Contacts and Staff


Production / Administration 020 7503 1645
Box Office 020 7503 1646
Creative Engagement
Sustainability / Energy
Support Arcola / Development


Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen
Executive Producer Leyla Nazli
Executive Director Ben Todd
General Manager Jamie Arden
Technical Manager Geoff Hense
Creative Engagement Manager Nick Connaughton
Front of House & Box Office Manager Charlotte Croft
Sustainability Projects Manager Feimatta Conteh
Marketing and Communications Jack Gamble
Bar Manager Jonny Powell
Duty Managers and Box Office Miriam Mahony, James Morris, Mary Roubos, Seth Petherick, Lottie Vallis
Bar Supervisors Katie Andrew, Oya Bacak, Joe Cochrane
With grateful thanks to our ushers, interns, volunteers and those on work placements, all of whom are vital and valued members of the Arcola team.



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Mehmet Ergen

Artistic Director


Mehmet Ergen has been Artistic Director of Arcola Theatre since founding it in 2000. Previously he was Artistic Director of the Southwark Playhouse from 1993 to 1999 which he co-founded and Associate Producer at BAC. Mehmet is also Artistic Director of Arcola Istanbul (Talimhane Theatre) which he founded in 2008. He has won a variety of awards for his work including: the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement, a Time Out Award for Best Fringe Production, the Angela Carter Award, and the What’s On Stage Award for Best New Musical. His recent productions at the Arcola include Don Gil of the Green Breeches, Mare Rider, Sweet Smell of Success and The Painter.

Leyla Nazli

Executive Producer


Leyla co-founded Arcola Theatre with Mehmet Ergen in 2000 and since 2004 has produced all of Arcola’s in-house productions and is in charge of programming all of Arcola’s studios. Leyla is also a playwright. Her first play Silver Birch House had a rehearsed reading at the Royal Court as part of The Fifty, a year-long project to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Court, and was staged to critical acclaim at Arcola Theatre by Mehmet Ergen in 2007. Her third play Mare Rider (starring Kathryn Hunter) premiered at Arcola in January 2013 and toured to Sweden, Germany and Holland as part of our international Europe Now project. She was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to write her fourth play, which is currently in development.

Ben Todd

Executive Director


Ben joined Arcola Theatre in 2005 and has led the development of its environmental sustainability programme. He holds a PhD in engineering from Cambridge University and has worked in R&D, technical and strategy consulting on both commercial and government projects, including at Cambridge Consultants, Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems and Synnogy. As well as managing Arcola Theatre, Ben speaks internationally on sustainability in the arts and is Managing Director UK for Horizon Fuel Cell, developing new markets and applications for fuel cell and renewable energy technologies.

Jamie Arden

General Manager


Originally a professional actor, having trained at East 15 Drama School, Jamie moved into directing (specifically young people’s theatre) and finally into Arts Management and has an extensive background in the arts and charity sectors. He started his career as a Production Assistant for Yvonne Arnauld Theatre in Guilford, did production management for Playhouse Theatre London and worked asSenior Manager for Perform Drama Schools and Executive Director for Realeyes Theatre Company. In 2006, he moved to the Education team of the Anne Frank Trust UK as National Programmes Director, where he was instrumental in the strategic development of the educational output of the charity, and the reach of the its education and training programmes in schools, communities, prisons and public sector organisations across the UK. Before joining Arcola in Autumn 2012, he was Head of Operations and Public Events at Shakespeare’s Globe. He has a Post Compulsory (PGCert Ed) teaching qualification as a Drama Specialist with extensive teaching and CPD experience.

Nick Connaughton

Creative Engagement Manager


Nick joined Arcola in April 2013, leading on youth, community and audience engagement talent development and employment/skills programmes. He programmes and produces all work for younger audiences and for Arcola’s community performances companies. He has established the PlayWROUGHT New Writing Programme, Arcola Writers Group and a Youth Facilitator CDP programme. Prior to this, Nick was Regional Manager at Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF), the UK’s largest youth drama festival, working extensively with over 300 schools and theatre across the UK, including managing all contracts and bookings with the Festival’s network of partner venues. He also served as UK Project Manager and consultant for the first international franchise, SSF South Africa.  He has managed youth engagement projects and festivals in the UK and internationally, including for Oxfam UK, SSF South Africa, Sydney Film Festival, Music Feeds, Sydney Underground Film Festival and event management in some of London’s most prestigious venues. He also ran the Play Now Act Now Youth Arts Festival, the longest running harm minimisation project in Australia, co-managed by the NSW Health Department and Metro Screen, Sydney.

Feimatta Conteh

Sustainability Manager


Feimatta joined Arcola Theatre in August 2010 from the sustainability team at London School of Economics and Political Science. An English Literature graduate of Edinburgh University, she pursued an interest in places, people and politics and has worked in the environmental and sustainability sector for over three years. Prior to working at the LSE, Feimatta was at Groundwork Manchester, Salford and Trafford as a Neighbourhood Regeneration Officer developing, delivering and fund raising for community based environmental and behaviour change projects, nudging people towards more environmental habits. Feimatta manages projects including community outreach programmes, Green Sundays, Future Arcola and other environmental sustainability initiatives at Arcola Theatre.

Jack Gamble

Marketing and Communications


Jack joined Arcola Theatre in July 2014. At Cambridge University, where he studied English, he worked on over twenty productions as a director, writer and actor. In 2013 he co-founded Dippermouth theatre company. He regularly leads workshops, especially on Shakespeare, with organisations including University College London and the English-Speaking Union.