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Meet the team

Theatre, as we see it, is a meeting place for unexpected encounters – a magical moment of live collaboration with an audience. To produce that moment, we see everyone on our team – producers, interns, project managers, directors, and programme assistants – as theatre makers.

Sarah Arden

Barber Shop Chronicles Tour Coordinator

I joined Fuel in December 2016 and have been fortunate enough to work across many of the companies inspiring projects through my previous roles as Executive Assistant and Programme Assistant. Currently I work as the Tour Coordinator on Barber Shop Chronicles US and Canada with a fantastic team of cast and creatives who seem to have collectively taken the US by storm.

I have also worked with various other performance companies such as Punchdrunk, Told by an Idiot, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Stage Company, Orange Tree Theatre, Historic Royal Palaces, Engineer Theatre Collective and the Barbican Centre. Some credits include: Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors (Hampton Court Palace), Horrible Histories Best of Barmy Britain (West End), David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny (UK Tour), The Oracles (Fallow Cross, Punchdrunk) and King Lear (Orange Tree Theatre).

Sabrina Begum

CCA Placement at Somerset House

I am currently doing a placement at Fuel through the Somerset House Trust known as the Creative Careers Academy programme (CCA) to develop skills, experience and profession with one of the residents here at Somerset House. Fuel is one them and they’re a great hard-working team that I’ve enjoyed being with.

I’ve always had a visual eye and a hands-on approach to making, my direction went from Fine Art to getting a degree in Textile Design. My concerns are with where the world is heading environmentally, ethically and socially. I’ve been involved in a lot of participation and engagement works with the public and families particularly through libraries, charities, museums and galleries. My aspiration is to continue with that route whilst evolving in my creative practice.

Hugo Chiarella

Development Producer

I work in the arts because I believe that art has the power to start conversations and to change conversations. I think art, and theatre in particular, is one of the few remaining collective human activities that has the ability (though not always the inclination) to move us beyond ideological frameworks and transactional interactions into a space in which we recognise and celebrate our common humanity. I work for Fuel because I think that the work that Fuel does recognises the capacity of live art as a forum for these moments of elevated human communion and strives to make these moments happen.

Originally from Australia, my background is as a writer, performer and independent producer. As a performer, I have worked on stage and television, most recently performing in the West End production of Les Miserables. As a writer, my work has been performed all over Australia. I have also written numerous sketches for the comedy group I’m With Stupid which have been featured on ABC2, ABCiView and various online platforms.

As an independent producer, I have developed and produced original work and sketch comedy for theatre and television in Australia. I recently graduated from the MA Creative producing at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and I am extremely excited to be taking on the role of Development Producer for Fuel.

Daisy Drury

Head of Producing

I joined Fuel in July 2017 and I am the Head of Producing. Prior to joining Fuel I was the Director of Circus Development at the National Centre for Circus Arts where I lead on artist and art form development and special project. Highlights from this period include leading the programme that trained 42 deaf and disabled artists to perform in the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games. Before that I worked as fundraising manager at the Young Vic where I was part of the small team that raised £12.5 million to build the new theatre,as a researcher on The South Bank Show, as a Presenter in the Millennium Dome and I did a short and disastrous stint as a recruitment consultant.

Grace Duggan

Engagement Co-Ordinator

I work in the arts because it has the ability to connect, inflame and entertain.
It enables us to tell stories, share experiences and look at the world through different pairs of eyes.

Growing up on an estate in East London, I’m engaged with the arts because of the hard work of the community practitioners who took the time to provide me with access. That is why I work with young people, communities and underrepresented groups to open the doors together for a wider and more accessible industry. So that the unheard voices begin to be heard.

Fuel is a company that not only supports its artists but goes the extra mile and looks to the future – I’m excited to be a part of this team.

I’m an emerging theatre-maker, working mostly as a director, producer and engagement practitioner. Recently, I’ve worked with The Young Vic, The North Wall, Studio 3 Arts, Blue Elephant Theatre and Frantic Assembly.

Sean William Dermot Egan

Trustee (Chair)

Mimi Findlay

Projects Manager

Mimi graduated from the University of Kent with an undergraduate masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, specialising in Theatre Directing. She has held roles at Talawa, the National Theatre, Paines Plough and Actors Touring Company.

