BA Theatre Production 2020

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Farah Abdelwahab

Specialist area: Scenic & Video Design

At a young age Farah moved frequently and attended schools in various countries. Whilst at GSA, she has used these international experiences to influence and support her work for video and set design and realisation. She enjoys the open collaboration design allows, and is not shy to learn new technologies to aid or improve a production. Outside of GSA, she is constantly at work expanding her network of peers and skills

She has worked as a Production Designer for various musical artists such as Havelock, Ashnikko and Skinnyville. As a digital admirer, Farah has a professional understanding of Autodesk, Maya, Sketchup and Adobe Creative Suite. Through GSA, she has built up a basic understanding of 3D printing and prefers digital model making as she enjoys the possibilities to incorporate them into VR/AR model sets. Going forward, Farah hopes to use her varied background to create interesting spaces and experiences, via exhibitions and interior design in Egypt and abroad.

Set Designer Lucky Stiff, PATS Studio Theatre
Assistant Designer Bad Girls, Bellairs Theatre
Video Realisation All About My Mother, PATS Studio Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

Instagram: @pitypizzaparty

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Ryan Anstey

Specialist Area: Sound

Ryan is hardworking, driven and motivated when he is working on a production, with skills in both sound and lighting within the theatre and events industry. During his time at the Guildford School of Acting, he has gained experience working on both plays and musicals with show roles ranging from Sound No.3 to Sound No.1 and Production Sound Engineer, all of which he has enjoyed and showed versatility in switching between roles and adapting to different environments.

Before university, he had worked on small scale productions while at sixth form working in his local theatre as a sound engineer, this is where he caught ‘the bug’ and where his career began. Leaving university, Ryan would love to work as a Sound No.1 on an international tour with a theatre production company and travel the world, however on the other end of the scale, he would also like to be able to sound design a West End Musical sometime in the future.

Sound Designer Alice in Wonderland UK Tour 2019
Production Sound Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Sound No.1 A Christmas Carol, Bellairs Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

Facebook: Ryan Anstey

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Tabitha Elser

Specialist Area: Stage Management

Tabitha first became interested in theatre when she went to watch her first musical, the 2004 tour of Starlight Express. This wonderful production opened her eyes to the exciting world of musical theatre and she decided she wanted the opportunity to work within that realm.

Throughout Tabitha’s time at Guildford School of Acting she has been Assistant, Deputy and Stage Manager on a number of productions. Her biggest opportunity was being Stage Manager of The Little Mermaid in November of 2019. This role challenged her and gave her the confidence she needed to follow her chosen career.

With an interest in working within all areas of stage management from ballet to theme parks to musical theatre, Tabitha is keen to continue with her career. She is eager to gain more experience as a freelancer to continue building up her skills.

Stage Management Work PlacementThe Royal Ballet
Assistant Stage Manager/Props Scoring a Century, British Youth Opera
Stage Manager The Little Mermaid, Bellairs Theatre
Curriculum Vitae

Twitter: @TabithaElser1
LinkedIn: /tabitha-elser
Instagram: @telser1

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Eleanor Molly Gregson

Specialist Area: Design Realisation

Eleanor thrives on artistic freedom, and her love for film and live entertainment allows her to confidently push her boundaries in diverse ways.

Eleanor’s evolution from stage management to design realisation during her time at Guildford School of Acting has let her experience a variety of roles: Stage Crew, ASM, Prop Supervisor, Puppet Maker, Scenic Painter and Wardrobe Dresser. Eleanor’s artistic background has equipped her with excellent drawing and painting skills and a sense of artistic expression. She has the ability to work from and interpret a design brief whilst demonstrating a keen eye for detail and staying loyal to the designer’s vision.

Her most notable experiences include working with Netflix (Oblik Productions) as the Set Decoration Assistant on the upcoming film Eurovision. Eleanor has widened her knowledge of prop making and buying, as well as assisting the Set Decoration and Art Department, on this large-scale operation.

