Dr Daniel Winder
Dan founded Iris Theatre at St. Paul's in 2007. His varied training includes both Theoretical Physics and Acting. Since graduating from Drama Centre in 2006 he has dedicated of much his time to building this company. He has worked professionally in Austria both for the Shakespeare in Styria festival and the Vienna English Theatre as a Director and Writer; as well as for The Castle Wellingborough on their 2012 Christmas show Sleeping Beauty. He also works within the corporate environment as a creative consultant for event production and pitch optimization.
You can find out more about him at iristheatre.com/daniel-winder.
Sofi is an award-winning theatre and film producer from Melbourne, Australia. Starting her career in film production, Sofi produced a number of award-winning shorts and worked on projects for clients such as World Vision, TopShop, Live Nation, London ZSL Zoo, HSBC and Cornetto.
As an independent producer Sofi has worked in venues such as the Arcola Theatre, Arts Theatre, Jermyn St Theatre and St James’ Theatre.
In her downtime, Sofi enjoys reading, hugs, and a regular intake of vitamins.
Sofi also lead produces for the company London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season at The Scoop.
For Iris Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island, Xmas Factor 2016, Macbeth, Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, Xmas Factor : All Stars (St Paul’s Church); The Odyssey (The Scoop).
Other Theatre includes: Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy (VAULT Festival), Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope (Arts Theatre & Jermyn St); The Silence of Snow (Leicester Square Theatre & Arts Theatre) Noa & Gil Dor in Concert, Shorts Up (The Arts Theatre); Chummy, Stasis (White Bear Theatre); An Evening of Webborn & Finn (St James Theatre); Romance/Romance (The Landor Theatre); Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre & Neuss Globe); Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre).
Paul is a theatre producer, with a BA in English & Related Literature from the University of York. Beyond Iris, he is co-founder and producer for Shrapnel Theatre, and works as a freelance and independent producer. He was previously associate producer for Hartshorn - Hook Productions. Recent non-Iris highlights include: Silk Road (VAULT Festival and Live Theatre, Newcastle); the Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam by Jon Brittain (associate producer, Theatre503, Trafalgar Studios and Arts); Underground by Isla van Tricht (59E59 Theaters, New York, and VAULT Festival); Honk! (nominated Best Production for Young People at the Offies, Union); and Away From Home (associate producer, UK Tour, New Zealand, Germany and Ireland).
Paul is deathly afraid of suit trousers, having once tried on an ill-fitting pair. The look was so unpleasant that an immediate phobia was developed, and Paul never wore a pair again. He has since become a veritable legend in the West End as the only producer to never put on a show featuring the lower half of a suit.
Producer - Summer
Debbie is a theatre producer and manager working independently to deliver exceptional theatre and events in the West End, off West End, and on tour in the United Kingdom and internationally. Trained as an apprentice under the Stage One initiative for new producers, she now collaborates with a host of both emerging and established theatre makers across the world.
Debbie is also a postgraduate student of the University of Oxford and a member of the Society for Theatre Research.
Credits as Producer: For Reasons That Remain Unclear (King’s Head Theatre); Good Girl (Vault Festival & West End); The Retreat (Park Theatre); Cosmo (in development); North of the Sunset: Thelonious Monk & The Jazz Baroness (in development); Shakespearience (Underbelly & UK Tour); Ray Cooney’s Olivier award-winning Out Of Order (UK Tour); Million Dollar Quartet (International Tour); Dinner With Friends (Park Theatre), and Tom Basden’s Holes (Arcola).
Credits as Manager: Pressure (West End); The Bicentenary Ball (Old Vic); Five Guys Named Moe (Underbelly Marble Arch); Brokeback Mountain (in development); Joe Orton’s Loot (Park Theatre); The Boys In The Band (Park Theatre, UK Tour & West End); Babe, the Sheep-Pig (UK Tour); Raising Martha (Park Theatre); Impossible (West End & International Tours); Let It Be (West End & International Tours), and Neville’s Island (West End). www.debbiehicks.co.uk
Producer - Autumn
Ellie is a freelance Theatre Producer who has worked with companies across the UK and is currently Producer for LUNG and Breach Theatre. She began her career at Headlong, was shortlisted for The Old Vic 12 (2017) and trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in MA Creative Producing.
Her theatre credits include: The Drill (UK Tour), It's A Wonderful Life (East Riding Theatre), Who Cares (UK Tour), It's Different For Girls (East Riding Theatre & UK Tour), E15 (BAC & UK Tour), The Pulverised (Arcola & York Theatre Royal), It Is So Ordered (Pleasance Theatre), Dreamless Sleep (Upstairs at the Arts), The StorytEllas (East Riding Theatre), Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion Theatre) and Don't Smoke In Bed (Finborough Theatre). As Assistant Producer: Disco Pigs (Trafalgar Studios) and All Our Children (Jermyn Street Theatre).
In development: It's True, It's True, It's True (Breach Theatre), Trojan Horse, Refugee Tigers (LUNG & West Yorkshire Playhouse), The House of Bernada Alba (She Productions) and West Way (Changing Face & Arcola Theatre).
Producer - Workin Process
Laura Wickham has been a part of the Iris team since 2009, playing Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, Mole in Wind in the Willows, The Dreamer in Circuit-Episode 1, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Daisy in Gutter Press, Portia in Julius Caesar, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Laura trained at Central School of Speech and Drama as an actor. As a producer Laura also works with Iris Theatre on their Workin Process new musical writing evenings. To contact her regarding our new work showcases email her at the link below.
Associate Producer - The Scoop
George worked as a script reader for Scottish Screen and film production companies (Breakthru Films, Storm Studio), and as a script developer for for Summit Entertainment (The Twilight Saga, The Hurt Locker) in Los Angeles. He returned to the UK and worked for literary management company The Agency prior to moving into producing.
