Who’s Who

Helen Thomas – Artistic Director424701_10100505439821952_841108427_n

Helen is a producer and stage manager. Her theatre credits include Knock Knock (The Old Red Lion), we’re here because we’re here (National Theatre / 14-18 NOW), Women Redressed (Park Theatre), Naked (Jack Studio Theatre), The Boy Who Lost Christmas (The Space), We Grew Up In The Back Of A Van (White Bear), A Table Set For Two (Etcetera), Love & Rabbits (Etcetera), Blush of Dogs (Tabard Theatre), The Den (in conjunction with the Barbican), Custody (Talawa), Unveiled (Hen and Chickens), This Is Living (Theatre 503/Bedlam, Edinburgh Fringe), The House of Bernarda Alba (The King’s Head), Twelfth Night (RSC’s Dell Theatre).

Helen has also produced several films, including short film Prime Number and Where You Are, a music film for Outlier films.

Helen has been running Front of House Theatre Company since 2014.

Katie-Ann McDonough – Associate DirectorKatie-Ann McDonough

Katie-Ann is an Irish director and writer based in London. She studied Drama and English at University College Dublin followed by Theatre Directing at The National University of Ireland (2012).

She has directed in venues in both Ireland and England such as Above the Arts, The White Bear, Central School of Speech and Drama, The Vaults, The New Theatre, The Pavilion, and Smock Alley Theatre. She is currently  part of the StoneCrabs Young Director’s Programme 2015-2016. As a writer her work has been performed at the Lyric Hammersmith, Bread and Roses, and The Vaults. Katie-Ann received the John Peterbridge Award for New Writing in 2014 for her play #NoFilter.

Her short play We Grew Up In The Back of a Van first premiered as part of Front of House Theatre Company’s Write Here, Write Now, before going on to a sold out run at The White Bear.

Carla Almeida – Associate ProducerCarla Almeida

Carla is a creative producer and translator, she has a MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship form Goldsmiths, University of London and was their resident creative entrepreneur from 2013 to 2015.
Theatre credits include; The Cause (Jermyn Street Theatre), Scraping God from the Roof of my Mouth (Bread and Roses Theatre), Re:Tale (Hen and Chickens Theatre) Eastern European for Dummies (The Miller and Rosemary Branch Theatre), Picnic (Rosemary Branch Theatre), The Stronger and On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco (Sebright Arms), Visions of Tiriel and the Daughters of Albion (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Isle is Full of Noises (Wilton’s Music Hall), Titus Reported (LSBU, LiT and NT Archive).
She is currently involved with devising Agent of Influence: The Secret life of Pamela More for the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre 503.

Neil Clarke – Associate ArtistNeil Clarke

Neil is a writer and director whose first play, You and I Are Earth, was staged as part of the company’s inaugural New Writing Showcase.

A former editor of The Book magazine’s film section, in 2014 he directed a collaborative short film, and is in the process of working on (at least) four comic strip scripts, of varying degrees of profanity and autobiographical provenance. In 2016 he directed five short films for Shakespeare 400, questioning notions and expectations of gender in Shakespeare through this inverse casting. One of these, Hark Villains, was shown at the London Short Film Festival.

Katie Overstall – Associate ArtistDSC_0842 1-001

Katie is a actor and writer who graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013 with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies. She is also the co-artistic director of The Underground Clown Club, a theatre company specialising in new writing and performance poetry.

Her credits as an actor include The Little White Bird (Churchill Theatre), Knock Knock (Old Red Lion), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Limb2Limb/Hikapee) and The Boy Who Lost Christmas (The Space). As a writer her credits include Knock Knock, The Boy Who Lost Christmas, Love & Rabbits and Pictures, Petals and Rain for The Underground Clown Club; Stormy Seas and Starry Skies (Front of House Theatre Company); and Welcome to Narnia, created for a private event at the National Theatre.

Isabella Van Braeckel – Associate DesignerIsabella Van Braeckel

Isabella graduated in 2014 with a BA in ‘Performance Design and Practice’ from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and now works as a freelance Set and Costume designer for Theatre and Dance. She has assisted designers such as Holly Pigott and Tom Scutt as well as working with companies such as Punchdrunk, RIFT, and Les Enfants Terrible.

Her theatre credits include The Boys In The Band (Park Theatre/Vaudeville Theatre), 5 Out Of 10 Men (The Space), Ideomotor (Etcetera and The Vaults), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre), Blush of Dogs (Tabard), Low Level Panic (Etcetera), This is Living (Platform Theatre/Theatre 503/ Bedlam), Suessical! (Arts Theatre), Orpheus and Eurydice (English Pocket Opera), Ghosts (UK Tour), Twelfth Night (RSC’s Dell Theatre), Cardenio (Rose Theatre, Bankside)