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Freelance Practitioners

Prime Theatre is recruiting for practitioners for workshops, school projects and Youth Theatre over the next academic year. We are committed to working with a diverse array of artists, performers and participants in order to create incredible performances and opportunities for those in our local community and across the South West. We are particularly interested in those trained in British Sign Language & Arts Award. Please see this document for more details.

Closing date Thursday 16th November 2017 please contact Emma Barr emma@primetheatre.co.uk to apply or for more information. 

Other Opportunities

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,  mark@primetheatre.co.uk

Prime Theatre is an Independent Theatre Council Approved Manager and uses union-approved contracts.

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Mark Powell

Mark Powell Artistic Director

Mark 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

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.

Carli Green

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.

Emma Barr

Emma Barr Associate Director

Emma is an Associate Director with Prime Theatre. She plans, manages and runs Prime Youth Theatre activity as well as community projects and ongoing programmes in schools. She has studied and worked in theatre and the performing arts for nearly 10 years, most recently as a freelance director and drama practitioner. She originally trained as a performer with an equal focus in singing, acting and dancing at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada. She followed this course with a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre, and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Since graduating she has worked with a variety of community groups and schools for companies such as Artis Education, Icon Theatre, Hackney Shed and Jackson's Lane. She has taught on Royal Central’s Youth Theatre and Acting Diploma and worked as a musical director on the Applied Theatre course. Alongside her work as a drama practitioner, she works as a director, developing her own work. 

Marnie Forbes Eldridge

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.

Abby Mansi

Abby Mansi Drama Practitioner

Abby is our practitioner working closely with Drove Primary School.  Abby studied Drama and Music Theatre Performance before becoming a lead female vocalist for TED Talent. She is Musical Director of Swindon's BigSingThing, a large community choir as well as leading the Noteables and Songbirds vocal ensembles. She recently set up the Swindon Carers Centre Choir, focusing on well-being through singing together. She was a Singing Leader for Prime's Singing Together production with BBC Wiltshire.

Claire Crawford

Claire Crawford Youth Theatre Practitioner

Claire leads Prime Youth Theatre workshops and is a theatre maker, producer and actor. She graduated from the University of Exeter in 2015 with a degree in Drama and has been producing and creating work ever since. She is a current member of the 12 strong 'Made in Bristol' theatre making development programme at Bristol Old Vic, and works with many different outreach groups in this capacity - as well as creating work with her company; INKBLOC Ensemble. 

Olly Webb

Olly Webb Trainee Director

Olly is a Trainee Director with Prime. He started his theatre journey when he was 14, getting involved in every aspect from acting, to directing, to technical. He works as both a director and actor, especially enjoying adapting ancient scripts to new situations, and devising new theatre. Recently he was Prime’s 3 Month Placement Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. Olly is currently completing his Gold Arts Award. He is also a governor of Drove School and runs workshops for them. 

Amaka Okafor

Amaka Okafor Associate Artist

Amaka is an actor and theatre maker whose recent credits include Hamlet (in separate productions with Andrew Scott and 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 plays Kaz in The Archers.

Ben Buratta

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.

Sarah Butcher

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 directed ‘Last Thursday: A Verbatim Play’ with 200 South West Teenagers.

Jeni Draper

Jeni Draper Associate Artist

Jeni is the newest Associate Artist at Prime Theatre. Jeni trained and worked as an actress for many years and then, in a particularly dry work period, she started learning BSL and over a few more years a new career path opened up to her and she became a qualified sign language interpreter who specialises in working in the Arts. It was a natural leap to combine both passions and become a theatre director. As well as a freelance directing career, she is the Artistic Director of Fingersmiths, a visual, physical theatre company that works with Deaf and hearing actors, presenting plays in both British Sign Language and spoken or written English. Fingersmiths is an Associate Company at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich where the company are based.

Ben Occhipinti

Ben Occhipinti Associate Artist

Ben is Associate Director at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, where he was the resident director on the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme. Ben directs plays, musicals and opera. He is also a professional sound designer and composer. His own writing and compositions include The Teacup Poisoner (the egg),) Jack and the Beanstalk and Spread a Little Happiness (Salisbury Playhouse). For Prime Theatre Ben has worked on A Family Cookbook, This Secret Life, The Laramie Project, The Macbeth Curse, Singing Together and His Dark Materials

Annie Rowe

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

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 is a long-term supporter and funder of the arts.

Sue Welsh

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

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

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.

Emma Carter

Emma Carter Trustee

Emma works in the IT & Telecoms industry as Sales & Marketing Director, and acts as the Finance Director for the Prime Trustees. When she was younger Emma was involved in lots of music projects and supports the difference creativity can make to a young person's aspirations. 

Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin Trustee

Jamila has been writing books for children for over 30 years, as well as plays for radio, television and theatre. Many of her works reflect her childhood in India. Her novel Coram Boy won the 2000 Whitbread Prize as Children's Book of the Year and a stage adaptation was produced by the National Theatre. She is also a patron of the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Sharon Hodge

Sharon Hodge Trustee

Sharon trained as an actor at Drama Centre London. She enjoyed a professional career as both an actor and director, appearing in and directing several Prime Theatre productions before becoming a dedicated theatre and education practitioner. She has designed and delivered theatre and performing arts course at all levels in both colleges and secondary schools. Sharon is currently Head of Performing Arts, Design and Technology in a large Wiltshire secondary school and sixth form college. She develops teaching and learning standards across the South West and is a member of Artsmad: Arts Council England’s Cultural Education Partnership in Swindon. 

Marcus Lilley

Marcus Lilley Trustee

Marcus works in the Marketing team at the Wyvern Theatre & Swindon Arts Centre. He was a member of Prime Youth Theatre for five years and has been a Trustee since 2013. He regularly writes about theatre companies uses video, projection and other technologies in his own performances. 

Barbara Anscombe

Barbara Anscombe Trustee

Barb helps Prime create projects for Deaf children. She is Deaf and works as a Teaching Assistant with Deaf primary pupils. Barb is qualified at Level 6 in British Sign Language. She spends time supporting Swindon's Deaf community and is keen to encourage Deaf children to participate in theatre. 

Daisy

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

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 Evason

Ellis Evason Trustee

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.

Ellis joined the Prime Theatre board as a Trustee in September 2017.

George

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.

Vlad

Vlad Prime Minister

Vlad has been a Prime Youth Member for 7 years. He has been in His Dark Materials, Hansel and Gretel, 2046 and The Odyssey.

Tom

Tom Prime Minister

Tom has been a Prime Youth Member for 3 years. He has been in the 2046 and The Odyssey.

Rachel

Rachel Prime Minister

Rachel has been a part of Prime Youth Theatre for 3 years. She has been in 2046 , The Odsessy and The Old Town Light Switch on.

Poppy

Poppy Prime Minister

Poppy has been with Prime Youth Theatre for one year.

Olivia

Olivia Prime Minister

Olivia has been a part of Prime Youth Theatre for one year. She has taken part in a sharing event at the Shoebox Theatre for Greek Theatre.

Miles

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.

Lissi

Lissi Prime Minister

Lissi has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for one year. She loves drama, dance and animals.

Jarlath

Jarlath Prime Minister

Jarlath has been with Prime Youth Theatre for one term and has taken part in filming 2046.

Benny

Benny Prime Minister

Benny has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for 7 years. He has been in His Dark Materials, Hansel and Gretel, It Snows and Fletchers Bird.

Abi

Abi Prime Minister

Abi has been a Prime Youth Member for two years and has taken part in 2046, The Odyssey and the Lights Switch On.

Ella

Ella Prime Minister

Ella has been a member of Prime Youth Member for one year and has been in 2046.

Eve

Eve Prime Minister

Eve has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for 3 years. She has been in Flitcher’s Bird, His Dark Materials and The Odyssey.

Olivia

Olivia Prime Minister

Olivia has been a Prime Youth Theatre member for one term. She loves acting and wants to become an actor or horse rider later in life.

Imogen

Imogen Prime Minister

Imogen has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for a few years. She wants to be a writer and travel the world in a camper van when she is older.

Ethan

Ethan Prime Minister

Ethan has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for 7 and a half years; he is a workshop assistant for the 2 youngest prime groups, played the lead in Prime’s show Teds Tails, and is currently working on Prime’s latest show: Punk Rock. Ethan has been working in and around the theatre since he was 3 years old and he would like to continue doing so for the rest of the foreseeable future, be it as an actor, director, or teacher.

Mark Powell

Mark Powell
Artistic Director

Mark 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.

Sarah Wrixon

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.

Carli Green

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.

Emma Barr

Emma Barr
Associate Director

Emma is an Associate Director with Prime Theatre. She plans, manages and runs Prime Youth Theatre activity as well as community projects and ongoing programmes in schools.

Marnie Forbes Eldridge

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.

Abby Mansi

Abby Mansi
Drama Practitioner

Abby is our practitioner working closely with Drove Primary School. 

Claire Crawford

Claire Crawford
Youth Theatre Practitioner

Claire leads Prime Youth Theatre workshops. She is a theatre maker, producer and actor. 