Lilli Alexandra Geissendorfer

Trustee

Anthony Gray

Head of Programme

I have worked as a cross arts producer and programmer for the last eight years supporting artists to create work and push their practice across a number of schemes that he has delivered in different organisations. As a trained classical singer who has worked in organisations such as the Royal Opera House, Barbican Centre and The Lowry in Salford, my career to date has primarily been about making the sector as accessible to as many unheard voices as possible.

As the Senior Producer (maternity cover) within the Programming department, I lead on the strategic approach to artist development and delivered The Lowry’s programme of in-house schemes. These programmes helped to identify artists and companies that fit with the artistic vision of The Lowry and enabled me to commission them to create new work. This post was focused on the delivery of an ambitious and nationally visible model of artist development that sits within the heart of The Lowry’s creative and artistic ambition. Previous to this role I worked as a Producer at the Barbican Centre for their Creative Learning department where my main responsibilities were the strategic overview, management and delivery of two main programmes; Creative Careers and Development of Emerging and Practising Artists.

Joe Hallgarten

Trustee

Stuart Heyes

Head of Production

I’ve been at Fuel for quite a while. The past is a foreign country. I can’t explain or justify any of it. I can only apologise. Does that sound a little jaded? Well, I’m still facing a lot of the same challenges as I was 11 years ago. The odds remain stacked pretty much as they were back then, and I’m showing no sign of winning. Yet despite being pretty average at production management I remain somehow messianic when it comes to enlisting newcomers and retaining old hands to the cause. All of whom are much cleverer and kinder. You need a mess of help to stand alone.

Susan Hoyle

Trustee

Sue Hoyle works independently as a consultant, adviser and researcher, specialising in performing arts, cultural leadership and interdisciplinary projects. She is a Cultural Fellow of King’s College London, a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a member of the core group for the What Next? movement and Chair of the Funding Committee for the Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships.

Leadership roles have included Director of the Clore Leadership Programme, Programme Adviser to the Advanced Cultural Leadership Programme at Hong Kong University, Executive Director of The Place, Head of Arts for the British Council in France and Deputy chief executive of Arts Council England. As a non-executive, she has been on the Boards of the British Council, DV8 Physical Theatre, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.

Greg Howe

Production Co-Ordinator

Working in the arts is something I always thought I would do. Having artistic parents I always felt comfortable in this world and I find it extremely rewarding to now be apart of the great team at Fuel.

After finishing school in Harrogate, I moved to Prague and worked for an events company for 3 years before returning to London to pursue my career in Theatre. I graduated from the production course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and then went on to work as a freelance stage manager on a big scale production which toured the world. In addition, I have also worked on events and shows in London and across the UK.

Che-Min Hsieh

Programme Assistant

I work in the Arts because I believe it is important (and amazing!) to bring a wide range of exciting and innovative projects to people with diverse backgrounds, making art accessible to everyone around the world. With a keen interest in theatre and live performance, also being passionate about creating art in unexpected places and settings across different art forms, I believe working at Fuel is the best place where you can make cool things happen, to produce inspiring and adventurous work, and to bring the magic to life!

After graduating from National Dong Hwa University with a BA in Arts and Creative Industries in Taiwan, I moved to London to pursue my MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, University of London. My research interests include Audience Development, Cultural Policy and Practice, and the Immersive Experience in theatre. Apart from my studies I have also worked variously on several immersive performances in London.
Prior to Fuel I have worked as an Freelance Event Assistant at Taiwanese Embassy, supporting in delivering arts and cultural events in the UK, also worked as a Photographer, Festival Assistant, Administrative Intern with Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Punchdrunk, Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Taiwan Season), VAULT Festival, Thinkers' Theater in Taiwan and more.
When not working I shoot film, cook, do yoga, find all things vintage from grandma’s closet and enjoy everything about food.

David Lewis

Head of Finance

I work in the arts because the arts raise everyone’s quality of life and the people who work in the arts tend to be passionate about what they do and very nice. This particularly applies to Fuel.

I have worked in the not for profit sector for over 25 years including 16 years in the arts, leading the finances (and occasionally other bits) of Battersea Arts Centre, The Albany Deptford, Rich Mix and LIFT. I currently sit on the Boards of Camden People’s Theatre and performance company Uninvited Guests.

