Backstage


46 Creative people in total for Backstage


Leigh Johnstone, artistic director

As artistic director of Fluid Motion Theatre Company, Leigh Johnstone makes sure the theatre the company creates reflects its aims.


Mole Wetherell, artistic director

Mole Wetherell trained as a designer, and is now artistic director of theatre company Reckless Sleepers.


Luke Stubbins, Technical Theatre

Luke is a technical theatre apprentice working on lighting, rigging and sound at Birmingham Hippodrome.


Nuala Campbell, make-up artist

Nualla is a professional freelance make-up artist based in Northern Ireland, but working internationally. She has been involved in many screen productions, such as the Universal Pictures film Dracula Untold. She has worked at both Belfast and London Fashion Week.


Oliver Quinn, arts technician

Oliver is an electrician by training, but his love of theatre led him to a career at The Crescent Arts Centre. Oliver takes care of sound, lighting and sets for a broad range of the centre’s clients.


Danny Stewart, lighting and sound technician

Danny started out working front-of-house at a theatre. From there he got into the technical side of staging opera and live events.


Rose Durbin, front-of-house engineer

Rose Durbin is a front-of-house engineer, responsible for running the sound mixdesk at live concerts.


Hanna Slattne, dramaturg

Hanna is a dramaturg at Tinderbox Theatre Company in Northern Ireland. She makes sure the various elements of a show communicate the director and designers' vision effectively.


Toby Hinson, singing coach and performer

After getting a part in Grease, Toby launched a long career in musical theatre. He now teaches singing and still performs with a band.


Cruze Foggo, apprentice scenic metalworker

Cruze started out studying a technical theatre course and working part time with metal in his family's business. After college, he was able to combine his love of theatre and metalwork by doing an apprenticeship as a scenic metalworker with The Royal Opera House.


JD Hawksley, audio visual technician

JD, from Manchester, has worked as a technician since he was 21. He has no formal tech qualifications but has built up a wealth of experience.


Steve Evans, technical production manager

Studying technical production helped Steve Evans to build a successful career both freelance and for high-profile theatres. He discusses his journey and reveals what theatre technicians have in common with ninjas.


Mona Kastell, costume designer

Costume designer Mona Kastell specialises in costume for street arts and circus companies.


Inka Romani, programming intern

Inka works as a programming intern at Sadler's Wells in a role which is part-funded by the Creative Employment Programme. So what exactly does programming involve and what skills can you learn? This Is It! spoke to her to find out.


Jonathan Roberts, technical manager

Jonathan started out in performance but worked his way up into a technical career. He has worked for festivals, the 2012 Olympic Games and live events venues.


Alexys Becerra, make-up artist

Hair and make-up specialist Alexys Becerra has helped create zombies for Thorpe Park and Circus of Horrors.


Create Gloucestershire has recruited 13 apprentices and interns so far through the Creative Employment Programme.

Apprentices in the Create Gloucestershire network

Glenn Hazard, David Bath and Kate Townley are apprentices in the Create Gloucestershire network, which has over 100 members from across the local arts and cultural sector. They discuss how they got started as apprentices, where they want to go next and offer some tips.


Naomi Gibbs, costume designer

After playing bass in a rock band, Naomi Gibbs now works as a costume designer.


Brian Reilly, lighting managing director

Brian set up Production Services Ireland (PSI) in 1996 to meet the growing needs of the industry. Now Northern Ireland’s leading technical production company, they provide lighting for events such as Tennents Vital, Giro D’Italia and Riverdance production in China.


Steve Cheney, stage manager

Steve Cheney has managed the main stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill and Leeds festivals.


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