The Team

Executive Team

Madani Younis
Artistic Director
Madani took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Board. In 2013 he programmed the company’s most successful season to date, which saw the theatre play to 99% capacity. For the Bush he has directed The Royale, Perseverance Drive and Chalet Lines. Prior to his appointment at the Bush, he was Artistic Director of Freedom Studios in Bradford, Yorkshire where his work included the site-specific work, The Mill – City of Dreams. He has also worked nationally and internationally as theatre director, writer and practitioner. Whilst at Freedom Studios Madani collaborated with the Bush Theatre through workshops culminating in Freedom’s two week residency in 2010 at the theatre. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School. Madani originally trained in film, and his debut short film Ellabellapumpanella, commissioned by the UK Film Council, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007. He was the recipient of the Decibel Award at the South Bank Awards show in 2006.

Jon Gilchrist
Executive Director
Jon is Executive Director of the Bush Theatre, working alongside Madani Younis to lead the organisation. He started at the Bush in September 2014 having worked in theatres across the North West for ten years. Prior to the Bush, Jon was Marketing Director at The Lowry in Salford – one of the UK’s largest cross-arts venues and the most visited attraction in Greater Manchester. This role involved strategic overview of marketing and communications for a performing and visual arts programme that attracted more than 850,000 people a year. Jon has worked in administrative roles at a number of producing venues including the Octagon Theatre Bolton, the Dukes Lancaster and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Alongside this he has worked independently producing new writing and supporting emerging artists and writers.

Bush Team

Michael Ager
Production Manager
Mike is the Production Manager at the Bush, working closely with creative teams to manage the physical production and technical elements of the theatre’s shows. He manages a team of full time and casual technicians who maintain our technical facilities and support all our shows and events. Mike previously worked as a freelance Production Manager for companies including Metis, Frantic Assembly, Inspector Sands, The Gate Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Before this he worked for the Young Vic Theatre as Production Manager and Technician for the Taking Part department from 2007 to 2013.

Lise Bell
Assistant Producer
Lise is the Assistant Producer at the Bush Theatre, supporting the Producer and Community Producer in delivering the Bush’s creative work. Prior to working at the Bush, Lise worked at the Tricycle Theatre, supporting the Executive Producer. Lise also works as a freelance Producer, and co-founded and runs PaperMash Theatre, a playful and collaborative new writing company. Lise’s previous work includes: Happy Birthday Without You (Canal Café Theatre / Tricycle Theatre / Paines Plough’s Roundabout), Blind Date/27 Wagons Full of Cotton (Riverside Studios).

Arianne Brooks
Theatre Administrator and PA to the Executive
Arianne joined the Bush as the Admin Intern in 2016. Prior to joining the Bush, while studying for her degree in Drama and Theatre Arts, she was an intern at BE Festival – Birmingham’s European arts festival.  She was also previously on the committee for 3Bugs Fringe Theatre Company as their treasurer.

Lauren Clancy
Head of Marketing
Lauren is Head of Marketing at the Bush. She’s responsible for the theatre’s overall marketing strategy and leads on the development of the Bush Theatre brand.
Prior to her role at the Bush, Lauren worked for AKA, a global marketing agency for the live entertainment, arts and cultural industries. At AKA she worked on campaigns for clients including Working Title Productions and the National Theatre. Lauren has also worked in the Readings department of BBC Radio Drama and was Programme Coordinator for Brand Events, programming and producing festivals and events on behalf of BBC Children in Need.

Lauri Cryan
Marketing and Sales Officer
Lauri is the Marketing and Sales Officer at the Bush. He joined in October 2016. He works closely with Lauren devising marketing and sales strategies whilst also supporting the box office team.
Lauri is new to London, having spent the previous three years working for one of Ireland’s leading drama schools and theatres in a marketing and producing capacity. He also works as a freelance theatre producer.

