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Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen
Executive Producer Leyla Nazli
Executive Director Ben Todd
General Manager Jamie Arden
Marketing Manager Barry Wilson
Production Manager Andrew Steel
Commercial Manager Ruth Mulandi
Creative Learning Manager Nick Connaughton
Front of House Manager Charlotte Croft
Sustainability Manager Feimatta Conteh
Kat Armitage, Amelia Hankin, Miriam Mahony, Sarah Kelly, Nika Obydzinski
Hannah Wroe, Luisa Sazani, Seda Yildiz
Harriet Thompson, Haydar Koyel, Rosemara Ruth Mather-Lupton, Roger Suubi, Amy Johnson, Anna Martinou
Interns & Volunteers
Arcola would also like to thank our many Interns, work placements and volunteers who are vital to the successful running of the Arcola and are all valuable members of the Arcola team.
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.
Business Development Consultant: Steve Harris A creative and successful consultant with a ‘hands on’ career in young peoples’ theatre, visual arts, education and regeneration. Current and recent work includes business planning, funding and research with a wide range of UK clients including; Hackney Theatre Partnership, Broadway Theatre Barking, Arcola Theatre Hackney, Art Gene Cumbria, the Arts Council of England, Arts Council – London, Southwark Council/Southwark Arts Forum, Y Touring Theatre, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, New Opportunities Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Learning and Skills Development Agency an the Wildscreen Trust. A strategic thinker, networker and communicator with an in-depth knowledge of national, regional and local public policy frameworks for the arts, regeneration and education.
Marketing Manager: Barry Wilson Barry began his theatre marketing career in the mid 1990′s as Marketing Associate at the Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum / Ahmanson Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. He moved to London in 1998 after being selected by the Young Vic Theatre to create and develop their four-year Funded Ticket Scheme programme. Through broadening the age range and profile of participants in the access initiative, Barry was responsible for attracting thousands of new and non-theatregoers whislt encouraging repeat visits. Subsequently he worked as Marketing Manager at The Bridewell Theatre, The Drill Hall and Riverside Studios. As a freelance Theatre Marketer he was worked for Soho Theatre and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company the latter for whom he devised their three-year marketing and audience development strategy. Prior to joining Arcola Theatre in 2010, Barry was Marketing and Account Manager for London Calling Arts Ltd.
Sustainability Manager: Feimatta Conteh Feimatta joined Arcola in August 2010 from the sustainability team at the 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.