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The Board


Kit Thacker

After graduating in Drama and Theology at Hull University Kit spent a short time as a (very bad) musician and teacher before training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After 10 years as an actor, including 3 years at the National, numerous TV and film appearances and over 100 theatre productions, Kit turned to directing and writing. He has run 2 UK rep theatres, has directed more than 150 productions all over the world, had 6 of his plays performed professionally and for the last 20 years has run theatre based corporate training companies. He has been the Managing Director of DSL since 2010.


Peter Stone

Despite starting out as a solicitor, followed by an entrepreneurial spell as a hot-air balloonist, Peter went on to spend 25 years building Close Brothers Group into a major merchant bank and has spent the last 15 years working a non-exec director, adviser and investor to the business. Now almost retired Peter lives between Richmond and Chichester. He is married with 4 children and 5 grand-children. He's mad about travel, is a frequent theatre and concert-goer, and enjoys various sports and throwing parties!

King Gill

Gillian King

Gill works as an actor, director and corporate trainer. She graduated from Drama Studio London twenty years ago and acted for TV, Commercials and Theatre, both fringe and Repertory Theatre. Her directing credits include The Royal Shakespeare Company, Opera North and Out of Joint Theatre Company as well as tours and education work for schools, prisons and currently The National Theatre.



Keith O'Brien

During a 15-year dance performance career, ranging from cabaret to film and theatre, Keith has worked in a variety of movement and dance styles and genres. As a movement and dance teacher and director/choreographer, he has taught within colleges (including Laban, Arts Educational and East 15) and worked on numerous student and professional productions. Keith has been involved in training actors and dancers for over 30 years nationally and internationally. 


Jenny EastopJenny Eastop

Jenny is the Director and Producer of Mercurius which has had Offie nominated productions at Jermyn Street Theatre, The Arts Theatre, the Finborough Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and The Rose Playhouse. As a freelance director, Jenny has worked for companies such as Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre Studio, Riverside Studios, The Park Theatre and London New Play Festival. Jenny also works in the West End and National Theatre as Associate Director to Michael Blakemore most recently on Copenhagan (Michael Frayn), The Life (CY Coleman), Blithe Spirit (Noel Coward), Embers (Christopher Hampton), Democracy (Michael Frayn) and Afterlife (Michael Frayn). She has taught and directed at a number of drama schools, including DSL since 2001.