In addition to founding Metal Rabbit to pursue independent theatre projects, George was resident producer for Theatre of the Damned from 2011 to 2014, where productions included The Horror! The Horror! at Wilton’s Music Hall (Oct 2012) and The Ghost Hunter at Pleasance Edinburgh and UK tour (2013). He has acted as producer for circus company Gandini Juggling since early 2015, producing their worldwide touring show 4x4: Ephemeral Architectures. He is producer and tour booker for puppet company Monstro Theatre, for whom he booked a twenty venue tour of their show Bookstory in autumn 2017.
He was a recipient of the Stage One Bursary for New Producers 2013.
Amy graduated in 2010 from Queen Mary, University of London , with a BA Hons degree in English and Drama and has since worked in London theatre venues, predominantly as Front of House. She joined Iris Theatre in 2011, working backstage and Front of House on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She was delighted to continue at Iris and now works both administratively and, most recently, manages the bar/kiosk.
Front of House Manager / Theatre Genius
Leo was born in the sleepy town of Molassesville, Kentucky on a storm-riven night in 1673. He quickly rose to prominence in the town’s circles, and was widely regarded as the finest molasser in the tri-county area. His future seemed set, he would follow in his father’s footsteps and eventually become a barrel maker, before finally settling down with a wife and 23 children. Fate had other plans for him however, and Leo soon found himself aboard a ship bound for England, or “France Junior”; as it was known at the time. Upon arrival, Leo made his way to the site where St Paul’s church would one day stand. At this point, an errant flyer for a theatrical production flew into Leo’s face, causing him to step in front of a passing lord’s carriage, which killed him instantly. Some say that you can still hear his screams deep in the bowels of the church.
Board of Trustees
Rev. Simon Grigg
The Rev. Simon Grigg has been the rector at St Paul's Church Covent Garden since 2006. He was ordained in 1990 having worked as a professional actor as a child and directed in later life. He has many years of experience in both the theatre and charitable sectors, having served on many different charitable boards.
Charles Grant has been the administrator of the Actors Church, St Paul's Covent Garden since 2005. In over twenty years experience in the acting business Charles has appeared in many theatre, radio, film and TV productions and can still be occassionally found treading the boards; particularly as part of the lecture-recital programme 'Chopin's visit to Britain' with famous pianist Rose Cholmondeley.
Yvonne has enjoyed a long and varied career spanning more than 40 years, working as Publicist at York Theatre Royal; Publicity Officer at the Swan Theatre Worcester; Assistant and Acting General Manager at Watford Palace Theatre and Marketing Manager at the Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.
She worked as a Junior Agent for seven years with Peter Browne Management and she was a freelance Publicist/Marketing/General Management Consultant for 8 years. As a freelancer she specialised in pantomime, which is a genre she loves, and often gave talks and compiled Education Packs to accompany productions. She also worked on a variety of other projects, however, including national tours and variety shows as well as acting as personal publicist for various artists. She was Marketing Manager at the New End Theatre in Hampstead before joining Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts as Head of Marketing, where she stayed for 13 years. In 2012 Yvonne joined the Associated Studios as General Manager, a position she held for two years before returning to freelance work offering Marketing and General Management consultancy to companies and individuals and an Actor's Advice Surgery - an in-depth 1-2-1 session giving practical and inspiring career and development advice to performers. In September 2017, with business partner Samuel Fox, she launched a new talent agency, F & I Associates, representing actors across a broad range of media.
Yvonne regularly contributes articles to various publications; is a reviewer for Musical Theatre Review and sits on the board of Iris Theatre, the in-house theatre company at St Paul's Church Covent Garden (The Actors Church).
Andrew graduated in Politics and Economics from the University of Leeds in 2004. After graduating he qualified as an accountant and works with public sector bodies to ensure sound financial management. He is delighted to be part of Iris Theatre.
Ine Van Riet
Ine has an MA in Creative Producing from Birkbeck College, University of London. Ine joined Iris Theatre as General Manager after working as Development Officer and Associate Producer for Tara Arts. She also works as a freelance Fundraising Consultant and Producer with a portfolio including two national tours and UK premieres presented at Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Tara Arts, Finborough Theatre, Rich Mix and the Tristan Bates Theatre. Ine is now part of the Development Team at the Bush Theatre and is delighted to continue her association with Iris Theatre as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Andy trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has performed in musicals and plays in the West End and internationally as well as in television and film. He now works on the other side of the business as an agent and director of a theatrical agency.
He is delighted to be member of the Board of Trustees of Iris Theatre.
Iris Theatre is honoured to have The Right Rev'd & Right Hon. Lord Rowan Williams, (The Former Archbishop of Canterbury) as its patron. Rowan is that truely rare public figure, a man with an absolute sense of personal conviction. The Archbishop has been to numerous of our shows and his personal support is a great asset to the company.
Thelma Holt C.B.E. is a world famous theatre producer with over thirty years in the business having worked for The Roundhouse, The National Theatre, and R.S.C., as well as independent producing with Thelma Holt Ltd. As an Iris Theatre patron Thelma feels that 'it is a privilege to be supporting a company that is treating the Bard as if he is in the Green Room, waiting to give notes. It shows and I admire it.'
Liz Robertson is an English musical theatre actress who has just played Madam Giry in Phantom's 25th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Jemma Redgrave is an English actress and part of the fourth generation of the Redgrave family to be in the theatre business.
Honorary Life Members
Colin & Wendy Thompson
Wendy and Colin ran the bar for Iris Theatre Productions for five years. Alongside this initial role they also got involved with the management side and were active members of the Fundraising Committee. Having moved away from London they are no longer day to day members of the team but they are integral members of the Iris Theatre family.