MEET THE TEAM

HEATHER JOHANSEN - MANAGING DIRECTOR

Her life in theatre took a fated turn when she began studying at E15 Acting School, Britain’s alternative to RADA in the 60s. A journey from peripatetic theatre in Devon to taking lead roles for Vancouver playhouse, Canada, again took an unusual turn when meeting a member of Grotowski’s more than alternative company in Poland.

Off to New York to study with the avant garde directors of the time: Andre Gregory and Jacques Schwatt, who persuaded her to co-instigate the 12th Avenue Theatre Project in Vancouver. However, the travelling did not stop there. Australia was next. Being fortunate enough to be hired as a lecturer in Darwin University’s Performing Arts Department opened her eyes to the mastery of one Gunduz Kalic, and from him she has learnt the art of never saying can’t.

Since that time she has rehearsed and led company after company of performers through the rigours of creating high calibre shows accessible to all (many of them created for sell out dinner theatre seasons). Australia was a long-time base with her becoming an Associate Director of Taking Liberties one of the country’s most highly innovative independent theatre companies. In these years she honed her project management, repetitateur, comedic, dialogue writing, and sponsorship raising skills becoming an extremely well-rounded theatre practitioner.
Back in the UK, work began with the Bath Spa Performing Arts Department, one of the most outstanding in the UK in the early 2000s: another product of Master of Theatre, Gunduz Kalic, whose nurturing produced some amazing young talent, that has gone on to produce equally amazing theatre pieces. Heather’s journey continued as she organised a tour to the States and Canada for the graduating students of the time.

The places visited still talk of the fresh and outstanding quality of their work. Thinking that perhaps it was time to go out to graze, she turned to other areas to slow down the pace, but has fast returned to the delight of working to create with a talented group of young artists. She trusts that by sharing creative ideas with them , and persuading them to refuse to be happy with anything but the best in entertainment, she and the company can continue to regale and delight audiences with theatre full of life and soul.

CRAIG MARTIN

Craig has just finished his sixth comic lead with The Pantomime Company. His forte is in comedic slapstick roles which has allowed him to work with some of the pantomime industry’s greats: Norman Barret MBE and Richard Cadell.

Other theatre credits include: Antipholus in Comedy of Errors (Minack Theatre, USA Tour). Beast Beauty and the Beast (Phoenix Theatre, Exeter), Ensemble Electra (Camden People’s Theatre), Shadow Heresies (Bristol Old Vic), Clowns in Mistero Buffo (Rondo Theatre, Bath) Neville/Salados Crabbos 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Phoenix theatre, Exeter).

He has compered many corporate events throughout the country putting to work his strong focus on commedia d’ell arte, fooling clowning and physical theatre, all of which he continues to develop throughout his work.

PHILLIP WALL

Philip was a founder and Artistic Director of The Ruffled Umbrella Company.2009-2016.

Theatre credits include; Henry Austen in at Home with the Austens, Capt. James Lightpeed in The Big Space Adventure, Professor Pocus in Hocus and Pocus' Creepy Capers, Dr Jekyll in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Film credits include; Week One, Oliver Rocket.

Philip is also a keen musician and singer.

SUNNY KHOSA

Actor and writer. Sunny is a performer who strives to tell stories incorporating his unique style of dance, song, script and poetry. His Sasha Khan has danced around the UK at venues like The Palure, Southwark Playhouse and The Box Soho.

As a stand up and spoken word artist, Sunny has worked many London Clubs from The Clubhouse in Ruislip to the Egg in Kings Cross. He has worked as a workshop leader and facilitator with children from 7-16 years old, in both schools and on outreach programmes using the vehicle of drama and performance art as a vehicle through which to tackle a wide range of youth and social issues.
He is currently working on an alternative Sasha Khan story – begun with Site Precedence Production Company.

JANEY MCLEOD

Janey McLeod is an Actor, Presenter, and Spoken Word Artist. She received a BA Honours Degree in Performing Arts in 2009. During this time she performed in Full Tilt Theatre Company's national tour of Taming of The Shrew, which completed its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Since then, she has worked as a Stand-Up comic and performed gigs across the Southwest, as well as at the famous Up The Creek comedy club in London. In addition to working as a Presenter and Actress for various TV production companies, Janey also co-established Hepzibah Theatre Co. a poetry and dance collaboration.

When Janey's not performing she leads Dance & Drama workshops for young people in the Southwest.