The Tower Theatre’s management team is responsible for the success of the charity, its productions, and creating a dynamic artistic space for its Members, Friends and community.
Helena Cashmore – Chair of the Board of Trustees
Helena has been acting since the age of seven when she discovered it was a fantastic excuse for dressing up. She has been a Tower Theatre member since 2010, and favourite parts with the Tower include Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, Lue in The Winterling and Jacie Triplethree in Comic Potential. Helena has a particular passion for Shakespeare, having studied for a Masters degree in Shakespeare at University College London and performing many times at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall with the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company, including as Miranda in The Tempest and Princess Catherine in Henry V. More recently, she played Hamlet as part of the Tower’s performance of selected scenes from Shakespeare at the British Embassy in Paris. Helena has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since 2015. By day she is a media and entertainment lawyer.
David Taylor – Chair of the Management Committee
David’s 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 productions include Pygmalion, Nicholas Nickleby, My Night With Reg, As You Like It andLark Rise, and favourite musicals include Mr Cinders, 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 at the RSC theatre in Stratford. Most recently he directed the premiere revival of Cecil Beaton’s play Gainsborough’s Girls.
Martin Mulgrew – Artistic Director
Martin has been a member of the Tower theatre since 2004. He made his Tower directorial debut with Billy Liar at the Gatehouse in 2005, and has directed at Off-west end venues since 1996. In 2013, his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen to be performed at the Edinburgh festival. Edith and Marguerite, written by him in 2015, was performed at the Tower in 2018 as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War. He has directed many of the Tower’s annual Shakespeare plays in Paris and in 2019 he accepted an invitation for the Tower to perform at the British Embassy in Paris presenting a series of scenes from Shakespeare. He became Assistant Artistic Director in 2013 and has held the post of Artistic Director since 2016.
Nick Insley – Finance Director
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.
Other Company Officers
|Assistant Artistic Directors||James McKendrick|
Membership and Auditions
|Auditions Co-ordinators||Stephen Brasher|
|Assistant Co-ordinator||Lynn Facey|
|Social Events Co-ordinator||Rosanna Preston|
Finance and Administration
|Building Group Co-ordinator||Sarah Ambrose||Facilities Hire Manager||(vacancy)|
|Front-of-House Co-ordinator||Jude Chalk|
|Bar Co-ordinator||Jon Gilmartin|
|150 Club||Nicola Stanhope|
|Tower Archivist||Tom Tillery|
Publicity and Marketing
|Printed publicity||Roanne Insley|
|Newsletter and Social Media||Ruth Sullivan|
|Photography Manager||David Sprecher|
|Web site||Laurence Tuerk|
|Press Liaison||Joyce Terry|
|Reviews Co-ordinator||John Chapman|
|Graphic Design Manager||Max Batty|
|Paris Tour Marketing||Jean Carr|
|Technical Group Co-ordinator||Jude Chalk|
|Health and Safety Officer||Richard Pedersen|