Board

Musical Theatre Network is governed by a board of directors with a real passion for the company and what it is trying to do. This page is their chance to explain how (and why) they got involved; but if you’d like to find out a bit more about the background to the company and haven’t found our “Who We Are” page yet, just click here.

Jodi Myers (Chair)

Since 2005 I have worked as an independent consultant across the arts, and have particular interests in recruitment and governance development. I also practice “motoring”, my blend of mentoring and coaching, working with individual artists and managers. Previously I was Director of Performing Arts at the South Bank Centre, Director of Warwick Arts Centre, and Deputy Director of Touring at the Arts Council of Great Britain. My early career was spent marketing opera and stage managing theatre. I have been a trustee of a number of theatre companies and I am a lifelong enthusiast for musical theatre – its combination of drama, music and dance, makes for a potent brew. Musical Theatre Network and its members can play a key role in developing both the artform and the audiences for it.

Suzann McLean

I have been working as an actress and theatre director since graduating from Italia Conti Academy in 1995. My credits include playing Isabella in the National Theatre production of Measure for Measure, the regional tour of Little Shop of Horrors and various film and TV projects including the film version of the musical stage play Jesus Christ Superstar. I have worked nationally and internationally and directed the UK’s first live streamed production This Child by Joel Pommerat for Pilot Theatre. In 2004 I founded Young and Talented school of Stage and Screen, a non-profit, weekend performing arts school for children aged 3 to 19 year olds. The school provides a stepping stone for young people to access the arts and has turned many students into professional actors and musical performers. Over the years I have written and produced 8 musicals for family audiences. In 2018 I became the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Theatre Peckham. I am proud to be associated with MTN and embrace the opportunity to develop networks that inspire a new generation of talented artists.

Peter Rowe

I am a  director and writer, with a particular interest in music theatre, often working with an ensemble of actor-musicians. Since the year 2000 I have  been the Artistic Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich where we have produced a series of new musicals alongside actor-musician makeovers of musical theatre classics. After training at the Thorndike Theatre, I became the Artistic Director for the Southampton-based Solent People’s Theatre and then Artistic Director for the London Bubble Theatre Company touring London in a big top tent. My directing career has included two other Artistic Directorships, at the Gateway Theatre, Chester and the Liverpool Everyman, combined with freelance productions for regional theatres and touring companies up and down the country. I directed Boyband and Return to the Forbidden Planet in the West End and on national tours, together with my own musical, Leader of the Pack. My work as a writer includes nine record-breaking “rock n roll pantomimes” which are currently being produced annually at the New Wolsey Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, and Leeds City Varieties. I have written two biographical musicals around the lives and music of Ellie Greenwich, Leader of the Pack, and Marc Bolan, 20th Century Boy, and a setting of Kurt Weill songs – Songs from a Hotel Bedroom. My original play, Midsummer Songs, with music by Ben Goddard completed a successful run at the New Wolsey in September 2014. I am keen to help MTN support the development and production of new musical theatre . The need for new work and new voices has never been more widely recognised and MTN’s network can help turn this great potential into exciting new productions.

Katy Lipson

I’m the Company Director of Aria Entertainment and Producing Artistic Director of the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. In 2017, I was awarded the Best Producer award by the Off-West End Awards and I am a recipient of the Stage One Bursary and Start Up Award. In 2018 and 2019 I made The Stage 100 with Joe Houston and William Whelton for our work at Hope Mill Theatre, which also won Fringe Theatre Of The Year in THE STAGE awards. Most notable credits include the UK Tour of The Addams Family and the 50th Anniversary production of HAIR at the London Vaults which won the award for Best Off-West End Production at the 2018 Whatsonstage Awards. I also produced the London transfer of new musical The Toxic Avenger at The Arts Theatre. Some other recent productions include: Unexpected Joy (Southwark Playhouse and York Theatre, Off-Broadway); It’s Only Life (Union Theatre); Putting it Together; The Return of the Soldier, Aspects of Love, Spring Awakening, Little Women, Pippin, The ToyBoy Diaries, Yank!, Parade and Hair (Hope Mill Theatre); the London transfers of Pippin (Southwark Playhouse), Yank! (Charing Cross Theatre); tick, tick…BOOM! (Park Theatre); Promises, Promises and The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); See What I Wanna See and The Return Of The Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre); Bar Mitzvah Boy (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Adventures of Pinocchio, Lizzie and The Who’s Tommy (Greenwich Theatre); The House of Mirrors & Hearts, (Arcola Theatre) and Marry Me A Little, Jerry’s Girls and Forever Plaid (St. James Studio).

