Staff

For Park Theatre

Artistic Director             

Jez Bond

Executive Director

Rachael Williams

Associate Artistic Director 

Melli Marie        

Development Director       

Dorcas Morgan 

Sales & Marketing Director

Dawn James


Administration & Finance

Finance Manager

Elaine Lavelle

Finance & Administration Officer     

Declan Sheahan                                           

Administrator 

Melissa Bonnelame


Development

Development Director

Dorcas Morgan 

Development & Producing Assistant

Daniel Cooper


Sales & Marketing

Sales & Marketing Director

Dawn James

Sales Manager       

Julia Yelland

Marketing Manager

Liam McLaughlin

Senior Box Office Supervisor

Natasha Green

Box Office Supervisors

Greg Barnes & Jack Mosedale

Telephone box office services provided by Cambridge Live.

Public Relations

Nick Pearce and Julie Holman for Target Live


Technical & Building

Technical & Buildings Manager

Sacha Queiroz

Deputy Technical & Buildings Manager

Neal Gray


Creative Learning & Access

Community Engagement Manager

Nina Graveney-Edwards

Access Coordinator

Sarah Howard

Creative Learning Leaders

Natasha Chandra, Amy Allen, Janise Sadik, Caroline Jeyaratnam-Joyner


Front of House

Venue & Volunteer Manager

Barry Card

Deputy Venue & Volunteer Manager

Michael Peavoy

Duty Venue Managers

Abigail Acons-Grocock, Natasha Green, Shaun Joynson


Food & Beverage

Head of Food & Beverage

Oli Mortimer

Cafe Bar Team

Grace Boateng, Gemma Barnet, Florence Blackmore, James Bradwell, Ewan Brand, Amy Conway, Adam Harding Kheir, Sebastian Harker, Kerry Hunt, Matt Littleson, Jack Mosedale, Libby Nash, Josh Oakes Rodgers, Ryan Peek, Alice Pegram, Maisie Saidgrove, Mitch Snell, Holly Adomah Thompson


Ambassadors

David Horovitch, Celia Imrie, Sean Mathias, Tanya Moodie, Hattie Morahan, Tamzin Outhwaite, Meera Syal

Associate Artist

Mark Cameron

Trustees

Andrew Cleland-Bogle           Nick Frankfort

Robert Hingley                       Mars Lord

Sir Frank McLoughlin             Bharat Mehta

Rufus Olins                            Nigel Pantling (Chair)

Victoria Phillips                      Jo Parker

President | Jeremy Bond

 

With thanks to all of our supporters, donors and volunteers.

 


Biographies

Jez Bond

Jez Bond | Artistic Director

Jez Bond is the Founder and Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary.

Directing for Park Theatre includes; Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You (starring Ian McKellen), Madame Rubinstein (starring Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber), Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision – plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.

Other directing credits include: Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). 

As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays many of which have gone on to production.

Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.


Rachael Williams

Rachael Williams | Executive Director

After studying English Literature at university, Rachael started her arts career working for a summer for Oxford based theatre company Creation Theatre. She went on to work in the Development team at English National Opera, as Assistant Producer and subsequently Producer at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, and, most recently, as Executive Director at Improbable, before joining Park Theatre in October 2016. In her spare time, she's a keen runner and triathlete, and is also a Trustee of Metta Theatre and the Bach Choir. 


Melli Marie

Melli Marie | Associate Artistic Director

Melli graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Hull. Upon graduating she joined forces with Jez Bond to develop a long term plan for creating a new theatre and is the proud co-founder of Park Theatre. Melli has a long term passion for working with young people and adults and has years of experience as a workshop leader in Los Angeles, Delaware, Hong Kong and London. Between 2005 and 2011 she has headed the New End Theatre Academy in Hampstead, working with young people from five to fifteen years of age. Melli has worked professionally as an actress across London’s television, film and theatre scene starting out at the Tabard Theatre playing parts such as Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash and Sherry in Independence by Lee Blessing then moving on to a number one tour of the UK with Tom Conti in Romantic Comedy, to performing in radio dramas including Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money and the award-winning Trying (BBC), working in television with critically acclaimed director Ridley Scott on The Vatican, to performing in Park Theatre’s opening production:These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich.  As a multi-skilled creative Melli’s passion lies in developing new writing and is very proud of Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator programme which she heads up and runs yearly as well as her vital work to help programme both Park Theatre stages. 

In 2016 Melli joined the board of Trustees at Creative Islington. Melli is co-founder of Berko Stage - located in the heart of Berkhamsted this company is designed to bring together local people for the enjoyment of comedy, music, variety and each other. 


