Staff Team

Artistic Director Phil Willmott
Producer Sofi Berenger for Iris Theatre
Executive Producer Suzanna Rosenthal

Board of trustees
Rory Coonan (Chair), Nigel Godfrey, Rebecca Maltby, Jeremy Meadow, Martin Nee & Tim Sawers

Flora Fraser, James Hughes-Hallett, Skye McAlpine, Isabelle Laurent & Kevin Pakenham

2018 Creative Team and Biogs

Phil Willmott - Adaptations & Director of King Arthur

Phil Willmott is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist and actor. He has worked in theatres across the world on everything from classical drama, musicals and family shows to cabaret and cutting edge new writing including notable productions at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, The National Theatre Studio, Nottingham Playhouse, in the West End and for ten years as an associate artist at B.A.C. He is Artistic Director of his own multi award winning theatre company The Steam Industry (incorporating The Finborough Theatre where he’s the founding Artistic Director and The Phil Willmott Company) and of free theatre at The Scoop. He’s been a recipient of a Peter Brook award for innovation and entertaining theatre for his classical and family shows, a UK Theatre Award for outstanding musical production, whatsonstage award nominations for best regional and Off West End productions, a Brooks Atkinson/Royal Court award in new York for playwriting and 4 Spirit of Broadway Awards. A list of his full credits can be found on his website is

Justin Williams & Jonny Rust -  Set Designers

Justin is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, specialising in design and scenic art with a passion for video and graphic design. Justin’s work often combines texture with dramatic lighting to create a sense of heightened reality in his designs and his ability to repurpose materials makes his scenic work memorable and immersive having earned him nominations for awards including multiple Offie nominations for Best Set Designer. Jonny Rust trained at London College of Music and is Justin’s assistant designer.

Justin and Jonny’s recent design work includes Heartbreak House, Carmen, The Cherry Orchard, Imagine This, and The Hired Man (Union); 35MM Musical (The Other Palace); All Or Nothing Musical (Waterloo Vaults Installation); Through the Mill and Confessional (Southwark); Kicked in the Sh*tter (Hope Theatre); Tribe (London Theatre Workshop); Glockenspiel (Tristan Bates) and scenic artist on The Roof (National Theatre) and Freddy, Ted and the Death of Joe Orton (London Theatre Workshop).

Roger Bartlett - Fight Director

Roger is an Equity Registered Fight Director, an associate of Iris Theatre, resident fight director for the Abbey Theatre, St Albans and Master of stage combat at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

He is a graduate of the International Stunt School and has taught combat workshops around the world including the USA, Israel, Germany and the Ukraine.

His book, Stage Combat: Unarmed (published by Nick Hern Books) is available in store and online.

Theatre credits include: Eugene Onegin(OperaUpClose), Zorro – The Musical (Green Room Productions), A Christmas Treasure Island(Hull Truck Theatre), Peter Pan (Wolverhampton Grand), Robin Hood (Kings Lynn Corn Exchange), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Liverpool Everyman), African Gothic (Park Theatre), King Charles III (Birmingham Rep & Tour), A Local Boy (Pleasance, London), One Man 2 Guvnors (RNT - Associate Fight Director), Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest (Paines Plough), Kidnapped (Sell-A-Door UK Tour), Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (Gala Theatre Durham), Wind in the Willows(West Yorkshire Playhouse), Blue Heart Afternoon(Hampstead Downstairs), Otieno (Southwark Playhouse) and Carmen for OperaUpClose (Soho Theatre).

For film, Roger has choreographed fights for various short films including Purple Heather(Constellations Entertainment) (Best British Short Film – Southampton Film Festival) and worked as part of the stunt team for Madness in the MethodRise of the Footsoldier – The Pat Tate StoryApocalypseHammer of the Gods, and seasons two and three of the popular TV show Vikings.

Penn O'Gara - Costume Designer

Penn graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas with an MFA in Costume Design. Last year was her Scoop debut, when she costumed Crime and Punishment and The Wawel Dragon.

Other design credits include Princess Caraboo, Dream of the Dog, Moliere, and Larkrise to Candleford (Finborough), Tiger Tail (Nuffield, Southampton), Othello (Singapore Rep), Roman Nights (New End), Shadow Box (Southwark Playhouse), Antigone (Ustinov, Bath),The Magic Flute and Macbeth (Bristol Opera), Two Noble Kinsmen (Bristol New Vic), Three Sisters and Anyone Can Whistle (Union, Southwark) and most recently Incident at Vichy (Kings Head). 

