MEET THE TEAM

JAMES BLAKEY

Director

James is a Director from Manchester who specialises in working within community settings, and making original works of theatre with both trained and untrained performers. Prior to directing Public Acts Doncaster, he has been Associate Artistic Director of Slung Low in South Leeds, Associate Artist at Company Three, an Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Staff Director at The National Theatre.

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CHRIS BUSH

Writer

Chris is a Sheffield-born playwright, lyricist and theatre-maker. She has been a resident artist for Sheffield Theatres, the Oxford Playhouse and the National Theatre Studio, and a member of the Orange Tree Theatre's Writers' Collective.

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RUTH CHAN

Composer

Ruth Chan has worked extensively as a composer in film and TV, including as assistant to Oscar-nominated film composer Dario Marianelli. After working on fringe shows, she is moving into larger theatres with her first major commission for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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CLARE CLARKSON

Deputy Director for Cast Theatre

Clare is responsible for finance, customer service, access and inclusion, legal and HR.

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SARAH CLOUGH

Head of Participation for Cast Theatre

Sarah leads on all Cast's work with children, young people and communities. Sarah is also Cast's Designated Safeguarding Officer.

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NICOLA DOYLE

Community Producer Public Acts

Nic is from Doncaster and has worked for Cast previously as the Audience Engagement Officer overseeing the Social Seats project.

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ALICE KING-FARLOW

National Theatre's Director of Learning

Alice leads the National Theatre's Learning department and programme, including Public Acts.

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EMILY LIM

Director of Public Acts

Emily Lim. Emily is a theatre director who specialises in creating community work and working with non-professional performers.

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SALLY PROCTOR

Associate Director

Sally is a Creative Facilitator & Director working and living in Sheffield. She loves to work collaboratively on creative projects that are rooted in community and have the capacity to influence each other & the world in positive ways. Previously Sally worked as the Community Director for Slung Low, finding ways to be most useful to our immediate community and beyond as well as supporting the delivery of projects such as The Cultural Community College, Wild Conference, Flood as part of Hull 2017 & The Fairy Portal in partnership with the RSC.
When Sally isn’t working, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, be that a walk in the Peaks, a swim in a river or a night under canvas.

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DEBORAH REES

Director of Cast Theatre

Deborah is responsible for programming Cast's spaces and deciding on the strategic leadership of the theatre.

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HANNAH SIBAI

Designer (set and costume)

Hannah Sibai is a Leeds-based designer who works across many genres.

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LARA TAYLOR

Engagement Producer, Public Acts

Lara works across the whole Public Acts programme in London and all National Theatre's partner locations.

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ROS TERRY

Senior Producer Public Acts

Ros is a creative producer with particular expertise in new writing, contemporary work and participation.

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MATT YOUNG

Technical Director for Cast

Matt is responsible for overseeing all of Cast's backstage, technical and creatives. Matt also heads up our buildings operations and health and safety.

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GARY CLARKE

Choreographer

Gary Clarke is an acclaimed British dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company. His work has toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim winning a UK Theatre Award, A Critics Circle National Dance Award and A Herald Angel Award. He has choreographed and directed notable works for Opera North, Hull City of Culture 2017, Sky Arts, The 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Birmingham International Dance Festival and Trinity LABAN. He has worked as a movement specialist on a number of blockbuster feature films including World War Z, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Mummy. His performance credits including work with Matthew Bournes New Adventures, DV8 Physical Theatre, balletLORENT and Candoco Dance Company. Gary is currently an Honorary Fellow at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

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