Management of the Company

COMPANY CHAIRMAN : DAVID TAYLOR

David lives in Islington off the Caledonian Road by the canal. Early years were spent tinkering with model theatres and doing school plays but his first directing job for the Tower Theatre (as a very young man) was The Boy Friend in 1975. Since then he has directed and designed and occasionally acted in a wide range of shows. Favourite play productions include Pygmalion, Nicholas Nickleby, My Night With Reg, As You Like It and Lark Rise, and favourite musicals include Mr Cinders, West Side Story, On The Town, Blitz, Valmouth, Sail Away, Guys and Dolls and The Producers. which won the Minack Theatre trophy for the best production of the season in 2014. In 2016, he led the Tower's team in their co-production with the RSC of A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Play for the Nation, which was presented at the Barbican Theatre in London and the RSC theatre in Stratford.




ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : MARTIN MULGREW

In 2018, Martin directed To Kill a Mockingbird, the second production in the Company's new theatre, and he followed that with Deposit earlier this year. Prior to that he directed The Importance of Being Earnest which toured to the U.S.A., Handbagged in London and King Lear for performance in London and Paris. His play Edith and Margueritte was performed by the Company in October 2015. In 2014, his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.



James McKendrick

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : JAMES MCKENDRICK

Role : AAD with principal responsibility for securing rights.

James McKendrick has been a Tower Theatre Company Member since 2013 and has acted in several productions including Much Ado About Nothing, The Return of the Marionettes, Largo Desolato and Dying For It. Elsewhere he has performed in shows at the Edinburgh, Brighton, Vault and Prague Fringe festivals, as well as in productions that transferred to Riverside Studios and the Orange Tree Theatre.

For the Tower, he has directed Kafka's Dick and an acclaimed production of Trainspotting. Elsewhere, he has directed a trio of Jim Cartwright plays (Road, Two and Bed), and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off. He also directed the critically acclaimed Work Makes You Free, which garnered several five and four star reviews and was lauded as a "highlight of the Vault Festival 2018" (Fringe Guru), before having a similarly successful run at the Rialto Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe 2019.



Karen Hope

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : KAREN HOPE

Role : Assistant Artistic Director with responsibility for the Studio workshop programme and, along with Jude Chalk, the schools work experience project.

Karen joined the Tower in 2017. Her credits include Assistant Stage Manager on Pravda, Assistant Director on Arcadia and Director of The Thrill of Love. As a writer, Karen's radio plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and LBC and represented the UK in the Prix Italia awards. As a writer/director, her stage plays have been produced throughout the UK and off-off Broadway, been nominated for the Sunday Times Best New Play Award, and published by Methuen. Her short films have screened at over 30 international film festivals, winning six 'Best Short Film' and 'Best Director' Awards. Karen was recently selected for a directors training scheme with ITV's Coronation Street, and is currently developing a feature screenplay and her next theatre and short film projects.



Landé Belo

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : LANDÉ BELO

Role : Assistant Artistic Director with responsibility for the Assistant Directors' Scheme

Landé joined the Tower in 2016. Most recently, she has directed the very successful production of Fix Up and she was Assistant Director on To Kill A Mockingbird last year. Her acting credits include Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, multiple characters in Doctor Faustus, Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba, Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls and Jellaby in Arcadia. Acting credits with other theatre companies include Estelle in Huis Clos (Kawa Théatre), Judas in Une Forte Odeur de Pomme (La Compagnie Maritime), Fay in A Chorus of Disapproval, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Garden Suburb Theatre) and Gillian in Thriller of the Year (Incognito Theatre).




