Paul-Ryan is a director and teacher. His previous credits as a director include Dead Dog in a Suitcase & other love songs (Backstage Theatre, Peckham), A Serious Business (Luton Hat Factory/The Pleasance), The Nativity (St James’s Church, Paddington), Touched (Bernie Grant Arts Centre), The Outback Games (Edinburgh Festival Fringe - nominated for an MTN Award), Star Jumps Are Not Essential (The Lost Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Central Academy of Drama, Beijing), Half A Sixpence, James Joyce’s The Dead, Heathers, Ourselves Alone, Into The Woods and Parade (Mountview). As an associate director his credits include Grease (UK tour); and as assistant director, Strangers on a Train (UK tour). As an actor, his theatre credits include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Octagon Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse), As You Like It (Grosvenor Park Open Air), Billy Liar (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Everybody Loves a Winner (Royal Exchange Theatre) and All the Fun of The Fair (UK tour); and for television, A Song For Jenny and The Village.
Sanna is a freelance theatre producer, general manager and coordinator. She trained in Creative Producing at University of Kent.
Theatre includes Kind of Woman (Camden People`s Theatre), Boots (Bunker Theatre), Beast on the Moon and White Guy on the Bus (Finborough Theatre) and Inside (What's Coming out of The Box).
Outreach & Development Liason
Yusuf is originally from Salford and initially trained as an Actor, graduating from London's ArtsEd in 2008. His teaching and development work spans several years and covers varied stages of artists training including; BTEC Level, Foundation, and BA. He has taught at several Drama Schools and was previously the Head of Foundation Acting and BA Senior Acting Tutor at ArtsEd. Yusuf has also worked with the Lyric Hammersmith, as part of their Young People’s Progamme and is now the BA Acting Course Leader at ALRA North. He has worked professionally as an actor across the UK and he has directed and facilitated plays in London’s West End and regional theatres including the National Theatre and the Soho Theatre.
Board of Trustees
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.
Sofi is an award-winning film and theatre producer from Melbourne, Australia. She started working for Iris Theatre in 2016 where she was general manager and producer for London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season at The Scoop. Sofi also works as an independent producer for her companies Wound Up Theatre and Metal Rabbit Productions and has worked in venues such as the Arcola Theatre, Soho Theatre, Park Theatre, St James’ Theatre, Jermyn St and Arts Theatre. Sofi is currently General Manager at Les Enfants Terribles and Les Enfants Petits.
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.
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.
Dan is a writer, director and producer, and was Iris There's founding artistic director from 2007-2019. He was raised in Bolton, Lancashire, but has been exiled in London for the past fifteen years. In 2006 he graduated as an actor, before setting up Iris and growing it into the award-winning company it is today.
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.