Other projects include: Aspects of Love (Southwark Playhouse); Rags; Mame and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (Hope Mill Theatre) and the UK Tour of Hair. I have produced 6 festivals of new musical theatre under the banner of FROM PAGE TO STAGE which has supported over 100 new musicals to date.

Tim Sawers

I am currently embarking on my 3rd career!  Having spent 20 years in the oil & gas industry and then 20 years in theatre, I have embarked on a portfolio career that encompasses charity work, restaurants, websites, classical choral singing and many other small projects.  With respect to musical theatre, I was part of the team, lead by Carol Metcalfe, that started the Bridewell Theatre in 1993 and the desire to focus on musical theatre as a genre, in particular supporting new musical theatre writing in the UK.  I was the Executive Director there for many years and produced a number of in-house musical theatre productions including a number of World and European premieres including Songs for a New World, Hello Again and Floyd Collins.

Fiona Mallin-Robinson

Fiona Mallin-Robinson has over two decades’ experience within the arts and not-for-profit sector, spanning organisations both large and small in the UK and abroad. She was Marketing & Development Director at English National Ballet (2000-2006) and National Events Manager at Opera Australia, Sydney (1997-2000). Since 2006 she has worked as an independent consultant, specializing in strategic planning and income generation for charities and arts organisations. Her clients have included: ADAD (Association for Dance of the African Diaspora), Phoenix Cinema, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Scene & Heard and Woburn Abbey & Gardens. Fiona is an Arts Adviser for John Lyon’s Charity, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and on the Board of Trustees for Primary Shakespeare Company.

Raj Shah

I’m a commercial lawyer at Collyer Bristow LLP. My day-to-day work involves drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts for clients. Many of these clients operate in the arts, media and culture sectors, and I have previously acted for theatre producers, performers, arts-focused organisations, and other cultural institutions. I additionally advise clients on data protection and intellectual property issues, and am a member of the Society of Computers and Law and the Franco-British Lawyers Society. Outside of the law, I work as an independent literary and cultural researcher and scholar, and have written for various peer-reviewed publications, including the UK’s only international academic journal dedicated to musical theatre. I’m honoured to be part of MTN and to help support its fostering of exciting new work.

Felix Cross MBE

Felix worked as a guitarist in rock and jazz bands, songwriter, stand-up comedian and music teacher before moving into music theatre. In 1996 he was appointed Artistic Director of Black Theatre Co-op, which became Nitro. Music theatre for which he has written book, music and lyrics includes Blues For Railton (Albany Empire); Glory! (Temba/Derby Playhouse – winner 1988 LWT Plays On Stage); Mass Carib (Albany Empire/South Bank/national no1 tour/Trafalgar Square/Greenwich & Docklands Festival) and Passports To The Promised Land (NITRO/Sheffield Theatres). He has written music and lyrics or books for many musicals, and music for plays for, amongst others, Albany Empire, Nottingham Playhouse, Tricycle Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Tamasha, Talawa, National Theatre, Out of Joint, and for all 23 of Agatha Christie’s plays. He also has extensive credits as a director. In 2012 he was awarded an MBE for services to music theatre.

Past board members:

Tom Atkins

Niraj Chag

Iain Gillie

Katherine Ives

Laurie Sansom

Rishi Coupland

Pippa Bailey

Sarah Culshaw

Chris Grady

Andrew Panton

Zoe Simpson

Andy Barnes

Nikolai Foster

Luisa Hinchliff

Ros Povey

Andrew Subramaniam

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