Creative Producers – Mountview 2015/16 – 2017/18

Chris leads the MA Creative Producing course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.  There are 4 graduated MA producers in the first cohort, 8 completing their MAs now. There are a new cohort of 12 creative producers arriving in Wood Green London now and available for projects. This 2017/18 cohort wll complete their formal course on July 9th with a self-produced five week Catalyst Festival of 8 plays in collaboration with the MA Theatre Directing course and 12 one person shows commissioned/produced by them

See the first Rep program here 

LATEST NEWS Oct 2017: 

3rd cohort: Whilst studying at Mountview Tanya becomes a Duty Manager at the New Diorama Theatre,  Jamie continues as one of the producers of the UK Smamalot tour with Selladoor. Olivia has begun 2 days a week with Improbable Theatre.

2nd cohort: Penny continues with The Bunker and takes on the role of general manage a season at the Tristan Bates, Julia has joined Jermyn Street Theatre as inhouse producer, Daniel has joined the development department of the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park,  Peevara heads back to Thailand after line producing an ensemble at the Melbourne Festival.  

1st cohort: Daisy is Theatre Royal Stratford East to be producer of Gerry’s Bar and Studio space. Ellie is working as a freelance producer with companies at the Lowry Salford, Live Theatre Newcastle, and across London. Tim is touring with his own company as producer/tec manager in Cornwall. More appointment news as we have it.

The 2015/16 – very first graduating cohort…[Highlight in () if they have a particular wish to hear about new projects NOW]

Tim Chittenden MA

Tim satTim has a passion for plays and new writing that explore human relationships, and enjoys exploring how narratives can be told. A Dedicated creative producer, with formal qualifications to match his skills and capabilities. A background in devising theatre as part of an ensemble and working closely with directors to produce the highest standards. A former supported artist of the Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, his experiences in production have been working alongside writers and directors to achieve artistic vision, creating marketing plans and fundraising, budgeting for shows, as well as liaising and negotiating with venues.  Email: timothy [dot] keith [dot] chittenden [at] gmail [dot] com  Twitter: @timothykeith

Ellie Claughton MA

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Ellie has worked with companies across the UK as a Producer. She is Producer for LUNG Theatre (The Lowry Associate Artists), Changing Face Collective, She Productions (East Riding Theatre Company in Residence),  Plane Paper Theatre (Live Theatre Associate Artists) and was an Assistant Producer at Tara Finney Productions. Theatre projects include Who Cares (The Lowry and LUNG), Trojan Horse (West Yorkshire Playhouse and LUNG), The Drill (BAC, New Diorama & UK Tour), FANS (UK Tour), It’s Different For Girls (East Riding Theatre),E15 (BAC & UK Tour), The Pulverised (Arcola & York Theatre Royal), It Is So Ordered (Pleasance Theatre), Dreamless Sleep (Upstairs at the Arts), The StorytEllas (East Riding Theatre), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion – ‘punchy, socially relevant, boundary bashing…pinnacle of fringe theatre’ – A Younger Theatre, 5 time Off West End award nominee) and Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre). As Assistant Producer: Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios), All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre).  She is currently developing numerous projects including:Refugee Tigers (West Yorkshire Playhouse and LUNG), Bernada Alba (She Productions), Says I Say He (Changing Face in association with Ron Hutchinson) and Quay West (Changing Face). She recently completely a yearlong contract as Headlong’s Administrator.

Email: eclaughton [at] live [dot] co [dot] uk  Twitter: @eclaughton. Company website:www.planepapertheatre.com

Daisy Hale MA

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Daisy is currently Gerry’s Associate Producer- programming and managing the Studio space at Theatre Royal Stratford East and was previously working as the Assistant Creative Producer for the Millfield Theatre. She also continues to produce freelance with Pecs Drag Kings, with an upcoming show at Soho Theatre in December. Her previous work has taken her to a number of venues including Ovalhouse, Clapham Omnibus, Diorama Arts Studios and Camden People’s Theatre, as well as internationally. Daisy is also mentoring a number of artists and producers and is always happy to do so.

