Staff

Artistic Director             

Jez Bond

Executive Director

Rachael Williams


Creative Learning & Access

Community Engagement Manager

Nina Graveney-Edwards

Access Coordinator

Sarah Howard

Creative Learning Leader

Amy Allen


Development

Development Director

Tania Dunn

Development Manager

Katie Munns


Finance

Finance Director

Elaine Lavelle      

Finance Officer

Nicola Brown     


General Management

General Manager

Rosie Preston

Producer Programmer

Daniel Cooper

Administrator

Mariah Sayer

Duty Venue Managers

Barry Card, Natasha Green, Shaun Joynson


Park Pizza

Head of Hospitality

Diogo Silva

Restaurant Assistant Manager

James Dathorne

Pizza Chef

Marco Mezzelani 


Sales & Marketing

Sales & Marketing Director

Dawn James

Marketing Manager

Mary Chafer

Sales & Ticketing Manager

Matthew Barker

Senior Box Office Supervisor

Natasha Green

Box Office Supervisors

Greg Barnes & Jack Mosedale

Telephone box office services provided by Quay Tickets

Public Relations

Emma Berge for Mobius Industries


Technical & Building

Technical & Buildings Manager

Sacha Queiroz

Deputy Technical & Buildings Manager

Neal Gray

Apprentice Buildings Technician

Teddy Nash


Associate Artist

Mark Cameron

Creative Director Emeritus

Melli Marie

Founding President

Jeremy Bond † (1939–2020)


With thanks to all of our supporters, donors and volunteers.


Biographies

Jez Bond

Jez Bond | Artistic Director

Jez Bond is the Founding Artistic Director of Park Theatre. He graduated Hull University with a BA Honours in Drama and was later awarded the Channel Four Theatre Director Bursary.

Directing for Park Theatre includes; Whodunnit [Unrehearsed]Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You (starring Ian McKellen), Madame Rubinstein (starring Miriam Margolyes and Frances Barber), Hurling Rubble at the Sun, Adult Supervision – plus Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Jack & the Beanstalk, which he also co-wrote and composed.

Other directing credits include: Oliver! (starring Rowan Atkinson), I Have Been Here Before (Watford Palace Theatre), The Fame Game (Tour of Austria), Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), The Twits (Tour of Switzerland), Misconceptions (Hong Kong Arts Centre), Big Boys (Croydon Warehouse), Shot of Genius (Leicester Square), Canaries Sometimes Sing (Kings Head & France) and A Season in South Africa (Old Vic). 

As a dramaturge he began working with writers at Soho Theatre, Royal Court and Young Vic before championing new work at Park Theatre, where he has developed a number of new plays many of which have gone on to production.

Having led the £2.6m conversion of Park Theatre, Jez has been a guest speaker at the Theatres Trust Conference: Converting Spaces, the RIBA Conference: 150 years of Engineering, Bruford on the Southbank: New Build / ReBuild and The International Theatre Conference in Colombia. He has also consulted on a number of new theatre buildings internationally.


Rachael Williams

Rachael Williams | Executive Director

After studying English Literature at university, Rachael started her arts career working for a summer for Oxford based theatre company Creation Theatre. She went on to work in the Development team at English National Opera, as Assistant Producer and subsequently Producer at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, and, most recently, as Executive Director at Improbable, before joining Park Theatre in October 2016. In her spare time, she's a keen runner and triathlete, and is also a Trustee of Metta Theatre and the Bach Choir. 


Tania Dunn

Tania Dunn | Development Director

Tania joins Park from the Young Vic where she spent two and a half years as Development Director, heading up a team of six looking after philanthropic and statutory income. She has also fundraised for Shakespeare's Globe as a Capital Campaign Manager and many (many) years ago as an intern commuting up to London on the National Express to absorb all their fundraising wisdom and input their fundraising data. In between stints at the Globe, Tania has worked in the visual arts and heritage, including nearly four years at Historical Royal Palaces where she worked on numerous capital and revenue campaigns, staged several royal events and planted a few of those famous ceramic poppies. 

