CORE TEAM

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CHRISTOPHER ELMER-GORRY
ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christopher trained at East 15 Acting School and on the National Theatre Directors Course, London.

He has worked at Almeida Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal & Derngate, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough and The Point, Eastleigh. He also works as a freelance theatre Director/Writer/Maker and has worked for a number of the UK's largest organisations.

Directing Credits include: Hacktivists, Deep Freeze & No Child, Hansel and Gretel, Little Criminals and Divided (Warts and All Theatre) From The Ground Up & Press Go (Almeida Theatre) Oliver!, Immune, Kontakt, Sweeney Todd and Oh No! Not Snow! (Royal & Derngate, Northampton) Short Changed, Gargantua (Theatre Royal Plymouth) Exams are getting easier & What the Dickens?! (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)

He is currently the Outreach Associate for the national tour of A Monster Calls and developing a large scale national project which has been funded by Coventry City of Culture Trust. He designed and created the PROPER Practitioner Training Scheme which is the UK’s first training programme for practitioners that is driven by Arts Council England’s 7 quality principles. Christopher regularly directs productions for Universities and Drama Schools and has worked internationally on projects in Calgary and Madrid for The British Council.

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KITTY BENFORD
PROJECTS ASSOCIATE

Kitty trained at the University of Bedfordshire for both her Undergraduate and Masters studies, specialising in theatre, youth arts and leadership. She has worked for The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough as Youth Theatre Director, worked on various projects for the Royal & Derngate, and has also worked as Youth Theatre Director for Shiny Arts. Her Directing Credits include: The Twits and Screw Your Courage (The Castle), Stay Brave Brian Gravy and Matilda the Musical (in 20 minutes) (Royal & Derngate) These Bridges, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Treasure Island (Shiny Arts), Buckets and What Are They Like (Warts and All Theatre). Kitty is committed to providing excellent youth arts opportunities for young people across the Midlands.

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LOUISE TYRRELL
BUSINESS MANAGER

Louise has worked in arts administration within Northamptonshire for over 15 years. Originally trained as a silversmith running her own craft based business, she has undertaken various roles within arts organisations and the local authority to support the development of arts in the county. These roles have covered a number of business areas, including strategic planning, grant support and financial planning and administration.

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KATE HEARN
HERITAGE AND LEARNING COORDINATOR

Kate trained in Theatre at The BRIT School for Performing Arts and East 15 Acting school on the Contemporary Theatre course. Kate has performed and toured professionally as an actress with a number of shows including 'Oh No, Not Snow!' at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton, and presented for theatre, television and for The Zoological Society of London.

Alongside performing and presenting Kate works as a theatre/drama facilitator with a passion for Creative Learning. Kate creates and delivers the outreach and Heritage and Learning workshops for Warts and All Theatre as well as managing and designing bespoke educational workshops for schools.


Programmes Team

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MEGAN RAYNOR
LEAD ARTIST PRACTITIONER (NORTHAMPTON)

Megan trained at Peer Productions on their One Year Actor Development programme. She worked as a facilitator on their ‘Generation Girls’, ‘Losing it’ and ‘Our Girl’ community projects. During this year she performed in over 100 shows of two touring TIE productions across the South East. 

She has previously delivered work for NMPAT at their Daventry Saturday centre.

She is an Actor Musician with a passion for writing and collaborating.  Megan, having been involved in Youth Theatres since a young age, understands the importance of providing young people with high quality and exciting opportunities within the arts.

 

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JENNY SHEEHAN
LEAD ARTIST PRACTITIONER (NORTHAMPTON)

Jenny is a Drama Practitioner who specialises in work with children and young people. After training with the National Youth Theatre, Jenny spent several years as an actress and facilitator with Theatre-in-Education companies, touring throughout the UK. She now runs Theatretrain Northampton and Milton Keynes and works in schools and with local communities on a range of projects.

With a keen interest in the relationship between psychology and drama, Jenny is passionate about using drama to help people build their confidence and social and communication skills.

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CONNOR ALLBRIGHT
ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER (NORTHAMPTON)

Connor is currently studying Level 3 Musical Theatre at Northampton College but also regularly practices other areas of theatre outside or college. Being an Assistant Practitioner with Royal & Derngate’s Youth Theatre and now Warts & All Theatre, he is also a member of Northampton Musical Theatre Company most recently performing in Made In Dagenham where he also handled several parts of the marketing for the production. He was also a Young Producer for the first Young Artist Festival and before that he joined Warts & All initially in its first year performing in Hansel & Gretal.

 
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CHLOE CADDICK
LEAD ARTIST PRACTITIONER (COVENTRY)

Chloe Caddick is a Theatre Practitioner recently based in the Midlands. Previous practitioner work includes work with the Theatre Royal Plymouth across all their Young Company and People’s Company acting workshops, as well as specialist groups working with asylum seeker and refugee children, adults with multiple and complex needs and differently-abled young people and adults.

She has also worked in multiple primary and secondary schools delivering high-quality drama workshops to enhance curriculum and learning objectives, and CPD for teachers. Chloe’s practice is informed by her work as an actor and director.

She has assistant directed work at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and has worked with Rabblerouse Theatre as an actor and director, directing their award winning show, She Persisted. Chloe’s work is underpinned with practical and academic learning through her Drama degree from the University of Exeter.

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MIA HARRISON
ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER (WELLINGBOROUGH)

BIOG TO FOLLOW

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CONOR NOLAN
LEAD ARTIST PRACTITIONER (COVENTRY)

Conor Nolan is an actor from Coventry. He graduated with a degree in acting from the Arts University Bournemouth in 2015.

In 2016 he became a member of the National Youth Theatre, taking part in the Epic Stages Course directed by Owen Horsley and is now an NYT Ambassador. He has appeared as Sean in Three Minute Heroes at the Belgrade Theatre, Jimmy in Over the Top with Big Brum Theatre in Education Company and the Birmingham Rep’s Toy Theatre and The Iron Man projects.

His work has taken him as far as the trenches of France in Paul Nolans’s The Window to the UAE performing for Lollipop Theatre. This year he will be assistant director to Christopher Elmer-Gorry on Warts n All’s production of DNA by Dennis Kelly, performing February 2020.

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KITTY BENFORD
LEAD ARTIST PRACTITIONER (WELLINGBOROUGH)

Kitty trained at the University of Bedfordshire for both her Undergraduate and Masters studies, specialising in theatre, youth arts and leadership. She has worked for The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough as Youth Theatre Director, worked on various projects for the Royal & Derngate, and has also worked as Youth Theatre Director for Shiny Arts. Her Directing Credits include: The Twits and Screw Your Courage (The Castle), Stay Brave Brian Gravy and Matilda the Musical (in 20 minutes) (Royal & Derngate) These Bridges, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Treasure Island (Shiny Arts), Buckets and What Are They Like (Warts and All Theatre). Kitty is committed to providing excellent youth arts opportunities for young people across the Midlands.