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Our Team

Emily Gray

Executive Director

Emily Gray became Executive Director of MMD in November 2019 and is enjoying meeting members and learning rapidly about the evolving new musical theatre scene. She works 4 days a week for MMD and on her 5th day is pursuing freelance directing and dramaturgy projects, including work with Divya Kasturi Dance and Pursued by a Bear Theatre Company.

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 directed a new AI version of Frankenstein, complete with Virtual Reality, for the National Youth Theatre (Southwark Playhouse) in October 2019.

Emily was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Trestle Theatre Company from 2004-2019, based at Trestle Arts Base in Hertfordshire. In her time at Trestle, a renowned mask and physical theatre company, Emily developed its international reach and established its vibrant community building. Emily 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. She established Trestle’s artist development, teaching and training provision and health and wellbeing programmes.

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. She started her career as an assistant director on West Side Story (UK tour), The Sound of Music (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and she directed the first ever non Nunn/Caird production of Les Miserables, which played in Bermuda in 1998. In her various roles Emily has worked with numerous composers and writers and she is delighted to have found that many of these artists also write musicals and are MMD members.


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!



Ellen Burgin

Membership & Communications Manager

Ellen is the Membership and Communications Manager at Mercury Musical Developments (and Musical Theatre Network), joining the team in April 2020. She works across managing both the communications strategy and supporting and developing the membership body for both companies as well as championing new British musical theatre.

Ellen first entered the world of musical theatre when she was type cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in the school concert when she was five, because she had the right hair for it. Now still obsessed with hair, shiny shoes and musicals, she finds herself in a management role rather than an on stage role, having been an amateur performer, lighting and sound technician, and generally bad dancer before finding her place as an independent producer and arts marketer. She prefers to now help support talented artists achieve their goals and dreams, help sell shows, make shows happen and connect artists to people who might be able to help develop their work.

She’s an Aussie – Ellen moved to the UK in 2018 and previously worked as the London Communications and Advocacy Officer for Arts Council England, as well as producing theatre under her company Somewhat Awkward. Her background is in strategic communications and consulting, event management, communications and journalism, and has previously worked in Singapore, Vietnam, France, in government and private sector and across transport infrastructure and planning, higher education, and theatre of all forms.

Don’t be afraid of her Aussie accent or her pink hair, the fact she actually says G’Day all the time, and the jar of Vegemite she keeps nearby at all times.


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 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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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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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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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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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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Stephen Pidcock

Stephen is an Associate for Theatre at Clintons. Advises clients from the subsidised and commercial sectors on all areas of theatre and live performance, including commercial, licensing, intellectual property and rights issues. Has also advised on co...
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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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Tim Sutton

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Tim is both a theatre and choral composer and musical director. Past work includes the music for the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of The Bacchae, Dreamfighter, a commission from Lichfield Festival to adapt some of Ted Hughes’ short s...
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David Babani

Tim Rice

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Don Black

Leslie Bricusse

Judi Dench

Maria Friedman

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Julia McKenzie

Paul Nicholas

Jeremy Sams

Stephen Sondheim

Richard Stilgoe

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