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The Board

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INTERIM HEAD OF SCHOOL
Emma Lucia Hands

Emma is a theatre director and producer who predominantly worked for Clwyd Theatr Cymru directing productions such as The Herbal Bed (Peter Whelan), Ghosts and A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen), Arms and the Man (George Bernard Shaw), Copenhagen (Michael Frayn), Educating Rita (Willy Russell), God of Carnage (Yasmina Reza), Shakespeare’s Will (Vern Thiessen) and Oleanna (David Mamet). Her producing credits for the company included new writing to London and New York - Memory (Jonathan Lichtenstein), and Pieces (Hywel John). As a freelancer she most recently directed Closer (Patrick Marber) for The Vienna English Theatre and A History of Falling Things (James Graham) at the New Vic Theatre. Emma has produced a number of Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies for the film, television and theatre industries on behalf of the Directors Guild of Great Britain. She has a BA (hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and an MA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and GITIS (The Russian Institute of Theatre Arts), Moscow.


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CHAIRMAN
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!



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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.


 

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Keith O'Brien

Keith’s performance career has ranged from cabaret, film work and theatre work (including West End). Keith has worked in a variety of movement and dance styles and genres. He has worked as movement director/choreographer, both professionally and within colleges, including The Laban Centre, East 15 and ArtsEd, on numerous productions. Keith has been involved in training actors and dancers for the past 40 years.

 


 

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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.