Zain Dada
Community Intern
Zain supports the work of the Community Producer to work with and within the local community. Zain is also studying an MA in Creative Writing & Education at Goldsmiths, University of London as an Aziz Foundation scholar. Prior to working at the Bush, Zain worked as a youth worker in North London. He’s also run several arts-participation projects from print magazines archiving the stories of market traders, co-producing comics and directing short films. He is co-founder of Khidr Collective, an arts group made of predominantly young, Muslim artists who are looking to create and curate more platforms in the arts for young Muslims and marginalised youth more broadly.

Joseph Denby
Assistant Front of House Manager
Joseph joined the team at the Bush in February 2017 and works closely with the rest of the FoH team to make sure people have the best possible experience at the Bush. Joseph originally trained as a stage manager at RADA in 2005 and spent many years freelancing on tour working with some of the country’s leading productions and theatres. 7 years ago Joseph caught the choral music bug and re-trained as a classical tenor. He enjoys a parallel career singing with some of the world’s great choirs, like those at Gloucester and Norwich Cathedral, and as a professional freelancer in London and the South East.

Omar Elerian
Associate Director
Omar is an award winning Italian/Palestinian theatre director, deviser and performer, who trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. He joined the Bush in 2012 alongside Madani Younis and since then has been the resident Associate Director. He is in charge of the Bush’s talent development, leading on the Associate Artists and Project 2036 schemes. He is also involved in the development and delivery of the Bush’s artistic program and lead the programming of the RADAR festival between 2012 and 2015. His directing credits for the Bush include NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour, One Cold Dark Night by Nancy Harris and Islands by Caroline Horton. As Associate Director, he has worked alongside Madani Younis on the Bush’s productions of The RoyalePerseverance Drive and Chalet Lines. Other credits include acclaimed site-specific production The Mill – City of Dreams, Olivier Award nominated You’re Not Like The Other Girls ChrissyTesta di Rame (Italy), Les P’tites Grandes Choses (France) and L’Envers du Décor (France).

Rebekah Ellerby
Digital Marketing Officer
Rebekah leads on digital initiatives for the company, including social media, film and the website, as well as supporting Lauren with marketing, design and communications strategies for the theatre. She joined the Bush in September 2016, having previously worked in communications for the National Centre for Circus Arts and Salisbury International Arts Festival. During her masters, researching theatre fandoms and audience experiences of theatre, Rebekah was a research assistant with Culture24. Rebekah is also a theatre blogger.

Sam Gibbs
Front of House Manager
Sam is the FOH Manager at the Bush. He previously worked at the Kings Cross Theatre as a Senior Bar Duty Manager, working across both semi-permanent venue sites for the duration of its residency. He has also worked as Operations Manager at The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre in Somerset. Outside of the Bush, Sam is a freelance lecturer and theatre maker.

Poppy Harrison
Development Officer
Poppy is responsible for assisting the development team in all their fundraising strategies and events. Prior to joining the Bush in 2017, Poppy was Bookings Coordinator at Town Hall Arts, an arts centre in Trowbridge. She also directed a show for EUTCO, Exeter University’s Drama company, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016.

Ellie Horne
Literary Assistant (Part Time)
Ellie started at the Bush as the Admin Intern supporting the admin and marketing teams. Prior to that, Ellie was on the Creative Board at the Almeida. She is also a freelance dramaturg and works at the National Theatre as Administrative Assistant on their NT Connections programme.

Sylvain Malburet
Head of Development
Sylvain is Head of Development at the Bush Theatre, leading on the fundraising endeavour of the organisation. He started at the Bush in August 2016, building on a diverse experience in raising funds within the UK’s arts sector over 8 years. Prior to the Bush, Sylvain worked within the major gifts and campaigns team at the National Theatre and at the Natural History Museum. He started his career at Spitalfields Music as a generalist fundraiser, creating and leading their first fundraising team.

