The Team

New members are joining our team all the time, so be sure to check back later for new additions.

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Charlotte Grimes

Charlotte has been a member at NVT for 9 years, and has been involved on and off the stage in many productions. These have included Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Rosie in “Dancing at Lughnasa”, and Magrit in “The Steamie”. Her last stage appearance was as Cora in “Calendar Girls” with the Wick. Charlotte also sings with a Ska band in Brighton called Jacquemo.

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Mike Stubbs

Passionate about theatre, I’ve been involved as an ambitious amateur for many years in Tunbridge Wells but only moved to Brighton in 2005. I discovered NVT and have seen some of the best productions in my life, amateur or professional, in the studio – it is a special place. I was Artistic Director for one season before Uli took over and Fund Raiser for four years till last year.

I’ve directed a few times – Mme Y, The Ugly One and Nora’s Special Day – and acted in It’s A Wonderful Life in 2007.
I saw Sarah’s Talking Dog last year and loved it. That’s what made me want to be in The Building. The amazing creative energy of everyone involved is something to behold and it’s great to be part of it.

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Louise Gregory

Louise studied devised theatre at Dartington College in Devon, and went on to do devised pieces in Berlin before coming to Brighton. She works as a Technical Demonstrator in Performance Arts at Brighton University. She has Stage Managed, Directed, Produced and Assisted with many Technically Aspects of productions in many venues around Brighton. It is great to see her acting again after directing ‘No Exit’ for the festival.

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Kay Wetherilt

Kay took up acting upon retiring 3 years ago and has since done a number of plays for MAD and Seaford Amateur Dramatics. She appeared in ‘448 Psychosis’ in The Fringe and was in ‘Medea’s chorus last year at NVT. She is thrilled to be in ‘The Building’ with such a great team. She also manages the NVT bar.

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Sarah Davies

Sarah first trod NVT’s boards as Nora in ‘Bold Girls’ since which time she has played a variety of interesting female roles in a variety of accents culminating in ‘Medea’ last year. She loves the variety of the NVT’s programme and its daringness in supporting new works such as ‘Talking Dog’ last season and now ‘The Building’, Whilst creating this project she has also completed a post-grad in experiential learning and soft skills and is available facilitate workshops in communication for both kids and adults. She will be heading up NVT’s Youth Theatre group from September for more devised shenanigans.

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Peta Williams

Peta has done various plays at the NVT, working backstage on wardrobe, make up and props. Her most recent play included 3 handmade corpses and In October she will be creating a 10ft prop for ‘Heart’s Desire’.

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Jonny Patlett

Jonny has featured in productions ‘The Tempest’ and ‘End Game’ at Cap-a-Pie Theatre in Durham, and since relocating to Brighton has performed in Neil Simon’s ‘Biloxi Blues’ and Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’. Most recently he collaborated in creating, and performed in ‘Better Days’, a comedic devised piece featuring in Brighton Fringe 2013.

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Josephene

Josephine lives in Taipai, Taiwan and first met Sarah a few years ago in a Clowning and Mask workshop with Nose-to-Nose where they became great friends. She is an international story-teller, teacher of English and Drama, a drama therapist, performer and director having recently completed a Taiwanese-wide tour of the ‘Vagina Monologues’ which she does every year with victims of abuse. Powerful stuff! This is her debut British stage performance.

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Jeffrey Driver

Jeff is a man of many skills – technical, multi-media, design, photography – oh so many! He has been involved at the NVT since 2006 when he operated sound for Bouncers and Shakers swiftly moving into design – remember those incredible stairs for ‘5 Kinds of Silence’ and haunting trees for ‘Talking Dog’? He is currently working on a new documentary feature film ‘Over-coming Pride and Prejudice’ about the life of Jane Austen. Find out more about Jeffrey’s diverse talents on his website: www.jeffreydriver.co.uk.

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Gerry McCrudden

Gerry has directed ‘Biloxi Blues’, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ and ’It’s a Wonderful Life’ for the NVT and has recently acted in the BLT’s ‘Lieutenant of Inishmore’. He has trod the boards from places as diverse as New York to Saigon and New Delhi to Nairobi . He enjoyed being a voice-over artist in a US television documentary marking the Centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.Over the next year he plans to direct ’The Winslow Boy’ at the NVT and help produce ‘Oh! What a lovely War’ for the BTG.

