Management of the Company

COMPANY CHAIRMAN : HARRY REEDER

Harry is passionate about the theatre and believes that the Tower offers a great deal to anyone who wants to be involved in theatre.
At the time he was appointed as Chairman in September 2014, he had been an acting member for 27 years and had been involved in 37 productions. Over the years, he has enjoyed much of what The Tower has to offer and felt that the time was right to invest more time in giving something back.
The committee is essential to the smooth running and continued operation of the Tower.
After studying law at university, he spent a few years in the civil service but most of his career has been in professional services (tax). He has also spent a lot of time volunteering in the education sector - acting as trustee/treasurer for a charity aimed at advancing the education and training of young people in Hackney; as well as working as an assistant teacher both at a Primary school and at a Secondary Academy.
Harry considers that his work and voluntary experience, together with his knowledge and experience of the Tower, have allowed him to develop the skills and competencies required to be an effective Chairman. He aims to represent the membership and help the Tower as best he can.



ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : MARTIN MULGREW

Most recently, Martin has directed Handbagged; in 2015 he has directed King Lear for performance in London and Paris, and his play Edith and Margueritte was performed by the Company last October. In 2014, his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Dan Usztan

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : DAN USZTAN

Role : AAD with principal responsibility for securing rights.

Dan joined the Tower in 2012 and played Bobby in Coyote on a Fence, Gerry in Dancing at Lughnasa and Dennis in Loot. His directing credits include The Ruffian on the Stair, Our Country's Good, Bear Hug, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Crucible, Daisy Pulls It Off (Woodhouse Players) and The Comedy of Errors (Courtyard, Hoxton). In 2014 he directed the Tower's production of After The Dance, in 2015 One Man, Two Guvnors, and this year Road.


Jacqui Marchant-Adams

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : JACQUI MARCHANT-ADAMS

Role : AAD with responsibility for co-ordination with the Publicity Team and to assist with securing rights.

Jacqui has been involved with amateur theatre in London since the summer of 2009, and with the Tower since assistant directing Don Juan in Soho a year later. She has directed Major Barbara and Frozen for the Tower, as well as directing, assistant directing and generally helping out with productions for KDC and SEDOS. She loves all types of playwriting, from contemporary comedies to classics to stylized thrillers - if it's well done it's her type of thing. She's hugely looking forward to working with the artistic team at the Tower and excited about what the upcoming season might bring.


Rob Ellis

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : ROB ELLIS

Role : AAD with responsibility for new community and members engagement and co-ordination with the Technical Team

Rob started with the Tower in 2016, when he assisted Colette Dockery on The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband, on which he was also Stage Manager and Sound Designer. Since then, he has continued to design for The Night Heron, Hindle Wakes, Road and Clybourne Park, which marked his first production for Tower as Director. Previous experience includes directing shows for Park Theatre, Theatre503, Waterloo East, Bread and Roses, The Hen and Chickens, Rosemary Branch and twice at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has an MA in Theatre Directing from UEA, and regularly contributes to A Younger Theatre.


Louise Bakker

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : LOUISE BAKKER

Role : AAD with responsibility for co-ordinating the Assistant Director scheme

Louise has been a member of the Tower Theatre since 2008, largely as an actor but also as a lighting and sound operator, box office volunteer and producer. She has extensive experience in arts administration, working for the Royal Opera House, National Theatre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is currently Assistant Director for Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense', with a view to eventually directing her own productions.



FINANCE DIRECTOR : NICK INSLEY

Nick has been a member of the Tower Theatre for 25 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 overall strategy, legal compliance, and the management of the theatre's premises, staff and overall finances of the organisation.

The Company Board comprises :

Helena Franklin (Chair)
Nick Insley (Financial Director)
Ian Grant (Deputy Chair)
Sarah Ambrose
Sue Brodie
Alexander Knapp
Stephen Ley
David Taylor
Harry Reeder (co-opted)
David Holyoake (co-opted)


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elected Members :
Standing down in 2017
Sarah Ambrose
Phillip Ley
Harry Reeder (Chairman)
Nicola Stanhope
Standing down in 2018
Helena Franklin
Standing down in 2019
Stephen Brasher
Lotte Wynder
Co-opted : Jude Chalk
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

Dan Usztan
Jacqui Marchant-Adams
Rob Ellis
Louise Bakker

Assistant   

Lucy Bloxham

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 £15 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)

Jean Collins (Press releases)
Michelle Roebuck (Programmes)
Kathryn Nash (Schools liaison)
Jean Carr (Paris tour marketing)

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

Rob Irvine (Co-ordinator)
Stephen Ley (Lighting)
Phillip Ley (Sound)
Michael Bettell (Set)

Laurence Tuerk (Equipment)
Richard Pedersen (Health and Safety)
Sheila Burbidge (Wardrobe)

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.