Contacts and Staff



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Arcola Engagement:

Sustainability / Energy:





Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen

Executive Producer Leyla Nazli

Executive Director Ben Todd

General Manager Jamie Arden

Technical Manager Geoff Hense

Engagement Manager Nick Connaughton

Commercial Manager Ruth Tosha Mulandi

Front of House Manager Charlotte Croft

Sustainability Projects Manager Feimatta Conteh

Marketing and Communications Jack Gamble

Bar Manager Jonny Powell

Duty Managers and Box Office Ross Crosby, Miriam Mahony, James Morris, Lottie Vallis

Bar Supervisors Katie Andrew, Johnnie Furnival, Oya Bacak

Ushers Patricia Akoli, Rosemara Mather-Lupton, Archie Backhouse, Daniel Kramb, Caitlin Middleton, Hannah Groombridge, Daniel Rickler

Interns & Volunteers

Arcola would also like to thank our many Interns, those on work placements and volunteers who are vital to the successful running of the Arcola and are all valuable members of the Arcola team.



Gabriel Gbadamosi

Lynne McKenzie

Jack Shepherd

Abdulla Tercanli



Artistic Director: Mehmet Ergen Mehmet 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. Mehmet is also Artistic Director of Arcola Istanbul which he founded in 2008.

He has won a variety of awards for his work including: the Time Out Award for Outstanding Achievement, the Peter Brook Empty Space Award (twice), a Time Out Award for Best Fringe Production, the Angela Carter Award and the Equity Award for Best Studio Theatre. Directing for the Arcola includes: The Painter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, The Cradle Will Rock, Release the Beat by J. Johnson/K. Lewkowicz, Silver Birch House by Leyla Nazli, Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising by Gunter Grass, I Can Get It For You Wholsale by J. Wiedman/Harold Rome, Jitterbug by Bonnie Greer, Chasing the Moment by Jack Shepherd and Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.

Mehmet directs extensively abroad in Israel, Ireland, Canada and Turkey. He is founder of Yeni Kusak Theatre in Istanbul and runs Turkey’s only new writing programme Oyun Yaz with the British Council.

Executive Producer: Leyla Nazli Leyla co-founded Arcola Theatre with Mehmet Ergen in 2000 and since 2004 has produced all of Arcola’s in-house productions. She is also active in programming all three of Arcola’s studios. Her first play Silver Birch House had a rehearsed reading at Royal Court was staged to critical acclaim at Arcola Theatre by Mehmet Ergen. Her second play Fabrika is currently being work-shopped by Helena Kaut-Howson and she is working on a third. In 2006 Leyla was one of the 50 writers chosen to take part in The Fifty, a year-long project with the BBC and the Royal Court Theatre to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Court. Her credits as a translator include Gogol’s The Government Inspector and Kroetz’s The Nest. Leyla holds a BSc in Computing from London South Bank University.

Executive Director: Ben Todd 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.

General Manager: Jamie Arden Jamie joined Arcola as General Manager in September 2012 having worked in the arts and charity sector for 20 years. Originally a professional actor, having trained at East 15 Drama School, Jamie moved into Directing (specialising in Young People’s Theatre) and then finally settled into Arts Management.

Jamie’s previous roles have included: Head of Operations & Head of Public Events at Shakespeare’s Globe, National Programmes Director for Anne Frank Trust UK, Executive Director for Realeyes Theatre Company, Senior Manager for Perform Drama Schools,Production Management for Playhouse Theatre (London). Jamie also worked in a freelance capacity as a Director/Facilitator/Tour Manager for Trestle Theatre, Scratchbuilt Productions, Impact Arts, Escape Artists, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Royal Opera House, Theatre Absolute and Volksbuhne Theatre (Berlin). Jamie is a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum and has a Post Compulsory (PGCert Ed) teaching qualification as a Drama specialist. 

Commercial Manager: Ruth Tosha Mulandi Ruth first came to Arcola to see Marat/Sade back in September 2000. Ruth joined the staff team at Arcola in July 2012, having previously been Chief Executive of CommUNITY Barnet. As Commercial Manager, Ruth leads the organisation on income generation and commercial activity. Her role encompasses fundraising from trusts and foundations, individual giving, sponsorship and maximising income from catering, events and conferencing.

With degrees in Film & Drama and in Gender Studies, she has worked in cinema, theatre and the voluntary sector, focusing on strategy, organisational development, income generation and partnership working for almost 20 years. In her spare time, Ruth teaches film studies, mentors and dabbles in the odd translation.

Engagement Manager: Nick Connaughton Nick joined Arcola in April 2013, leading on youth, community and audience engagement, as well as emerging artist development and employment/routes into industry programmes. He also produces and programmes all work for younger audiences and for Arcola’s community performances companies.

Prior to this, Nick worked for Shakespeare Schools Festival (SSF), working extensively with over one hundred schools and theatres across the UK.  He has run youth engagement projects and festivals internationally, including projects for the NSW Health Department in Australia.

Sustainability Manager: Feimatta Conteh Feimatta joined Arcola 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 enviromental habits. Feimatta manages projects including community outreach programmes, Green Sundays, Future Arcola and other environmental sustainability initiatives at Arcola Theatre.