Tania's experience is chiefly in major gifts and grant-making but she has worked across all income streams over the years. She is keen to get to know the donor community at Park and hopes to build on it despite challenging times. As her local theatre where she has enjoyed many brilliant productions with a very reasonably priced re-usable cup of wine, she is excited to be part of the team which has cemented this theatre as a fixture of the North London community.

She is a long-suffering Arsenal fan and had trials for Southampton ladies' team many (many) years ago. When not at the theatre or crying outside the Emirates, she can be found practising Portuguese, cooking hearty Spanish food or attempting to draw. 


Dawn James

Dawn James | Sales & Marketing Director

Dawn studied Modern Drama at Brunel University before starting her career in arts marketing. Before joining Park Theatre in July 2016, Dawn was Marketing Manager at Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn for two and a half years and has also previously worked at Polka Theatre, Akademi South Asian Dance and Watermans Arts Centre. Dawn is a Culture Hive Digital Marketing Academy 1.0 graduate, has twice participated in the Culture 24: Let's Get Real digital/ cultural research programme and spoken at the Culture 24/ Google Cultural Institute conference at BALTIC in Gateshead. Dawn has been an Arts Marketing Association mentor for many years and is an occasional guest lecturer at Brunel University. Dawn has a keen interest in all things vintage and loves nothing more than finding a fashion bargain at the vintage fair. 


Elaine Lavelle

Elaine Lavelle | Finance Director

Elaine has a solid financial background in the Theatre industry for over 30 years, being the finance director for producing houses and touring companies such as the English Shakespeare Co and the Young Vic, as well as on the more commercial side of the Theatre including arts marketing servicing companies.  Elaine has also worked as a freelance accountant offering finance and tax assistance to individuals and small companies predominately in theatre throughout 3 decades.  Juggling her busy schedule with a growing family Elaine loves travelling and cooking and says her favourite activity will always be laughing!


Katie  Munns

Katie Munns | Development Manager

Katie studied English at Southampton University and went on to do an MA in Creative Writing, before joining the JPMorgan graduate scheme during the near collapse of the banking system in 2008. Undeterred, she spent over a decade in the world of investment operations, marketing and proposal writing (including spells at Credit Suisse, Tudor Capital and Fidelity International) before having a career epiphany over lockdown. She now spends her days to helping to raise money for the arts - and has joined Park for her second Development role having spent some time at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. She's keen to help drive the future of Park post-pandemic, meet and grow its amazing existing donor base, and secure new funding - all while seeing as many plays as she can!

Outside of work, she enjoys running, watching live music, rugby, karaoke, and wrangling two Russian Blue cats.
 


Matthew Barker

Matthew Barker | Sales & Ticketing Manager

Matt studied English at the University of York, then Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama, after which he spent twelve years treading the boards, working in the west end and regional theatres, as well as touring internationally with companies such as Propeller and The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Since deciding to enter the world of theatre ticketing full-time, he has worked at Hampstead Theatre, with TodayTix, and with KX Tickets, setting the box office for a brand-new venue, Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre. As a North London resident, he is tremendously excited to be joining Park Theatre and can’t wait to be a part of its next chapter.

Matt is unhealthily obsessed with movies and Newcastle United. He has been playing guitar for twenty years, somehow not managing to improve in the last nineteen.


Mary Chafer

Mary Chafer | Marketing Manager

After studying English Literature and Drama at the University of Birmingham, Mary moved to London to intern at the Finborough Theatre, Fuel Theatre and finally Park Theatre back in 2018, where she joined the Sales and Marketing team as the Marketing Intern. The experience she gained at Park helped her to get her first full-time role as Marketing Assistant and then Marketing Officer at Jacksons Lane theatre. For the past year during the pandemic, Mary worked as Marketing and Communications Officer at University of the Arts London. Now, after three years, she’s delighted to be back at Park Theatre and grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of the venue that kick-started her career in theatre and arts marketing.

Mary loves cooking (mainly eating), festivals (mainly Glastonbury) and, more recently, has started to love outdoor swimming (mainly the ladies' pond in Hampstead Heath when it’s not too cold).


Sacha Queiroz

Sacha Queiroz | Technical Manager

Sacha has worked in theatre for the past 20 years, in all forms from the very large to very small and everything in-between. He has been lucky enough that this job has taken him around the world a few times. His life-long passion for theatre and the arts is inspired by a family who all work in the theatre industry.