After graduation, Eleanor is eager to grow as a practitioner by experiencing and working in different creative realms from live theatre to film and television. 

Set Decoration Assistant Netflix’s Eurovision 2020, Warner Brother Studios.
Prop Department Universal Studios’ Last Christmas 2019, West London Film Studio
Stage Crew/Aerial FX Operator Paul Holman Associates’ Peter Pan 2017, The Harlequin Theatre and Cinema

Curriculum Vitae

Mandy: /eleanor-molly-gregson
Instagram: @eleanormollygregson

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Jordan Harris

Specialist Area: Stage and Production Management

Jordan is an enthusiastic, focused and highly motivated individual with a broad range of skills within theatre and events management. Through his time at Guildford School of Acting, he has developed a fantastic working knowledge of the industry and the various departments within it, furthered by his professional work in the West End and touring. New challenges and experiences are what drew Jordan to the entertainment industry, and continue to excite him in his work today.

Starting his career in the events industry, Jordan has a love for all forms of live entertainment, as well as meeting a variety of people. During his time at GSA he has experienced a range of stage management and production management roles, whilst developing skills within lighting, sound, projection and carpentry.

As an aspiring Production Manager, Jordan hopes to expand his pool of skills and knowledge whilst undertaking various freelance roles after graduation. He hopes that his attention to detail and all round positive attitude will prove to be his biggest assets when working in the industry

Company Stage Manager The Red Lion Tour
Stage Manager Operation Ouch Live!, The Apollo Theatre
Production Manager GSA Autumn Musical Season, Bellairs Theatre
Curriculum Vitae

Mandy: jordan-harris-4 
Linked in: Jordan Harris

Twitter: @Jharris_tech

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Sam Hill

Specialist Area: Lighting

From a very early age Sam has been involved in many aspects of the events industry including lighting and sound. Right from the start, Sam has thrown himself into his roles at GSA, as part of the lighting team or crew for various shows. He is always looking for new challenges to face and overcome.

Sam has experience in programme for shows including 3 Winters, The Hired Man and Mack and Mabel. Having spent his industry placement working with Siyan, Sam has widened his knowledge and skill set even further and has ended up with a whole new range of experiences whilst working in the rock and roll industry.

During his spare time, Sam has worked on many live music productions, such as Voice in a Million at SSE Wembley Arena.

Sam has participated in multiple freelance roles within events, rock and roll, and theatre, including Colours Ball. Through being involved in the Surrey Stage Crew, Sam has gained even more experience through productions there.

One of his favourite experiences was as Lighting Programmer and Operator for Strictly Come Surrey 2019. Sam was also involved when the Prince’s Trust came to Surrey in 2020.

Production Electrician The Little Mermaid, Bellairs Theatre
Lighting Programmer Strictly Come Surrey 2019
Production Electrician Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Curriculum Vitae


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Rosie Hollywood

Specialist Area: Wardrobe

Throughout her time at GSA, Rosie has enjoyed a variety of different roles. Starting off in stage management, she enjoyed many Assistant Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager roles, primarily on musicals. She thoroughly enjoyed working as a Dresser and Make-Up Assistant on Shrek the Musical, which is where she discovered her love for costume.

Since then, she has gained valuable skills in sewing, wardrobe managing and costume making through her roles as Senior Wardrobe Assistant on A Christmas Carol and The Little Mermaid. She has worked professionally as a Junior Wardrobe Assistant in opera, at the Longborough Festival opera as well as shadowing Make Up Assistants at Glyndebourne. She has also completed a Costume Design for Performance short course at the University of Arts London in the aim of having a complete understanding of the design process in costume.

