Founders

  • Dr Daniel Winder

    Artistic Director

    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.

    dan@iristheatre.com

Management

  • Sofi Berenger

    General Manager

    Sofi has a Bachelor of Media Studies where she majored in Film and Television production and Marketing/Public relations from Swinburne University in Melbourne. She started her career in film production, having produced a number of award-winning short films and worked on commercial projects for World Vision, TopShop, Live Nation, London ZSL Zoo, HSBC Bank and Cornetto. Since moving to the UK two years ago, Sofi has produced on a number of theatre and live event productions in London, Edinburgh, Germany and Brighton. These include Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre), Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope (Arts Theatre & Jermyn St Theatre), Romance/Romance (Landor Theatre), Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre and Germany Tour) and Kingmaker (UK Tour) among others both independently and in her role as Associate Producer and then General Manager of Propeller Productions Ltd. She also works in venue management and is the producer for Encompass Productions.

    sofi@iristheatre.com

  • Laura Wickham

    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.

    laura@iristheatre.com

  • Amy Mayles

    Minute Secretary

    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.

Associate Artists

  • Benjamin Polya

    Lighting Designer

    For Iris Theatre: Richard III, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Circuit; Dido & Aeneas; Wind in the Willows; L'Enfant et les Sortileges / O'Saci; Romeo & Juliet; Alcestis; Our Ellen; The Nativity; Murder in the Catherdral. Recent work includes: The One That Hurt The Most / Doll / Goodbye My Love (Southwark Playhouse); After Juliet (Westwood Theatre); Freedom Showcase (Phoenix Arts Theatre); The Mushroom Pickers (Southwark Playhouse); Crocodile seeking Refuge (Lyric Hammersmith Studio); Finally the Girl (Red Lion); Cancer Time (Theatre 503); Theatre Café (Arcola Theatre); Northern Lights (Soho Theatre).

    Assistant work includes: Frost Nixon (Associate Video Design, Donmar Warehouse); Ha’penny Bridge (Cork Opera House/ The Point, Dublin); A Soldiers Tale (Linbury Studio); Anything Goes (National Theatre/ Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Coast of Utopia (National Theatre); My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); South Pacific (National theatre).

  • Hannah Barton

    Associate Artist: Photography & Film-maker

    Hannah is a freelance photographer, film maker and graphic designer with a background in circus arts. Hannah has worked for Iris theatre as official photographer and film maker for 5 years (Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Richard III, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Circuit; Xmas Factor) producing trailers, production photos, press & promotional images, rehearsal shots, head shots and event photography. She lives in South East London. www.hannahbarton.co.uk / hannah@hannahbarton.co.uk

  • Candida Caldicot

    Composer

    Candida is a composer and musical director who has worked across a range of theatre project from West End musicals to straight plays. She has been musical director and composer on eight of Iris Theatre's productions, Alcestis, The Mysteries, The Wind in the Willows, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, As You Like It, Julius Caesar and Alice in Wonderland; and also acts as musical consultant on an ongoing basis to the Artistic Director.

  • Simon Kent

    Actor

    Simon trained at ALRA graduating from the 3 year BA ( Hons) Acting Course in 2010. Simon has performed with Iris Theatre in a number of projects including Romeo and Juliet, Wind in the Willows,Workin Process 1, Julius Caesar & Alice in Wonderland. As a Producer Simon is delighted to be continuing the implementation of our Fundraising and Development plan. Simon joined the company at the beginning of 2012 as part of our Young Producer's Programme and has continued to work for the company beyond his placement.

  • Nick J Field

    Associate Producer

    Nick had a successful career in business and management prior to training at East 15 Acting School. As an actor he has toured theatres in Scotland and England, as well as appearing on BBC Television. Nick joined Iris Theatre at the beginning of 2012 as part of our Young Producer's Programme and by the end of his two years with us was Executive Producer. In 2014 he took up a new role with the National Theatre of Scotland as a Senior Production Co-ordinator.

  • Tara Finney

    Associate Producer

    Tara worked as a corporate solicitor at a US law firm before leaving to pursue a career in theatre and event producing last year. During 2012, she worked for nine months as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503, one of London's foremost new writing venues. In spring 2013, she project managed World Factory at the National Theatre Studio for Metis Arts before joining Iris Theatre in May as one of the producers of our summer season of Julius Caesar and Alice in Wonderland. in 2014 she produced the Cockpit transfer of Alice in Wonderland as well as our summer season of Richard III and Alice Through the Looking Glass. With her own company, Tara recently produced Land of Our Fathers at Trafalgar Studios. Tara also regularly works with the Company of Angels.

