The Team

Executive Team

Lynette LintonLynette Linton. Photo by Bronwen Sharp_MG_9980
Artistic Director

Lynette took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2019.  Her first season was a series of ground-breaking debuts from UK and Irish writers, which led to the UK and NYC transfer of Richard Gadd’s Baby Reindeer.

Lynette directed the UK premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat (Donmar Warehouse, Gielgud Theatre) for which she won ‘Best Director’ at the inaugural Black British Theatre awards.  Sweat also won the Evening Standard award for ‘Best Play’ and was nominated for an Oliver award for ‘Best New Play’.

Her production of Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe) which she directed with Adjoa Andoh, marked the first ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage. Lynette will make her National Theatre debut directing a new production of American writer Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky in the Lyttelton from February 2021.

She was previously Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse and Associate Director at the Gate Theatre where she set up the Young Associate company.

She is co-founder of theatre and film production company Black Apron Entertainment who produced Passages: A Windrush Celebration with the Royal Court, a project she also curated.

As a writer, her credits include Hashtag Lightie (Arcola Theatre), Chicken Palace and Step (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Her other directing credits include an adaptation of Jackie Kay’s Chiaroscuro (Bush Theatre), world premiere productions of Assata Taught Me, (Gate Theatre) Function (National Youth Theatre), This Is (Arts Ed), Indenture (Dark Horse Festival), Naked  (Vault Festival 2015), and a revival of This Wide Night  (Albany Theatre). She was also co-director on Chicken Palace (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

As Assistant/Associate Director her work includes The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noel Coward Theatre), The York Realist, Belleville, The Lady from The Sea and Knives in Hens (Donmar Warehouse), Torn (Royal Court), Image of An Unknown Young Woman, The Christians (The Gate) and Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

Lynette was voted one of Marie Claire magazine’s ‘Future Shapers’ in 2019, one of the Evening Standard’s Most Influential Londoners and is a member of The Stage 100 list.


Lauren Clancy Executive Director Bush Theatre

Lauren Clancy
Executive Director
Lauren is Executive Director of the Bush Theatre, working alongside Lynette Linton to lead the organisation. She was previously Head of Marketing at the Bush. Prior to her roles 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.

Lauren is Chair of Theatre Ad Infinitum CIO and a governor of Miles Coverdale Primary School.


Bush Team

Daniel BaileyDaniel Bailey - Associate Director of the Bush Theatre
Associate Artistic Director
Daniel joined the Bush in 2019 alongside Lynette Linton. He was previously Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, originally joining The REP as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and where his work included artist development programmes for writers, theatre-makers and directors. Directing work includes: Blue/Orange, Concubine, Stuff, I Knew You, Abuelo, Jump! We’ll Catch You, Made In India/Britain and Exhale. He has previously been Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, Associate Artist at Theatre Stratford Royal East and Resident Assistant Director at The Finborough Theatre. Daniel studied Modern Drama at Brunel University before participating in the Young Vic’s Introduction to Directing. His previous theatre directing credits include: My Darling Wife (Talawa Theatre Company), Pre Judgment Day and Covered (New Heritage Theatre).  Daniel was also Assistant Director on King Lear (Talawa/Manchester Rx/Birmingham Rep) Back Down, Anita and Me, (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Silent Planet and Rachel (Finborough Theatre), Inherit The Wind (New Vic). His film director credits include: On Belonging (Young Vic), Malachi (S.E.D), Floating On Clouds (Kingdom Entertainment Group) and Y.O.L.O. Therapy (S.E.D).


Oscar Owen
Producer
Oscar is the Producer at the Bush, working across the theatre and studio to deliver the Bush Theatre’s programme. Oscar first joined the Bush in 2019 as Assistant Producer before becoming Associate Producer in April 2021. Before this he worked with Nuffield Southampton Theatres where he supported both the producing and programming departments as well as producing youth theatre productions. Oscar studied Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, and while at University he produced shows in the Warwick Arts Centre as well as working for the National Student Drama Festival, Warwick Student Arts Festival and International Federation of Theatre Research 2014 Conference. As a freelancer, Oscar has provided dramaturgical support for multiple scripts including work at VAULT Festival and he produced the original production of Walrus Theatre’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons.


Cheryl Jordan Osei
Digital Producer
Cheryl is the Digital Producer at the Bush, working with Oscar to bring shows online for audiences. Previously, Cheryl worked as a Programme Officer at Make Shift Creates where she managed and produced live events at Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels to help underrepresented young people gain access to the Creative Industries. Cheryl has worked as a Junior advertising Creative at Sky’s Creative Agency, Google’s Creative Campus and GTB to bring campaigns to life. In advocating for diversity on screen, she has produced and directed her own short films and has been recognised as an emerging diverse female director by the Shiny Awards. She has also been credited in UAL’s published E-Book, The Black Directory as a Film and Design mentor for students.


