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Our Team

Victoria Saxton

Executive Director

Victoria Saxton is a Bookwriter, Lyricist and freelance Dramaturg. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Mentor at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she designed and leads an MA options course on Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing. She is also one of two musical theatre submission readers for the National Theatre and has worked in Literary Departments across the USA. She is currently a freelance Consultant for Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, Europe. Victoria gained an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College, USA. She also trained at the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and her work has since gone on to be performed both in New York and London. In a former life, Victoria worked in Executive Search where she primarily focused on Business Development and handled Client relationships for FTSE 100 companies across North American and Europe. Victoria read Theology and Religious Studies at Jesus College, Cambridge (where she was also a choral scholar) but has no plans to become a singing nun.

“I have been a proud member of MMD for nearly ten years and look forward to continuing the work MMD does in nurturing new musical theatre writing in the UK, as well as representing the needs of its current membership. This is an incredibly exciting time in the evolution of musical theatre and as such an exciting time for MMD. As a writer myself, I understand the joys, challenges and frustrations facing all of us forging a career in the musical theatre industry. I look forward to working with all the membership and taking MMD forward.”

victoria@mercurymusicals.co.uk


Martin Jackson

Administration Manager

I’ve been a musical theatre obsessive ever since I was taken to see a production of My Fair Lady as a kid starring Tony Britton, Liz Robertson and Dame Anna Neagle, and produced by a young Cameron Mackintosh. I’d seen classic film musicals on TV before but that production of My Fair Lady was my first experience of a big stage production and I remember being on a high for a long time afterwards. I went on to the National Youth Theatre, read English at 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 a part of MMD’s on-going development and the work it does nurturing the craft of new musical theatre writing. In addition to working at MMD, I’m assistant to a two-time Olivier award-wining actress, a distinguished writer and broadcaster specialising in opera, classical music and musical theatre, and I assist a classical concert manager with her web content and social media. Every day is different but there is also a huge overlap between these different worlds, which makes for a incredibly varied and enormously fun work life. I feel very fortunate to love what I do!

martin@mercurymusicals.com

 


Board Members

Francis Matthews: Chair MMD

From 1990 to 1998, Francis was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre. 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 publ...
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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 has written abundantly for the stage, blending original composition with sound design to create integrated music/sound scores embracing instrumental music, electronic music and song for many award-winning productions. Adam’s musical Lon...
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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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The dynamic musical theatre songwriting partnership that is George Stiles (music) and Anthony Drewe (lyrics) have been writing together since they met at Exeter University over twenty years ago. George and Anthony have written five musicals together:...
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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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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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The dynamic musical theatre songwriting partnership that is George Stiles (music) and Anthony Drewe (lyrics) have been writing together since they met at Exeter University over twenty years ago. George and Anthony have written five musicals together:...
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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