Ella McCarthy

Executive Assistant

I work in the arts because I love people, and want to celebrate and champion their talents and achievements. The best thing about working with Fuel is feeling part of a movement that is helping make live performances happen, sometimes in the seemingly most banal, practical ways. Being a member of the team is a fantastic learning opportunity, and reminds me to keep hopeful for the future of the arts.

Having played God in a dubious production of ‘Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo’ aged 9, you could say I was destined to work in theatre. I’ve been a performer with a background in musical theatre, studying classical voice as part of the Royal College of Music Junior Programme. These days I’m more a director and producer, having started Queenside Productions whilst at Oxford University. Alongside studying for a degree in English Literature, I completed a work placement with the Jette Parker Young Artists of the Royal Opera House, where I gained a comprehensive grounding in arts administration. I am delighted to be at Fuel because of the opportunities it presents to see great work, and hope in the near future to develop my own practice, working part-time with young people.

Kate McGrath

Director

I work in the arts because I believe brilliant artists give us a new way of looking at the world around us and everyone in it. The best moments in my job are when I see people in the audience connecting with the shows we make – couples watching 'Love Letters Straight From Your Heart' and falling in love all over again; toddlers speechless with wonder watching conkers fall from the sky in 'The Forest'; passers-by being drawn towards 'Electric Hotel' and becoming engrossed. I am incredibly lucky to work with artists who constantly surprise and amaze me, and I’m passionate about reaching as wide an audience as we possibly can.

I studied English and French at Oxford University, and went on to work as a journalist for the Scotsman in Edinburgh. After that, I took the plunge into producing and started working freelance, making shows in pubs and warehouses. I got a job as trainee producer at Battersea Arts Centre in 2002 where I learnt a huge amount about making theatre and met brilliant artists, many of whom I still work with. And I met Louise there and in 2004 we decided to set up Fuel. I have loved (almost) every moment since and can’t wait for what’s next around the corner...

Philippa Neels

Producer

Artists are thinkers with unrestricted imaginations, the solution-finders for impossible times. I like joining the dots between arts, science, activism and community.

I’ve always experienced Fuel’s work to be participatory, empathetic and intelligent. Fuel works with artists to find homes for brilliant ideas, and amplify their potential to reach people across UK and beyond. I’m excited to join a team that works with artists beyond individual projects, looking ahead together to see the bigger picture.

I specialise in developing and producing new contexts for art, digital culture & public engagement. I work with a multi-disciplinary approach: in theatre, I produced 2017’s offie-award winning production, punkplay as part of the 50th anniversary of punk movement in London, I worked in the development of new work at the National Theatre, annual seasons of contemporary plays for Silo Theatre in New Zealand along with supporting independent companies and practitioners. I have a keen interest in reimagining cinema, from coordinating Southbank Centre’s film and live touring music productions 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Brief Encounter and Planet of the Apes, to creating new live cinema experiences with experimental ethnographic filmmaker, Vincent Moon. My passion for music and performance led me to producing Convergence Festival, being a member of PEOPLE collective and creator of NYX: female electronic drone choir.

Molly Sharpe

Producer

I work in theatre because it brings me joy and makes me feel connected to the world and the people in it. I’m interested in people and their stories and I believe in the power of theatre as a place to start conversations and inspire change, to encourage empathy and collective humanity.

At Fuel I’m continually challenged and inspired by the people I work with. It’s a privilege to support extraordinary artists to explore new ideas and take risks and feel the impact of this work on audiences and communities across the UK and internationally. The Fuel ethos is to never give up or play it safe, to trust artists and go with them to the strangest and most daring places, no matter how impossible it might seem.

I have worked as a producer for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck Theatre, Transform festival 2017 and RashDash. As an independent producer I have worked with artists across Yorkshire to make work in pubs, car parks, disused factories, fish & chip shops, and a bath full of polystyrene balls.

Kirstin Shirling

Engagement Producer

I work in theatre because it brings me joy and makes me feel connected to the world and the people in it. I’m interested in people and their stories and I believe in the power of theatre as a place to start conversations and inspire change, to encourage empathy and collective humanity.

At Fuel I’m continually challenged and inspired by the people I work with. It’s a privilege to support extraordinary artists to explore new ideas and take risks and feel the impact of this work on audiences and communities across the UK and internationally. The Fuel ethos is to never give up or play it safe, to trust artists and go with them to the strangest and most daring places, no matter how impossible it might seem.