Wabriya King
Associate Dramatherapist
Wabriya King is the Associate Dramatherapist at the Bush Theatre. Wabriya’s practice is to create a space and a format to hold people safely while they navigate their experiences in relation to the theatre’s work. Wabriya has previously worked as a dramatherapist on The High Table at the Bush Theatre, for shows at Soho Theatre, Stratford East, and is currently working with Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Court, and Paines Plough.


Angela Wachner
General Manager
Angela is the General Manager of the Bush Theatre, looking after our building on the Uxbridge Road, managing Human Resources and leading our front of house operation teams including House Management, Box Office, the Library Bar Cafe and Events. Angela was previously with Theatre Centre as their Programme and Administration Manager producing their UK tours and leading on general management. Angela worked on a year long diversity project at the Royal Opera House developing a strategy for increasing diversity across all recruitment for the company. Prior to this, Angela worked at the National Theatre – first as part of the Catering department then as part of the newly formed Audience Experience department including acting as Head of Audience Experience during the £80 million capital project leading on recruitment, development and engagement for a team of 450 staff. Angela began her career as an actor and director in Australia co-founding Core Theatre, with the ambition to create work exploring women’s stories and using a model of collaboration to enable women to thrive in the rehearsal room.


Jess Pentney
Theatre Administrator and Event Producer
Jess is the Theatre Administrator and Event Producer at the Bush. Jess works alongside Angela and looks after all theatre administration and supports Lynette and Lauren in a PA capacity. Jess is also currently looking after the commercial events side of the Bush, and the Bush’s Additional Programme. Before joining the Bush, Jess graduated with an MA in Screen Acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and from Goldsmiths with a BA in English Literature and Drama. Alongside her role at the Bush, Jess is an actor, writes for theatre and screen, and took part in the inaugural West London Playwrights Group at the Bush.


Nikita Karia
Theatre Admin Assistant
Nikita is the Theatre Admin Assistant. Nikita works alongside Jess and Angela to provide support for theatre administration, events, HR and office management. Alongside her role at the Bush, Nikita is a freelance theatre producer and arts writer. She has produced award-winning theatre in London, on fringe circuits and internationally and is a regular contributor for The Stage and A Younger Theatre.


Ian Taylor
Technical Manager
Ian Taylor is a Technical and Production Manager with over a decade of experience in the theatre industry. Ian has an extensive background in stage management and as managing director of eStage Group Ltd, a company dedicated to serving the needs of the entertainment industry. Ian holds a bachelor’s degree in stage management and technical theatre, with honours, from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and in 2021 was appointed Technical Manager of the Bush Theatre. His career began in stage management with Glyndebourne and The Royal Opera companies in 2004 and 2006, respectively, as an assistant stage manager. Within a couple of years, he became a stage manager for The Royal Opera beginning with “Cosi fan tutte” in 2010. Other companies he’s stage-managed for include ROH2, Secret Cinema, Opera Holland Park and Pimlico Opera. He was senior stage manager for Opera Holland Park’s Summer Festival for four years and in 2012 started production managing for Hampstead Theatre, The Royal Opera, Southwark Playhouse, The Park Theatre, The Philharmonia Orchestra, W11 Opera, Arcola Theatre, Troupe Productions, Papatango and Secret Cinema. 


Francis Botu
Senior Technician
Francis supports the Technical Manager in all aspects of the department, with a primary focus on sound. He began his career as a musician and music producer, and over time developed an interest in technical theatre. Francis’s technical work includes sound design, carpentry, and LX programming. He has attended various courses and trade events to build up his knowledge base and has found that the possibilities within technical theatre are boundless. Francis is eager to continue learning and growing within the industry.


Ariane Nixon
Technician (Lighting)
Ariane works alongside Ian and Francis in the technical department, mainly looking after Lighting. Ariane started her technical career at Dance City aged 16, graduated from RADA with a BA (Hons) in Technical Theatre and Stage Management in 2018, and continued to work across the UK from Edinburgh to London before joining the Bush team in 2021. Her past projects include set electrics installation for Angels In America at the National Theatre, production electrics for Trainers at the Gate Theatre, and live watery visuals for XVelastín’s [whalesong] using little but an overhead projector and bowls full of various liquids. Ariane is enjoying bringing her own personal combination of passion and experience to Bush Theatre.