Looking to gain more experience and broaden her skills in costume as well as make up, Rosie aims to work closely with Wardrobe Supervisors and Make Up Assistants on big scale productions in theatre and film, in the hopes of being able to travel in England and abroad

Senior Wardrobe Assistant/Wardrobe Manager Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Senior Wardrobe Assistant The Little Mermaid, Bellairs Theatre
Junior Wardrobe Assistant Anna Bolenna and Don Giovanni, Longborough Festival Opera
Curriculum Vitae

Instagram: @rhollywoodcostume

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Eleanor Kaye

Specialist Area: Stage Management

During her time at Guildford School of Acting, Eleanor has worked on numerous shows, undertaking all roles within stage management. She prides herself on her positive work ethic and diligence, endeavouring to resolve problems before they arise. Experience in working on plays, musicals and pantomimes, Eleanor is a very versatile Stage Manager and can adapt to any situation and work environment. She has gained experience in prop making, sourcing and show calling, as well as running a show backstage.

Major learning experiences include working as Stage Management Assistant and Production Runner on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the London Palladium where she developed her sourcing skills and gained a huge amount of knowledge of large-scale musical theatre shows.

Eleanor is looking forward to graduating and following a career in stage management. She would like to use her skills to work as an Assistant Stage Manager on a large-scale musical before eventually progressing to become a Stage Manager.

SM Assistant and Production Runner Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, London Palladium
Production Runner Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium
Stage Manager Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

Twitter: @EleanorKaye

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Katy McDaid

Specialist Area: Stage Management

Katy is a creative, hard-working and highly motivated individual. She is a focused member of the team with experience in all areas of stage management.

During her time Guildford School of Acting, Katy has developed a great working knowledge of the industry and has become an excellent member of the team.

With experience as SM, DSM and ASM, Katy has worked with many freelancers and professionals, and has built great working relationships. She aspires to work professionally in stage management, in which her credits include Bad Girls The Musical and The Country of the Blind. Strengths of hers include prop-making and painting, and she prides herself in her ability to remain a positive team member and negotiate in difficult situations.

Katy hopes to broaden her experience and widen her skill set as a freelancer and looks forward to the challenges and experiences that lie ahead.

Stage ManagerOedipus/Antigone. Bellairs Theatre.
Deputy Stage ManagerAll About My Mother. PATS Studio Theatre.
Assistant Stage ManagerBad Girls The Musical. Bellairs Theatre
Curriculum Vitae

LinkedIn: / katy-mcdaid-158246177

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Freya Mills

Specialist Area: Stage Management and Wardrobe

During her training at Guildford School of Acting, Freya has exceeded her practical skills in wardrobe as well as stage management. With her positive attitude and friendly nature, Freya is driven and dedicated to her work.

Freya has had the opportunity to ASM and DSM a variety of shows inside and outside of GSA such as ASM on 3 Winters, Cinderella, BA Acting Showcase, A Christmas Carol and Oklahoma! and DSM on BA Musical Theatre Showcase. Alongside stage management, Freya has picked up new skills in wardrobe such as sewing and dressing. She put her new-found skills into action as Wardrobe Assistant on Crossing Lines at CFT and Andorra which is where she learnt dressmaking. Followed by Dresser on Shrek the Musical and Dresser on Mamma Mia at her local theatre.

Freya is eager to graduate, and build upon her skills as either an ASM Book Cover or Wardrobe Assistant on a small scale or large scale touring show.

Wardrobe Assistant and Assistant Stage Manager Chichester Festival Theatre
Dresser and Assistant Stage Manager The Kings Theatre
Assistant Stage Manager Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

LinkedIn: /freya-mills-4289bb179

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Scarlett Moody

Specialist Area: Lighting Design

Scarlett is a student at the University of Surrey aspiring to be a lighting designer. She knew ever since lighting Billy Elliot at her college that this was what she wanted to do. She has since then been involved in a variety of shows at her university, including designing a Rock and Roll show and new devised piece The Car Lady of Chiswick.

Outside of the university she has worked with companies such as TSL, and was asked to assist LX / Operate Grace Jones’ Tour at Nos Festival in Lisbon and in Blackheath, London.

She hopes to spend the rest of her time at GSA designing more shows and gaining more experience.

When Scarlett leaves university, she wants to continue designing and working with other designers. Even though she likes doing theatre, she wishes to step more into music concerts and festivals.

