Artistic Director (joint CEO)
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.
Executive Director (joint CEO)
Paul is a freelance producer and was previously Iris Theatre’s marketing manager in 2017-18. He also runs Paul Virides Productions and is the recipient of a Stage One Bursary for New Producers. With this support he has produced Silk Road (Trafalgar Studio 2/Live Theatre Newcastle/VAULT Festival), All in a Row (Southwark Playhouse) and Ages of the Moon (associate producer, The Vaults). His other credits include Underground (VAULT Festival/59E59 Theaters) and the first London revival of Honk! (Union Theatre). His credits as associate producer with Hartshorn-Hook Productions include the Olivier Award-winning Rotterdam (Trafalgar Studios, Theatre503, 59E59 Theaters), American Idiot (Arts Theatre) and Away From Home (international tour). He also produced York Theatre Royal’s TakeOver Festival in 2011/12, which featured work from companies including Paines Plough, Actors Touring Company and Frantic Assembly.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.