MEET THE TEAM
Artistic Director: Helena Jackson
Helena Jackson is a freelance producer and director. She is the winner of the University Women in the Arts Programme 2016, a Junior Associate at the King’s Head Theatre and Artistic Director of Sleepless Theatre Company. Producing credits include Burnt Toast for :Place Productions at Assembly Rooms, Living Together at the Oxford Playhouse and Associate Producing Festival 47 at the King’s Head Theatre. Directing credits includeNoises Off at the Oxford Playhouse; Around the World in 80 Days at St John's Gardens (Oxford), Underground Venues (Buxton), C Venues (Winner of Best Producion at the Buxton Fringe 2015); Dead Equal for the Helios Collective in association with the English National Opera; The Master and Margarita as part of ZOO Venues Edinburgh Fringe lineup 2016; a tour of Carmen in the Pub; Nine Foot Nine and Masha and the Firebird currently in development with Theatre Delicatessen (all with Sleepless Theatre Company). Assistant work includes New York - Dubai - Rostov with the National Opera Studio (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Sound of Fear (RADA), Tosca(King’s Head Theatre) and The Magic Flute (King’s Head Theatre). She has also worked at the Park Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith, the New Theatre Oxford and the Theatre Royal Glasgow
Creative Producer: Josephine Shipp
Josephine Shipp trained at London Studios Centre and Millennium Performing Arts; performance credits whilst training include Dance Overture (New Wimbledon Theatre) and Wildlife (Bloomsbury Theatre). Directing credits whilst training include The Cat in the Hat (MPA Studio Theatre). Since graduating she has been working with Sleepless Theatre Company on the development of Nine Foot Nine and ACE-supported Masha and the Firebird (in association with Theatre Delicatessen).
After graduating from Oxford University back in 2015, Alex actually started his career in marketing for an AI and data-driven advertising company, while moonlighting as a theatre blogger for Theatre Bubble. During this time he also developed a knack for videography, and has worked on short films that have featured as part of the BFI London Film Festival and screened at independent cinemas. Video work with The North Face was also shortlisted for the World Media Awards. Eventually his passion for writing took over and he made the jump into working full time as the Editorial Assistant for WhatsOnStage. As a freelance theatre marketing manager Alex has overseen campaigns for theatre shows including the national tour of the world premiere of Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke and the award winning Around the World in 80 Days. He also had a poem published when he was 12, it was called The Rim of a Teacup. It was about teacups.
Madeleine is a freelance writer and adaptor, and the Dramaturg for Sleepless Theatre Company's upcoming adaptation of Margaret Bateson-Hill's Masha and the Firebird. After directing a Philip Pullman-endorsed production of His Dark Materials at the Keble O’Reilly Theatre in Oxford, she was given the opportunity to write and direct the first stage adaptation of his novel The Ruby in the Smoke. This toured Oxford, London, the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Fringe and consequently was invited to the 2017 Brighton Fringe Festival. She also adapted and directed the official stage adaptation of Lauren Child's Ruby Redfort, which debuted at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival and will begin a UK tour next year. She previously worked as a script reader for Maven Pictures and the Imaginarium Studios. She was a founding member of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Youth Company, and her writing for young people has also been performed at the New Wimbledon Studio.