Saf Chowdhury
Head of Marketing
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Shannon Clarke
Digital Marketing Officer
Shannon is the Digital Marketing Officer at the Bush. Shannon started her career as the Marketing Intern at the Bush, going on to work as Marketing Assistant for Theatre and Dance at the Barbican Arts Centre. After launching their 2020 season, she returned to the Bush as Marketing and Sales Officer, overseeing all ticketing. Shannon works with the Marketing team and leads on the digital campaigns for our shows. 


Ed Theakston
Marketing and Ticketing Officer
Ed is the Marketing and Ticketing Officer at the Bush, overseeing ticketing and accessibility and working with the Marketing team on our shows. Ed has worked at theatre venues in a variety of roles including as Front of House Manager at The Bunker Theatre for two years, and as Assistant Box Office Supervisor at the Royal College of Music. Alongside this, they have worked as a freelance producer and theatre-maker, and they are co-founder of collaborative theatre company We Are Kilter. As a creative producer & director, Ed’s work has been seen at venues including Theatre503, the King’s Head, Camden People’s Theatre and Tara Arts. Ed graduated from East 15 Acting School with a degree in Acting & Contemporary Theatre.


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.


Barbara Zemper
Venue Manager
Barbara is the Venue Operations Manager at the Bush Theatre and she looks after operations, welcoming visitors and ensuring a safe and comfortable time for all. Prior to joining the Bush team Barbara worked for the Ambassadors Theatre Group based at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. As a Duty Manager for ATG she also duty managed in several other West End Venues including the Lyceum, Savoy, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Harold Pinter, Duke of York’s and Playhouse theatres and the Trafalgar Studios. As a local resident Barbara is delighted to serve the community at the Bush. Apart from all things operations, she is also in charge of looking after our furry darlings Pirate and Marley.


 

Jack Cook
Venue Manager (Visitor Experience)
Jack is Assistant Venue Manager of the Bush, overseeing the day-to-day running of the Front of House areas. Jack studied a BA in Drama and a MA in Scriptwriting at Bath Spa University, before moving to London to pursue playwriting. His debut play, Fast Love, premiered at Theatre 503, before transferring to the Lion & Unicorn in 2019. He is an Associate Artist of Proforça Theatre Company, working with them on three productions since 2018, including the critically acclaimed AAAAA. He has had a number of short plays produced at Theatre 503, Katzpace and The Space and was co-director of Bloom Theatre from 2019-21.


Isabele Hernandez
Assistant Venue Manager
Isabele is an actor and mover from Shepherds Bush and finds joy in overseeing the day to day running of her local theatre as an integral part into bringing important theatre to the community she grew up in. 


Neil Harris
Head of Finance
Neil currently works as a Head of Finance and Trustee at several organisations that are engaged in providing creative experiences or providing an opportunity for students, teachers and writers to develop their creative skills.  As well as his main role as Head of Finance at the Bush Theatre Neil is part time Head of Finance at the Blackheath Conservatoire, which provides art, drama and music courses to the local community.  He is Trustee at AND, the Arts Council Funded Bridge charity for education and the arts in London and Trustee at the Arvon Foundation, the Arts Council Funded national creative writing charity. Neil has wide experience of the charity, education and not-for-profit sectors, including working with Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and Oxford University. A graduate of Warwick University he was President of the Drama society but can certainly claim no acting ability!


Lauren Francis
Finance Assistant
As Finance Assistant at the Bush Theatre, Lauren supports Neil in all aspects of the department. She has extensive experience of managing finance related tasks having previously held various positions within the financial sector. Lauren was accredited with a degree in Accounting and Finance and brings her knowledge and expertise to support the day-to-day running of the Bush’s finance function.


Deirdre O’Halloran
Literary Manager
Deirdre 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 Theatre team, Deirdre was Literary Associate at Soho Theatre, where she worked as a dramaturg on plays including Girls by Theresa Ikoko and Fury by Phoebe Eclair-Powell. She led on Soho Theatre’s Writers’ Lab programme and the biennial Verity Bargate Award. As a freelancer, Deirdre has also been a reader for Out of Joint, Sonia Friedman Productions and Papatango.


Gift Ajimokun
Literary Assistant
Gift is a culture curator, producer, and facilitator, also working as Project Assistant at Talawa. Prior to this Gift worked for Penguin Random House, Wellcome Collection and Unilever. Gift founded and chaired the flagship network Colour[full] at Penguin Random House and won the Investing in Ethnicity Top 10 BAME workplace Heroes award 2019. Gift is a Sour Lemons MAKING LEMONADE creative leadership programme alumni. Gift is an inclusion and equity advocate and founder of OKE London, a demi-fine jewellery brand that aims to create visibility for the Urhobo people of Nigeria who are an ethnic minority. 


