About

Told by an Idiot explores the human condition through theatre that is bigger than life. We acknowledge the artifice of performance & make no attempt to put reality on stage, but we inhabit the space between laughter & pain which exists in the real world. Our work is rooted in the live event & thrives on a sense of spontaneity & risk, celebrating the unpredictability of performance. Through playful collaborative writing, anarchic physicality & a comedic sensibility we create genuinely spontaneous experiences for audiences.

Through our work on stage & through our Taught by an Idiot participation work we foster a sense of openness, curiosity & the desire to play.  We consistently experiment with what art can be & who can be involved, & in doing so our work blurs the lines between artist, participant & audience. Our commitment to accessibility informs the entwined relationship between our productions & our participation work. We take creative risks, we tell universal stories & we include everyone.  

CONTACT: info@toldbyanidiot.org / 02074074123

 

 

  

Company Quotes

‘No one else is making theatre as creatively and ambitiously as Told by an Idiot. They are a unique phenomenon – intelligent, ingenious and genuinely popular.’ Simon Armitage

'A company with a gift for inventive physicalityEvening Standard

'Wonderfully nutty and inventive' Times

'Artfully controlled chaos' Stage

'Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets' Time Out

'Their work is never less than sublime' Independent

Our History

Told by an Idiot was founded in 1993 by Hayley Carmichael, Paul Hunter and John Wright.

The company’s first production was On the Verge of Exploding, which premiered at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, where it was nominated for the Independent Theatre Award, followed by a run at the London International Mime Festival. Since then, the company has produced a wide range of work, both on the small and middle scale with a variety of partners including the Royal Court, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the RSC, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre of Scotland, Unity Theatre, Barbican Centre London, Royal Exchange Manchester and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

We have performed throughout the world, working with celebrated artists including Michel Faber (The Fahrenheit Twins), Carol Ann Duffy (Casanova), Zoe Rahmen (I'm a Fool to Want You), Philip Pullman (The Firework-maker's Daughter), Richard Wilson (Playing the Victim) who subsequently became our patron and Simon Armitage (I Am Thomas).

Productions include: Heads Will Roll (UK tour); I Am Thomas (UK Tour); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Manchester); Never Try This At Home (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Soho Theatre); Get Happy (Barbican Centre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Drum Theatre Plymouth and UK Tour); You Can't Take It With You (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); The Comedy Of Errors (RSC); The Dark Philosophers (National Theatre Wales) and Six Seeds (National Theatre).

Our Team

Paul Hunter

Artistic Director

Paul Hunter is co-founder and artistic director of Told by an Idiot, having worked on all Idiot shows to date as director, devisor or performer.

Other acting credits include: Life of Galileo (Young Vic), The Little Match Girl (Shakespeare’s Globe), Gaslight (Royal and Derngate),Tartuffe (Birmingham Repertory Theatre) Much Ado About Nothing, The Globe Mysteries, Troilus And Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare's Globe), Rapunzel & The Red Shoes (Kneehigh), Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare's Globe), The Water Engine (Young Vic/Theatre 503), The Play What I Wrote (West End), Oliver Twist, Pinocchio (Lyric Hammersmith), Into Our Dreams (Almeida), the title role in Richard III (English Shakespeare Company), Animal Farm and Sir Toby Belch in Twelth Night (Northern Stage), Les Enfants Du Paradis (RSC).

Other directing credits include: Every Last Trick (Royal & Derngate, Northampton) The Mouse And His Child (RSC), Low Pay, Don’t Pay (Salisbury Playhouse), Senora Carrar’s Rifles (Young Vic), Not With That Hand (BAC), Ordago (for Punto Finco in Bilbao). As Associate Director at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton Paul Hunter directed: The Venetian Twins, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Best Production, Manchester Evening News Award), Accidental Death Of An Anarchist and Cleo, Camping Emmanuel And Dick.

Film and TV: Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Brannagh); Pan (directed by Joe Wright); Alice Through The Looking Glass; Marvellous (BBC).  

Paul Hunter
Artistic Director

Hayley Carmichael

Co-Founder

Hayley Carmichael trained at Middlesex Polytechnic and is co-founder of Told by an Idiot.

