Founder

  • Dr Daniel Winder

    Artistic Director

    Dan is a writer, director and producer. He was raised in Bolton, Lancashire, but has been exiled in London for the past fifteen years. In 2006 he graduated as an actor. For the past decade he has grown Iris Theatre into the award-winning theatre company it is today.

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    dan@iristheatre.com

Management

  • Sanna-Karina Aab

    General Manager

    Sanna-Karina Aab 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).

    sanna@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.

  • Leo Mates

    Operations Manager

    Leo is an actor, comedian, and writer, who also runs Iris' box office and bar in his spare time. He also has a degree in Ancient History from the University of Manchester, which has had little to no impact on his professional life, but that he likes to talk about whenever possible.

  • Lucia Cox

    Associate Producer

    Lucia is also a Writer, Director and Producer.

    In 2015, Lucia was commissioned to adapt the Anthony Burgess novel, One Hand Clapping which toured the UK and was selected for Brits off Broadway in New York. It is published by Bloomsbury Methuen.

    Lucia has also written for BBC Learning, International Arts Manager Magazine, Performing Arts Yearbook, Northern Soul webzine and What’s On Stage. She has directed shows which have toured to The Lowry, Bolton Octagon, the Library Theatre, the Cockpit, 59E59 Theaters, Royal Exchange and has also freelance directed at Manchester School of Theatre and ALRA North.

    Lucia has recenlt directed for productions at Union Theatre, Southwark Theatre, the Lion and Unicorn Theatre and Simply Theatre in Geneva. She is producing Reformation by James Martin Charlton at the White Bear in Kennington.

    Lucia worked for STOMP and Glynis Henderson Productions until Jan 2019.

Placement

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

    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 I'Anson

    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).

    y.i.consult.yvonne@gmail.com

  • Andrew Makin

    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.

  • Sofi Berenger

    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 Charles

    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.

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.