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Kerry Day (Company Director)

 

Kerry was the founder of Northern Kids Theatre Company back in 1988 before it became NK Theatre Arts at the turn of the century. 

As Director, Kerry is responsible for ensuring all productions and events undertaken by NK are of the highest possible standard.

She oversees all the artistic presentations of NK, working alongside directors, producers and performers encouraging them to deliver work of the uppermost calibre.

 

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Darren Stannage (Company Manager)

 

It is Darren’s role to ensure that the business element  of The Company runs smoothly.  Darren deals with the finance and administration of NK Theatre Arts and The Forum Theatre.

This includes budgets, payroll, all grants and donations to The Charity, bookkeeping, various contracts with theatre hirers, liaising with Stockport Council  regarding our ongoing partnership and residency  at  The Forum Theatre. 

He also is responsible for the Company Website and the co-ordination of the Trustee Meetings. 

Darren is the Premises Supervisor for the theatre license.

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Diane Wilson (Office Secretary)

 

Diane provides both clerical and administrative support to staff as part of a team and individually.

Her role plays a vital part in the administration and smooth-running of The Company with the coordination and implementation of office and box office-procedures.

Additionally Diane oversees the supervision of volunteers and young people seconded to The Company on work experience.

 

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Dominic Stannage (Production Co-ordinator)

 

Essentially, Dominic’s role is to oversee productions presented by NK ,both internally and externally.

Working with the director, Dominic is responsible for ensuring that all aspecs of the production are brought together.  He works with the technical team with audio, visual and lighting, and heads the Stage Management team on design and build. 

Dominic is also responsible for visiting productions to the Forum advising and overseeing all the technical elements of their shows.  He also produces all  the fliers and posters for NK and designs all  publicity powerpoint presentations.

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Dawn Wrigley (Workshop, & TIE Co-ordinator)

 

Dawn’s role is to ensure that all the Musical Theatre and Drama Workshop held in the evenings run smoothly by staffing each workshop and making sure the relevant workshop plans are provided. 

She holds regular staff meetings with the voluntary tutors offering valuable support where needed.  In addition she is responsible for engaging and training front of house staff for all shows and events at the Theatre.

In addition, Dawn heads our Theatre-in Education Team that takes issue based dramas and inspirational workshops out into schools and the wider community.

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Claire Woolleson (Events Manager)

 

Claire is the Events Manager which sees her responsible for running the events which take place at the Forum Theatre.  This includes managing the diary, operating the bar and responsible for the Box Office twice per week.  Claire runs the Bar and Front of House teams which are on hand to staff NK and non NK events.

Claire has been a valued member of staff for many years and works most Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Cassie Hall (Marketing)

Cassie is responsible for the marketing and promotion of all our shows and co-ordinating our fundraising activities.  The vast majority of this work is done in her own time, as is her tutoring with NK when she works on a Monday evening with the Musical Theatre Classes.

All of the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts are also managed by Cassie.

Cassie’s company, Black Bohemia Events, are responsible for the “4M Music” monthly events, the “Saturday Session” and many other specific fundraising events.

 

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Emma Ramsden (Special Needs Co-ordinator)

 

Emma plays a key role in the pastoral care of our members and takes particular responsibility for the tuition and workshop content of Adult Access, a dedicated group of older members with learning disabilities.

Emma and her support team enable the class to develop theatre based skills, using ideas and experiences from within the group to produce some amazing pieces of theatre.                                                   

 In addition Emma provides private singing lessons on request.

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Julie Proffitt (TIE Practitioner)

 

Julie is a qualified drama practitioner and has many years experience in the performing arts industry including teaching, performing and choreographing and is now putting that experience and her wealth of skills to use as one of our drama practitioners at NK.

She has been involved in a number of TIE productions including “The Net” and “Think Twice” and has also lead workshops both for After School Clubs and as part of the Schools Linking Project.

Julie has also recently become a tutor and choreographer for NK and is a great asset to the team.

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Rivkah Kneen (TIE Practitioner)

 

Rivkah is a long standing member of NK and an integral part of the team here at the company. She has become our lead Street Dance practitioner, taking this unique style of dance into schools in Stockport and the surrounding areas in the form of After School and Lunchtime clubs.

She is also a skilled drama practitioner and has been involved in a great number of TIE projects including both Workshops and performances.


As well as this, Rivkah is a senior tutor both on a Tuesday evening for our drama workshops and on a Monday evening four our Street Dance class NK2Crew. She is also head tutor for our Saturday Street Dance classes Street Beatz
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Joe Gallogly (TIE Practitioner)

 

Joe started NK as a member 7 years ago and since then has become a valued practitioner for the Company, working as a tutor for After School clubs and being heavily involved in a great number of our TIE productions in schools throughout Stockport as well as further afield.

Joe has also been one of the lead practitioners on the school linking project, an annual project that has run for the last four years, in conjunction with Stockport Council.


As well as this Joe is a regular performer on stage for NK and a vital member of the tutoring team on a Tuesday evening.

 

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Pete Curran (Tutor / Director)

 

Pete is our Adult Drama tutor (on the first Tuesday of every month!) and has been with NK for over 20 years, having previously taught most of our Senior Drama classes in his time with the company.

Pete also directs with The Performance Class as well as directing various adult productions throughout the year.

Pete is also a Trustee of our Charity and assists with Child Protection policies in his work capacity in Social Services.

 

 

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Paul Wilson (Director)

 

Paul is a volunteer Director with NK, taking responsibility for a musical theatre performance undertaken by NK's Performance Class and adult members each year..

As well as acting with the company, Paul assists greatly with the Lighting and Sound designs for the company as well as co-ordinating the musicians which play live for NK performances.

Paul also is one half of the Chicagoland Blues Brothers which perform at The Forum each year.

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Terry Halliday (Site Manager)

 

Terry is responsible for the upkeep of the building. His duties include cleaning the building, placing orders, accepting deliveries, supervising outside contractors, repairing equipment and preparing the versatile auditorium for shows and events, plus other studios for theatre workshops, meetings etc.


Terry also ensures that The Company complies with building regulations and health and safety legislation as well as other legal requirements for internal and external presentations.

 

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David Jarvis (Lighting Technician)

 

Julie has many years experience in the performing arts industry including teaching, performing and choreographing and is now putting that experience and her wealth of skills to use as one of our drama practitioners at NK.

She has been involved in a number of TIE productions including “The Net” and “Think Twice” and has also lead workshops both for After School Clubs and as part of the Schools Linking Project.

Julie has also recently become a tutor and choreographer for NK and is a great asset to the team.

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