Theatre credits include: Forests (Brimigham Rep), Hamlet (Young Vic), Sweet Nothings (Young Vic and national tour), Fragments (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord/international tour), Bliss (Royal Court), Cymbeline (Kneehigh/RSC), Theatre Of Blood (RNT), The New Tenant (Young Vic), Loser (Newbury & Drill Hall). The Birds (RNT), Mother Courage (Ambassadors, UK Tour & Spoleto Festival, South Carolina), The Dispute (Lyric Hammersmith/RSC), King Lear (Young Vic), The Servant Of Two Masters (Sheffield Crucible), The Street Of Crocodiles (Theatre de Complicite/RNT), Gormenghast (David Glass Ensemble), David Copperfield and Metamorphosis (Dundee Rep).

Television credits include: CGI Sketch Show/Wrong Door, Mitchell + Kenyon, Viva Blackpool, Little Robots (voice for animation), Tunnel Of Love, Life's A Bitch And So Am I, National Achievement Day (Channel 4) and The Bill (Thames TV).

Film credits include: One Day, Anazapta (Enterprise Films), Emperor's New Clothes (Bonaparte Films), The Many Cinderellas (Projector Productions) and Simon Magus (Silesia Films).

Hayley Carmichael
Co-Founder

Jenni Grainger

Executive Director

Jenni Grainger joined Told by an Idiot in November 2012. 

Prior to this she was General Manager at Headlong Theatre for 6 ½ years working on over 20 productions including The Effect and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre, UK tours), ENRON (Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court, West End, UK tour, Broadway), Decade (site-specific production reflecting on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11), and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End, UK tour, Australia).

Before joining Headlong Jenni was Administrator at Actors Touring Company (ATC) for 2 ½ years following her completion of an MA in Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. Jenni is a Trustee of Hubbub Theatre. 

Jenni Grainger
Executive Director

Jennifer Holton

Producer

Jen joined Told by an Idiot in November 2015. Since graduating from Queen Mary University of London with First Class Honours in Theatre, Jen has been working in theatre and film production.

Previously, Jen has worked as Production Assistant for Iris Theatre, Assistant Producer for Theatre503 and Assistant Producer for site specific company Look Left Look Right. She also co-produces for her own theatre company; Cloakroom Theatre who were awarded Live Theatre Newcastle's Live Lab Bursary 2016 and the King's Head Adrian Pagan Award 2018.

Before joining Told by an Idiot, Jen had been touring with BBC Learning on their Make it Digital tour, bringing performances to audiences across the UK.

Jennifer Holton
Producer

Julie Renwick

Finance

Julie is Told by an Idiot's Finance Manager. She directs, designs and produces spreadsheets, management accounts, wages and settlements to critical acclaim and loves nothing more than a balanced budget. She maintains a low public profile but rare sightings have been recorded at the Headlong HQ. Over the last 20 years her roles have included administrative, management and finance positions for The Customs House South Shields, The Samling Foundation, Arc Stockton, Box Clever Theatre Company and Gecko Theatre Company. 

All companies have been safe in the knowledge that Julie has no aspirations to perform and indeed, her recurring nightmare is to find herself on stage in front of an audience. She is full of admiration in awe of those who do. Her route into theatre was somewhat circuitous. She studied photography, made frocks, dressed windows, recruited blood donors, assessed grants applications, sold stationery and managed a health & fitness club. She was delighted to eventually find her niche in Theatre and loves to work with creative people. In this time of ever-reducing budgets, funding cuts and disappearing theatres she feels privileged to be part of such a talented and accomplished company.

 

Julie Renwick
Finance

Natasha Bergg

Participation Manager

Natasha joined the Told by an Idiot team as Participation Manager in October 2017.

Since graduating from the MA Applied Theatre programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011, Natasha has enjoyed creating theatre and creative arts projects for and with young people aged 7 to 18, both across the UK and internationally, in a range of settings. For the past five years, she has worked closely with Big Wheel Theatre, designing and delivering interactive, educational shows for children and training workshops for adults, such as NHS professionals and post-grad students.  

Natasha is also Co-Founder of Theatre Troupe, a community arts organisation using theatre and attachment theory to change the lives of young people with mental health problems in South London. 

Natasha Bergg
Participation Manager

Our Associates

Augmented Productions

Told by an Idiot are over the moon to be partnering with the brilliant Augmented Productions, the brainchild of Sophie Woolley for a year-long associateship. Over the next twelve months the two organisations will play together, and grow together, with Told by an Idiot offering Augmented Productions vital support in their inaugural year.

Augmented Productions is a new company set up by writer & performer Sophie Woolley. Sharing unexpected, tragic-comic stories and bringing joy and new understanding, Augmented Productions makes quality, accessible theatre.  The company begins its journey with its namesake production, Augmented, which tells Sophie’s real-life experience of becoming a deaf cyborg. 