Dorcas Morgan

Dorcas Morgan | Development Director

Dorcas was an actress for thirteen years before leaving acting to have children and get a sensible job. She worked in theatres in the West End, across the UK and internationally, on radio and television and was a regular member of The Players Theatre Company. If you are lucky (or old enough) you may have caught her in a variety of episodes of Inspector Morse, Casualty or Drop the Dead Donkey. She is an experienced arts and office administrator, and returned to the arts eight years ago as a fundraiser. She previously worked at the Unicorn and Wilton's Music Hall.

Dorcas is delighted to be a member of the Park Theatre team (not just because it's a 10-minute bike ride from home and she can bring her dog!) and is looking forward to generating support to enable Park Theatre to continue on its exciting journey. She specialises in theatre fundraising and in trying to prevent her children from watching and laughing at her in old episodes of Poirot.


Dawn James

Dawn James | Sales & Marketing Director

Dawn studied Modern Drama at Brunel University before starting her career in arts marketing. Before joining Park Theatre in July 2016, Dawn was Marketing Manager at Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn for two and a half years and has also previously worked at Polka Theatre, Akademi South Asian Dance and Watermans Arts Centre. Dawn is a Culture Hive Digital Marketing Academy 1.0 graduate, has twice participated in the Culture 24: Let's Get Real digital/ cultural research programme and spoken at the Culture 24/ Google Cultural Institute conference at BALTIC in Gateshead. Dawn has been an Arts Marketing Association mentor for many years and is an occasional guest lecturer at Brunel University. Dawn has a keen interest in all things vintage and loves nothing more than finding a fashion bargain at the vintage fair. 


Julia Yelland

Julia Yelland | Sales Manager

Julia studied Drama at University of Northampton, after which she began working at Watford Palace Theatre. She had been connected to the Theatre since she was 14 in the Youth Theatre, then began working across Front of House, Bar, Box Office and in Admin. In 2015 she became the Box Office Supervisor and in 2016 appointed to Sales & Events Manager. Julia is passionate about the experience of Theatre and when she’s not at work, likely be found in watching more Theatre.  When she does venture outdoors it’s usually to find a converted Shepherd’s Hut/Showman’s Wagon/ or Treehouse somewhere beautiful to go off grid and get back to nature.

Julia is delighted to be joining the team at Park Theatre. 


Liam McLaughlin

Liam McLaughlin | Marketing Manager

Liam completed his BA at The University of Hull and his MA at ALRA before moving into arts marketing. Liam trained as a Producer at Theatre503 and then became Production & Marketing Assistant at Arcola Theatre. He worked in marketing roles for Tara Finney Productions and Incoming Festival and is the Producer of Just Add Milk Theatre Company Ltd. Liam is a Duathlete for Team GB and will represent the nation at the ITU World Championships 2020. 


Sacha Queiroz

Sacha Queiroz | Technical Manager

Sacha has worked in theatre for the past 20 years, in all forms from the very large to very small and everything in-between. He has been lucky enough that this job has taken him around the world a few times. His life-long passion for theatre and the arts is inspired by a family who all work in the theatre industry.

He started his career as a casual at the Beck theatre in Hayes, a venue he returned to as Technical Manager ten years later. Since then he has worked at the Dominion Theatre, the Apollo Victoria, the National, Trinity Theatre, the Wycombe Swan (to name a few) and abroad with Saudi Aramco and Disney.

In the brief moments of not working he is a photographer, a petrolhead, and tinkerer of all things.


Neal  Gray

Neal Gray  | Deputy Technical Manager

Neal lives locally and has a background in sound and 3 years full-time professional theatre experience in technical management. He started his career in theatre by volunteering on a few shows, doing get ins and outs. Within a year of volunteering, he started working at the Charing Cross Theatre as a Sound No1 and then Technical Manager. Neal started working for Park Theatre in 2016. He enjoys playing guitar, drums, bass and has been in bands since he was young.


Nina Graveney-Edwards

Nina Graveney-Edwards  | Community Engagement Manager

Nina has worked as an inclusive Drama and Dance Facilitator for 15 years with children, young people and adults within various community and education settings including PRU’s and SEN and in children and youth theatres.  She also performed in Theatre in Education and Forum Theatre pieces and has experience as a Practitioner with Barnardo’s for young people who were missing or had run away and who were sexually exploited. She was a Project Coordinator with Hoxton Hall, Youth Arts. She spent 6 months working in Ecuador with the UK arts charity Articulate, in South America, running Arts workshops with street working children and young people. She recently worked as Programme Producer with SPID Theatre Company on a project for Adults on creative campaigning. Nina has a love for dance, and trained in ballet for 13 years, and went on to train in contemporary and street dance and other styles of dance. She likes keeping fit, enjoys classes at the gym, and attends dance classes and yoga.

 

 

 

 

 


Barry Card

Barry Card | Venue & Volunteer Manager

Despite an early interest in the arts, Barry briefly flirted with the world of fashion before ending up in IT, via a stint in the printing industry. After a 30-year career, he finally hung up his IT hat following five years as a freelance consultant.