Lighting Designer The Car Lady of Chiswick, Rex Doyle Studio Theatre
Assistant Lighting Designer Oklahoma!,Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Assistant LX/Operator Grace Jones’s Tour, Blackheath, London

Curriculum Vitae

Twitter: @moody_designs
Instagram: @scarlett_moody_designs

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Cameron Moreton

Specialist Area: Direction

Cameron has spent the past eight years developing his theatre knowledge and skill set in multiple disciplines, from performance to stage management. During his training at GSA, he has worked closely with many directors in his ASM, DSM and Stage Manager roles, learning the production process from technical and creative perspectives simultaneously.

He is pursuing assistant directing, with a plan to move towards becoming a professional theatre Director. He has enjoyed assistant directing Bring It On: The Musical with the University of Surrey Musical Theatre Society, and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work on GSA’s production of Oklahoma! At the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, once again as AD.

He is proficient in score reading and textual analysis and enjoys working and building strong working relationships with actors. He currently works as a freelance Drama Tutor for young people between the ages of five and 25 in the Berkshire area. He has achieved a Trinity College Grade 8 singing certificate and Grade 7 LAMDA acting certificate, and is experienced in amateur and professional musical theatre performance. He is looking to develop his skills through future assistant directing placements and jobs.

Assistant Director Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud
Assistant Director Bring It On!: The Musical, University of Surrey Musical Theatre Society
Deputy Stage Manager The Car Lady of Chiswick, Rex Doyle Studio Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

Twitter: @moretoncameron

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Sheree Paton

Specialist Area: Set and Costume Design and Realisation

During her training at Guildford School of Acting, Sheree has developed her skills in both design and realisation, to create a thorough and well-informed skill base, to ensure she is a multi-skilled professional, able to work in multiple departments across both theatre and film.

Sheree prides herself on her work-ethic and ‘can-do’ attitude when approaching any situation and can fix problems that may be thrown at her as she has keenly developed her skills in carpentry, scenic artistry, wardrobe and sewing and design.

Training at Guildford School of Acting, Sheree has gained a multitude of show experience. Her love of the design world came at the end of her first year when she volunteered in the scenic workshops to build Dear World. In her second year she built up her skill base as a Scenic Artist, and a Wardrobe Assistant, giving her advanced scenic, sewing and wardrobe skills. Finally, becoming an Associate Designer on Bad Girls The Musical gave her the confidence to take on the role of Designer for The Diary of Anne Frank in her third year. Sheree’s career focus is to be a Set and Costume Designer in theatre, with smaller roles across TV and Film.

Set and Costume Designer Dawn of Silence, Tristan Bates Theatre
Set and Costume Designer In the Limelight, Short Film, MET Film School
Set and Costume Designer The Diary of Anne Frank, Bellairs Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

Instagram: @shereepaton
Twitter: @ShereePaton
Mandy: Sheree Paton (1175484)
Mandy Crew: Sheree Paton (1395631)

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Charlie Povey

Specialist Area: Stage and Wardrobe Management

With exemplary paperwork and an ability to build a strong rapport with cast and creative alike, Charlie is always at home in stage management. Throughout his time at GSA he has thrived in a multitude of roles as Assistant, Deputy and Stage Manager. His personable nature and ability to think quickly and laterally makes sure he is an asset to the team, both in the rehearsal room and backstage.

Charlie has had the opportunity to create a variety of puppets at GSA, working closely with cast and creatives on Shrek the Musical and The Little Mermaid whilst developing his own realisation and problem-solving skills. Through these shows, Charlie has also developed a keen interest and increasing aptitude for wardrobe, comfortable with costume construction, alteration and maintenance, as well as the logistical aspects as Senior Wardrobe Assistant/Wardrobe Manager on The Duchess of Malfi and Oedipus/Antigone this spring.

Having completed a stage management internship with the brand new musical & Juliet, Charlie has gained invaluable experience from working through rehearsals and backstage on a large-scale show, and the process of developing new work. Confident with show-calling and running backstage tracks, he looks to move into ASM Book Cover positions, as well as exploring potential opportunities within wardrobe.