"I'm delighted about associating with such a brilliant company. I first worked with TBAI in 2018 and the workshop process changed how I felt about audiences. It changed the way I felt onstage. I love the way the company works with performers." Sophie Woolley, Augmented Productions

"I am thrilled that Augmented Productions will be joining us as our first associate company. The brains behind Augmented is Sophie Woolley, a unique writer, performer, and experimenter, who was a crucial part of our project with the Barbican 'Let Me Play The Lion Too'. Sophie will surprise and challenge us with her playful and provocative work, and it marks a new and exciting development in the journey of both organisations." - Paul Hunter, Artistic Director Told by an Idiot

 

Augmented Productions

Board of Trustees

Sophie Scott

Chair

Sophie Scott is a British neuroscientist and Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at University College London (UCL). Her research investigates the cognitive neuroscience of voices, speech and laughter particularly speech perception, speech production, vocal emotions and human communication. She also serves as deputy director of UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Sophie Scott
Chair

Ayesha Antoine

Trustee

Ayesha first professional touring experience was with Told by an Idiot's Firework Maker's Daughter and marked the beginning of an expansive theatrical career, most recently returning to the directorship of Paul Hunter in The Ghost Train at the Royal Exchange. Ayesha has appeared on screen in national favourites Doctor Who and Holby City and regularly appears in radio dramas on Radio 3 and 4 as well as theatres across the country and in the West End. Ayesha also writes and produces short films: her debut Frayed premiered at 62nd New York Film Festival and can be viewed on indieflix.com.

Ayesha Antoine
Trustee

Justin Audibert

Trustee

Justin is Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre. He has previously worked with Told by an Idiot on several projects and was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and the recipient of the 2012 Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors.

Justin Audibert
Trustee

Tori Dance

Trustee

Tori is an experienced communications professional, specialising in campaigns with culture and creativity at their core. Tori began her career as a broadcast journalist and producer for programmes such as Radio 4’s Today programme, CBBC Newsround, BBC Breakfast and Sky News. Since making the transition into PR she has brought her journalistic insight and strategic nous to campaigns for clients such as Artichoke, The Courtauld Gallery, National Centre for Circus Arts, Latitude Festival, City of London, The Crown Estate, Dreamland and The View from The Shard.

Tori Dance
Trustee

Louise Jeffreys

Trustee

Louise is Artistic Director at the Barbican Centre in London. Previous roles include Head of Theatre and Arts Projects (Barbican), Head of Production at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Technical Director at the English National Opera.

Louise Jeffreys
Trustee

Robert McCreath

Trustee

Rob is a solicitor and a partner in niche employment law firm Archon Solicitors, based in the City. He was previously a partner in a large international firm. He advises a wide variety of organisations, including universities, colleges, charities, commercial companies and professional firms, on employment and governance issues.

Robert McCreath
Trustee

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Trustee

Jacqui is Director of Education for the RSC, responsible for education's strategic direction and management. Prior to this Jacqui was a freelance practitioner working in a variety of theatres, arts organisations and schools across the country.

Jacqui O’Hanlon
Trustee

Alison Porter

Trustee

Alison is a former business woman having worked in the private sector for large corporates including BT plc and also smaller start-up companies. She is currently a Non Executive Director for The Crown Prosecution Service where she advises on issues including strategy, technology and change management. Alison is also a professionally trained actress and writer who was recently long listed for the National Poetry prize.

Alison Porter
Trustee

Anna Schmitz

Trustee

Anna is a theatre and dance producer, with senior leadership experience in the arts and charities sector. Following her year covering the role of Told by an Idiot's Executive Producer she was invited to join the Board. Prior to this she worked as General Manager / Associate Producer for National Theatre Productions,  Administrative Producer for Michael Clark Company, Acting Executive Director for Cheek by Jowl theatre company, and a variety of other roles. She is currently Executive Producer for the Roald Dahl Story Company.

Anna Schmitz
Trustee

Simon Stokes

Trustee

Simon is a theatre director and was, until recently, Artistic Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. He started his career at the Bush Theatre in London where he was Artistic Director for twelve years and he has directed plays commercially in the West End, widely in the UK subsidised sector as well as elsewhere in Europe and the USA. 

