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Mark Powell Artistic Director
Mark is our Artistic Director, he leads the company and chooses the plays, projects, artists and young people we work with. He also directs some of our professional and youth productions. Mark first worked for Prime Theatre from 2001-4 as Youth & Education Director, then (after ten years as Associate Director at Salisbury Playhouse) he returned to Prime in 2014. He is a school governor at Drove Primary School and has been a trustee and chair for several arts charities. Mark writes plays and musicals, the most recent being ‘The Teacup Poisoner’ for The Egg, where he also an Incubator Artist. Mark is a member of Arts Council England's South West Area Council, he is also the UK International Rep for ASSITEJ and Vice Chair of Theatre for Young Audiences U.K. Mark is an Arts Award Adviser. He has a British Sign Language Level 1 qualification and is studying for Level 2.
Sarah Wrixon Company Manager
Sarah is our Company Manager, she looks after the day to day running of Prime Theatre but also takes care of all aspects of the productions we produce. Sarah loves technical theatre and gives her spare time to many local performances. Sarah has stage managed and produced several Prime productions. Sarah leads Prime Youth Theatre’s Technical Crew. She is an Arts Award Adviser. Sarah is studying for a British Sign Language Level 1 qualification.
Marnie Forbes Eldridge Associate Director
Marnie is an Associate Director. She looks after IMPACT, Prime's regional creative skills and Arts Award projects for young people Not In Education, Employment or Training. She has directed, acted and written for and about theatre for over twenty years and had a creative relationship with Prime Theatre for fourteen years as well as working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, RADA, regional theatres such as Salisbury Playhouse and The Everyman, Cheltenham. She has a Masters in Theatre Studies and has lectured at University of the West of England and taught in various educational establishments. Marnie's focus is actor training, applied theatre and storytelling.
Aaron Parsons Associate Director
Aaron is one of Prime's two Associate Directors and leads Prime Youth Theatre, as well as working with schools, and directing productions. Aaron started off his arts journey at 11 years old by joining a youth dance company that toured Europe. He became a young ambassador for the arts, speaking at political conferences and education events to promote the importance of access to the arts for young people. Aaron then joined a youth theatre and fell in love with drama, studying Theatre, TV and Film at Aberystwyth University. He has a Masters Degree in Directing from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Aaron is studying for his British Sign Language Level 1 qualification.
Carli Green Young Artist
Carli is our Young Artist and is also a member of Prime Youth Theatre. He supports and leads workshops with youth theatre and Prime Projects. He also appeared in our production of Butterfly for Early Years. Carli went to Swindon's Eldene Primary School and the Commonweal Secondary School where he now leads the schools after-school drama workshops. Carli supports our workshops for Trowbridge Young Company and at Larkrise Special School.
Kirsty Winnan Artsmark & Arts Award Associate
Kirsty is our Artsmark and Arts Award Associate. Kirsty has a background in music, has been a school leader in both primary and secondary schools, a regional officer for Youth Music and a director of several arts education organisations. She is an experienced trainer and adviser and has supported Artsmark schools since Artsmark began. Kirsty led the arts in an Artsmark Gold school which also became an Artsmark national centre for good practice.
Amaka Okafor Associate Artist
Amaka is an actor and theatre maker whose recent credits include Hamlet (with Benedict Cumberbatch), The Little Mermaid (Shared Experience) and Glasgow Girls (National Theatre of Scotland). A previous Prime Theatre trustee, Amaka has also performed in our productions of Grimm Tales and The Wasp in the Wig. Amaka was a member of the BBC Radio Company and currently plays Kaz in The Archers.
Ben Buratta Associate Artist &Trustee
Ben is Artistic Director of Outbox Theatre and a full-time lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Applied Theatre Practices. He has worked as a freelance director and workshop leader across many leading theatres and within a broad range of arts, community and education contexts. Ben is from Swindon and was once a member of Prime Youth Theatre. After studying at university he returned to Prime Theatre as the Youth Theatre Leader. Ben is both a Trustee and Associate Artist.
Sarah Butcher Associate Artist
Sarah is a director and producer and a founding member of Non Zero One, a collective of six artists making interactive performances that use technology to look at the role and responsibility of the audience. Their work has been commissioned by the Barbarian, Battersea Arts Centre, the National Theatre and the Science Museum. Originally from Swindon and a pupil at Kingsdown Secondary School, Sarah was a member of Prime Youth Theatre and the company's first young trustee. She created and complied ‘Last Thursday: A Verbatim Play’ with 200 South West Teenagers. She also appeared once in a Will Young video.
Annie Rowe Trustee
Annie is an independent freelance Casting Director. She casts for theatre, film and tv and specialises in casting new writing projects for the theatre. A holder of a lifelong passion for the Arts, Annie trained as an actor at the National Youth Theatre and Royal Academy for Dramatic Art. She appeared in many theatre productions before becoming a Casting Director and a Trustee of Prime Theatre.
Paul Sandhurst Gregory Chair of Trustees
Paul graduated with a degree in architecture from Reading University, Berkshire and later joined a firm of surveyors in Swindon. He set up his own lettings firm before joining the board of Hamptons estate agents. As a volunteer, Paul has chaired Swindon Borough Council’s Equality Forum and Churchfields Academy. Paul has also been a member of Wessex’s Hate Crime Scrutiny panel, an Independent Advisor to Wiltshire’s Criminal Justice Board and worked as a magistrate. Paul is currently a director of Belgravia Lettings Ltd, Air Support Solutions and Swindon Heritage. Paul has been a long-term supporter and funder of the arts.