Stage Management Intern & Juliet, Manchester Opera House
Assistant Stage Manager/Puppet Maker The Little Mermaid, Bellairs Theatre
Senior Wardrobe Assistant/Wardrobe Manager The Duchess of Malfi and Oedipus/Antigone, Bellairs Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

LinkedIn: /charlietj98
Twitter: @charlietj98
Instagram @charlietj98

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Jade Rogers

Specialist Area: Lighting

During her time at Guildford School of Acting, Jade has undertaken Lighting Programmer and Production Electrician roles on both musicals and plays. Through this experience and her external training, Jade has become proficient on ETC Eos desks and has been trained in VectorWorks, Lightwright, QLab and Pyrotechnics.

Her eye for detail, organisational skills and work ethic, as well as her passion for theatre allows her to deliver the highest quality of work.

After graduation Jade would like to use her skills to work within a touring lighting team on large scale musicals both in the UK and internationally. She would also like to work in the West End on musical theatre productions and utilise her skills behind a lighting desk as a Programmer on plays and musicals.

Lighting Programmer The Little Mermaid, Bellairs Theatre
Lighting Programmer Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Venue Lighting Technician The Hawth, Crawley

Curriculum Vitae

Instagram: @jadifer28. 
Twitter: @JadeRogers28


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Zoë Rogers-Holman

Specialist Area: Stage Management

During her time at Guildford School of Acting, Zoë has had the chance to undertake many stage management roles. These opportunities have given her a well-rounded experience of the stage management team and have prepared her for any task that comes her way. She has strong score reading and show-calling skills, as well as a keen eye for detail.

Zoë enjoys working on plays, something she realised after working as DSM for 3 Winters in her second year. To follow this, she worked as an ASM on the The Sea, and in her third year has worked as DSM on The Duchess of Malfi. She also had the opportunity to DSM Alice at VAULT Festival 2020.

Having spent her industry placement on Midnight Movie at the Royal Court Theatre, Zoë has greatly expanded her knowledge and skills within accessible theatre, an area she is thoroughly interested in moving into.

After graduating, Zoë is keen to work on productions that are trenching the boundaries of accessibility within theatre, and would thrive in both ASM and DSM positions. Her passion and enthusiasm for learning and growing would make her a fantastic addition to any team.

Stage Management Placement Midnight Movie, Royal Court
Stage Manager Me and My Girl, Frinton Summer Theatre
Deputy Stage Manager 3 Winters, PATS Studio Theatre
Curriculum Vitae

Twitter: @ZoeRogersHolman.

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Phoebe Smyth

Specialist Area: Stage Management

Passionate, enthusiastic and hard-working is how to describe Phoebe. She is a calm and collected member of the team with excellent working knowledge of the industry. During her time at Guildford School of Acting she has ventured into every aspect of stage management, giving her experience in all areas.
She has thrived in stage management due to her clear communication, professionalism and imagination. She loves the creative and hands-on approach that ASM’s focus on, but equally enjoys leading a team and running a rehearsal. One of Phoebe’s industry highlights was working on Les Misérables- All Star Staged Concert which was a wonderful opportunity allowing her an insight to work in the revered West End. She is excited about her prospects after university, exploring all avenues in the entertainment industry that would benefit from her skills.

Phoebe is keen to tour with a company in these early stages of her career before settling in London to freelance on all types of theatre and events.

Stage Management Intern Les Misérables – All Star Staged Concert, Gielgud Theatre
Stage Manager The Cosmonauts Last Message, PATS Studio Theatre
Deputy Stage Manager Oedipus/Antigone, Bellairs Theatre
Curriculum Vitae

Instagram: @phoebesmyyth
LinkedIn: /phoebe-smyth-440245177

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Christina Spanoudis

Specialist Area: Sound

Christina is a hard-working and dedicated woman, who is passionate about sound and has great love for theatre. Although theatre is where she is starting out, she would also like to branch out into music concert and studio work. Within the sound department, she would like to be a Production Sound Engineer, and more specifically work on large scale, internationally touring concerts or shows.