Simon Stokes
Trustee

About

Told by an Idiot explores the human condition through theatre that is bigger than life. We acknowledge the artifice of performance & make no attempt to put reality on stage, but we inhabit the space between laughter & pain which exists in the real world. Our work is rooted in the live event & thrives on a sense of spontaneity & risk, celebrating the unpredictability of performance. Through playful collaborative writing, anarchic physicality & a comedic sensibility we create genuinely spontaneous experiences for audiences.

Through our work on stage & through our Taught by an Idiot participation work we foster a sense of openness, curiosity & the desire to play.  We consistently experiment with what art can be & who can be involved, & in doing so our work blurs the lines between artist, participant & audience. Our commitment to accessibility informs the entwined relationship between our productions & our participation work. We take creative risks, we tell universal stories & we include everyone.  

CONTACT: info@toldbyanidiot.org / 02074074123

 

 

  

Company Quotes

‘No one else is making theatre as creatively and ambitiously as Told by an Idiot. They are a unique phenomenon – intelligent, ingenious and genuinely popular.’ Simon Armitage

'A company with a gift for inventive physicalityEvening Standard

'Wonderfully nutty and inventive' Times

'Artfully controlled chaos' Stage

'Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets' Time Out

'Their work is never less than sublime' Independent

Our History

Told by an Idiot was founded in 1993 by Hayley Carmichael, Paul Hunter and John Wright.

The company’s first production was On the Verge of Exploding, which premiered at the 1993 Edinburgh Festival, where it was nominated for the Independent Theatre Award, followed by a run at the London International Mime Festival. Since then, the company has produced a wide range of work, both on the small and middle scale with a variety of partners including the Royal Court, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, West Yorkshire Playhouse, the RSC, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre of Scotland, Unity Theatre, Barbican Centre London, Royal Exchange Manchester and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

We have performed throughout the world, working with celebrated artists including Michel Faber (The Fahrenheit Twins), Carol Ann Duffy (Casanova), Zoe Rahmen (I'm a Fool to Want You), Philip Pullman (The Firework-maker's Daughter), Richard Wilson (Playing the Victim) who subsequently became our patron and Simon Armitage (I Am Thomas).

Productions include: Heads Will Roll (UK tour); I Am Thomas (UK Tour); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange Manchester); Never Try This At Home (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Soho Theatre); Get Happy (Barbican Centre); Too Clever By Half (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); My Perfect Mind (Young Vic, Drum Theatre Plymouth and UK Tour); You Can't Take It With You (Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester); The Comedy Of Errors (RSC); The Dark Philosophers (National Theatre Wales) and Six Seeds (National Theatre).

Our Team

Paul Hunter

Artistic Director

Paul Hunter is co-founder and artistic director of Told by an Idiot, having worked on all Idiot shows to date as director, devisor or performer.

Other acting credits include: Life of Galileo (Young Vic), The Little Match Girl (Shakespeare’s Globe), Gaslight (Royal and Derngate),Tartuffe (Birmingham Repertory Theatre) Much Ado About Nothing, The Globe Mysteries, Troilus And Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare's Globe), Rapunzel & The Red Shoes (Kneehigh), Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare's Globe), The Water Engine (Young Vic/Theatre 503), The Play What I Wrote (West End), Oliver Twist, Pinocchio (Lyric Hammersmith), Into Our Dreams (Almeida), the title role in Richard III (English Shakespeare Company), Animal Farm and Sir Toby Belch in Twelth Night (Northern Stage), Les Enfants Du Paradis (RSC).

Other directing credits include: Every Last Trick (Royal & Derngate, Northampton) The Mouse And His Child (RSC), Low Pay, Don’t Pay (Salisbury Playhouse), Senora Carrar’s Rifles (Young Vic), Not With That Hand (BAC), Ordago (for Punto Finco in Bilbao). As Associate Director at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton Paul Hunter directed: The Venetian Twins, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Best Production, Manchester Evening News Award), Accidental Death Of An Anarchist and Cleo, Camping Emmanuel And Dick.

Film and TV: Cinderella (directed by Kenneth Brannagh); Pan (directed by Joe Wright); Alice Through The Looking Glass; Marvellous (BBC).  

Paul Hunter
Artistic Director

Hayley Carmichael

Co-Founder

Hayley Carmichael trained at Middlesex Polytechnic and is co-founder of Told by an Idiot.