When not working in the theatre she creates strange dolls under the banner of The Itinerant Bizarrium.

Chris Lincé -Video Content and Projection Designer

Chris has created video content for the ENO’s ‘Iolanthe’ at The Coliseum, John Finnemore’s 2018 national tour, Max Dickins’ play ‘The Man On The Moor’, the musical ‘Takeaway’ at the The Theatre Royal, Stratford East, and comedians Jess Robinson, Anna Morris, and Beth Vyse. He also provided animation for Channel 4’s ‘My Funniest Year’ with Chris Addison, and has directed numerous stand-up comedy shows and music videos, including Pig With The Face Of A Boy’s ‘Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris’. Chris is the co-producer of Hermetic Arts with writer/performer Carrie Marx, and co-created the shows ‘BADD: Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons’, ‘Unburied’, and the forthcoming ‘April’. @Hermetic_Arts

Maddy Wade - Stage Manager

Maddy is a freelance stage manager with a first class BA in technical stage production. Based in the midlands she has worked extensively at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and with a strong interest in community work, credits there include We’re Here Because We’re Here (Stage Manager), Stadium (Assistant Stage Manager) and Woyzeck (ASM). With another interest being touring, other credits include Between The Two (SM), Women and Theatre’s Summer Times (SM and maker) and more recently the UK and international tour of Guess How Much I Love You (Tech CSM). Maddy is very excited to be working with Gods and Monsters this summer, as she holds the same view of how important it is to make theatre accessible for everyone.

Sofi Berenger - Producer

Sofi is an award-winning theatre and film producer from Melbourne, Australia. Starting her career in film production, Sofi produced a number of award-winning shorts and worked on projects for clients such as World Vision, TopShop, Live Nation, London ZSL Zoo, HSBC and Cornetto.

This is Sofi’s second year producing London’s Free Open Air Theatre Season. She is also the general manager of Iris Theatre where she has worked on Macbeth, Hansel & Gretel and the Witch Baba Yaga, The Tempest, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and Much Ado About Nothing,

As an independent producer Sofi has worked in venues such as the Arcola Theatre, Arts Theatre, Jermyn St Theatre and St James’ Theatre. Upcoming productions include: Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy (National Tour); Arabian Nights (Iris Theatre at Hoxton Hall), Cuckoo (Soho Theatre); It’ll Be Alt-Right on the Night (Tristan Bates Theatre, Theatre Deli Sheffield & LIVE Theatre); We’re Staying Right Here (Park Theatre); Spiderfly (Theatre503).

Previous productions include: Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy (VAULT Festival & Pleasance Theatre); Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope (Arts Theatre & Jermyn St); The Silence of Snow (Leicester Square Theatre & Arts Theatre); Noa & Gil Dor in Concert, Shorts Up (The Arts Theatre); Chummy, Stasis (White Bear Theatre); An Evening of Webborn & Finn (St James Theatre); Romance/Romance (Landor Theatre); Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre & Neuss Globe); Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre).

Justin Murray - Director of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Justin Murray has previously worked with Phil Wilmott on The Odyssey at The Scoop last year, and on The Cherry Orchard at The Union Theatre. He left Durham University with a first-class degree in Classics and has trained extensively through the Young Vic Directors Program. He was Associate Director of Actors of Dionysus for whom he directed Antigone (R&D). Justin is artistic director of Catharsis and has directed their previous four shows, Hippolytus, Hecuba, purged, and The Complete Greek Tragedies In One Hour. As associate director: Dream (The Courtyard) and Rounds (Southwark Playhouse / Bolton Octagon). Other recent work includes A Beautiful Day Forever (Wandsworth Fringe),  Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy at the Edinburgh Fringe, and an excerpt of People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, translated into Lithuanian, as part of the Juozas Miltinis European Directors’ Residency in Lithuania. 

Francesca Bridge-Cicic - Movement Director & Choreographer

Francesca Bridge-Cicic originally trained as a dancer at the Paris Conservatoire. She continued her training in Classical Acting at Drama Centre London, before honing her movement skills at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute Moscow. Francesca now works as a movement director and director worldwide: in film, theatre and the contemporary art world. She is a co-founder of Sandglass Productions with the director Joseph Blatchely; a film production company specialising in the documentation and study of performing the worlds greatest playwrights. Along side her directing she is currently training at the National Centre for Circus Skills London, coaches Movement and Ballet for the Court Theatre Training Company, and is part of the Young Directorship Scheme at the Young Vic. Francesca is currently directing Calcutta a main stage production for The Brighton Early Music Festival in November following that she is directing a pioneering production of A Midsummer Nights Dream combining, classical acting, new compositions and circus acts, which will open in London in February 2018.

