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

Before joining Reading Rep as Associate Director in September 2015, Christie was the Drama Artist for the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh, where she assisted on professional company shows and directed large-scale productions for young people.  Christie’s work often received four and five star reviews in local and national press. She worked for many years as an Associate Artist with the Grassmarket Project throughout the UK and internationally, and has an extensive history as a freelance director and practitioner. She also lectured in Performing Arts at a maximum security jail and YOI in Scotland, directing performances in both facilities – one was nominated for a Koestler Award.  Christie was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Trust Fellowship and won the Bruce Miller Award for Directing.


Development and Administration Officer, Megan Turnell

Megan first joined Reading Rep in June 2014 for three months as an Arts Strategy Intern. Since then she has worked freelance in various positions in the company, including Front of House Supervisor and Assistant Director on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, before coming to her current role in July 2015. She read Philosophy at the University of Reading, where she produced and performed in multiple productions with Reading University Drama Society, while also taking on committee roles as Secretary and then President of the society. Prior to university, she was Administrator at Darlington Arts Academy CIC, an all-ages community performing arts organisation, where she also served as DSM during the company’s productions.

Associate Designer, Victoria Spearing

Victoria is resident designer at South Hill Park, Associate Designer for Original Theatre and has worked as a freelance theatre designer and maker. Theatre work includes: The Queen and I, Bugsy Malone, BFG, Whistle Down the Wind, When We Were Married, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Norfolk’s Rose, The Caretaker, Around the World in 80 Days, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, Fantastic Mr Fox, Brassed Off, all for South Hill Park and the world premiere of Loserville the Musical for Youth Music Theatre UK. Touring work includes The Caretaker, Art, Misery, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Oedipus, Oh What a Lovely War!, The Cherry Orchard, Alfie and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, all for Blackeyed Theatre; Dancing at Lughnasa, Mallard and Journey’s End for Original Theatre and The Madness of George III for Wilde Enterprises. She has also designed South Hill Park’s most successful pantomimes: Dick Whittington, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. In addition she has designed and made props for use in educational productions in most of the major London Museums, the National Youth Theatre and the award winning one man show Tom Crean. Other projects have included installation art at festivals, model making and various theatre and art workshops. Victoria graduated from Bretton Hall in 2001.


Associate Designer, Russell Pearn

Now in the middle of his second decade working in the theatre and entertainment industry, Russell graduated from Bretton Hall with a degree in Theatre Design and Technology, specializing in Lighting and Sound. He has spent many years working as a general technician with skills covering lighting, sound, and set construction. He has worked for Vari*lite (now PRG), Neg Earth Lighting, Studio Theatre – Paddington, North Westminster Community School and St George’s School Ascot, as well as a freelance lighting and sound designer.


Resident Stage Manager, Ana Becker

Ana has worked as the stage manager for all of Reading Rep’s productions to date. Previously, she has successfully adapted and produced The Tempest as a sign theatre performance. She has also worked in children’s education and entertainment, both at local events and as part of summer schools at the Oxford Playhouse. Ana graduated with a Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf Studies degree from the University of Reading.


Associate Artists

Nicholas Thompson

Nicholas is the Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Theatre – one of London’s leading fringe venues. His tenure at the Old Red continues to be one of the most impressive in the theatre’s history; overseeing transfers of productions to both Off-Broadway, and the West End alongside co-productions with Theatre Royal Haymarket and Headlong. Previous productions as producer include the award winning Chaika Casino and A Christmas Carol. He is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, and read English and Philosophy at the University of Manchester.


Timothy James

Tim is a writer, director, academic and community organiser. Beginning his theatrical career with Kangaroo Court, he has worked with .Dash, Old Red Lion and now begins work with Reading Rep. He is near the completion of a PhD in Social Policy, writing in the field of faiths and civic engagement. Tim was trained as a community organiser with Citizens UK and has worked as an organiser for London Citizens as well as working as Community Development Officer for Kangaroo Court and Old Red Lion.


 

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