Theatre credits include: Forests (Brimigham Rep), Hamlet (Young Vic), Sweet Nothings (Young Vic and national tour), Fragments (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord/international tour), Bliss (Royal Court), Cymbeline (Kneehigh/RSC), Theatre Of Blood (RNT), The New Tenant (Young Vic), Loser (Newbury & Drill Hall). The Birds (RNT), Mother Courage (Ambassadors, UK Tour & Spoleto Festival, South Carolina), The Dispute (Lyric Hammersmith/RSC), King Lear (Young Vic), The Servant Of Two Masters (Sheffield Crucible), The Street Of Crocodiles (Theatre de Complicite/RNT), Gormenghast (David Glass Ensemble), David Copperfield and Metamorphosis (Dundee Rep).

Television credits include: CGI Sketch Show/Wrong Door, Mitchell + Kenyon, Viva Blackpool, Little Robots (voice for animation), Tunnel Of Love, Life's A Bitch And So Am I, National Achievement Day (Channel 4) and The Bill (Thames TV).

Film credits include: One Day, Anazapta (Enterprise Films), Emperor's New Clothes (Bonaparte Films), The Many Cinderellas (Projector Productions) and Simon Magus (Silesia Films).

Hayley Carmichael
Co-Founder

Jenni Grainger

Executive Director

Jenni Grainger joined Told by an Idiot in November 2012. 

Prior to this she was General Manager at Headlong Theatre for 6 ½ years working on over 20 productions including The Effect and Earthquakes in London (National Theatre, UK tours), ENRON (Chichester Festival Theatre, Royal Court, West End, UK tour, Broadway), Decade (site-specific production reflecting on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11), and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End, UK tour, Australia).

Before joining Headlong Jenni was Administrator at Actors Touring Company (ATC) for 2 ½ years following her completion of an MA in Arts Management at Goldsmiths, University of London. Jenni is a Trustee of Hubbub Theatre. 

Jenni Grainger
Executive Director

Jennifer Holton

Producer

Jen joined Told by an Idiot in November 2015. Since graduating from Queen Mary University of London with First Class Honours in Theatre, Jen has been working in theatre and film production.

Previously, Jen has worked as Production Assistant for Iris Theatre, Assistant Producer for Theatre503 and Assistant Producer for site specific company Look Left Look Right. She also co-produces for her own theatre company; Cloakroom Theatre who were awarded Live Theatre Newcastle's Live Lab Bursary 2016 and the King's Head Adrian Pagan Award 2018.

Before joining Told by an Idiot, Jen had been touring with BBC Learning on their Make it Digital tour, bringing performances to audiences across the UK.

Jennifer Holton
Producer

Julie Renwick

Finance

Julie is Told by an Idiot's Finance Manager. She directs, designs and produces spreadsheets, management accounts, wages and settlements to critical acclaim and loves nothing more than a balanced budget. She maintains a low public profile but rare sightings have been recorded at the Headlong HQ. Over the last 20 years her roles have included administrative, management and finance positions for The Customs House South Shields, The Samling Foundation, Arc Stockton, Box Clever Theatre Company and Gecko Theatre Company. 

All companies have been safe in the knowledge that Julie has no aspirations to perform and indeed, her recurring nightmare is to find herself on stage in front of an audience. She is full of admiration in awe of those who do. Her route into theatre was somewhat circuitous. She studied photography, made frocks, dressed windows, recruited blood donors, assessed grants applications, sold stationery and managed a health & fitness club. She was delighted to eventually find her niche in Theatre and loves to work with creative people. In this time of ever-reducing budgets, funding cuts and disappearing theatres she feels privileged to be part of such a talented and accomplished company.

 

Julie Renwick
Finance

Natasha Bergg

Participation Manager

Natasha joined the Told by an Idiot team as Participation Manager in October 2017.

Since graduating from the MA Applied Theatre programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011, Natasha has enjoyed creating theatre and creative arts projects for and with young people aged 7 to 18, both across the UK and internationally, in a range of settings. For the past five years, she has worked closely with Big Wheel Theatre, designing and delivering interactive, educational shows for children and training workshops for adults, such as NHS professionals and post-grad students.  

Natasha is also Co-Founder of Theatre Troupe, a community arts organisation using theatre and attachment theory to change the lives of young people with mental health problems in South London. 

Natasha Bergg
Participation Manager

Our Associates

Augmented Productions

Told by an Idiot are over the moon to be partnering with the brilliant Augmented Productions, the brainchild of Sophie Woolley for a year-long associateship. Over the next twelve months the two organisations will play together, and grow together, with Told by an Idiot offering Augmented Productions vital support in their inaugural year.

