Natalya Micic, Director of "Alternative Therapy" by John Hill
Natalya trained at LSDA and now works as both an actor and a director. Her acting credits include: Theatre - The Phallic Earth Society, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Fury and Cymbeline. Film - Selfish and Begegnung.
Her directing credits include: Theatre –Chekhovian, Film – Screwdriver.
Her Assistant Director credits include South Kentish Town, Blink and Darknet.
She's currently working on the film A Matter of Causality and short film, G.O.A.T.
Mercy Phillips, Director of "The Mysterious Affair at the Christies" by Jennifer O'Grady
Mercy Phillips is a theatre maker from Dagenham. She began writing and directing plays whilst she was studying English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia. Since graduating in 2018, she has completed the Young Vic's Introduction to Directing Programme and assisted with coaching at her local TheatreTrain to help children under 18 in performing arts. Her main goal is to help bring new and honest writing to stage, specifically writings from marginalised and underrepresented groups - the “unapologetically you” writing. As a Political Theatre enthusiast, the key concepts in her work are provoking feeling, thought and self-observation. Her main aim when it comes to directing is not to provide the audience with answers, but to push the audience into revisiting, re-evaluating and redefining their ideas regarding the magic that is, has or is going to happen on that stage
Owain Rose, Director of "Thursday's Child" by Clare Campbell-Collins
Owain is a Senior Lecturer in Acting at the University of Northampton, Theatre Director and Creative Practitioner based in North London. Owain is a graduate of the MA Actor Training and Coaching course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and former professional actor. He initially received his actor training from the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
Owain has 20 years experience as a performer, director, acting coach and educator and has directed over 30 productions of varying size. Most recent productions include: A Modest Little Man at the Bread and Roses in Clapham, brand new musical, Musical of the Year at the LOST Theatre (for which he also wrote the book), Much Ado About Nothing at the Little Wood Theatre, Mistermanby Enda Walsh at Upstairs at the Gatehouse and Silence by Moira Buffini at The Bull in Barnet.
Iris Hale, Director of "Ten Minutes" by Julian Felice
Iris Hale is a stage director, dramaturge and singer with a Greek heritage. Her main belief is that a director's responsibility is to offer the audience a truth that can’t be said and tell a story that is worthwhile to be told.
She started out as a singer and has worked for four Disney movies, for "Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Askaban", Coca Cola adverts and "Polar Express" as a voice over actress. She attended University of Patras in Greece, where she studied Drama. There she directed 4 productions, while being the Artistic Director of the University's Theatre Company. She recently, graduated from East15 Acting School and completed her Master's on Theatre Directing. She worked for 3 professional productions as an assistant director, with Michael Seibel (Dido and Aeneas), Oscar Toeman(Mephisto) and Delyth Jones(Macbeth). She is soon to start her second Master on Shakespeare Studies, at Shakespeare Institute.
She is very excited to participate and for any future plans ahead.
Emily Bolderstone, Director of "Teachers" by Nicole Adams
Emily is an actor and director who trained for ten years at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. Following this she undertook a History Degree at King’s College, London during which time she became co-president of the drama society and was involved in extensive acting and directing projects.
Recent work includes; Nothing To Perform’s production of GRIP. (Winner of the 2019 Audience Award at the IYAF) and assisting on the National Youth Theatre’s Writing and Directing Masterclass.
Christine Mears, Director of "All That Is Gold Does Not Stay" by Sharon Daniels
Christine Mears is a Director and Producer who trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Christine was awarded the Jacqueline Nicholls Award for Excellence in Directing in 2017 and has since co-founded the feminist theatre company Lobster Frock with who she has co-created the play The Pursuit of Success and had artistic residencies at ARC Stockton Theatre and Theatre Deli with. Directing credits include Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, Seven Seven by Twin Company, Bed by Jim Cartwright, How to Save a Little World by Matthew Anderson and One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor.
Mary Groom, Director of "Indignitas" by Jonathan Skinner
Mary Groom directed her own adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in 2017, in an open-air theatre in North London. She has also directed several rehearsed readings and been assistant director for productions of The Lion in Winter and Treasure Island
Gwenan Bain, Director of "Slave Labour" by Darrel Draper
Gwenan Bain was the Bread and Roses Theatre’s emerging director for 2018, most recently directing ‘Existential Fish and Dread’ (Bread and Roses Theatre) and ‘Other-Please Explain’ for the Park Theatre’s script accelerator program. Other credits include ‘It Tastes Like Home’ and ‘The Buzz’ (Assistant Director, Bread and Roses Theatre). New writing nights: ‘Millennials’ (Black Cat Theatre, The Pleasance); ‘The Scene’ (Get Over It Productions, Tabard Theatre); ‘The Platform’ (Bread and Roses Theatre). Gwenan also works as a Stage Manager and Operator, most recently ‘Cuttings’ and ‘Little Echoes’ (The Hope Theatre); ‘Illusions of Liberty’ (Kings Head Theatre) and ‘As We Unravel’ (Bread and Roses Theatre).
Maya Shimmin, Director of "Then and Now" by Colette Cullen
Maya Shimmin is a theatre facilitator, director and maker currently completing her degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her most recent Applied Theatre project was working with Special Education Needs students for a week in Cornwall, exploring the Tempest through a mixed medium including Virtual and Augmented Reality. She is currently developing her own fringe work after having most recently worked as an Assistant Director with Anorak Theatre on ‘it’s alright, everything’s okay’ at Camden People’s Theatre.
Steve Blacker, Director of "Retinas" by Luke Stapleton
Steve Blacker is an actor who previously performed Luke Stapleton's monologue 'Scab' at the last show for "Saw It Here First Production". He will be teaming up with Luke again to direct his piece 'Retinas'.
Previous directing work includes 'Ghost Hunt' at the London Horror Festival.
Andrew Alton-Read, Director of "Unfortunately, On This Occasion..." by Tom Pauk
Andrew is an actor, singer, voiceover artist, director and writer. He trained at the Royal Central school of Speech and Drama in Acting Musical Theatre. He has worked in theatre, TV and ﬁlm in drama, comedy and horror. His most recent work include the gynaecologist in In2ruders with Trailblazer Films released on Amazon Prime, Lord Philip Radshaw in Lord and Master and Geoffrey in Stepping Out!
Recent directing include Hay Fever for New Venture Productions, for his own production company ‘Do You Enjoy Cruising?’ and Lord and Master for Seen It Here First.
As a writer he is reworking and workshopping his own production The Charity Shop and Do You Enjoy Cruising? to be performed in the future.
He presents his own weekly radio show The Music Capsule for Chelmsford Community Radio. He is a lover of cheese and avocado and is very much looking forward to directing ‘Unfortunately On This Occasion …’ for Saw It Here First Productions with the talented Laura Shoebottom and raising money for a worthwhile cause.