Ben Jacobs - Lighting Designer

Ben trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and recently won the Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design.

Lighting design credits include: Sister (Ovalhouse); Maggie & Pierre, Dolphins & Sharks, The Melting Pot (Finborough); Hamlet (RCSSD); Imagine This, Privates on Parade, Carmen 1808 (Union); Edward II, Lord of the Flies (Greenwich); In Event of Moone Disaster, The State We're In, EleXion (Theatre503); People We Didn't Quite Meet, Red, Are We Stronger Than Winston (The Place); Cuncrete, Mrs Armitage And The Big Wave (National Tour); The State of Things, Side By Side By Sondheim, Macbeth (OFFIE Nom. Best Lighting Design); Edgar Allen Poe Double Bill, Frankenstein, Wolves of Willoughby Chase (OFFIE Nom. Best Lighting Design); Adam & Eve, Three Sisters (Jack Studio); Free Fall, Bismillah! (Pleasance London); Jamaica Inn, Fanny And Faggot ,The Lost Happy Endings (Tabard); Macbeth (Bussey Building); When the Dove Returns (Blue Elephant Theatre); Fluxorama (Clifftown Theatre); Citizen Puppet (New Diorama); Free Fall (Pleasance); The Greene Card (The Space); Bibs Boats Borders & Bastards (Cockpit); Lunatic, The League of Youth (Theatre N16); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (LESOCO).

Associate Lighting: Project O (Southbank Centre); Crave (Prague Quadrennial); Les Misérables (Imperial Theatre, Tokyo); Miss Sarah (ZOO Venues, Edinburgh); Legally Blonde (Watford Palace). Assistant Lighting: The Lorax (Old Vic); Out of His Skin (UK Tour); Finding Joy (UK Tour).

Theo Holloway - Sound Designer

Theo has over a hundred professional credits as a composer and sound designer, including nine seasons at the Scoop at More London.

Other credits include: These Shining Lives, Adult Supervision, Sleeping Beauty, Stroke of Luck, Rapunzel, and Building the Wall for the Park Theatre; At the Mountains of Madness, The Trials of Galileo, Hedda Gabler, Spring Awakening, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, & Hamlet for Icarus Theatre; Charley Bear’s Christmas Adventure (The Ambassador’s Theatre), Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (UK Tour, Edinburgh), Gutted, Shalom Baby, The Graft, Two Women, There's Something About Simmi (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Third Floor (Trafalgar Studios), Parade (Southwark Playhouse), Corrie! (The Lowry), A Plague Over England and Sign of the Times (Duchess Theatre) and pantomimes for Qdos, First Family, Newbury Corn Exchange and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is Associate Sound Designer for Woman in Black (Fortune Theatre and on tour), and for international productions of Impossible.

Theo sings and plays bass for The September Men – their self-titled debut album is available now from all major streaming and download services.

He also works as a technical consultant and developer for live sound, specialising in radio frequency engineering.

Lara Alier - Assistant Director

Earlier this year, Lara assisted directed Carmen ( dir. Phil Wilmott) at the Union Theatre. Lara is a member of Barbara Houseman's all-female ensemble called Dangerous Space. Previous theatre credits as an actress include: The Arsonists ( dir. Jake Smith), Calcutta ( Tempus Fugit Enseble, Brigthon Early music Festival), The Last Cabaret (site-specific)  

She has worked as an artist liasion for the Latin Americam Theatre Festival  and also as guest theatre critic for the online magazine The Play´s the Thing UK.

Jake Evans - Production Manager

Jake is a production manager, stage manager, propmaker and tech all rounder.

Theatre includes: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (The Showstoppers), Backstage in Biscuit Land (Touretteshero), SYMPHONY (Nabokov/Paines Plough), Failed States (Dysphoria Arts), The Adventure (Bad Physics), Strindberg's Women (Andy Jordan Productions).

Magic and Comedy includes: Jamie Raven Live and The All Star Stand-up Tour (RIP Productions).

Film includes: Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens (Lucasfilm).

Television includes: The Next Great Magician (Crook Productions for ITV1).