See www.the-hale.com for more. Email: daisy [at] the-hale.com

Denise Koch MA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADenise is a published writer of two novels, with a strong mixed media background. She worked for several years as a Project Manager in the video games industry and amongst her clients were Zynga, HBO and Square Enix. She has experience in organising and managing multifunctional and culturally diverse teams. This year she will launch her first mobile game with Hidden Doors Games, combining digital art with live entertainment. Denise has a passion for musical theatre and worked as Production Assistant with Lost Musicals. She has recently worked with Musical Producer Willem Metz and VBW Vienna.   She has joined Sony as Production Coordinator at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (contracted by ASG), alongside establishing a new play production company for the UK theatre.  Email: denisekoch03 [at] gmail [dot] com

 

The 2016/17 Creative Producers completing their MA….

Pouneh (Penny) Babakhani  

Penny is an Iranian-German producer with an interest in theatre and film, studying for an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview. She graduated in June 2016 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Durham University, where she completed her dissertation on the depiction of history and politics in contemporary British theatre. Previous producing credits include Our Country’s Good, Cabaret and Spring Awakening (The Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham); Anything Goes (Gala Theatre, Durham); and Swing By Around 8 (★★★★★ – Broadway Baby) and Small Hours (★★★★ – A Younger Theatre) at the Edinburgh Fringe. Penny is currently assistant producing a new show at the Bunker Theatre for their autumn 2017 season, and then moved to be General Manager for the Tristan Bates Christmas season. She continues to develop new writing projects based on contemporary history and political issues. (New projects / New writers)

Email: pbabakhani [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @PennyBabakhani

Daniel Cooper

  From staging his own family pantos as an Italia Conti kid to overseeing student productions to volunteering as cast and crew on YouMeBumBumTrain, Daniel has had a lifelong fascination with getting this show on the road. As well as speaking fluent Spanish, Daniel holds a BA in French, German and Italian from the University of London where he undertook research study into Italian opera and 21st century Austrian playwriting. For the past 6 years, Daniel has worked in secondary education, initially as a languages teacher but predominantly within school leadership where he has honed skills at guiding and motivating others, managing large scale projects, controlling budgets, marketing and problem-solving. Daniel is a proactive and self-motivated ‘doer’ who sets and meets high standards in the work he does and has an innate curiosity to learn as much from others along the way. He is keen to now fuse his business sense with the ideas and creativity of artists in order to make theatre happen. His particular interests include musical theatre, opera and adaptations of contemporary European writing for the London stage.

Email: dewc [at] outlook [dot] com      Twitter: @d_ewc

Courtenay Johnson 

Before joining Mountview, Courtenay graduated from Royal Holloway with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies. Whilst studying she played an active part in theatre on campus, producing/directing student productions and as Treasurer of the department’s drama society that produced over ten shows a year. In addition, she worked as General Manager at the Finborough Theatre and assisted the Producer at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton, for a three month placement. Courtenay is currently developing shows at fringe-scale and developing work for non-theatre spaces across the UK. Her passion is for Director’s theatre and contemporary, visual, new work in theatre and live or visual art.

Email: CP16Courtenay [dot] Johnson [at] mountview [dot] org [dot] uk

Peevara Kitchumnongpan – 

peevara-picPeevara is a producer, director and actor from Thailand with a strong passion for theatre. He is currently studying MA Creative Producing at Mountview. Peevara is determined to bring accessible plays and musical across to both Thailand and UK. Peevara graduated with BA(Hons) Acting from Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University, UK. His previous theatre credits in Bangkok include Love Game the musical (Musical Musicals), Stick Figures (Thonglor Art Space), MOM The musical (Dreambox Theatre), Miss Saigon(Scenario), Jack and the Beanstalk and Fanfare to Murder (BCT), Stovepipe and Joseph K (Crescent Theatre, UK). Peevara also directed Almost, Maine (BCT), Thep Kong Thai musical performance (Channel 5) and Les Miserables Bangkok Movie Premiere (Siam Paragon).

Email peevarak [at] gmail [dot] com

Mathilde Moulin

photoMathilde was born and raised in France where she made her Musical Theatre debut as a performer. She moved to London in 2013 and graduated from the Associated Studios 1-year Musical Theatre course after which, led by the passion to create she co-founded the ‘West End Frenchies’  and produced many Musical events with this federation of French artists and creatives involved in Musical Theatre in London. Currently completing a Masters Degree in Creative Producing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Mathilde wants to produce new work in Musical Theatre in the UK as well as working on the progress of the genre in France. She aims at a balanced performer/producer career in Musical Theatre.

