Fiona founded Theatre Orchard in 2007 as Arts Development Officer for North Somerset Council.
Fiona steers and oversees Theatre Orchard’s work, as well as fundraising, programming and producing.
Before moving to the South West, Fiona ran Sainsbury’s nationwide Arts Sponsorship Programme, developing and managing award-winning partnerships with national and regional arts companies, theatres and galleries such as National Gallery, National Theatre, Young Vic. This role included milestone initiatives within BBC/Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year, Sainsbury’s Pictures for Schools (working closely with cultural figures such as Alan Bennett and Peter Blake), and the National Portrait Gallery’s millennial exhibition ‘Faces of the Century’ which included David Bowie, Professor Stephen Hawking and Vivienne Westwood amongst its contributors.
Fiona has 25 years experience of working in the arts, preceded by a shorter career in publishing, where too many weeks spent editing crossword grids encouraged Fiona to look for less linear job options.
Angela is a theatre maker, practitioner, actor and director with a wealth of experience creating inclusive theatre opportunities with diverse communities.
After graduating with a degree in theatre Angela worked extensively with Bristol Old Vic Education Department as an actor, director, practitioner and workshop leader developing numerous projects before becoming Associate Education Director.
Angela co-founded Myrtle Theatre Company, a specialist, participatory theatre company delivering theatre projects both locally and nationally.
Angela now works with a range of theatre companies including Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light Theatre, The Egg and, of course, Theatre Orchard.
Angela has been delivering engagement projects for Theatre Orchard since 2007 including devising and directing site specific performances; ‘Hurly Burly’ (based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’), ‘Bourneville becomes Electra’ and ‘Persephone’.
As a director, Angela specialises in ensemble and collaborative performance, verbatim theatre and is passionate about creating inclusive theatre experiences.
Press and Marketing
Julie is a PR consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, specialising in the creative, community and charity sectors.
She started her career in arts marketing and publicity at Swansea Grand Theatre, moving to Bristol in the 1980s (she has lived in the city ever since!) to join the team at Bristol Old Vic, where she spent three years in the press and marketing department.
Then at West consultancy, JBP Public Relations, she managed a range of consumer accounts, including Bath International Music Festival, before leaving to have a family and embarking on a freelance career that has spanned more than two decades. During this time, she has enjoyed working on an exciting range of initiatives, handling community based PR, promotions and media relations for high profile events and organisations.
These include the Bristol Harbour Festival, Royal Bath & West Show, The Avon Gorge Hotel and many years with Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, where she is particularly proud to have led the press campaign for the Cots for Tots Appeal which, in just one year, raised £1million for the special care baby unit at St Michael’s Hospital.
She was also part of the PR team for the Gromit Unleashed and Shaun in the City sculpture trails, which have raised millions of pounds for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Julie’s role at Theatre Orchard brings her life full circle and she is delighted to return to her theatre roots. She is thrilled to be part of the dynamic Theatre Orchard team and to promote the immense, creative talent that exists in the arts and helps to enrich our lives!
A graduate of Goldsmiths’ College, Becky went on to complete her PhD in the History of Anarchism in Cuba. Becky set up the successful Weston-super-Mum and can be found at the theatre almost weekly, writing reviews for their website. She is very connected with the community in her home town of Weston and believes that society is stronger when it works as one. Having home educated her daughter, she is a firm advocate of theatre as educator.
Becky’s love of adventure (in November 2018, she went on a hunt for a lost Inca Trail in Ecuador – and found it!) and the outdoors helps her to find balance and she loves to see everyone outside, being creative.
Producer with Theatre Orchard, Becky has worked on various projects with them, including volunteer development, Extraordinary Bodies integrated circus project and Pages of the Sea. She is interested in artist development and in bringing the community of North Somerset together to feel good in the place they live.
Vic has a thirst for developing and nurturing art projects. She is a massive fan of Theatre Orchard and thrilled to join the team.
Vic has worked in the arts for over 12 years as a dancer, facilitator, project co-ordinator and producer. She has worked for Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, the egg, Travelling Light, MAYK under various capacities and loves the theatre scene in Bristol. Producing credits include: The Borrowers and Champ, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Stella and The Starshiners and Much Ado About Puffin, Open Attic Company and D.E.S.T.I.N.Y, Florence Espeut-Nickless.
Marie-Dominique has always had a passion for Art, Music and Dance. After completing a Photographic Arts degree at the University of Wales in 2004, she spent some years doing freelance photography in England as well as in Australia.
Fawn’s career has focused mainly on Hospitality, providing outstanding customer service in all departments within the industry up to Management Level. She developed her social media know-how within this context and has enjoyed moving her skills over to Theatre Orchard, combining her passion for theatre with her career, whilst keeping family life balanced.
Fawn has loved the arts since she was a child, and when she’s not running around after her little ones, she loves to sing, paint and watch a musical or three!
Fawn was born and bred in North Somerset and firmly believes that live arts bring happiness and healthiness to her local communities.
Theatre Orchard Youth Board
We have recently launched a brand new Youth Board to give young people an important voice within the organisation. We are excited to have such an inspiring group of young people on board and look forward to the valuable contribution they will bring to help shape our future vision and creative work.
