Board of Directors
Carrie Carruthers (Chair)
Carrie has worked in arts management for nearly 30 years including as General Manager of Scarlet Theatre Company (national small scale touring company), Administrator of The Place Theatre London, Director of Cambridge Drama Centre and then following merger Programme Director at the Junction Cambridge. Moved to Northampton in 2004 to be Senior Arts Development Manager for Northamptonshire County Council supporting and promoting county arts organisations until 2011. Board member of Scarlet Theatre and Wriggle Dance Company. Currently Development Manager of the Spark Arts for Children in Leicester.
Biography to follow
Jakub is a second year student at the University of Northampton, working towards a BA Honours Degree in Childhood & Youth. Jakub believes wholeheartedly that taking part in theatre is one of the best ways for young people to develop both their social skills and creativity. As a young person himself, Jakub spent 5 years at Royal & Derngate Young Company as a participant and an Assistant Practitioner. He was also a member of the Youth Forum which helped to steer the practical and artistic direction of the Youth Theatre and Young Company. He looks forward to working with Warts & All Theatre and helping The Young Actors programme grow and develop beyond expectation.
Dani Parr is Director of Participation at Almeida Theatre. She was previously Associate Director at Royal & Derngate Theatres, Northampton, where she directed over 30 plays. Dani directed I Believe in Unicorns for Wizard Presents and since then it has toured all over the country, and won an Argus Angel award at Brighton Festival in 2014. Dani recently directed Bear and Butterfly for Theatre Hullaballoo and Theatre by the Lake; she co-directed Moominsummer Madness, a co-production between Polka Theatre, Royal & Derngate and Little Angel Theatre and she won two awards for Flathampton at Brighton Festival in 2013: the Argus Angel award for artistic innovation; and the latest award for Best Children’s Event. She programmed the Take Off Festival 2013, an international festival of theatre work for children and young people, based in Durham; and she directed Dream Space for Shakespeare’s Globe, a family version of Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Bijal has extensive experience of work with children, young people and families, as a practitioner and manager of safeguarding and therapeutic services. She has worked both in the statutory and voluntary sectors, most recently in the NSPCC where she managed nationwide services developing the children's workforce. An experienced trainer and development coach, Bijal designs and delivers training solutions in the areas of safeguarding, diversity and leadership development. She holds a Masters degree in Child Protection and is a qualified Social Worker.
Hilary Scott is Senior Lecturer in journalism at the University of Northampton. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years and runs a freelance media and PR business based in Northampton, where she lives with her partner and four children.
After beginning her career as a cub reporter in the '90s, she became a columnist writing on a weekly basis on parenting and gardening, neither of which she professes to be any good at. She still regularly writes theatre and arts reviews.
Life after newspapers has included academic research into the relationship between local papers and the BBC and the influence of work experience on future careers.