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The Team

Executive Team

Madani Younis
Artistic Director
Madani took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. 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 previously 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.


Oli Back
General Assistant
Oli is supporting on the Bush Theatre’s Capital Project. He’ll be helping the team get back into the theatre building when it re-opens in early 2017. Oli freelances in Event Management and Venue Operations having recently worked for Rich Mix, Battersea Arts Centre and The Vaults. He is also an associate of live gaming company Block Stop and micro-theatre producers SKINT Theatre, where he takes a more creative role.


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
Admin Intern
Arianne is the Admin Intern and supports the admin team. 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.


Jessica Campbell
Events Programmer
Jessica programmes events and festivals for the Bush Theatre. Prior to joining she was an in-house Producer for Theatre503 where she produced several productions including Sense of An Ending and Four Play and the national tours of And Then Come The Nightjars (co-produced with Bristol Old Vic) and Land of our Fathers (co-produced with Wales Millennium Centre and Tara Finney Productions). She has produced independently at Southwark Playhouse, The Yard, the Old Red Lion, and for Reading Rep and Old Vic New Voices.  She continues to produce independently with her company DEM Productions which was awarded the Off West End Best Producer prize for 2016.


Amanda Castro
Community Producer
Amanda works within the Producing Team to create and deliver the Bush’s creative work with and within its local community. Prior to working at the Bush she worked for Clean Break Theatre Company and has also worked as a facilitator in young people’s and community theatre. She has directed and produced her own theatrical projects, including ‘Stuff’ for the Bush Bazaar and short plays at Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Old Red Lion and Riverside Studios.


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 Assistant
Lauri is the Marketing and Sales Assistant 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.


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 Italian/Palestinian theatre director, deviser and performer, trained at Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris.
As the Associate Director at the Bush he is in charge of the Associate Artists attached to the building, as well as being involved in all the programming, producing and management activities. Alongside the Artistic Director, he establishes the artistic and entrepreneurial policies of the institution in the short, medium and long term. His latest directing credits include acclaimed site-specific production The Mill – City of Dreams (Bradford, Yorkshire), You’re Not Like The Other Girls Chrissy (The Stage Best Solo Performance Award winner, Pleasance Attic, Edinburgh), Testa di Rame (Festival Inequilibrio, Italy), Les P’tites Grandes Choses (Maison de Arts du Cirque et du Clown, France) and L’Envers du Décor (Theatre Les Enfants Terribles, France). He was also Associate Director on Jericho House’s The Tempest, part of the Barbican’s BITE ’11 season in St Giles Cripplegate.


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.


Josef Fleming
Bar and Catering Manager
Josef runs the Bar and Catering department at the Bush, having previously run bars across the country. He joined the team in February 2017 and he will redevelop the Bush’s catering. With a strong focus on drink creation, creativity and seasonal food menus, expect great things to come from the Cafe Bar. Josef has also been writing graphic novels in his spare time, which he assures us, is cool.


Sam Gibbs
Assistant Front of House Manager
Sam is an Assistant 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.


Anna Jones
Theatre Administrator and PA to the Executive
Anna is the Theatre Administrator at the Bush and PA to Madani and Jon. Prior to working at the Bush, Anna worked for national charity Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) as Assistant Producer.


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.


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 3 years, winning the OffWestEnd Award for Best Artistic Director for his work in 2015. He has also worked as a writer for stage and screen, 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.


Kolade Sonaike
Visitor Services Manager
Kolade manages customer services for the Bush and is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the Box Office and Front of House teams. He previously worked at the Albany in Deptford, working his way up from the position of casual Box Office Assistant to Box Office Supervisor within the space of 18 months before moving to the Bush.


Holly Smith
Community Assistant
Holly works with Amanda in the Producing Team to create and deliver the Bush’s creative work with and within its local community. She is also 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.


Sophie Watson
Producer
Sophie is Producer at the Bush and works closely with all departments to produce the main stage shows. Previously she was Programme and Projects Manager at Watford Palace Theatre where she was responsible for managing the theatre, dance, digital and outdoor arts programmes. Sophie has also worked as a freelance Producer with a specific focus on new writing. Projects have included: but i cd only whisper by Kristiana Colón (arcola theatre); Many Moons, the debut of Alice Birch (Theatre503); PLAYlist (Theatre503, Live Theatre Newcastle) and On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco/Can Cause Death starring Olivier and BAFTA award winning actor David Bradley (National Theatre Platform, Northern Stage and Latitude Festival). Sophie has also worked within the Performing Arts department at the Roundhouse, as Associate Producer with Forward Theatre Project and as a Development Officer and script reader for Theatre503.


Pirate
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


Marley
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