FINANCE DIRECTOR : NICK INSLEY

Nick has been a member of the Tower Theatre for over 30 years. He generally works back stage, particularly designing the lighting for many shows, although he was once known to utter a few lines on tour at the Minack Theatre.
Outside the Tower he has lit many shows over the years including productions directed by Kenneth Branagh and Katie Mitchell and featuring Pete Postlethwaite. He has lit venues including the Almeida Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and the Minack Theatre.
He has been Company Manager of the Oxford Theatre Group, Technical Director of the OUDS and was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
During the daytime he is a management consultant and has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Tavistock Repertory Guarantors Limited is the legal entity which runs the Tower Theatre Company. It is a Limited Company and a Registered Charity.  The Board is responsible for long-term strategy, legal compliance, the management of the theatre's premises and staff, and the overall finances of the organisation.

The Company Board comprises :

Helena Cashmore (Chair)
Nick Insley (Financial Director)
Sarah Ambrose
Stephen Brasher
David Holyoake
Alexander Knapp
Stephen Ley
Martin Mulgrew (co-opted)


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elected Members :
Standing down in 2020
Louise Bakker
Jean Carr
Jude Chalk
Chris Holmes
Stephen Ley
David Taylor (Chairman)
Standing down in 2021
Julie Arrowsmith
Peter Foster
Standing down in 2022
Jon Gilmartin
Sarah Ambrose
Ex Officio : Martin Mulgrew (Artistic Director), Nick Insley (Financial Director)
 
The role of the elected members of the Management Committee is to represent the membership. The only Company officers who are entitled to sit on the Committee are the Artistic Director and the Financial Director. The Committee meets once a month and it can discuss anything from artistic policy to the state of the loos! Anyone is free to put an item on the agenda, but the "bread and butter" of its business is maintaining an overview of all the various aspects of the Company's activities.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Artistic Director   

Assistant Artistic Directors   
Martin Mulgrew

James McKendrick
Karen Hope
Landé Belo

FRIENDS OF THE TOWER THEATRE

This essential organisation is for anyone with an interest in vibrant amateur theatre at its best in Central London. For a £20 subscription, members receive :
  • our weekly newsletter, Noises Off, full of news, reviews, pictures and interesting articles
  • £2 off the ticket price for most performances
  • occasional Members' evenings, not always on a theatrical theme
  • invitations to special events and parties
Application to join the Tower Theatre Company as an actor is subject to membership of the Friends and to passing a Company audition. For further details ring the Tower Theatre Office on 020 7353 5700.

MARKETING TEAM

Roanne Insley (Marketing Group co-ordinator)
Laurence Tuerk (Web site)
Ruth Sullivan (Social media)
David Sprecher (Photography manager)
Joyce Terry (Press liaison)
Max Batty (Graphic design)

 

Jess Bailes (Press releases)
Kate Swan (Programmes)
Kathryn Nash (Schools liaison)
Jean Carr (Paris tour marketing)
John Chapman (Reviews)

The Marketing and Publicity Team promotes all the Tower's activities. It produces and distributes the Company's publicity material and handles its Press Relations.

TECHNICAL TEAM

Jude Chalk (Design)
Phillip Ley (Sound)
Rob Hebblethwaite
Sheila Burbidge (Wardrobe)

Nick Insley (Lighting)
Laurence Tuerk (Equipment)
Richard Pedersen (Health and Safety)

The objective of the team is to oversee and allocate resources for all aspects of the Company's Technical and Backstage Management. It :
  • provides technical support to the Artistic Team;
  • co-ordinates the crewing (the recruitment of production teams) for productions;
  • ensures that the Tower conforms to safety standards;
  • provides additional support for technical and backstage crews;
  • encourages new members to become involved in backstage work, developing their skills and experience.
The Team meets about once every 6 weeks to co-ordinate our plans, discuss forthcoming productions and cry on each other's shoulders.


BUILDING TEAM

David Taylor
Nick Insley

 

Stephen Ley
Sarah Ambrose

The Building Team meets weekly to look after the Tower's premises in Stoke Newington and in Leytonstone. It organises cleaning, repairs and maintenance and is the point of contact for Hackney Council and other statutory bodies. It oversees any building work, drawing up specifications and managing contractors.