Will has worked in both marketing and education within the creative sector with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and Lyric Hammersmith, and most recently overseen partnership engagement for Creative & Cultural Skills. Currently part of the new College of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University, Will is interested in supporting learning and training within arts companies allowing communities to tell their own stories.
Emily’s experience in the arts is very varied and she has held positions in education, theatre and local government. Emily enjoys all art forms but her heart lies with dance and theatre. She has danced since she was three years old and enjoys introducing people to the world of performance for the first time. Emily is really pleased to be supporting Theatre Orchard as a trustee, as art in the community is so important for so many reasons and so many people.
Caroline has worked for over 20 years within voluntary sector organisations and brings experience of strategy, marketing and fundraising. Living in Portishead with an extended family that includes 3 daughters, Caroline is passionate that people should be able to access arts and creativity close to home. Having graduated with a degree in theatre studies, performance is close to her heart but these days this is entirely in the role of facilitator and spectator!
Liz has spent the last 20 years in alternative education for young people experiencing social and emotional difficulty. She also worked as an Advanced practitioner in FE (SEMH)
Currently working with young people in care who cannot access any educational provision, Liz is a therapeutic crisis management trainer and leads training and development across this field. Prior to this, Liz worked in television production and hospitality.
Liz has a performance background that includes a chart hit and longstanding youth opera experience with Leeds college of Music. She still continues to sing and perform when the opportunity arises.
Tracey has spent over 30 years managing various hospitality venues around the UK and all levels. Tracey’s key strengths are social media marketing, general operational and financial management and teaching the true value of delivering exceptional service across any discipline.
In her spare time, as well as hiking and volunteering for Samaritans, Tracey joined Theatre Shop at its inception as a volunteer, inspired by how Theatre Shop not only introduces young people to the world of theatre through fun and engaging performances but the widespread joy that live theatre brings to the community of Clevedon and beyond.
Alison’s career has spanned banking,technology and most recently management consulting where she advises organisations on how to use people, processes and digital technology to achieve their goals. She is passionate about supporting the community launching a social enterprise to nurture talent through fair access to coaching and networks, providing pro bono consulting to charitable organisations and is her company’s UK executive sponsor for D&I. Alison has a personal love of arts and music (with the occasional foray into DJing) and is excited to support Theatre Orchard in bringing arts to the masses.
Nick Sutton has a BA in Theatre Studies. After a short career as an actor in the UK, he went to Metro Film School in Sydney attaining an AVQ in Scriptwriting & TV Production.
Nick has been involved in film making for 20 years, working with community groups in London, the North West, the Midlands and the South West. His freelance work includes clients such as Honda, BT, The London Fire Brigade, Channel 4, BBC, Aqua Vita Films, Global Radio and the NHS.
For the past 8 years, Nick has delivered content for Theatre Orchard, including Taking The Biscuit, Forever in Your Debt, Life from a Window, Whirligig Festival, and the Engage programme, including Theatre Lounge.
He’s been a judge for the London Fringe Awards and The RTS South West Awards plus was on the Literary Committee of the London New Play Festival for 6 years. He has written a number of short films including Easy Target which was sold to Virgin Media. He taught ‘Mobile Story Making’ at Bristol University and currently teaches on the Visual Journalism MA at UWE (University of the West of England).
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Since graduating with a First Class Honours in Musical Theatre from the London College of Music in 2015, Casey has spent the last five years performing and creating a wide range of productions as an Actor, Actor-Musician, Director and Dramaturg. He continues to work as a Director and Theatre Maker in association with the Bristol Old Vic, where he previously set up the theatre company INKBLOC Ensemble. Other companies Casey has been associated with include Palomar Theatre, The Little Things and ‘Oi Polloi. He enjoys creating innovative, exciting, multi-faceted pieces of art that elicits social change and engages with local communities. Casey is producing engagement work with Theatre Orchard in Big Worle in Weston, as part of the company’s ‘Becoming Stories’ project.
Previous Credits: Workshop Facilitator with Cardboard Citizens, Assistant Director for Darlings (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Thomas Taylor in Spooky Ship (SS Great Britain/Bristol Old Vic), ‘Timothy SmallThumb’ in Parish Fete-ality: A Game Of Scones (Bristol, Brighton, London, Edinburgh Fringe) ‘Cleopas Friend’ in Risen! The Musical (Portsmouth Theatre Royal), ‘Muddles’ in Sleeping Beauty (Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne) ‘Lenny’ in Lego Beach (1532 Perfomance Centre/ Bristol Old Vic, Bristol), Director of School Crumble: 24 Hour Plays ( Bristol Old Vic, Bristol)
Deepraj Singh first started dancing in afterschool capoeira sessions at the age of 8. From there his interest in movement and musicality began to grow. He joined Bristol based youth dance company Kinesis, studied dance and movement at Cotham School and trained via the CAT (Centre of Advanced Training) programme run in Swindon, before successfully auditioning for London Contemporary Dance School, where he was awarded a scholarship and graduated with a first in July 2015.
Since then he has worked as a freelance dancer and has toured professional pieces internationally, such as the Akademi’s ‘The Troth’. Deepraj draws upon his urban dance techniques when creating pieces, which are rhythmically explorative and emotionally driven. He is an urban improviser with a keen sense of rhythm and beatboxing/vocal percussion skills and brings his talent to a range of Theatre Orchard Engagement work, including the ‘Becoming Stories’ community project in Big Worle in Weston.