Email: mathildemoulin [at] hotmail [dot] com

Julia Mucko  

julia picJulia is a theatre producer from Poland with years of background in performing, having changed her career path after producing and directing a sell-out run of Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! in 2015. She studied BA (Hons) Theatre and Professional Practice at Coventry University. Upon graduation, she has landed a position as an assistant to the producer and social media assistant for Imagineer Productions, helping deliver site-specific, outdoor work.  Since 2016, Julia has worked as an assistant producer on Dreamless Sleep and Othello & Twelfth Night by Arrows and Traps Theatre Company. She has interned for Improbable as Marketing and Office Assistant and is now Resident Producer at Jermyn Street Theatre, whilst working on a number of different projects, including Lobster and Coming Clean The Show.  (Available 1 day per week for a GM project)

e-mail: muckojulia [at] gmail [dot] com twitter: @juliamucko

Agnieszka Solska

agnieszka-solskaAgnieszka is a skilled and working theatre technician (credits include Sadler’s Wells, the O2, SSE Arena Wembley, Royal Court and others). Whilst working at lighting hire company White Light, where she recently worked as Hire Co-ordinator for two years, she has a track record of happy clients who returned to her for advice, hires and help, consistently. Hire Co-ordinator credits include but are not limited to: Mary Poppins UK Tour, Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time UK Tour, Beyond the Fence (Arts Theatre), Handbagged  (Vaudeville Theatre), American Buffalo(Wyndham’s).  As an athlete she won a swimming gala at age eight, got her open water scuba diving certification at twelve, played tennis for seven years and takes great pleasure in ice-skating, walking, horse-riding and cycling. She would gladly go fishing any day! Being this active has instigated a strong interest in nutrition and so has been studying it for many years. With a strong desire to now take the next step and begin creating her own theatre, Agnieszka has begun a Creative Producing masters this Autumn under Chris Grady’s leadership at Mountview. She is a passionate advocate of theatre and aspires to become a Technical & Artistic Director one day. Watch this space!

Link to my linked in: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/agnieszkasolska

Eleanor Stone 

Eleanor trained at Middlesex University in Drama and Theatre Arts, HB Studios NYC (acting) and the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre. As a Creative Producer she has produced fringe theatre and touring opera; she has also worked in creative and corporate events, design management and copywriting and as a casting assistant for UK Feature Films. Eleanor is passionate about devised and physical theatre, she is currently producing a Bristol-based historical one woman show as part of the Mountview Festival. Eleanor is focused on producing physical, devised and immersive theatre upon graduating from Mountview.

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Diana Estrela

Diana joined us in Sept 2015 and is now working through to graduation in November 2017 undertaking a dissertation major project with the 2016/17 PG Actors. She is also available for projects in London

diana photoDiana is from Portugal, where she studied Administrative Law. She has a background as a performer in Opera, Drama and Musical Theatre, where her passion lies. She has worked in collaboration with her Musical Theatre school AMVP as an Assistant Producer and in production management bringing professional shows together in an academic environment. She also has experience in translating work from English to Portuguese. She has worked with Giants Theatre as an Assistant Producer for “Piece of Silk” by Jennie Buckman and has recently joined the We are Now Festival team as Assistant Producer. As a freelance producer, she is currently developing her first musical about the Portuguese revolution, seen from a feminist perspective.  Email: dianaestrelacunha [at] gmail [dot] com

 

The 2017/18 Creative Producers

The 12 new creative producers available for projects whilst studying for their MA in Creative Producing are  [Highlight in () if they have a particular wish to hear about new projects NOW]:

Christina Sturken

Christina is a Stage Manager and Props Designer from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Having graduating from San Jose State University with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts in 2012, she is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview. Christina has worked throughout the Bay Area with various theatre companies including Silicon Valley Shakespeare, City Lights Theater, Los Altos Stage, San Jose Rep, Renegade Theatre, YMTC, and Red Barn Productions’, Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Working with such companies has given Christina a passion for open air and non-traditional theatre and events. (Open Air) Email: c_sturk [at] yahoo [dot] com   (c_sturk [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Ellie Fitz-Gerald