I have worked as a producer for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Hull Truck Theatre, Transform festival 2017 and RashDash. As an independent producer I have worked with artists across Yorkshire to make work in pubs, car parks, disused factories, fish & chip shops, and a bath full of polystyrene balls.

Shail Thaker

Trustee

Ines Tercio

Executive Director

I work in the arts because I am passionate about enabling unheard voices to be heard. I believe the arts enable us to rehearse new ways of living in this world, and feel that now more than ever we need to explore different possible ways forward.

I am from Lisbon, Portugal. I came to London in 2003 to study Media Arts with Film and Video Production at Thames Valley University and then undertook a postgraduate degree in Arts Criticism and Management at City University.

In 2004, I collaborated with Percursos, a multidisciplinary arts festival held in Portugal. I worked for TAPP (the Teacher Artist Partnership Programme) and also worked as a Learning Assistant at LIFT before joining Phakama UK in 2007, where I worked as Executive Director until June 2015.

In 2015 I joined Nour Festival as Creative Learning Programmer and also worked freelance as an arts consultant/ producer with companies such as Clayground Collective and Freddie Opoku-Addaie. From 2016-18, I was the Executive Director at GLYPT (Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre). Since September 2018 I have been Fuel’s Executive Director.

In 2009 I was selected by the British Council to travel to China as part of the China-UK 400 Cultural Leaders programme. In 2010 I joined City University’s mentoring scheme to help current graduates find their way into the arts and creative industries. From 2014 - 2017 I sat on the board of CASA Latin American Theatre Festival

Julia Valentini

Producer

I work in the arts because I have always loved stories. For me, the theatre provides a glorious, temporary bubble where you can be transported to another reality, and see the world through someone else’s eyes.

Fuel places artists, and their stories, at the centre of our work. We foster an environment that encourages artistic exploration from a range of voices and in doing so, we transform our theatres into a space where we can reflect on both our shared and alternative lived experiences.

I hold a Masters of Arts Management and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Since 2009, I have held lead producing roles with some of Australia’s principal arts organisations and festivals, including Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Black Arm Band. Over the course of that time, I have project managed 23 works for the stage including 6 world premieres, 9 Australian premieres and totaling over 250 performances in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia.

Kesh Wang

Intern

I have been interested in the arts ever since I was young, starting from when I wrote my first short story when I was 11. The arts is where you can fully express yourself no matter who you are. I like how diverse Fuels’ productions are and how closely they work with their artists. It is a really fun and energetic place to get experience from.

I am a student at King’s College London, studying English Literature. I have written for the school online magazine, as well as other news websites. In the past, I have also volunteered at the Southwest Law Centres, helping legal advisers who gave free public legal advice.

Sarah Wilson White

Senior Producer

I work in the arts because I believe live performance and creative experiences can make the world a better, kinder and more interesting place to be. I work at Fuel because I believe in the art, artists and future which we want to create and support. In particular, I am inspired by Fuel’s ambition to engage audiences nationally and internationally whilst being at the cutting edge of producing practice as a producer-led and founded organisation.

Prior to joining Fuel, I worked as Producer for Farnham Maltings, delivering work nationally for Little Bulb Theatre, Victoria Melody, Up In Arms, and Jess and Joe Forever in co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre. Alongside Farnham Maltings I worked independently with artists such as Jammy Voo, and as Company Producer for Home Live Art. I’ve previously worked with organisations including The Old Vic, Camden People’s Theatre, Blind Summit, touring initiative House, and in 2015 I created the digital touring resource tour-finder.org. Outside Fuel I am a regular visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a proud Trustee of New Diorama Theatre and physical theatre company Rhum and Clay.

Anna Williams

Finance and Operations Administrator

I work in the arts because life is too short to do something you don’t care about. I care about it because it brings people together and makes people think. I work at Fuel because I love the programme and the team.

Theatre started for me when I volunteered at the Edinburgh festival in 2011. I was the runner for a general manager at one of the big venues and I’ve never looked back. Since then I’ve done various stints in theatres all over with an emphasis on operations and finance, including the Soho Theatre, the Arts Theatre, The Pleasance and now Fuel.