I joined Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London 6 years ago to co-establish the Industry Liaision office, and for the last three I have created and led the MA Creative Producing course. There were 4 graduated MA producers in the first cohort (2015/16), 7 completing their MAs in the second cohort (2016/17). There are 12 creative producers finishing this year’s programme and available for projects. I now hand over the course to Pam Fraser Solomon, an experienced television producer and theatre director.
Below are the producers from the course who are always interested to hear about new projects, and at the end of this page are the names of the 2018/19 cohort we have gathered for Pam. It will be wonderful to see the paths they take when they arrive in the new Mountview building in Peckham in September.
LATEST NEWS July 2018:
3rd cohort: Whilst studying at Mountview Tanya becomes a Duty Manager at the New Diorama Theatre, Ellie is with Paines Plough, They are both, with Joanne about to take shows to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018. Jamie left the course early to become Producer of the Barn Theatre, Cirencester Olivia has been working with Improbable Theatre. Christina is producing with Iris Theatre before returning to the Bay Area in California. Emma is with Target Live in their PR division. 11 of them have just completed producing 20 shows at Mountview’s Karamel Theatre and at Theatre503 under the banner of Catalyst Festival, and many of those shows and creative partnerships will move forward.
2nd cohort: Penny is Administrator of Selladoor in London, Julia produced for Jermyn Street Theatre for a year and is now in the fundraising/development department of Mountvie, Daniel has joined the development department of the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, Peevara is back inThailand opening the SEAsia office for Selladoor. Courtenay took a very short break to have a baby and is now producing and developing a network of parents who produce.
1st cohort: Daisy is in house producer at Theatre Royal Stratford East. 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.
The 2015/16 – very first graduating cohort…
Tim Chittenden MA
Tim 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
Ellie is a freelance Theatre Producer who has worked with companies across the UK and is currently Producer for LUNG and Breach Theatre. She began her career at Headlong, was shortlisted for The Old Vic 12 (2017) and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in MA Creative Producing.
Her theatre credits include: The Drill (UK Tour), It’s A Wonderful Life (East Riding Theatre), Who Cares (UK Tour), It’s Different For Girls (East Riding Theatre & UK Tour), 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 LionTheatre) and Don’t Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre). As Assistant Producer: Disco Pigs
(Trafalgar Studios) and All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre).
In development: It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (Breach Theatre), Trojan Horse, Refugee Tigers (LUNG
& West Yorkshire Playhouse), The House of Bernada Alba (She Productions) and West Way
(Changing Face & Arcola Theatre).
Email: eclaughton [at] live [dot] co [dot] uk Twitter: @eclaughton. Company website:www.planepapertheatre.
Daisy Hale MA
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.
Denise Koch MA
Denise 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
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.
Email: pbabakhani [at] gmail [dot] com Twitter: @PennyBabakhani
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
Before completing her MA in Creative Producing at Mountview, Courtenay graduated from Royal Holloway with BA(Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies. Courtenay has worked as General Manager at Finborough Theatre (2014/2015) and has completed producing internships at Royal and Derngate, Northampton (2015) and Fuel (2017). As a freelance producer, Courtenay has produced Mission Abort (★★★★ The Stage) and All Hell Toupee (★★★1/2 The Reviews Hub) Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, the former previewed at Hen & Chickens, Theatre503 and The Bunker. Mission Abort went on to headline the Festival of Choice 2017 and have performances at The Space 2018 and VAULT Festival 2018. At Catalyst Festival 2017, Courtenay produced Fireworks and The Derek Smith Show, the latter is currently in development.
Email: courtenay [dot] johnson [at] outlook [dot] com ● Twitter: @courtenayjohns
Peevara Kitchumnongpan –
Peevara is a producer, director and actor from Thailand with a strong passion for theatre. He 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).
Peevara is based in Thailand working across SEAsia Email peevarak [at] gmail [dot] com
Mathilde 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
e-mail: muckojulia [at] gmail [dot] com
Agnieszka’s love for performance and theatre led her to move halfway across the world to work in the UK theatre scene and recently complete an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview. Since graduating with distinction, she is now developing multiple projects, but they’re secret so not much can be said here… Her primary occupation in the meantime is as a freelance theatre lighting technician, which she enjoys as she’s London-based and so gets to work in the some of the city’s best venues, as well as go on tour.
Mountview’s Catalyst Festival 2017 saw Agnieszka’s first professional script, Maidentrip, go through its test waters successfully and without giving too much away, more plays may be coming soon.
Agnieszka’s skill at merging her creative ideas with her technical experience are the focus trade in her new long-term projects, but in the meantime, if you need a technician or designer you can contact her on her linked in page here.
The 2017/18 Creative Producers
The 12 producers completing their MA in Creative Producing are
Christina is a freelance Stage Manager and Props Designer from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Clients include Silicon Valley Shakespeare, City Lights Theater Company, Los Altos Stage Company, Cal Performances, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Red Barn Productions to name a few. She holds a BA (Hons) Theatre Arts degree from San Jose State University and is studying MA Creative Producing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Christina is a recipient of the Randy Earle USITT Production Design & Technology Award and the Silicon Valley Shakespeare Sparky Award. Upcoming projects include producing An Incident at the Border; A Most Personal War (Mountview); H.R.Haitch (Iris Theatre) and executive producing Macbeth (Audacity Performing Arts Project). Email: c_sturk [at] yahoo [dot] com (c_sturk [at] yahoo [dot] com)
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 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 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. 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. 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, Dubai & 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). Currently: Associate Producer, Pippin (Southwark Playhouse). Associate Producer, Madagascar (UK Tour) Producer, Banana Crabtree Simon (Drayton Arms 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. Email: Jamiecdixon1 [at] gmail [dot] com @jamiecdixon
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 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. email oliviacaitlinoconnell [at] gmail [dot] com,
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. Email piers [at] cotteejones [dot] com
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 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 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. Email thomasmack95 [at] gmail [dot] com
The 2018/19 Creative Producers
I am pleased to offer this list of 13 new producers who will be studying with Pam Fraser Solomon and an array of the teachers and mentors who have helped to make the course. Pam will offer a new platform for their biogs to be displayed, for now I offer their names, and where they have agreed, their email contacts:
Amber Ryder (England), Corey Reynolds (Australia), Cory Duffill (England), Dahna Borajevic (Croatia) dahnaborojevic [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk, Grace Dickson (England) gracehdickson1996 [at] gmail [dot] com, Guillaume Doussin (France/Canada) gdoussin [at] gmail [dot] com, Lacey Ruttley (England), Leigh Spence (England), Lydia Harrison (England) harrisonlydia95 [at] gmail [dot] com, Marie-Elena Nash (England), Mathew Page (Scotland) Mpage2701 [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk, Paige Evans (England) paigeevans06 [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk, Rebecca Lyle (England) rebecca [dot] lyle96 [at] gmail [dot] com,
For information on the course for 2019/20, please go to the Mountview website for more information.