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
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 in 2016 Road. He is currently directing Wolf Hall for performance later this year.
ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR : ANGHARAD ORMOND
Role : AAD with responsibility for co-ordinating the Assistant Director scheme.
Angharad, a Tower Theatre Company member for three years, is the winner of the 2017
Frank Smith award which recognises the most outstanding newcomer to the Company She has been seen on stage as Laura in
The Priory, Nell in Little Nell, Daphne in Sailor Beware and as Cathy Jackson in the musical The Return of the Marionettes.
She trained at Drama Studio London and other roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and a six-month tour of The Selfish Giant
: the musical. Angharad's directing credits include The Trial and Blue Remembered Hills. Last year she directed
Kindertransport for the Tower Theatre at Theatro Technis and Upstairs at the Gatehouse, and she is currently directing 1984.
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-ordination with the Marketing Team.
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. in 2016 she was Assistant Director for Jeeves and Wooster
in 'Perfect Nonsense', and last year she directed Pravda.
FINANCE DIRECTOR : NICK INSLEY
Nick has been a member of the Tower Theatre for 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
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 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)
Martin Mulgrew (co-opted)
Elected Members :
Standing down in 2018
Standing down in 2019
Standing down in 2020
David Taylor (Chairman)
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.
Stephen Ley (Lighting)
Phillip Ley (Sound)
Sheila Burbidge (Wardrobe)
Laurence Tuerk (Equipment)
Richard Pedersen (Health and Safety)
Rob Ellis (Artistic Team)
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.