International touring is ideal for Christina as she loves to travel, see new places and meet new people; with three passports – American, British and Greek – Christina is truly a citizen of the world!

In addition to her goal of being Production Sound Engineer, she also has a particular affinity for work as Sound No.2 and No.3, and loves to work with QLab. The most frequently heard comment about Christina from her co-workers is that she is a dependable team player who is not afraid to ask questions and learn new things.

Work Placement Autograph
Production Sound Engineer BA Musical Theatre Showcase, Shaftesbury Theatre
Sound No.3 Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Curriculum Vitae

Facebook: Christina Spanoudis
Twitter: @ChrisSpanoudis
Instagram: @christina_spanoudis

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Freya Stern

Specialist Area: Stage Management

Throughout Freya’s time training at the Guildford School of Acting, she has worked on a range of shows as Stage Manager, Deputy Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager. This has allowed her to develop her organisation and communication skills, as well as forming a strong passion for Stage Management, and she is able to transfer her skills into any show role she lands herself in.

Her ability to score-read to the highest standard has been showcased through her work on Oklahoma!, a musical full of dance breaks and compound time signatures. This has allowed her to experience working in an external venue with a large cast and technical team, building her confidence and professionalism.

She has found such a passion for Deputy Stage Managing and is interested to see where her career will take her post-graduation. She would love the opportunity to work on a variety of shows, and her ability to show call and manage a team will help her to work to her West End goal.

Deputy Stage Manager Oklahoma!, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Stage Manager A Christmas Carol, Bellairs Theatre
Deputy Stage Manager The Hired Man, The Mill Studio
Curriculum Vitae

LinkedIn: /freya-stern

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Stuart Thorns

Specialist Area: Stage Management

Having spent the past three years in training at Guildford School of Acting, Stuart has taken every opportunity to develop his knowledge and experience within stage management and takes pride in his calm, conscientious and good-humoured approach to his work.

Stuart’s creativity and attention to detail serves him well in both ASM and DSM roles, both of which he is grateful to have had the opportunity to undertake in a professional capacity during his time between shows at GSA.

Recently completing a placement on Back to the Future The Musical, Stuart gained an insightful look into larger scale practices within the industry on a new musical, a genre he particularly enjoys working in, and he is excited to use this knowledge and insight to continue to develop his skills in his future projects.

Stuart looks forward to continue his work and development within stage management in an ASM and DSM capacity, with particular interest in ASM Book Cover work.

Deputy Stage Manager Jack and the Beanstalk, Harlequin Theatre
Assistant Stage Manager (Rehearsal Placement) Back to the Future The Musical
Assistant Stage Manager La Belle Hélène, Blackheath Halls
Curriculum Vitae

Twitter: @StuartThorns
Mandy: /stuart-thorns

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Libby Ward

Specialist Area: Video

Libby is an enthusiastic Video Programmer and Designer, a job which has taken her across the world, most recently to Beijing for a production of Pride and Prejudice, as Video Programmer and Content Creator.

With previous experience in stage management, she is an excellent communicator and is a proactive member of the team, both creatively and practically, always striving to deliver the highest quality of production. One of Libby’s industry highlights is completing a placement in the video department of the National Theatre, on the production My Brilliant Friend.

A focused, organised and professional worker, Libby has also undertaken numerous roles within Guildford School of Acting, working independently in the video department. These include the musicals Jane Eyre and Mack and Mabel. Libby is well versed in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and QLab, as well as system engineering and equipment rigging. Libby’s next steps are to learn more advanced software such as Disguise, and developing her individual design process.

After graduating, Libby aims to continue with her freelance career as a Video Programmer and Designer, with the long-term goal of working in a producing house.

Video Programmer Pride and Prejudice, Beijing’s Poly Theatre
Video Placement My Brilliant Friend, The National Theatre
Video Designer ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ at The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Curriculum Vitae