NIC CONNAUGHTON

Pleasance

Nic Connaughton is Head of Theatre at the Pleasance. He will be hosting our Taking a Show to Edinburgh workshop on Sat 19 Oct – click here to book.

About Nic
In his role as Head of Theatre, Nic oversees the Pleasance Trust’s theatre programme in London and at Edinburgh Fringe. He is a director, producer, and dramaturg whose recent productions include Kill Climate Deniers by David Finnigan (starring award-winning comedians Felicity Ward and Bec Hill). Prior to this, he was Associate Producer at Arcola Theatre in Dalston where he oversaw the theatre’s New Work and Community Engagement programmes.

CLAIRE SIMPSON

Arts Council England

Claire Simpson is Theatre Relationship Manager at Arts Council England. Claire will be hosting our How to Apply for Project Grants workshop on Wed 23 Oct – click here to book.

About Claire
Claire joined Arts Council England in October 2017. Her role as Theatre Relationship Manager includes enabling growth and development of the sector, supporting effective business planning, brokering relationships, grant monitoring, and signposting. Claire’s career in theatre spans 13 years, with most of that time spent as General Manager for three organisations: the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Paines Plough; and the Gate Theatre. She cut her teeth as Front of House Manager at the Royal Court Theatre. Claire has held board positions for the Independent Theatre Council and curious directive (Chair). She has a degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a past participant of the Clore Leadership short course.

SAM POTTER

Writer & Director

Sam Potter is a writer and director. She will be hosting our Writing Plays workshop on Fri 25 Oct, in association with In Good Company – click here to book.

Sam trained at Dartington College of Arts, Trinity College Dublin, the National Theatre and the RSC. As a director, she has worked at Hampstead Theatre, the Trafalgar Studios, the RSC, the National Theatre and Glyndebourne Opera.

Her debut play, Mucky Kid, which opened at Theatre 503 in 2013, earned her a Most Promising New Playwright Offie nomination and a place on the 2015 Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

In 2015/16 she was Papatango’s Resident Playwright, supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and was one of five writers invited to take part in the Tricycle’s inaugural New Writers’ Programme, NW6.

In 2017, she was appointed Writer in Residence at the North Wall in Oxford and her play Charlie Charlie reached the Top 40 of the Bruntwood Award and was longlisted for the Verity Bargate Award.

Writing credits include: The Unicorn (Alchymy Festival), Metcalfe & Sons (Lamda long project), Someone, Somewhere (North Wall and Edinburgh Festival), Hanna (Arcola and UK Tour), The Same Old, Same Old, Same (Oxford School of Drama-Soho Theatre), Daniel (New Plays Festival-Tricycle Theatre), Tuesday Play (Daily Plays by Etch, Squint-The Pleasance Theatre), Mucky Kid (Theatre 503).

Sam was recently made an Associate Artist at The North Wall.

KANE HUSBANDS

The PappyShow

Kane Husbands is Artistic Director at The PappyShow. He will be hosting our Movement Direction workshop on Sat 26 Oct – click here to book.

The PappyShow theatre company is dedicated to diverse approaches to visual narratives, with movement training at the heart of their practice. For the company Kane has directed BOYS, GIRLS, CARE and Wait til the End. Associate for National Youth Theatre, Squint Theatre and The North Wall. He choreographed the London Olympic, Paralympic and Glasgow Commonwealth Team Welcoming Ceremonies.

As movement director he has worked on Butterfly Lion for Chichester’s Minerva Theatre, Last King of Scotland for Sheffield Crucible, One Night in Miami for Nottingham Playhouse, Icarus for Unicorn Theatre, Sketching for Wiltons Music Hall, Macbeth at Stafford Castle and Pericles for National Theatre.

He continues to work and freelance for National Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, Sheffield Crucible, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, National Youth Theatre, King Abdulaziz Centre  for World Culture, National Theatre Scotland, Kiln Theatre and others. He is a lecturer at Central Saint Martins University Arts London, St Mary’s University and University West London.

AIDAN GROUNDS

Curve

Aidan Grounds is Executive Producer here at Curve. He will be hosting our Introduction to Producing workshop on Sat 26 Oct – click here to book.

About Aidan
Prior to joining Curve as Executive producer, Aidan was Director of Creative Programmes at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. In this role, he was a member of NST’s Executive Team working on the development and delivery of the overarching strategic vision for NST’s creative programmes, leading NST’s team of producers to plan and deliver a range of distinctive productions and innovative artist development and community engagement opportunities. In 2018, NST opened the new £30 million theatre NST City in the centre of Southampton with a season of world premieres and local stories including Billionaire Boy – The Musical!; SS Mendi – Dancing The Death Drill, which transferred to the Royal Opera House; Howard Brenton’sThe Shadow Factory; and Women In Power, adapted by a chorus of leading female voices including Wendy Cope, Jenny Eclair and Jessica Phillips.

Other selected productions include the regional premiere of The Audience; A Streetcar Named Desire (NST, ETT, Theatr Clwyd); Don Carlos with Tom Burke (NST, Exeter Northcott, Rose Theatre); The Mountaintop (UK Tour); The Grapes of Wrath (NST, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate, Leeds Playhouse); and Pygmalion (NST, Headlong and Leeds Playhouse).

In 2017, he produced and general managed the world premiere musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox which opened in Southampton in co-production with Curve, before embarking on a UK and International Tour. This show and producing model won the 2017 UK Theatre Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre. He joined NST in 2015 as Assistant Producer, supported by Stage One, and productions included A Number, which transferred to the Young Vic; and The Hudsucker Proxy, the first ever stage adaptation of a Coen-brothers film.

Previously, he was founding Executive Director at Reading Rep, producing 11 productions including the premieres of The Nativity Goes Wrong with Mischief Theatre and A Little History of the World with the Watermill Theatre. He oversaw the development and implementation of Reading Studio – a performing arts training programme in partnership with Reading College which places enterprise, experience and employability at its core. He also founded and ran ABG Productions, receiving a Stage One New Producers Bursary in 2014. Selected productions for ABG include three shows at the Finborough Theatre with rising stars – Rachel, directed by Ola Ince; Obama-ology with Pearl Mackie; and Armstrong’s War with Jessica Barden. He is also Associate Producer on the UK and International tour of Sell A Door’s Avenue Q. He studied Classics at Wadham College, University of Oxford.