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Our Team

Emily Gray

Executive Director

Emily Gray has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Trestle Theatre Company since 2004, based at Trestle Arts Base in Hertfordshire. Her freelance work in recent years includes developing and directing new musicals Yarico (London Theatre Workshop), In Versions (Umbrella Rooms), A Little Princess (The Other Palace) and she is currently directing Frankenstein for the National Youth Theatre (Southwark Playhouse).

Trestle is an internationally renowned mask and physical theatre company with a vibrant building and thriving mask making business. Emily has produced and directed innovative performance and education programmes including recent tours of Rachel, a Holocaust survivor’s story told through full mask, a half mask version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde and a schools’ version of Yarico, part of the Royal Opera House Trailblazer programme.

Emily established Trestle’s artist development, teaching and training provision, both locally, including an MA with Middlesex University, and internationally with touring and training across South East Asia, USA, Middle East and Europe. Trestle’s work has evolved to embrace health and wellbeing agendas and involves regular sessions for people with mental ill-health and inclusive community choir, drama, dance and writing groups.

Prior to Trestle, Emily was Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company in Glasgow, Associate Director at Unicorn Theatre in London and Associate Director at Nottingham Playhouse and Roundabout TIE.


Martin Jackson

Administration Manager

I’ve been a musical theatre obsessive ever since I was taken to see My Fair Lady, starring Tony Britton, Liz Robertson and Dame Anna Neagle as a child. I’d seen classic film musicals on TV but that was my first experience of a big, lavish stage production and I remember being on a high for a long time afterwards. Another formative experience was seeing the original production of Jesus Christ Superstar on tour shortly after it closed in the West End. I went on to the National Youth Theatre, read English at Durham University and continued to do as much acting, singing, dancing and, eventually, directing as I could. I joined MMD in 2011, following a career change from retail management with Harrods in 2009. It was an exciting time in MMD’s history as we received Arts Council funding for the first time in the spring of 2012 and I’m proud to be part of MMD’s on-going development and the work we do nurturing the craft of new musical theatre writing. In addition to working for MMD, I’m personal assistant to a two-time Olivier Award-winning actress, and a distinguished writer and broadcaster, specialising in opera, classical music and musical theatre. I also assist a classical concert manager with her website content and social media, programming piano and chamber recitals at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square and Cadogan Hall, among others. Every day is different but there is also a huge overlap between these different worlds, which makes for an incredibly varied and fun work life. I feel very fortunate to be doing something I absolutely love!

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Rosie Archer

Membership & Communications Manager

I joined Mercury Musical Developments as Membership and Communications Manager in 2017. I work conjointly for both MMD and Musical Theatre Network, aiding both organisations support and develop new musical theatre writing in the UK. To date, this has included acting as Assistant Producer for BEAM2018, the largest ever showcase of new musical theatre writing in the UK.

I have a BA (Hons) 1st Class in Drama from Exeter University where I specialised in studying Drama theory, history and practice. I geared my time in Exeter towards the study and practice of British Musical Theatre, culminating in a dissertation on Les Misérables and Phantom Of The Opera. I have a Masters in Musical Theatre from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where I was the inaugural recipient of the Carne Scholarship for Musical Theatre and am an alumnus of National Youth Music Theatre.

My previous roles include work in Communications, HR, Recruitment and Marketing for firms such as Alium Partners Ltd, Harrods and Dyson Ltd.

rosie@mercurymusicals.com


Board Members

Francis Matthews (Chair)

Francis was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre from 1990 to 1998. His work there included his own adaptations of TALE OF TWO CITIES, DAVID COPPERFIELD,THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, NORTHANGER ABBEY and HUCKLEBERRY FINN, (all of which have been publi...
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Joanne Benjamin

Joanne is a freelance producer. She most recently worked at Curve Leicester and Hackney Empire and was also co-founder and director of The Entertainment Business who produced and managed West End Shows such as Loserville and Lend Me A Tenor. Joanne w...
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Tony Bogod

Tony is an accountant and CEO of a Private Family Office. Previous roles include Managing Partner at Cordiant Partners LLP and Partner at BDO (Stoy Hayward) LLP. He has a BA in Statistics, Accounting & Economics from Manchester University and ...
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Adam Cork

Adam is an award-winning composer, lyricist and sound designer for film, television and theatre. He is composer and co-lyricist (with Alecky Blythe) of the documentary opera/musical London Road which had an extended run at the National Theatre (Cotte...
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John Cohen

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John Cohen is the Senior Partner of Clintons and a Partner in its Commercial and Entertainment Department. His principal area of practice is Theatre, representing many of the leading British creators of musical theatre – Tim Rice, Don Black, th...
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Anthony Drewe

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Anthony has worked with composer George Stiles for more than 30 years. Their multi-award-winning work has been performed around the world in dozens of languages. Together, their writing credits include Honk! (National Theatre, UK Tour and Worldwide),...
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Roger Fairhead

Roger Fairhead is currently Director of Group Compensation and Benefits at SABMiller plc. Originally qualifying as a chartered accountant, he specialised in tax with Ernst & Young based in London, and has also worked for Universal Music Group, So...
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Dawn Farrow

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Dawn Farrow, entrepreneur, digital enthusiast and owner of entertainment marketing and advertising agency Boom (www.booments.com). Her agency was awarded the Best Business Award’s Best New Business (2015) and made number 53 in the top 100 Start Ups...
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Peter Fineman

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A former chartered surveyor, Peter spent 17 years in Edward Erdman’s retail offices and business space Departments, becoming Head of their Agency Division. He was joint founder of Fineman Ross with Clive Ross. Peter concentrates on the more creativ...
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Sean Gray

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Seán Gray has worked for Josef Weinberger Ltd. for 30 years, since arriving in London with a knowledge of musical theatre acquired from the movies and seeing his mother perform in the chorus of the Fermoy Choral Society.  Representing authors inclu...
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Teresa Howard

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Teresa is a member of MMD, the Writer’s Guild of GB, Advanced Lab, Women Who Write Musicals and is on the board of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD). She received a Fellowship as Resident Writer for Winchester School of Art, taught play-writing at...
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Sarah Schlesinger

Sarah Schlesinger is the Chair of  Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the Associate Dean of the institute of Performing Arts at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a lyricist and librettist who collaborates with Grammy Award win...
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Mark Shenton

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Mark Shenton is a theatre critic, commentator and interviewer. He writes regularly for The Stage (including a daily blog), where he an Associate Editor and also joint lead theatre critic. He also reviews for London Theatre Guide and is London corre...
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John Sparks

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John was the founder/co-Director of the Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, Inc. (1979-2002) and has been the Artistic Director of ANMT from 2002 to the present. He founded the Writers’ Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago in 1987 and also serve...
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George Stiles

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George has worked with lyricist Anthony Drewe for more than 30 years. Their multi-award-winning work has been performed around the world in dozens of languages. Together, their writing credits include Honk! (National Theatre, UK Tour and Worldwide), ...
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Patrons

Tim Rice

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Stephen Sondheim

Richard Stilgoe

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Paul Nicholas

Maria Friedman

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Leslie Bricusse

Julia McKenzie

Judi Dench

Jeremy Sams

Harold Prince

Don Black

David Babani