 

After his chance discovery of the dilapidated Wilton’s Music Hall in 2008, Barry joined an enthusiastic team of volunteers campaigning, fundraising and helping to preserve the building’s archaeological collection. His passion for theatre and live performance was rekindled with a vengeance and he went on to become an usher and then Front of House Manager. As Wilton’s was saved and secured, Barry graduated to the very different, yet equally exciting, world of Park Theatre in 2015. Since then he has taken great pleasure and pride in working with a highly motivated and dedicated front of house team and being a valued member of the Park Theatre family.

 

The undisputed king of press nights and galas, Barry is also a shameless name-dropper and cites his favourite claims to fame as being called Bazza by Barry Cryer, and appearing in full evening dress on stage with Sir Ian McKellen, albeit prostrate and playing 3rd dead Frenchman DSR.

 


Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper | Development & Production Assistant

 

After studying French, German and Italian at Royal Holloway, living in Spain and working for several years as a secondary school teacher and pastoral leader, Daniel couldn’t ignore the call to work in the arts any longer. In 2015-16 he volunteered as cast and crew on the immersive theatre experience YMBBT and in 2016-17 he completed an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. He has produced shows for the Mountview Catalyst Festival and The White Bear, Kennington. Daniel joined the team full-time as Development Assistant in July 2017 after having volunteered here since November 2016. He’s excited by both the work and the ambition of Park Theatre and glad to form part of the process of raising friends and funds that will help the venue grow from strength to strength. Life beyond Park Theatre involves, with varying degrees of success, being a culture vulture, globetrotter and gym bunny.


Melissa Bonnelame

Melissa Bonnelame  | Administrator

Our North London local studied Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and gained administrative experience in the Finance sector, before joining us here at the Park Theatre.

Her interests include music, travelling and all things food!


Sarah  Howard

Sarah Howard | Access Coordinator

Throughout her career, Sarah has been involved in many aspects of the arts.  It’s been an eclectic and thoroughly exciting double-decade ride, through the world of theatre and dance, national and international tours, multi-arts organisations and venues. Most recently she has resided as Assistant Producer at Unlimited.  Previous to this, she has worked at Sadler’s Wells, Improbable Theatre Company, 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Candoco Dance Company, London Disability Arts Forum, Stratford Circus and Method & Madness.  In addition, Sarah has provided consultation for a range of access programmes, including the re-development of the Southbank Centre and the Roundhouse.  She is also currently Chair of trustee’s for Graeae Theatre Company. In her spare time, Sarah is an active theatre director and supporter for her local community theatre.


Mark Cameron

Mark Cameron | Associate Artist

Mark began his career as an astonishingly average stand up comedian before winning a scholarship to drama school; a huge relief for him but more so for comedy club audiences throughout the UK. Since then he has appeared regularly on stage and screen and works extensively as a voice-over artist for both radio and television.

Television credits include regular characters in: Tina and Bobby, Coronation Street, Steel River Blues, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Doctors and guest roles include: Good Omens, Brief Encounters, The Royals, Law and Order, Casualty, Holby City, Waterloo Road, The Roman Mysteries, Vincent, The Royal, Fifty Five Degrees North.
  
Theatre includes four recent productions at Park Theatre: Dean Walsh in HURLING RUBBLE AT THE Moon, The Great Gazumbees in RAPUNZEL and Nurse Ottom in Sleeping Beauty all directed by Jez Bond and The Daftas Ceremony Host in Park Theatre Review directed by Sean Mathias. Other credits include: The Dame in Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Chancer in Mathematics of the Heart (Theatre 503 and winner of Brighton Fringe Festival Best Play), Dorante in The Game of Love and Chance (National Tour), Alfredo in The Breakfast Soldiers (Contact Theatre, Manchester) Tom in Life Imitates Art (Camden Peoples’ Theatre), Johan in The Bergman Project (Tristan Bates Theatre), Harcourt in The Country Wife (The Gatehouse), Scott in Blue Funk (Old Red Lion) and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park).

Film includes: Norman Hunter in The Damned United, John in Tomo (Sundance Film Festival Winner). D.I. Hackman in Scar Tissue, The Boss in The Boss, (Reed Festival short film winner). 

As a writer he has co-written Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (both published by Methuen) and Rapunzel (published by Playdead Press) all with Jez Bond, the Artistic Director of Park Theatre and all performed at Park. 

Jez and Mark’s latest collaboration, Whodunnit Unrehearsed will play at Park Theatre before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival as a co-production with Avalon and BBC Arts.

Mark has just finished Ozymandias, an independent feature film about an ageing Orson Welles coming to terms with his mortality, co-written with BAFTA and EMMY winner John Hay.  Eddie Izzard is set to star.