He started his career as a casual at the Beck theatre in Hayes, a venue he returned to as Technical Manager ten years later. Since then he has worked at the Dominion Theatre, the Apollo Victoria, the National, Trinity Theatre, the Wycombe Swan (to name a few) and abroad with Saudi Aramco and Disney.

In the brief moments of not working he is a photographer, a petrolhead, and tinkerer of all things.


Neal  Gray

Neal Gray  | Deputy Technical Manager

Neal lives locally and has a background in sound and 3 years full-time professional theatre experience in technical management. He started his career in theatre by volunteering on a few shows, doing get ins and outs. Within a year of volunteering, he started working at the Charing Cross Theatre as a Sound No1 and then Technical Manager. Neal started working for Park Theatre in 2016. He enjoys playing guitar, drums, bass and has been in bands since he was young.


Nina Graveney-Edwards

Nina Graveney-Edwards  | Community Engagement Manager

Nina has worked as an inclusive Drama and Dance Facilitator for 15 years with children, young people and adults within various community and education settings including PRU’s and SEN and in children and youth theatres.  She also performed in Theatre in Education and Forum Theatre pieces and has experience as a Practitioner with Barnardo’s for young people who were missing or had run away and who were sexually exploited. She was a Project Coordinator with Hoxton Hall, Youth Arts. She spent 6 months working in Ecuador with the UK arts charity Articulate, in South America, running Arts workshops with street working children and young people. She recently worked as Programme Producer with SPID Theatre Company on a project for Adults on creative campaigning. Nina has a love for dance, and trained in ballet for 13 years, and went on to train in contemporary and street dance and other styles of dance. She likes keeping fit, enjoys classes at the gym, and attends dance classes and yoga.

 

 

 

 

 


Mariah Sayer

Mariah Sayer | Administrator

Mariah has a background in classical music, from playing the piano and the violin from a young age and has danced since eight years old. After studying 3D art and design, she undertook a PGDip in Community Dance at Trinity Laban and actively engaged in schools and community projects as a Community Dance Artist. Mariah returned to Trinity Laban to complete her MA Scenography (Dance) and, subsequently, designed several installations and screens for performance events.

Mariah has twelve years of experience in the motion picture industry, within film production, sales and distribution; she assisted producers, managed international film festivals and market attendance, marketing activities and events.

Mariah enjoys living a healthy lifestyle, and her passion is a fusion of jazz music and the Argentine tango.


Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper | Producer Programmer

I’m the producer programmer of Park Theatre. I lead all in-house productions and work closely with the Artistic Director to establish the programming priorities and curate the season on both the Park200 and Park90 stages. I encourage, guide and facilitate the vision of other creatives, bringing together the artistic, financial and practical elements to deliver top-quality productions on time and on budget.

Past work for Park Theatre includes: Park Bench (an original concept for a digital-come-live theatre play) and Assistant Producer on Ian McKellen with Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You, End of the Pier, The Other Place, Rosenbaum’s Rescue, Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], The Weatherman, Sydney & the Old Girl (with Miram Margolyes), La Cage aux Folles.

I joined Park Theatre in 2017 after achieving an MA in Creative Producing (First with Distinction) from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. This followed a 6-year career as a secondary school languages teacher and pastoral leader. I’m also a trustee of the Cervantes Theatre / Spanish Theatre Company.


Sarah  Howard

Sarah Howard | Access Coordinator

Throughout her career, Sarah has been involved in many aspects of the arts.  It’s been an eclectic and thoroughly exciting double-decade ride, through the world of theatre and dance, national and international tours, multi-arts organisations and venues. Most recently she has resided as Assistant Producer at Unlimited.  Previous to this, she has worked at Sadler’s Wells, Improbable Theatre Company, 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Candoco Dance Company, London Disability Arts Forum, Stratford Circus and Method & Madness.  In addition, Sarah has provided consultation for a range of access programmes, including the re-development of the Southbank Centre and the Roundhouse.  She is also currently Chair of trustee’s for Graeae Theatre Company. In her spare time, Sarah is an active theatre director and supporter for her local community theatre.