Ruth Davey
Head of Development
As Head of Development Ruth leads on all aspects of fundraising at the Bush. Over her career Ruth has worked in a variety of arts organisations including Rose Theatre Kingston, Ministry of Stories and RADA, as well as a three-year stint at the Almeida Theatre. Varied roles in small teams (and sometimes as a lone fundraiser) have given her a great understanding of all aspects of fundraising and she loves using that experience to benefit the Bush. Ruth had a career in exhibition and conference management before returning to university to gain an MA in Arts Management and moving into the arts. In her spare time Ruth watches a lot of theatre, reads a lot of books and can often be found putting the world to rights with friends and wine! Ruth is also a trustee at South Mill Arts, a multi arts venue in Bishop’s Stortford.


Florence Collenette
Development Officer
Florence is the Development Officer at the Bush, working with Ruth and Eleanor to secure the theatre’s annual fundraising target. Before joining the Bush in 2019, Florence was the Development Officer at BIGKID Foundation, a grassroots youth charity in South London. She is also currently studying for a degree in International Development.


Eleanor Tindall
Development Assistant
Eleanor is responsible for assisting the Development team in all their fundraising strategies and events. Before joining the Bush in 2018, Eleanor did an MFA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and alongside her role at the Bush she writes for theatre, screen and radio. She has had short plays produced at the Almeida Theatre, the Arcola, The Bunker and Theatre Royal Stratford East and took part in Soho Theatre Writer’s Lab in 2016.


Sabrina Pui Yee Chin
Development Intern
Sabrina is an administration intern for the Development team. Alongside her role at the Bush, Sabrina is an actor/creative having graduated in 2020 from East 15 on the BA Acting (International) course. She has since gone on to co-found ‘The Pretty People Company’, a production company where she works as an actor, producer and writer. Sabrina’s passion for theatre and arts extends to a variety of mediums including sensory art and movement.


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.


Katie Greenall
Young Company Coordinator
Katie is the Young Company Coordinator at the Bush. Katie works closely with Holly to deliver the Bush’s Community programme. Alongside their work here, Katie is a freelance workshop facilitator, theatre maker and poet, currently making her own solo autobiographical work around topics of fatness and body politics. After graduating from East 15 with a degree in Acting and Community Theatre, her passion for community theatre is at the heart of her practice. She makes work and delivers workshops with people all over London including at The Yard Theatre, National Youth Theatre and The Roundhouse.


Valerie Isaiah Sadoh
Community Coordinator
Valerie Isaiah Sadoh is a playwright, producer and director-facilitator for young people and communities. As well as working at reputable establishments including The Almeida, the Gate and now the Bush, Valerie has her own producing company, She’s Diverse, a producing house dedicated to developing authentic high quality female-centric work. Valerie Isaiah Sadoh has assistant directed both Young Company shows for The Almeida 2019, and most recently the BA Acting Course for Bournemouth University. As a Playwright she published her debut play Pu**y Liberty in 2017 after winning the Bread and Roses Company Award. In 2021 Valerie graduated from UAL with a Masters in Dramatic Writing.


Erin Thorpe
Community Intern
Erin is the Administration Intern within the Community Theatre department at the Bush. She works with the rest of the team to provide administrative and practical support for the Community Theatre projects. Before working at the Bush, she graduated from the University of Northampton with a BA in Acting for Contemporary and Devised Performance. Aside from her education, she has taught Drama and English at Summer Schools in Italy, as well as leading workshops at Youth Theatres in the UK. She is passionate about creating accessible theatre that gives back to local communities and is an avid writer, actor and director with aims of creating her own theatre company in the future. 


Front Of House
Duty Managers:
Ilaria Ciardelli, Olivia Hanrahan-Barnes, Marissa McKinnon and Eljai Morais

Venue Supervisors:
Chantal-Carine Neckles, Judd Launder, Laura White

Venue Assistants:
Antony Baker, Roxane Cabassut, Rhonwen Cash, Stephanie Cremona, Molly Elson, Lydia Feerick, Kelsey Gordon, Matias Hailu, Nieta Irons, Giuliano Levato, Moya Matthews, Jennifer Okolo, Emily Orme, Max Partridge, Kathrine Payne, Charlie Phillips, Jasmine Prince, Melissa Stephen, Rafael Uzcategui, Robin Wilks, Charlie Wood


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