Augmented Productions is a new company set up by writer & performer Sophie Woolley. Sharing unexpected, tragic-comic stories and bringing joy and new understanding, Augmented Productions makes quality, accessible theatre.  The company begins its journey with its namesake production, Augmented, which tells Sophie’s real-life experience of becoming a deaf cyborg. 

"I'm delighted about associating with such a brilliant company. I first worked with TBAI in 2018 and the workshop process changed how I felt about audiences. It changed the way I felt onstage. I love the way the company works with performers." Sophie Woolley, Augmented Productions

"I am thrilled that Augmented Productions will be joining us as our first associate company. The brains behind Augmented is Sophie Woolley, a unique writer, performer, and experimenter, who was a crucial part of our project with the Barbican 'Let Me Play The Lion Too'. Sophie will surprise and challenge us with her playful and provocative work, and it marks a new and exciting development in the journey of both organisations." - Paul Hunter, Artistic Director Told by an Idiot

 

Augmented Productions

Board of Trustees

Sophie Scott

Chair

Sophie Scott is a British neuroscientist and Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow at University College London (UCL). Her research investigates the cognitive neuroscience of voices, speech and laughter particularly speech perception, speech production, vocal emotions and human communication. She also serves as deputy director of UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Sophie Scott
Chair

Ayesha Antoine

Trustee

Ayesha first professional touring experience was with Told by an Idiot's Firework Maker's Daughter and marked the beginning of an expansive theatrical career, most recently returning to the directorship of Paul Hunter in The Ghost Train at the Royal Exchange. Ayesha has appeared on screen in national favourites Doctor Who and Holby City and regularly appears in radio dramas on Radio 3 and 4 as well as theatres across the country and in the West End. Ayesha also writes and produces short films: her debut Frayed premiered at 62nd New York Film Festival and can be viewed on indieflix.com.

Ayesha Antoine
Trustee

Justin Audibert

Trustee

Justin is Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre. He has previously worked with Told by an Idiot on several projects and was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and the recipient of the 2012 Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors.

Justin Audibert
Trustee

Tori Dance

Trustee

Tori is an experienced communications professional, specialising in campaigns with culture and creativity at their core. Tori began her career as a broadcast journalist and producer for programmes such as Radio 4’s Today programme, CBBC Newsround, BBC Breakfast and Sky News. Since making the transition into PR she has brought her journalistic insight and strategic nous to campaigns for clients such as Artichoke, The Courtauld Gallery, National Centre for Circus Arts, Latitude Festival, City of London, The Crown Estate, Dreamland and The View from The Shard.

Tori Dance
Trustee

Louise Jeffreys

Trustee

Louise is Artistic Director at the Barbican Centre in London. Previous roles include Head of Theatre and Arts Projects (Barbican), Head of Production at Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Technical Director at the English National Opera.

Louise Jeffreys
Trustee

Robert McCreath

Trustee

Rob is a solicitor and a partner in niche employment law firm Archon Solicitors, based in the City. He was previously a partner in a large international firm. He advises a wide variety of organisations, including universities, colleges, charities, commercial companies and professional firms, on employment and governance issues.

Robert McCreath
Trustee

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Trustee

Jacqui is Director of Education for the RSC, responsible for education's strategic direction and management. Prior to this Jacqui was a freelance practitioner working in a variety of theatres, arts organisations and schools across the country.

Jacqui O’Hanlon
Trustee

Alison Porter

Trustee

Alison is a former business woman having worked in the private sector for large corporates including BT plc and also smaller start-up companies. She is currently a Non Executive Director for The Crown Prosecution Service where she advises on issues including strategy, technology and change management. Alison is also a professionally trained actress and writer who was recently long listed for the National Poetry prize.

Alison Porter
Trustee

Anna Schmitz

Trustee

Anna is a theatre and dance producer, with senior leadership experience in the arts and charities sector. Following her year covering the role of Told by an Idiot's Executive Producer she was invited to join the Board. Prior to this she worked as General Manager / Associate Producer for National Theatre Productions,  Administrative Producer for Michael Clark Company, Acting Executive Director for Cheek by Jowl theatre company, and a variety of other roles. She is currently Executive Producer for the Roald Dahl Story Company.

Anna Schmitz
Trustee

Simon Stokes

Trustee

Simon is a theatre director and was, until recently, Artistic Director at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. He started his career at the Bush Theatre in London where he was Artistic Director for twelve years and he has directed plays commercially in the West End, widely in the UK subsidised sector as well as elsewhere in Europe and the USA. 

Simon Stokes
Trustee