    Email: tara@iristheatre.com

  • Ben Crystal

    Actor & Shakespeare Populist

    Ben Crystal - Actor Has performed in three Iris Theatre or Daniel Winder-directed productions to date. As Edgar in King Lear (2010) with the Shakespeare in Styria Festival, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011), and the Narrator in Workin Process 2 - Modern Dramatic Verse (2011). He also runs the www.passioninpractice.com Shakespeare workshop programme with Iris Theatre's Artistic Director Daniel Winder. He has played Hamlet in the contemporary world premiere of the play in Original Pronunciation in November 2011 with the Nevada Repertory Company, and has curated a CD of Shakespeare in OP for the British Library (available March 2012).

  • Roger Bartlett

    Fight Director

    Roger is an Equity Registered Fight Director and his recent credits include: “Hopelessly Devoted” by Kate Tempest (Paines Plough), “Kidnapped” (Sell-A-Door UK Tour”, “Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood” (Gala Theatre, Durham), “Julius Caesar” (Iris Theatre), “Wind in the Willows” (West Yorkshire Playhouse), “Fear” (Bush Theatre) written and directed by Dominic Savage, “As You Like It” (Iris Theatre), “Blue Heart Afternoon” (Hampsted Theatre Downstairs), “Wife to James Whelan” (New Diorama Theatre), “The Cherry Orchard” (Birmingham Rep) and “In Praise of Love” (Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton). He has also worked at venues including Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Royal Bath (Ustinov Studio), Finborough Theatre and Warwick Castle. For film, Roger has worked as part of the stunt team for the Vertigo Films production “Hammer of the Gods” and season two of the popular TV show “Vikings”.

  • Elissavet Aravidou

    Movement Director

    Elissa trained in Greece in Apparatus Gymnastics before coming to London for a year in 2006 to train at Circus Space. She has acted and directed in several professional shows in Greece and twice been the movement director in Austria for the Shakespeare in Styria project. Elissa moved to London to further her career in physical theatre. She is one of Iris Theatre resident movement expert and an important part of the Circuit creative team.

  • Matthew Mellalieu

    Actor

    Born and raised in a North-Yorkshire fishing village Matthew trained at Drama Centre London. Credits at Drama Centre include Polixenes in ‘A Winter’s Tale’, Le Grange in ‘Moliere’, Derby in ‘Richard III’, and Gaston in ‘A Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer’. Since graduating he has numerous credits in Film, TV and Theatre. He has performed in Iris Theatre shows since 2007; playing God in The Nativity; Heracles in Alcestis; and Capulet & Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet; Badger in The Wind in the Willows. And Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

  • David Baynes

    Actor

    Has performed in four Iris Theatre productions to date. He played Abraham in Romeo & Juliet; Chief Weasel in Wind in the Willows, and in Dido & Aeneas; all in 2010. In 2011 he performed Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2013 he returned to play Brutus in Julius Caesar and The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. David Baynes is currently based in New York and has his own theatre company running actor's workshops, The Changelings.

  • Anne-Marie Piazza

    Actor

    Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Anne-Marie first joined Iris back in 2008 on "Alcestis" and, most recent work includes "Richard III" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass". On Radio 4's "The Archers" she played series regular Annette Turner and her audio work includes recording for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her theatre work includes "What Every Woman Knows" for the Finborough, "A Christmas Carol" for the Nuffield, "Oh What A Lovely War" for the Haymarket and the Kneehigh NYT co-production "Hanging Around" for the National. She has also worked as Musical Director for Sixteen Feet Productions and Io Theatre.

  • Nick Howard-Brown

    Actor

    Nick has appeared in four productions with Iris Theatre, playing Cassius in 'Julius Caesar' and Clarence/Buckingham in 'Richard III', as well as the Mad Hatter in both 'Alice in Wonderland' (including the re-staging at the Cockpit Theatre) and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'.

    His other theatre work includes Bassanio in 'The Merchant of Venice' at Shakespeare's Globe, Laertes in 'Hamlet' at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin, Sonny in 'Before the Fire Burns Out' at the Cheltenham Everyman and Perchik in 'Tinderbox', for Tooting Arts Club.

    Nick trained at East 15 Acting School.

  • Vik Sivalingam

    Associate Director

    Vik directed Twelfth Night for Iris Theatre in 2015.

