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 The Importance of Being Earnest which toured to the U.S.A.; prior to that he directed 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.
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 last year Road.
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.
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.
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. Last year she was Assistant Director for Jeeves and Wooster
in 'Perfect Nonsense', and she is now directing Pravda for performance later this year.
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
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
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)
Harry Reeder (co-opted)
David Holyoake (co-opted)
Elected Members :
Standing down in 2017
Harry Reeder (Chairman)
Standing down in 2018
Standing down in 2019
Co-opted : Jude Chalk, Louise Bakker
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.
Assistant Artistic Directors
FRIENDS OF THE TOWER THEATRE
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.