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Tamsin Fraser

Tamsin has turned her hand to most things theatrical in the last 15 years; from posters to photography, backstage to acting (just the once!). More recently she has dipped her toe into directing; a ten minute play ‘Still Waters’ last summer and Caryl Churchill’s ‘Far Away’ this January. Her next foray, in 2014 will be set in Elizabethan Stratford-on-Avon. When not at the theatre she can often be found up at the allotment -getting down and dirty…

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Judith Greenfield

As one of the older members of the cast, Judith’s training has come through experience and numerous workshops including a short course at ACT. She has appeared in Brighton Fringe, most recently in Steven Berkoff’s ‘Kvetch’ with Theatre 21. Her other interests include improvised comedy and singing and playing T-Chest bass in a skiffle band.

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Rick Moore

Rick’s background is TV and Video based, which included directing, design and post production. With his experience, he felt that involvement in the Theatre was a natural and interesting route to take, particularly as live performance offers something that TV doesn’t. Although he is a relatively newcomer to the NVT, he has been involved is some way or another in a few other productions, including the Finborough Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.

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Dan Walker

Dan has designed lighting for several NVT shows over the last few years. He also shines the promotional light of New Venture into the dark landscape of Publicity.

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Guy Waa

Guy returns the the scene of his acting debut three years ago. Since performing in ‘Dream Girl’ in NVT’s ten minute plays in 2010, Guy has gone on to twice more perform in just his pants – once in Michael Frayn’s ‘Alarms and Excursions’, and once in ‘Vigilante’ – a short film that also starred Judith Greenfield as his mother! Guy also completed a foundation year at ACT in the meantime.

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Strat Mastoris

Strat can’t act for toffee – but he does everything else. Lighting design (Three times ‘Best Lighting Design’ at Brighton & Hove Arts Council Drama Awards), set design (’A Number’, ‘Speed-the-Plow‘, ‘The Servant’ ), directs plays (’A Number‘, ‘The Maids‘, ‘Deathwatch‘, ‘Love Letters’, ‘Seven Jewish Children’) and writes theatre reviews for the FringeReview website. www.stratmastoris.wordpress.com. He’s a photographer too: www.stratmastoris.com

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David Eaton

David has only recently joined the New Venture Theatre and this will be his first production with them. He studied Theatre and Writing at Dartington College of Arts. His roles have included Krogstad in ‘A Doll’s House’, Mr Pearce in ‘Confusions’ and Stevens in ‘Ways and Means’. He has immensely enjoyed working with this theatre group. David would like to dedicate his performances to the memory of his late grandfather, Stanley Eaton, who always supported and encouraged him.

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Frank Leon

Frank Leon trained at the Anna Cher theatre and at Sylvia Young. A drama graduate from the University of Greenwich. Recent roles include; Eugene in ‘Biloxi Blues’ at the New Venture Theatre. Max in ‘Penetrator,’ Upstairs At The three And Ten. Frank will be directing ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’ in May 2014 at the New Venture Theatre.

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Marja-Lisa Hedenquist

Marja-Lisa Hedenquist is set, costume designer and maker with a degree in BA (Hons) Costume with Performance Design from The Arts University College in Bournemouth. Born in Sweden, she moved to England 2009 to study and work with theatre. She has a passion for immersive, site-specific and small scale theatre.

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Mark Green

Since joining NVT Mark has been an actor, director, set, costume and make-up designer. Being in ‘The Building’ has allowed him to explore an otherwise untapped side of his personality – yeah right!!

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Toni Dillon

Musician – bassist/guitarist of many years experience, member of Crawdaddy Club Richmond House Band (Mid 90s). Worked on ‘No Exit’ on sound and lighting. Goth throwback, still likes wearing lots of black.

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Claire Armstrong

Claire studied Drama at Trinity College, Dublin and University of California Berkeley. Recent roles include Rowena in ‘Biloxi Blues’, Mette in ‘Festen’ and Agnes in ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. Claire is thrilled to be devising again at New Venture Theatre with her fellow ‘Talking Dog’ companions. Recent writing/directorial credits include Brighton Fringe productions ‘Better Days’ and ‘Willy & Fanny’.

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Joanna Mazewska

Jo Mazewska is Set Designer. Born in Poland, she was involved in local theatre productions since early years (directing, set design and making). Moved to England in 2008, she gained experience in Reading Progress Theatre as Stage Manager. She was taken on board by NVT in November 2012. This is her second play here.

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Sarah Knight

Sara Knight is a theatre lover with strong acting ambitions who wants to perceive whatever holds the theatre together in its inmost folds. Which is why she is keen to explore every part of it, to find out its working power. Born and raised in Munich, this student of English, film and drama has moved to Brighton for the summer to get involved with its exciting theatre scene.