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 : EDDIE COLEMAN

Eddie has been a Tower member since 2000. He has worked back stage on several productions over the years and has even acted on stage in a very, very minor role in the Tower's production of The Playboy of the Western World. He was Assistant Director on The Female of the Species in 2011 which led to him directing his first Tower play - the 1960's set gangster thriller Jump To Cow Heaven in 2013. In 2016, he will be directing Charley's Aunt.
He was previously one of the Assistant Artistic Directors, responsible for co-ordinating the Tower Theatre's new writing competition.
He has worked in amateur theatre for many years and has written several stage plays that have been performed by amateur companies. He has been a script reader for Theatre 503 and the Royal Court and now runs playwriting workshops for the Tower Theatre and other groups.


Martin Mulgrew

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : MARTIN MULGREW

Martin helps run the Assistant Director's scheme. In 2015 he has directed King Lear for performance in 2015 in London and Paris, and his play Edith and Margueritte was performed by the Company in October. His play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year.


Dan Usztan

ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : DAN USZTAN

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, and a few months ago he directed One Man, Two Guvnors.



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 :

Nick Insley (Financial Director)
Sarah Ambrose
Sue Brodie
Helena Franklin
Ian Grant
Alexander Knapp
Stephen Ley
David Taylor
Laurence Tuerk
Ann Watchorn


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elected Members :
Standing down in 2016
David Taylor
Michael Bettell
Standing down in 2017
Sarah Ambrose
Phillip Ley
Harry Reeder (Chairman)
Nicola Stanhope
Standing down in 2018
Helena Franklin
Ex Officio : Eddie Coleman (Artistic Director), Nick Insley (Financial Director)
Co-opted : Lotte Wynder
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   
Eddie Coleman

Martin Mulgrew
Dan Usztan

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

Vacancy (Chairman)
Roanne Insley
Ann Blumenstock
Jonathan Wober
David Sprecher
Jean Carr
Jean Collins
Caroline Kelly
Laurence Tuerk
Joyce Terry
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.

Joyce Terry is the Tower Press Officer. She handles Press Releases and requests for information for each show.

TECHNICAL TEAM

Rob Irvine (Co-Ordinator)
Stephen Ley (Lighting)
Phillip Ley (Sound)
Michael Bettell (Set)
Laurence Tuerk (Equipment)
Julia Collier
Richard Pedersen (Health & 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 and co-ordination for the running of seasons;
  • co-ordinates the crewing (the recruitment of production teams) for productions;
  • ensures that we conform 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.