Mark Cameron

Mark Cameron | Associate Artist

Mark began his career as an astonishingly average stand up comedian before winning a scholarship to drama school; a huge relief for him but more so for comedy club audiences throughout the UK. Since then he has appeared regularly on stage and screen and works extensively as a voice-over artist for both radio and television.

Television credits include regular characters in: Tina and Bobby, Coronation Street, Steel River Blues, Eastenders, Emmerdale, Doctors and guest roles include: Good Omens, Brief Encounters, The Royals, Law and Order, Casualty, Holby City, Waterloo Road, The Roman Mysteries, Vincent, The Royal, Fifty Five Degrees North.
  
Theatre includes four recent productions at Park Theatre: Dean Walsh in HURLING RUBBLE AT THE Moon, The Great Gazumbees in RAPUNZEL and Nurse Ottom in Sleeping Beauty all directed by Jez Bond and The Daftas Ceremony Host in Park Theatre Review directed by Sean Mathias. Other credits include: The Dame in Sleeping Beauty (Salisbury Playhouse), Chancer in Mathematics of the Heart (Theatre 503 and winner of Brighton Fringe Festival Best Play), Dorante in The Game of Love and Chance (National Tour), Alfredo in The Breakfast Soldiers (Contact Theatre, Manchester) Tom in Life Imitates Art (Camden Peoples’ Theatre), Johan in The Bergman Project (Tristan Bates Theatre), Harcourt in The Country Wife (The Gatehouse), Scott in Blue Funk (Old Red Lion) and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park).

Film includes: Norman Hunter in The Damned United, John in Tomo (Sundance Film Festival Winner). D.I. Hackman in Scar Tissue, The Boss in The Boss, (Reed Festival short film winner). 

As a writer he has co-written Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk (both published by Methuen) and Rapunzel (published by Playdead Press) all with Jez Bond, the Artistic Director of Park Theatre and all performed at Park. 

Jez and Mark’s latest collaboration, Whodunnit Unrehearsed will play at Park Theatre before transferring to the Edinburgh Festival as a co-production with Avalon and BBC Arts.

Mark has just finished Ozymandias, an independent feature film about an ageing Orson Welles coming to terms with his mortality, co-written with BAFTA and EMMY winner John Hay.  Eddie Izzard is set to star.


Melli Marie

Melli Marie | Creative Director Emeritus

Melli is an actress, theatre practitioner and choreographer. Melli is the Co-founder and Creative Director Emeritus of Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, which opened in May 2013.

Melli fell in love with the stage at age four learning ballet, tap and jazz. She joined youth theatre companies, performing at outdoor and indoor theatres. She went to The University of South Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English and as a postgraduate student she went to the University of Hull for a Master of Arts in Theatre Production. During and post university Melli lead drama workshops for young people in Los Angeles, Delaware, Hong Kong and London. Between 2005 and 2011 Melli co-lead the New End Theatre Academy in Hampstead.

In 2001 Melli hit London’s fringe theatre scene. Simultaneously, she started a voice career playing roles in radio plays for BBC. She progressed into television and film work and has worked non-stop in the gaming industry, voicing hundreds of characters, as well as performing in motion capture. As a commercial artist Melli can be seen in adverts around the globe. Melli has choreographed for musical theatre and pantomimes, such as Oliver! at Summer Fields School in Oxford – where actor Rowan Atkinson played ‘Fagin’, prior to his West End run.

For Park Theatre, as Creative Director and Associate Artistic Director, Melli was responsible for many aspects of the company. Melli curated the Park 90 seasons, co-curated the Park 200 seasons, designed, launched and ran the Creative Learning Programme and curated art exhibitions for the gallery space featuring work of both local and foreign artists -often as a parallel to the work onstage. Melli created and lead Script Accelerator, a new writing programme at Park Theatre with the aim to support emerging practitioners and novice theatre makers. Several Script Accelerator’s plays would go on to have full productions in Park 90.

Melli contributed in a variety of ways to in-house productions at Park. Melli played the role of Frances in These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich – Park’s inaugural production in 2013. Melli choreographed the seasonal shows – Sleeping Beauty and Jack and The Beanstalk, the star studded Whodunnit(Unrehearsed), all written by Jez Bond and Mark Cameron, and the Simon Callow adaptation of La Cage aux Folles.