Production Arts Department Staff

About our Production Arts staff

All the teaching staff have had long and varied careers in professional theatre or live events. The Department maintains current industry contacts via incoming directors, designers and lighting designers, as well as freelance costume supervisors, scenic artists, prop makers, production managers and lighting programmers. It also has strong links with professional colleagues and ex-students working with all major UK theatre and opera companies, productions and suppliers.

Designers and lighting designers who have worked at the School include: Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, Adrian Linford, Jess Curtis, Anna Reid, Louie Whitemore, Sarah Beaton, Kai Fischer, David Howe, Matt Daw, Robbie Butler, Jake Wiltshire and Charlie Morgan Jones.

Production Arts Staff

Vice-Principal & Director of Production Arts
Professor Andy Lavender

Office Manager & Executive Assistant 
Melissa Bonnelame

Deputy Director of Production Arts & Programme Leader BA Production Arts
Hansjörg Schmidt

Interim Programme Leader,
BA Performance Design
Dr Susannah Henry

Head of Theatre Technology
Andy Taylor

Programme Leader, MA Collaborative Performance Making
Emily Orley

Head of Recording & Audio Visual
Julian Hepple

Head of Costume
Rachel Young

Head of Design Realisation
Vanessa Cass

Head of Stage Management
Helen Barratt

Associate Producer
Stuart Calder

Outreach Manager (Production Arts)
Jon Hare