Rajiv Pattani
Rajiv is one of the Technicians at the Bush, working with Michael and the creative teams to realise productions and events in both the Theatre and the Studio. He is also a lighting designer. Rajiv graduated from LAMDA in 2014 with qualifications in Stage Management and Technical Theatre, specialising in Lighting, Sound and AV. Recent design work includes the Bush Theatre’s reopening event Black Lives Black Words. Freelance lighting design projects include Tom Stoppard’s On the Razzle and Nina Raine’s Rabbit (Pleasance Theatre for LAMDA productions); Blood Wedding (Bread & Roses Theatre); Might Never Happen (Doll’s Eye Theatre Company); Primadonna (VAULT Festival); as well as various projects at the Arcola, Hampstead and the Unicorn. Rajiv was also Production Electrician on 4 Minutes 12 Seconds at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2).

Stewart Pringle
Associate Dramaturg
Stewart is the Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre, working to identify and build relationships with new writers, commission new work and guide plays to the stage. Prior to joining the Bush in 2016, Stewart was the Artistic Director of the Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington for three years, winning the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director for his work in 2015. As a playwright, he won the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize for Trestle, and his other works for the stage include The Ghost Hunter and You Look Tasty!. His debut short-film, Whisper, won multiple awards across the world. He has also worked as a producer, KS2 drama teacher and a theatre critic for publications including Time Out, The Stage and New Scientist.

Ine Van Riet
Development Manager
Ine is the Development Manager at the Bush Theatre. Working alongside the Development Director she supports the venue’s fundraising strategy by applying for grants from Charitable Trusts and Foundations.
Ine joined the Development team in June 2014 at Development Officer (Trusts) after two years working for Tara Arts as Development Officer and Associate Producer. She also works as a freelance Producer with a portfolio including two national tours and UK premieres presented at Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Tara Arts, Rich Mix and the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Candida Ronald
Head of Finance
Candida is responsible for day-to-day financial processes and reporting. She was previously General Manager at writer development agency Spread the Word. She has also worked in the corporate sector, mainly for financial services companies, as Finance Director and Financial Controller. In a past life she was Head of Marketing for Richard Alston Dance Company, Dance Umbrella and Sadler’s Wells.

Martin Shippen
Press Manager
Martin looks after all aspects of press and media communications at the Bush Theatre.  He has worked in press and marketing of the arts for over 25 years, most recently as Press Manager at the National Theatre.  Prior to this he worked as a freelance on both PR and marketing for most of the major UK theatre companies and venues as well as European, US and Canadian Producers and annually at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Holly Smith
Community Producer
Holly leads the Producing Team to create and deliver the Bush’s creative work with and within its local community. She came to the Bush as the Community Assistant in 2016. She was previously the General Manager and Assistant Producer at Harts Theatre Company, delivering arts and mental health awareness provision for young people, and producing music and theatre events at the Lyric Hammersmith, and other venues across London.

James Swadlo
James is a Technician at the Bush Theatre, supporting the Production Manager and working alongside the rest of the technical team to deliver the theatre’s shows. James’s passion for music production led him to study Music production at the School of Sound Recording and Music technology at the London College of Music in West London. Since then he has been working freelance in a variety of venues across London and the West End. Prior to working at the Bush, James worked for Waterman’s Arts Centre and the Crystal Maze experience.

Alex Turner
Alex is Producer at the Bush. Previously, he was Production and Development Assistant at Playful Productions, where he worked on the general management of productions including Don Juan in Soho, No Man’s Land, Kinky Boots and The Audience in the West End, and on the development of new projects for the company. Alex has also worked as a freelance producer, with shows including the OffWestEndAward-winning productions of One Arm at Southwark Playhouse and Adding Machine: A Musical at Finborough Theatre. He has previously worked for the Barbican, RSC, Frantic Assembly, Kate Morley PR and as a co-founding Artist and Producer with non zero one, with whom he devised the final show for the Bush Theatre above the pub in 2011, this is where we got to when you came in.

Resident Cat
Pirate came to the Bush from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. His job is to keep an eye on all things showbiz. He tweets from @bush_cat_pirate

Resident Cat
Marley also arrived at the Bush from Battersea, and his main job is to sit in the Artistic Director’s chair. He tweets from @BushCatMarley