Olly Webb

Olly Webb
Trainee Director

Olly is a Trainee Director with Prime, recently completing a 3 Month Placement Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. 

Amaka Okafor

Amaka Okafor
Associate Artist

Amaka is an actor and theatre maker whose recent credits include Hamlet (in separate productions with Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch). Amaka plays Kaz in The Archers. 

Ben Buratta

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.

Sarah Butcher

Sarah Butcher
Associate Artist

Sarah is a Director and Producer and a founding member of Non Zero One, a collective of artists making interactive performances that use technology to explore the role of the audience. 

Jeni Draper

Jeni Draper
Associate Artist

Jeni is the newest Associate Artist at Prime Theatre.

Ben Occhipinti

Ben Occhipinti
Associate Artist

Ben is Associate Director at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, where he was the resident director on the Regional Theatre Young Directors Scheme.

Annie Rowe

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. 

Paul Sandhurst Gregory

Paul Sandhurst Gregory
Chair of Trustees

Paul runs his own lettings agency in Swindon and has been a long-term supporter and funder of the arts. As a volunteer, Paul has chaired Swindon Borough Council’s Equality Forum and well as Churchfields Academy.

Sue Welsh

Sue Welsh
Trustee

Sue has been a Prime Theatre trustee for over 5 years, is Head of Drama at Crowdys Hill School and is also a trained clown.

Pete Horwat

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. 

Tracy Sullivan

Tracy Sullivan
Trustee

Tracy is Director of Trowbridge Arts, a project developing a centre for arts, culture and heritage in Wiltshire’s county town. Tracy has worked with Prime Theatre for over 10 years as a programmer and board member.

Emma Carter

Emma Carter
Trustee

Emma works in the IT & Telecoms industry as Sales & Marketing Director, and acts as Finance Director for Prime's Trustees. 

Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin
Trustee

Jamila has been writing books for children for over 30 years, as well as plays for radio, television and theatre. Many of her works reflect her childhood in India

Sharon Hodge

Sharon Hodge
Trustee

Sharon trained as an actor at Drama Centre London. She develops teaching and learning standards across the South West. 

Marcus Lilley

Marcus Lilley
Trustee

Marcus works in the Marketing team at the Wyvern Theatre & Swindon Arts Centre. He was a once a member of Prime Youth Theatre. 

Barbara Anscombe

Barbara Anscombe
Trustee

Barb helps Prime create projects for Deaf children. She works as a Teaching Assistant with Deaf primary pupils. 

Daisy

Daisy
Prime Minister

Daisy is a member of Prime Youth Theatre, assists with workshops and has performed in The Laramie Project, The Odyssey and the Suffragette Project.

Caitlin

Caitlin
Prime Minister

Caitlin is a member of Prime Youth Theatre, assist with workshops and has been involved in The Odyssey.

Ellis Evason

Ellis Evason
Trustee

Ellis is a Young Trustee and a member of Prime Youth Theatre. He assists with workshops, produces promotional films and has both contributed as a writer and actor to The Odyssey. 

George

George
Prime Minister

George is a member of Prime Youth Theatre and has appeared in The Odyssey, the Old Town Light Switch On and Singing Together.

Vlad

Vlad
Prime Minister

Vlad has been a Prime Youth Member for 7 years.

Tom

Tom
Prime Minister

Tom has been a Prime Youth Member for 3 years. 

Rachel

Rachel
Prime Minister

Rachel has been a part of Prime Youth Theatre for 3 years. 

Poppy

Poppy
Prime Minister

Poppy has been with Prime Youth Theatre for one year.

Olivia

Olivia
Prime Minister

Olivia has been a part of Prime Youth Theatre for one year. 

Miles

Miles
Prime Minister

Miles has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for two years. 

Lissi

Lissi
Prime Minister

Lissi has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for one year. 

Jarlath

Jarlath
Prime Minister

Jarlath has been with Prime Youth Theatre for one term.

Benny

Benny
Prime Minister

Benny has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for 7 years. 

Abi

Abi
Prime Minister

Abi has been a Prime Youth Member for two years.

Ella

Ella
Prime Minister

Ella has been a member of Prime Youth Member for one year and has been in 2046.

Eve

Eve
Prime Minister

Eve has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for 3 years.

Olivia

Olivia
Prime Minister

Olivia has been a Prime Youth Theatre member for one term.

Imogen

Imogen
Prime Minister

Imogen has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for a few years. 

Ethan

Ethan
Prime Minister

Ethan has been a member of Prime Youth Theatre for 7 and a half years.