Sue Welsh Trustee
Sue has been a Prime Theatre trustee for over 5 years. It was through her role as Head of Drama at Crowdys Hill School for pupils with complex needs that she first got to know the company. Sue also works as a freelance theatre practitioner specialising in disability performance and is currently training as a Sacred Clown.
Pete Horwat Trustee
Pete works in the electronics industry as a Sales Director and heads the Worldwide Sales Channels. Pete is Vice-Chair and advises on Prime Theatre on strategic business development. He is married with 3 daughters and 1 grandson. Pete enjoys spending time with his family, golf, walking, football, theatre, cinema and travelling.
Tracy Sullivan Trustee
Tracy has worked in the arts in Wiltshire for over 12 years in the strategic development across the county and as a venue director. Tracy is Director of Trowbridge Arts, a project developing a centre for arts, culture and heritage in Wiltshire’s county town. Based at Trowbridge Town Hall, Tracy's work includes a strong focus on the engagement and development of young people as performers and curators. Tracy has worked with Prime Theatre for over 10 years as a programmer and board member.
Abi Prime Minister
Abi has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for nearly two years, and has been involved in The Odyssey, the Old Town Light performance and a development project for a new adaptation of Animal Farm by David Lane (for the egg theatre, Bath). Abi would like to get more experiences of being on stage and screen before she plans to train as a drama teacher, so she can share her love of drama with others.
Ava Prime Minister
Daisy Prime Minister
Daisy has been a member for Prime Youth Theatre for four years, assists with workshops and has performed in The Laramie Project, The Odyssey and the Suffragette Project. Acting is really important to her and is looking to apply to drama school this year to help build her career and continue acting for the rest of her life.
Caitlin Prime Minister
Caitlin has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for six and a half years; she assists with workshops and has appeared in Ted's Tails, His Dark Materials, and Fitcher's Bird. She is passionate about the performing arts and would like to be an actress or drama teacher in the future.
Ellis Prime Minister
Ellis has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for eight years, he assists with workshops, produces promotional films, performed in The Box of Lost Secrets, and has both contributed as a writer and actor to The Odyssey. He aims to find a job in the future that feeds his creativity and allows him to express his ideas through the arts.
Felix Prime Minister
Felix has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for nearly two years, and has been involved in Fitcher's Bird, The Odyssey and the Old Town Light performance. He sees youth theatre as a place to learn new skills, have fun, and make new friends. In the future he would like to become a Computer Game Designer or a Computer Scientist.
Freya Prime Minister
Freya is a member of Prime Youth Theatre, assists with workshops, and has appeared in The Laramie Project, The Odyssey and the Suffragette Project.
George Prime Minister
George is a member of Prime Youth Theatre and has appeared inThe Odyssey, the Old Town Light Switch On and Singing Together.
Georgia Prime Minister
Georgia is a member of Prime Youth Theatre and has appeared in The Odyssey and the Old Town Light Switch On.
Josh Prime Minister
Josh is a member of Prime Youth Theatre and has appeared in The Odyssey and Singing Together.
Katie Prime Minister
Katie has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for four years, assists with workshops, and has appeared in The Laramie Project, The Odyssey, Singing Together and the Suffragette Project. She is also a Prime Youth Theatre playwright and contributed to The Odyssey. Katie loves the opportunity to write, act and learn about theatre, and would like a job in the future that allows her to do all of those things.
Abby Mansi Practitioner
Abby is Musical Director of Swindon's BigSingThing, a large community choir. She also leads the Noteables and Songbirds vocal ensembles. Abby enjoys delivering Musical Theatre and Drama classes for Tanwood School for Performing Arts. She recently set up the Swindon Carers Centre Choir, focusing on wellbeing through singing together.
Having graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Drama and Music Theatre Performance from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Abby embarked on a season overseas as lead female vocalist for TED Talent. She loves working with students of all ages and experience levels, sharing the Arts!
Abi Prime Minister
Aby has been a Prime Youth Member for two years and has taken part in 2046, The Odyssey and the Lights Switch On.
Benny Prime Minister
Benny has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for seven years. He has been in His Dark Materials, Hansel and Gretel, It Snows and Fletchers Bird.
Jarlath Prime Minister
Jarlath has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for one term and has taken part in filming 2046.
Poppy Prime Minister
Poppy has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for one year.
Olivia Prime Minister
Olivia has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for one year. She has taken part in a sharing event at the Shoebox Theatre for Greek Theatre.
Vlad Prime Minister
Vlad has been a Prime Youth Member for seven years. He has been in His Dark Materials, Hansel and Gretel, 2046 and The Odyssey.
Tom Prime Minister
Tom has been a Prime Youth Member for three years. He has been in 2046 and The Odyssey.
Lissi Prime Minister
Lissi has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for one year.
Miles Prime Minister
Miles has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for two years. He has taken part in Grease , 2046 and The Odyssey.
Ella Prime Minister
Ella has been a member of Prime Youth Member for one year and has been in 2046.
Prime Theatre is always keen to hear from actors, artists and technicians who are interested in our work and share our values.
We especially like meeting artists in or from the South West.
Casting opportunities appear on this page and are advertised through Spotlight, professional actors agencies and independent casting directors.
If you are a theatre student, young artist or new company we are keen to help support and develop you. Do invite us to see your work.
Please send CVs and other information to Mark Powell, Artistic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
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