Staff

Jez Bond | Artistic Director

Rachael Williams | Executive Director

Melli Marie | Creative Director

Dorcas Morgan | Development Director

Daniel Cooper I Development Assistant

Melissa Bonnelame | Administrator

Elaine Lavelle | Finance Manager 

Dawn James | Sales & Marketing Manager

Rachel McCall | Deputy Sales & Marketing Manager

Naomi Dixon | Venue and Volunteer Manager

Sacha Queiroz | Technical Manager

Neal Gray | Deputy Technical and Buildings Manager

Sofi Berenger, Natasha Chandra, Celia Duga, Natasha Green, Bessie Hitchin, Jack Mosedale, Holly McComish, Christopher Teesdale and Alex Whitlock | Box Office Supervisors

Barry Card, Amy Allen, Shaun Joynson, Lorna Heap | Duty Venue Managers

Lorna Heap  | Access & Learning Care Coordinator

Tom Bailey | Cafe Bar General Manager 

Mark Cameron | Associate Artist

Gemma Barnett, Grace Botang, Michael Byrne, Calum Budd-Brophy, Amy Conway, Robert Czibi, Nicola Grant, Philip Honeywell, Olivia Onyehara | Bar Staff


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 credits include; 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). For Park Theatre; Madame Rubinstein, Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.

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 | Creative 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.


Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper | Development 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.


Dawn James

Dawn James | Sales & Marketing Manager

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 also Culture Hive Digital Marketing Academy 1.0 graduate and an Arts Marketing Association mentor. Dawn has a keen interest in all things vintage and loves nothing more than finding a fashion bargain at the vintage fair. 


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.


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!


Lorna Heap

Lorna Heap | Access & Learning Care Coordinator

After graduating from The University of East Anglia with a BA in Drama and English Literature, Lorna worked as an Events Coordinator for The Birdcage in Norwich, took a solo trip around Europe, worked as a freelance technician and Touring Production Manager and joined the all-female Guttersnipe Theatre, before starting the year-long Creative Internship at Park Theatre in April 2016.

Lorna has always had a passion for activism and advocacy and is thrilled to now be managing the programme of Accessible Performances, helping Park Theatre to win the West End Wilma award - Achievement in Creating Accessible Theatre 2017 and supporting the wonderful Creative Learning classes at Park Theatre.

In her free time, Lorna is a documentary enthusiast and likes to hang out with other people’s dogs.


Mark Cameron

Mark Cameron | Associate Artist

As well as appearing regularly on stage and screen, Mark works extensively as a voice-over artist for radio and television.

Television credits include Waterloo Road, Eastenders, The Roman Mysteries, Vincent, The Royal, Fifty Five Degrees North, Doctors and Extreme Endurance - plus regular characters in Coronation Street, Steel River Blues and Emmerdale. Film includes D.I. Hackman in Scar Tissue (UK cinema release 2012), The Boss in The Boss, (2012 Reed Festival short film winner), Norman Hunter in The Damned United and John in Tomo (Sundance Film Festival Winner). Theatre includes the Dame in Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Chancer in Mathematics of the Heart (Theatre 503 and winner of Brighton Fringe Festival 2011 Best Play), Dorante in The Game of Love and Chance (National Tour), Alfredo in The Breakfast Soldiers (Contact Theatre, Manchester) and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park).

As a script writer he has worked on a number of comedy projects and is currently co-writing Park Theatre’s first annual pantomime.