Ellie graduated from the University of Warwick in 2017 with a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies and is currently studying an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview. Previous producing credits include Follies, Cabaret and Posh (Warwick Arts Centre) and Holmes For Rent (****- Broadway Baby, 2016) at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has just finished performing with The Improv Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe (****- Broadway Baby, ****- The 730 Review, 2017). She is passionate about Musical Theatre, Dance Theatre and Improv and hopes to pursue a diverse career upon graduating from Mountview. Email: efitzg [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk

Emma Joyce 

Emma Joyce is a First Class BA Honors Graduate in Music Theatre from the University of Central Lancashire 2015, where she made her debut as a Producer, Director and Performer. She was also an Ambassador for UCLAN as a member of the Award-Winning UCLAN Chamber Choir directed by Mark John Goggins. The choir toured the South of France, performing for a variety of audiences including deprived communities. Some of her credits include: Woman 2, Songs For a New World (St. Peter’s Performing Arts Centre), Ensemble Guys and Dolls (St. Peter’s Performing Arts Centre), Zebra Just So (UCLAN Musical Theatre Society), Grandma Rosie The Wedding Singer (UCLAN Musical Theatre Society) Ensemble and Soul girl Jesus Christ Superstar (St. Peters Performing Arts Centre). Since then, Emma Joyce has been working freelance as a Producer and Performer. Currently she is studying for her MA in Creative Producing at Mountview . Emma Joyce hopes to pursue a diverse career working to expand both Producing and Receiving Theatres and/or within Television Producing. Email: emmajcraggs [at] gmail [dot] com

Georgia Pantazopoulou

Georgia Pantazopoulou moved to London from Athens, Greece. She studied Theatre Arts in DEREE – The American College of Greece. Her drive and desire to be a part of the art world is what has fuelled her decision to pursue a Master’s degree in Creative Producing, at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Her goal is to play an important role in the management, promotion, and advocacy of theatre arts on a national and international level. A milestone in this decision, was her participation in Bob theatre festival. A Greek festival in which young artists compete with a short part of a play. Although she participated as a performer, she feels this experience along with other academic ones, really showed her the potential impact leaders in art organizations have on the community. She has always been fond of the saying “think out of the box” and this is how she tries to tackle all the problems and challenges she faces. (All projects) Email: g [dot] pantazopoulou [at] acg [dot] edu  (g [dot] pantazopoulou [at] acg [dot] edu)

Helena Pastor Garcia

I’m Helena Pastor, graduated in Media and Film Studies in Madrid, very passionate for the cinema, visual arts and the performing arts world. Art is what keeps my soul constantly alive. Alongside 16 years of ballet training with the London based Royal Academy of Dance, I’ve also been performing music (violin) theatre,  photography and filmmaking by producing, directing, and editing.  As MA Creative Producing student, my main goal is to improve my potential skills and get to know all types of technical and practical work, using my previous experience to achieve growth and enrichment in a personal and professional sense. (All projects)   Email: helena [dot] pastor [dot] garcia [at] gmail [dot] com

 

Jamie Chapman Dixon  

Jamie has been working as a freelance producer since 2012 with his focus being split between commercial theatre and new writing. Credits include; Spamalot (UK Tour & South Korea), Lottys War (UK Tour) Zanna Don’t (The Landor Theatre), Molly Wobbly (The Phoenix Artist Club), Geek! A New Musical (Tristan Bates Theatre),The Mikado (The Battersea Barge/No 1 Leicester Square), Kray Kray (N16), The Singers Soiree West End Concerts (St Giles In The Fields/Battersea Barge), Safe Sex/OnTidy Endings (Tristan Bates Theatre), SPB (Soho Theatre), The Fringe on The Fringe (London Theatre Workshop), Romeo and Juliet (London Theatre Workshop), The Fringe on The Fringe 2 (London Theatre Workshop), Santaphrenia (Leicester Square Theatre), Pirates of Penzance (Brookside Theatre), ScreamFest (National Forest), HMS Pinafore (Battersea Barge/Kings Head), Shellshock (Production Advisor, Waterloo East Theatre). Jamie is now very keen to move into a producing house theatre and become part of an established team and grow within a company.  (All projects) Email: Jamiecdixon1 [at] gmail [dot] com  @jamiecdixon

