Our team

Find out more about the Playhouse team.

From the stage to the sound booth and everyone in between – our team are the fantastic bunch that keep it all running smoothly.

If you’re looking for someone specific, select from the categories below to filter by individual teams within the Playhouse.

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Senior Management Team

James Brining (He/Him)

Artistic Director & Chief Executive

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Shawab Iqbal

Executive Director

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Judith Cloke

Technical Director

Hannah Hughes (She/Her)

Director of Audiences

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Sameena Hussain

Associate Director

Amy Leach (She/Her)

Deputy Artistic Director

Kath Russell

Director of Strategic Fundraising

Chris Williams

Finance Director

Board of Trustees

Rozina Breen

Chair

Neil Adleman

Trustee

Laurence Brophy

Trustee

Bertille Calinaud

Trustee

Angela Eddison

Trustee

Mike Ellis

Trustee

Cllr Chris Howley

Trustee

Peter Gruen

Trustee

Samantha Fray

Trustee

Claire Lowson

Trustee

Cllr Lisa Martin

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Michael Nabarro

Trustee

Ruth Pitt

Trustee

Susan Pitter

Trustee

Simon Robinson

Trustee

Robyn Vinter

Trustee

Executive Operations

Annette Ireland

PA to the Artistic Director and Executive Director

Olivia Little (She/Her)

Executive Administrator

Audiences

Josh Babcock (He/Him)

Head of Marketing

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Terri Barns

Box Office Team Leader

Jo Haywood

Media and Content Officer

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Lynn Hudson

Box Office Team Leader

Hannah Hughes (She/Her)

Director of Audiences

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Liz Irving

Head of Sales & Audience Data

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Giulia Panigada (She/Her)

Marketing Officer

Rachel Marriner

Head of Communications

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Beata Pejka (She/Her)

Graphic Design Officer

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Antonia Bowler

Senior Marketing Officer

Finance & IT

Fran Dunn

Finance Officer

Shelley Fox

Financial Controller

Chris Williams

Finance Director

Craig Ross

Senior IT Support Analyst

Gundega Kirpicenoka

Junior Finance Officer

Louise Hewitt

Management Accountant

Food & Beverage

Beccie Allen

Food & Beverage Supervisor

Rachel Cohen

Food & Beverage Assistant Manager

Lee Dennell

Food & Beverage Manager

Leah Hamilton

Food & Beverage Supervisor

Joe Deverell-Smith

Food & Beverage Supervisor

Matthew Turner

Kitchen Assistant

Front of House

Jon Dean

Assistant Theatre Manager

Sheila Howarth

Duty Manager

Rizwana Saddique

Duty Manager

Stephanie Smith

Theatre Manager

Phil Howarth

Duty Manager

Fundraising & Development

Emma Gill (She/Her)

Development Assistant (Supporter Engagement)

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Kate Jeeves (She/Her)

Head of Development

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Dara Romaniw

Development Administrator

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Kath Russell

Director of Strategic Fundraising

Kayleigh Wright (She/Her)

Conference & Event Sales Manager

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Sally Phillips

Development Assistant (Trusts and Foundations)

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Human Resources & Learning

Charlotte White

HR & Learning Administrator

Samantha Wraith

HR & Learning Officer

Maintenance & Operations

Doris Amaniampong

Housekeeper

Lee Bainbridge

Building Operations and Facilities Manager

Nathan Dyer

Security Operative

Kieran Fleming

Security Operative

Rocio Hernandez

Housekeeper

Dinujan Indran

Security Operative

Junior Linton

Security Operative

Kevin Westwood

Building Maintenance Operative

Mariola Willans

Housekeeper

Petronela Visan

Housekeeping Supervisor

Aaron Evans

Facilities Operative

Playhouse Connect

Amy Leach (She/Her)

Deputy Artistic Director

Fiona Mcculoch-Exley

Head of Creative Communities

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Eleanor Manners

Youth Theatre Director

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Natalie Kyrkos

Learning Disabilities Programme Manager

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Rio Matchett (She/Her)

Furnace Producer

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Licie Wood

Learning and Skills Facilitator

Maddison Norton

Creative Communities Facilitator

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Melanie Parrott

Playhouse Connect Administrator

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Nicky Taylor

Theatre and Dementia Research Associate

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Lily Craig

Special Projects Associate

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Sameena Hussain

Associate Director

Producing & Programming

Dan Gilbert

Programmer

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Zoe Bailey

Producer

Javairya Khan

Assistant Producer

Production

Abe Ahmed (He/Him)

Head of Scenic Workshop

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Julie Ashworth

Head Cutter & Workroom Manager

Tom Barrett

Lighting & Video Manager

Felix Beresford

Head of Stage

Michelle Booth

Stage Manager

Henry Boulton

Deputy Head of Stage

Chris Brockbank

Deputy Construction Manager

Kevin Cassidy

Construction Manager

Mick Cassidy

Production Manager

James Chambers

Lighting & Video Technician

Judith Cloke

Technical Director

Steve Cressy

Company Stage Manager

Paula Grosvenor

Cutter (Maternity Cover)

Dickon Harold

Head of Technical Design

Tom Hirst

Senior Stage Technician

Aly Howe

Studio Theatre Technician

Julie Issott

Stage Manager

Rob Landells

Deputy Head of Sound

Victoria Marzetti

Head of Costume & Wigs

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Martin Pickersgill

Head of Sound

Claire Powell

Deputy Head of Costume

Nathan Rose

Props Manager

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Bik-Yuk Wan

Production Co-ordinator

Matt Wheeldon

Scenic Construction Technician

Ginny Whiteley (She/Her)

Head Scenic Artist

Megan Gampell

Senior Sound Technician

Beth Clenton

Deputy Props Manager

Rachel Hodgson

Cutter

Abi Flack

Costume Assistant

Josh Cartmell

Costume Making Trainee

Sophie Slater

Assistant Production Manager

Delicia Sorhaindo

Jerwood Resident Designer

Chris Lawrence

Senior Lighting & Video Technician

  • MAJOR FUNDERS

    Arts Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • LTB Foundation
  • Principal Partner

    Caddick Group
  • Principal Access Partner

    Irwin Mitchell