The CGO Institute’s first cohort began their Diploma in Creative Producing in November 2020. Upon graduating in March 2021, they began and continued a vast array of work across the UK and internationally.
Lucy Donald (UK)
Lucy is a Royal Holloway Drama graduate based in Cornwall. She is a freelance creative producer and the incoming Project Manager for With Flying Colours. WFC is a 4 year project funded by Arts Council England and the DCMS which is part of the wider national effort to bring exciting cultural opportunities to young people across England in targeted areas. Lucy is also the Associate Producer for The REcreate Agency, and Marketing Assistant for SouthWestFest. Previously, she was Assistant Producer for Little Amal at COP26.
Lizzie Franks (England)
Lizzie is a freelance director, choreographer and producer. Her producing credits include two Edinburgh Fringe Comedy shows, which she also wrote and performed in, a rehearsed reading of a new play Nadya at The Park Theatre and an Arts Council Funded RnD of a new Musical The Toilers of the Sea at The Old Market (Brighton).
She has recently been awarded DYCP funding which is helping her to develop her skills. She is passionate about making and supporting theatre that combines music, dance and strong narratives.
Liam McIntosh (UK)
Liam is an emerging commercial Musical Theatre producer, having also done a lot of work in the Pantomime industry. He started his first production company in late 2013, aged just 16, since then he has written over 20 pantomime scripts. Based in Scotland he has a keen interest and passion in exploring revival and transfer productions of Musical Theatre. As well as currently working on a brand new piece of British Musical Theatre.
Joanna Morley (England)
Joanna is a Theatre Producer and Administrator based in London but working on projects in Birmingham and Manchester. Her interest is working with disabled theatre makers. She is currently working towards developing a specialised practice creating theatre with embedded access as a key part of the making process. Currently she is working part-time as Administrator at Oily Cart and as the Producer for Chaotic Canals led by Lucy C Hayward.
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Erin Rooney (Scotland)
Erin is a multiple disciplinary artist focusing on producing, directing and acting. Erin gained her first-class honour degree in Performance from UWS and completed her diploma in Creative Producing with the Chris Grady Institute between 2020 and 2021.
She created and is the artistic director of Etcetera Theatre Company Scotland which was founded in 2019. She directed, co-wrote, and performed in their first performance and continues to compile work for the company.
She has moved to Glasgow to immerse herself in the city’s diverse theatre scene and is passionate about creating new and exciting Scottish theatre. Her niche sits within improvisational theatre and new writing, but she cannot wait to extend her skills to find other inspirations and new genres to explore. She has been part of theatre since a very young age and she wants to make theatre for and with everyone. Her recent smaller projects will be looking into working with new artists within different formats of art to allow people to gain experience and opportunity to work professionally after such a hard starting point in the industry.
Megan Schadler (USA/France/UK)
Megan Schadler is an international actor, producer, & playwright based in NYC. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2016. Megan’s independent work has focused on creating safe and exciting spaces for artists, and herself, to thrive. Megan is a member of Yonder Window Theatre Company’s New Works Collective, where she has expanded her portfolio of new plays. She has also worked on Shakespeare, circus, live music, international collaboration, AEA productions & readings, live events, scratch nights, and live-stream productions through her freelance producing career.
Phoebe Schenk (England)
Phoebe is a London-based theatre producer, tour manager, and Assistant Producer of Waterperry Opera Festival. Graduating from Cambridge University specialising in Race & Gender relations, she is professionally and academically committed to platforming intersectional voices.
She booked and led three international theatre tours to East Asia, South Asia, and Western Europe. Additional experience includes managing live music events for London Jazz Festival and programming St John’s May Ball.
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Niels van Doormalen (The Netherlands)
Niels is a freelance creative producer and graduated from the University of Amsterdam (Theatre and Drama Studies). Niels continued his studies at Goldsmiths, University of London (Musical Theatre Producing). During his studies, Niels worked as an assistant producer and marketing strategist. Theatre credits (NL) include The Color Purple, Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County, Soof- de Musical and Expeditie Eiland.
Niels is currently working as an executive (co-)producer with Solo Stories and Studio Immersief on immersive and site-specific theatre. His start-up Oatmilk studio produces the world premiere of the British musical Before After, by Stuart M. Price and Timothy Knapman.
Supported by PPO Fund from Platform ACCT (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science – The Netherlands)
Siva Zagel (South East England)
Siva is a creative producer and general manager with a career spanning over 30 years. She is currently working as Head of Programming at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton. Siva has worked for Edinburgh Festival Fringe in various roles, STFW (Edinburgh), Outside Edge Theatre, Hoxton Hall, Metal Culture, LeSoCo and has also has extensive touring experience nationally and internationally. Recent projects include: General Manager Rotherhithe Playhouse, with a focus on providing affordable theatre, and Producer for The Polished Scar with AboutFace Theatre Company at Come What May Festival, held at the Park Theatre.