    Vik trained on the Arts Council/ Birkbeck, University of London MFA in Theatre Directing and was Director in Training at the New Wolsey Theatre from September 2005 to July 2006. He has worked in theatres all over the UK including the Almeida, the Old Vic, the Royal Court, Tricycle Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, the New Wolsey Theatre and Headlong Theatre. From 2008- 2011, Vik was Resident Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He holds a PG Award in Teaching Shakespeare (RSC/ Warwick University).

    He has worked extensively at drama schools including LAMDA, Rose Bruford College, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Birmingham School of Acting, Arts Educational Schools, East 15 Acting School and WacArts.

  • Kevin James

    Stage Manager and Production LX

    Kevin James has worked in various roles on and off the stage and screen. As an actor his theatre credits include: national tours of As You Like It, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles, Charlotte's Web, Henry V, and Charlie And Lola’s Best Bestest Play; the UK premiere of Lilies; The Sting at Wilton's Music Hall; the world premiere of the musical Sunsets And Mornings; and a critically acclaimed London revival of The Laramie Project. He has also appeared in various comic guises in pantomimes across the UK. As a lighting designer his credits include Singin' In The Rain for Cork Opera House, the national tours of I’m A Minger! and Heaven Eyes, and several London productions for British Touring Shakespeare.

    For Iris Theatre he has worked as Stage Manager and/or Production Electrician on Richard III, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Twelfth Night and Pinocchio.

  • Filipe Gomes

    Sound Designer and Composer

    Filipe Gomes is a multidisciplinary artist and designer specialising in the mediums of sound, music and narrative. His work is used extensively on stage, having composed contemporary scores for a vast array of theatre productions, including, our very own award winning ’Treasure Island’, The ‘Jungle Book’ for Metta Theatre, ‘Bridges y Puentes’ for Ragroof Players and ‘The Marked’ for Theatre Temoin to name a few from 2016. Recently Filipe was shortlisted from over a thousand entries as one of the top 5 UK composers and sound designers by the Old Vic London as part of the ‘OV12 Project’.

    For Iris:
    Circuit, As You Like It, Alice In Wonderland, Julius Caesar, Richard iii, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Pinocchio, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Island, Macbeth, Hansel & Gretel.

    Other:
    ‘NOX’ Kendra Horsburgh, ’Well’ Metta Theatre, ‘Alice’ Metta Theatre, ‘Switch’ Metta Theatre ‘Jungle Book’ Metta Theatre, ‘The Marked’ Theatre Témoin, ‘Niniveh’ Theatre Témoin, ‘Hangover Square’, Tail Spin Theatre, ‘Cycles of the Southern Wild’ Tailspin Theatre, ‘Bridges Y Puentes’ Ragroof Players.

Board of Trustees

  • Chairman

    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.

  • Trustee (Venue)

    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.

  • Trustee (Press & Marketing Mentor)

    Yvonne I’Anson is an experienced theatre publicist and marketeer. Her long and varied career includes: 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 in Stevenage. She worked as a Junior Agent for seven years with Peter Browne Management. She was a freelance Publicist/Marketing consultant for 8 years, and although she specialised in pantomime she worked on a variety of other projects including national tours, variety shows and personal publicity for various artists. She was Marketing Manager at the New End Theatre in Hampstead and Head of Marketing for a leading drama school for thirteen years before taking up her current position as General Manager of Associated Studios. Associated Studios specialise in quality professional development for actors, musical theatre and opera singers, something which Yvonne is very passionate about.

    Yvonne regularly contributed articles to Drama Student Magazine including the very popular ‘Just Ask Yvonne’ Advice Column and also writes for other publications. She also runs an Actors Advice Surgery. Yvonne is very proud to be involved with Iris Theatre.

    Yvonne mentors the press & marketing work of Iris Theatre.

  • Trustee (Financial Director)

    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.

  • Trustee (Fundraising and Producing Consultant)

    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.

Patrons

  • Rowan Williams

    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

    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

    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

    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.

Associate Organisations

  • Actor's Church, St Paul's, Covent Garden

    The home of Iris Theatre Company, St Paul's offers both practical and insitutional support to Iris as its resident theatre company. From office space to performance space St Paul's provides a home and a jumping off point for all our work.

  • Orchestra of St Paul's

    The resident orchestra of St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, the OSP has collaborated with Iris Theatre on three large scale opera productions of Ravel's Les Enfant et les Sortilieges, Purcell's Dido & Aeneas and Strauss' Die Fledermaus.