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

Currently, Martin is directing To Kill a Mockingbird, the second production in the Company's new theatre. 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.



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 in 2016 Road. This summer, he directed Wolf Hall for performance in London and Cornwall.




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
Leon Chambers (co-opted)
David Holyoake
Alexander Knapp
Stephen Ley
Martin Mulgrew (co-opted)
Michelle Roebuck (co-opted)
Jonathan Wober


MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elected Members :
Standing down in 2019
Stephen Brasher
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
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 Director   
Martin Mulgrew

Dan Usztan

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)

 

Jess Bailes (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

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

Nick Insley
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.