Imagine If

Who Are Imagine If?

 

Chesca Joy – Founder & Artistic Director

Chesca is the Founding Artistic Director of Imagine If Theatre as well being a writer, social change maker, performer and producer. Chesca founded Imagine If in 2014 and has grown the company from its initial inception to a fully operational theatre company and registered charity raising over £250,000 in funds. Through Chesca’s working class roots, exposure to the care system and abuse on her doorstep, she uses her first-hand experience to inform the excellent theatre and prison interventions that Imagine If creates and she is passionate about working with those underrepresented in the arts.

 

Deborah Dickinson – Independent Adviser

Deborah is a freelance Creative Theatre Producer and works as Producer at Mind the Gap, previously as Assistant Producer at the Octagon Bolton. She has 20 years of experience in production including management of large-scale projects and budgets. Deborah has worked for a number of theatre companies including Full Body and the Voice (now Dark Horse), a theatre company for adults with learning difficulties where she produced five national touring shows. She joined Freedom Studios in 2009 as Creative Producer and took over as Chief Executive in 2011, producing a range of ambitious and exciting large scale, site specific theatre events for the company. Deborah has also worked as a television researcher and producer on one-off documentaries, drama and series at the BBC and as a freelancer. She had her own production company Foxy Films whilst living in France which specialised in documentaries about warfare.

 

 

Tamsin Cook – Community Director (Prisons)

Tamsin is a freelance Workshop Facilitator, Theatre Director and Performer. Previous Work spans across diverse community groups including veterans, homeless young men, unemployed people and women with refugee/asylum seeking status. Most recently Tamsin spent time in prisons and youth detention centres in Santiago, Chile. Whilst there she worked with offenders to facilitate drama sessions based on civic participation; devise material for a new show based on parentification; and create drama through storytelling for a peer performance. Experienced in site based performance; whether directing in tiny rooms of a former train station, for projects which span a whole city or an office block, Tamsin relishes the opportunities and challenges of transforming familiar spaces to present new writing or devised performance.

 

Kelly Munro-Fawcett – Producer

Kelly is Co-Founder & Artistic Director at RedBobble Theatre Company as well as a Producer & Actor. She is also a Community Engagement Specialist with 8 years experience of producing work for both community and traditional theatre going audiences & strongly believes that art should be accessible to ALL communities. Kelly is also a passionate advocate for supporting parents in the Industry who want to maintain a career in the arts.  Kelly is delighted to be producing for such a progressive and inspiring company with community right at it core. Producing credits include tours, ‘If I Should Fall’ ‘To Walk In Your Shoes’ and ‘The Box’ by RedBobble.

 

Anne Danby – Drama Practitioner

Anne has twenty years experience working as a freelance Facilitator, Performer, Writer and Director and has worked in a variety of theatre, community, education and corporate settings. Having started out as an actor, Anne found herself becoming increasingly focused on developing and delivering drama based participatory projects in community settings. This led her to undertaking an MA in Applied Theatre at The University of Manchester and specialising in working within the Criminal Justice System. Underlying all of Anne’s work is the belief in the possibility of individual change and the potential or capacity that every person has to take responsibility for their life and the decisions and choices they make.

Hannah Tookey – Trustee

Hannah is a freelance theatre and film producer focused on making work that tackles social and political issues. In 2016, she was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to the USA and India to research how the arts can effectively combat and raise awareness about issues of social injustice. She is an alumni of The Clore Emerging Leaders course, Stage One, and Raindance. Theatre credits include: Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre, Damsel Productions); All The Little Lights (UK Tour, Fifth Word); Eggs (Vault Festival, Orphee Productions) and Astronauts of Hartlepool (Vault Festival, Tim Foley). Film credits include: Broken Meats (Robin Linde Productions); and the London Calling funded short Wargames (working title).

 

Susan Burns – Trustee

Susan Burns is the CEO/Creative Producer of Chol Theatre, which specialises in cultural education and community theatre projects. She has worked for the Arvon Foundation, Short Stay Young Homeless Project, Alone in London Service and the National Association of Writers in Education. She has an MA in Writing from Sheffield Hallam and a degree in English and History from Leeds University. Originally from Liverpool, she now lives in Hebden Bridge.

 

Andrew Salthouse – Trustee

Andrew has had a long career in financial services both customer facing and back office. He holds qualifications in Banking from the Institute of Financial Services and in Project Management from Prince2. Whilst principally running his Business Support Consultancy, Andrew also works regularly as a Supporting Artist for Film and TV. Having always had a passion for performing arts and also a strong sense of social justice, being a Trustee of Imagine if Theatre represents a perfect meeting of the two things close to his heart.

 

Sarah Brown – Bookkeeper

Sarah is a freelance Theatre Producer and Bookkeeper. Sarah’s financial experience comes from her role as a Company Development Manager at Open Clasp Theatre Company and Company Secretary at Ant Brown Ltd. She has recently completed her AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Prior to this she worked as a Programmer and Assistant Producer for Northern Stage, Newcastle. Having completed a degree in acting at Italia Conti, Sarah has remained passionate about working in the theatre.

 

 

Kate Horsfield – Arts Administrator

Kate is an experienced administrator having just completed 17 years working for the Civil Service.  Having previously worked in administration and Front of House roles with Interplay theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Impact Community theatre and most recently Leeds Light Night, Kate wishes to refresh her skills and experience and return to working in the arts. Kate has a BA (Hons) in Humanities/Social Studies from Manchester Polytechnic and an MA in Arts Administration from Anglia Ruskin University and is keen to combine her interests in the arts and social issues in her role with Imagine If.  In her spare time, Kate enjoys going to see a range of theatre productions, tap dancing and spending time with her husband, two daughters and two cats.

 

Rhiannon Blake – Graphic Designer

Our in-house designer Rhiannon has a real passion for using the arts to create change in society. Having graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Communication with Typography she moved to Leeds to explore the creative sector in the North. Specialising in Editorial & Publishing, Rhiannon has designed and created various books on different cultural topics including Robert Burns, Gilbert & Sullivan and David Bowie. Having performed on the stage at high school Rhiannon is very happy to be back working within the performing arts sector! Follow her work on instagram @rhirhibeee

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