Madani took over as Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre in 2012. He directed the revival of Winsome’s Pinnock’s classic play Leave Taking in 2018 and the critically acclaimed UK premiere of The Royale in 2015 ,which was revived in 2016. In 2013 he won the Groucho Club Maverick Award for the theatre, following the most successful season in the theatre’s history which played to 99% capacity. Also for the Bush Theatre he has directed The Principles of Cartography as part of Black Lives, Black Words, Zaida and Aadam as part of This Place We Know, Perseverance Drive and Chalet Lines.
Madani is currently working as a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Board.
Prior to his appointment at the Bush Theatre, 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 a theatre director, writer and practitioner. He was previously Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Asian Theatre School where he directed included Silent Cry, Free World and Streets of Rope.
He 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.
Lauren is Executive Director of the Bush Theatre, working alongside Madani Younis 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.
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.
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.
Jessica is the Producer, managing each Bush show and collaborating with the artistic and literary teams on programming the Bush’s two spaces. Previously Jessica was Producer for the Coronet Theatre and Theatre503. Her productions at 503 include the inaugural 503 Playwriting Award winner And Then Come The Nightjars and its subsequent national tours. With DEM Productions, the company she co-founded, Jess has produced at the Yard Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503 and for Old Vic New Voices. As a freelancer, she worked for Reading Rep, Papatango, Opera Up Close and James Seabright Productions. DEM Productions won the Off West End Award for Best Producer.
Marketing and Sales Officer
Lauri is the Marketing and Sales Officer at the Bush. He joined in October 2016. He works closely with Bea 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.
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 Misty by Arinzé Kene, 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 Royale, Perseverance 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 Chrissy, Testa di Rame (Italy), Les P’tites Grandes Choses (France) and L’Envers du Décor (France).
Digital Marketing Officer
Rebekah leads on digital initiatives for the company, including social media, film and the website, as well as supporting Bea 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.
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.
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.
Shaun looks after the building operations, HR and Front of House. He joins us in an interim role with a focus on building the events arm here at the Bush. Most recently Shaun was opening General Manager at Six Storeys on Soho which launched in 2016, having first cut his teeth in the events department at the National Theatre back in 2007.
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.
Ingrid is currently the Assistant Producer at the Bush alongside her role as the producer of Project 2036. Previously, she worked as administrator for Tamasha Theatre Company. She began her career in museums and archives, moving into theatre when she got an internship in the Learning Department at the National Theatre via Creative Access. Following this internship, she spent a year working with the NT’s Talks and Exhibitions team. She has a particular interest in diversity in theatre, and co-produced the theatre networking group BAME Young Things.
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.
Sophie is a Canadian-born director, playwright, and life-long theatre maker. She originally joined the Bush as a FOH assistant in March 2017 before becoming a Duty Manager, a Duty Tech, and now Literary Assistant. She works closely with Stewart and the rest of the team to help support the work of emerging writers as well as nurture existing relationships with artists we admire. She holds an MA in Theatre Writing, Directing and Performance from the University of York and a BFA in Theatre/Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Previous projects have been at Birmingham Rep, Park Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, York Minster, York Shakespeare Project, CrossArts Collective, and Seattle Public Theater. Prior to returning to the UK, she worked in casting at The Public Theater in NYC.
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 for the Bush includes the reopening event Black Lives, Black Words, Edinburgh Fringe First winner 2017 NASSIM (Traverse 2 / Bush Theatre / International Tour), Ramona Tells Jim directed by Mel Hillyard and Hijabi Monologues London. Other lighting design credits include: Network Theatre’s STUD (Vault Festival 2018); Screaming Secrets & Glass Roots (Tristan Bates Theatre); 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 2016); 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.
Ine Van Riet
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.
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 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 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.
Katie is the Finance Officer, supporting the day to day running of the Bush’s finance function. Katie is a local resident and has been working behind the bar at the Bush since it re-opened in March 2017. Katie also works with authors around the world. She used to run the International Authors Forum (IAF), a global network of writers’ and artists’ unions, and still works with IAF as well as the Writer’s Union of Italy (FUIS).
RIP Feb 2018. Pirate came to the Bush from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. His job was to keep an eye on all things showbiz. He tweeted from @bush_cat_pirate
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