Joanne Blunt

Joanne graduated from Nottingham University with a first-class masters degree in Physics in 2017 and has now chosen to pursue her love of producing theatre and the arts. She has held the position of Company Technical Director at the Nottingham New Theatre for two years (2015-2017) and has over 50 technical and backstage credits including lighting design, sound design, set design and as a deputy stage manager. Her producing work includes “As You Like It” and “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” at the Nottingham New Theatre as well as two shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Tyrannosaurus Sketch (★★★★ – Impact Magazine, 2016) and Escape for Dummies(★★★★★ – Fringe Guru, 2017). She is hoping to pursue a passionate and diverse career producing top quality work including, but not limited to, Shakespearean adaptations, new political writing, comedy and musical theatre. email joanne_elizabeth_blunt [at] outlook [dot] com

Olivia O’Connell

Olivia is a theatre producer and director with a background in performing light opera and musical theatre. She has produced and directed Nadja’s Song for Opera Attic (Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival) and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience (International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Harrogate Theatre). She has also worked at Buxton International Festival and Classical Opera. Olivia has previously worked within the Higher Education sector working in mentoring, volunteering and development. She is interested in producing opera, operetta and musical theatre with a particular focus on new musical writing, upon graduating from Mountview. Olivia is a Theology graduate from The University of Manchester. (Opera projects) email oliviacaitlinoconnell [at] gmail [dot] com,

Piers Cottee-Jones 

Piers is a producer, director and writer who graduated from the University of Leeds, where he performed in 15 shows and was on the production teams for 7 shows, in addition to producing large scale awards nights. Since graduating he has been an assistant agent at Jonathan Arun and has become the Artistic Director of 203 Theatre, who have taken 2 shows to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Brothers, 2017, Underbelly, 5* DeadlineNews.co.uk and Untold Wars, 2015, Greenside, 5* Edinburgh Spotlight). In addition to this Piers has also performed in 2 other shows at the Edinburgh Fringe (The Gospel According to Jeff, 2010 and Americana, 2014) as well as working at the box office at the Pleasance. Piers hopes to produce and direct physical theatre, commercial theatre and musicals and is also keen to explore any opportunities that come his way. (All Projects)  Email piers [at] cotteejones [dot] com

Sandra Ballardo

Sandi is a Peruvian freelance producer with experience in independent theatre. She graduated with a degree in Performing Arts and Literature from the Universidad Científica del Sur in Lima, and now she is currently studying MA Creative Producing at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Sandi has worked many years with the house management at the Great National Theatre in Peru, but still most of her experience is as a production manager. Her previous producing credits include Sótano Club (Rational Theatre), Pikiti pikiti paz (The Olive Grove), El amor joven (Microtheatre) and 13 Club (Amateur Artists Association). Sandi has also experience producing theatre festivals (FITCI and Escena Sur) and more than 5 improv theatre shows. Email: sandyb377 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Tanya Agarwal

Tanya is a British Indian theatre producer and technician who is currently expanding her knowledge through the MA Creative Producing course from Mountview. She graduates in 2017 with a BA (Hons) degree in History from Durham University, where she wrote her dissertation on the position of women in the London theatre scene from 1660 to 1737. Her recent  producing credits include Sweeney Todd (The Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham), and Toll (Durham Drama Festival) amongst others. She also has experience working at the National Student Drama Festival and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tanya has a passion for championing the underdog, and is looking to create and promote diverse theatre that shines the spotlight on the underrepresented voices of society. (All Projects) Email tanyaagarwal [at] btinternet [dot] com

Tom Mack

Tom is a theatre producer whose focus predominantly lies with musical theatre and LGBT theatre. Tom graduated from Durham University in 2016 in Anthropology and Archaeology. He is currently working with off –West End production company Kouban Productions as an Assistant Producer on their upcoming projects. His producing credits include, but are not limited to: “Ordinary Days” by Adam Gwon (National Student Drama Festival 2017, Hull); “USHERS: The Front of House Musical” (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016); “Avenue Q” by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham); and Nadia Fall’s “Home” (Assembly Rooms Theatre, Durham). Tom is now keen to learn from large-scale West End production companies and develop as a commercial producer. (All projects) Email thomasmack95 [at] gmail [dot] com

 

 

For information on the course for 2018/19, please contact chris [at] chrisgrady [dot] org or go to the Mountview website for more information.