Madeleine is a third year studying English at St. Hilda's College. Her directing credits include Blue Stockings (Simpkins Lee, TT14) and Role Call (BT Studio, TT14). She directed her college Cuppers entry If Romeo Were A Bit of A Nob (MT12, nomination for Best Director) and assistant directed The Producers (Oxford Playhouse, MT13). She has also acted in Two Planks and a Passion (University Church, HT13) and stage-managed Chastity on the Verge (BT, TT13). She is currently Secretary of the OUDS. Before Oxford, Madeleine attended Stagecoach Theatre Arts and was part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Youth Company in London.
Favourite children’s book: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Olivia is a third year studying Classics at The Queen’s College. After several years performing in shows as a musician, she became involved in production. Previous experience as a producer includes Let Your Hair Down (BT Studio, TT14) and Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum in The Queen's College gardens. This term she was also marketing manager and lighting designer for Esarhaddon: The Substitute King (MT14, Simpkins Lee). Other Oxford drama experience includes marketing Role Call (BT Studio), lighting for Signal Failure! (BT Studio) and production managing R&J (Pilch).
Favourite children's book: The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Nathan is a second year studying History of Art at Christ Church and is the college’s JCR Arts Rep. He designed The History Boys at the Oxford Playhouse (TT ‘14) which provided him with invaluable knowledge of the design and build process for a large production. He has also designed She Stoops to Conquer (TT ’14) in the Christ Church Cathedral Garden and looks forward to designing West Side Story at the Oxford Playhouse next term. This is his first role as Production Manager.
Favourite children’s book: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes
Amy is a third year studying German and Russian at Queen’s. She first became involved with theatre in Oxford with the digital design of promotional materials for Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened In The Forum and Let Your Hair Down (BT Studio, TT14). Her arctic sets are partially inspired by her year abroad in Russia, where she studied Russian, taught English, and saw a lot of snow. Some of her finest achievements as a fan include having a piece of Whovian origami reblogged by the official Doctor Who tumblr, and having Philip Pullman tell her she has a good name.
Favourite children’s book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Rebecca is a third year studying Physics at Balliol College. She recently designed Blue Stockings (Simpkins Lee, TT14) and acted in Esarhaddon: The Substitute King (Simpkins Lee, MT14). While at secondary school she performed in the yearly school musical and was an active member of Gosforth Youth theatre. Rebecca is now a senior member of Gosforth and assists in casting, set design and construction during the holidays. At university she has been involved with the last two Balliol Charity Musicals, and is the current president of the Balliol Dramatics Society.
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Katrin is a first year studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Keble College. She has a variety of lighting design credits to her name, including Macbeth (Infinite Space Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Marylebone, Oct '13), 36 (SQxDanza, Richmix Venue 1, Shoreditch, Apr '14), The Fall of the House of Usher (Rose Bruford College, The Bargehouse, Southbank, May '14) and Across the Universe (Vienna International School, William Kirk Theatre, Nov ’12). She has also programmed shows such as Puffball (LD: Lee Curran, Roundhouse) and Zero (LD: Hansjorg Schmidt, South England tour).
Favourite children's book: Sabriel by Garth Nix
Kate Bennett is a 3rd Year Human Scientist at St John’s. She is back behind stage after a year in the spotlight acting in such productions as As You Like It (Worcester, TT, 2014), Gawain and the Green Knight (O’Reilly, HT, 2014) and The Ghosts of Baracone Manor (BT Studio, MT, 2013). In her backstage experience she has been Assistant Stage Manager on The Furies (Playhouse, MT, 2014), La Vida es Sueño (Playhouse 2013) and Angels in America (Playhouse, HT, 2013). She once balanced the entirety of His Dark Materials on her head in front of Philip Pullman himself. Needless to say, he was impressed.
Favourite children’s book: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver
Elyn finished her Advertising bachelor earlier this year, during which she became familiar with the art of graphic design. She enjoys combining it with her love for drawing and painting, and in her spare time she designs and creates websites on demand. Previous design work for theatre includes Esarhaddon: The Substitute King (Simpkins Lee, MT14).
Favourite children's book: The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Anna is a first year undergraduate studying English at The Queen’s College. This is the first time she has been involved in marketing for theatre in Oxford. During her gap year she was a marketing intern for a Global Financial Services team in London, where she worked on global online presence and reviewed and updated web content. Other marketing experience includes promoting various charity events with in her local community, particularly for Girl guiding UK as a young leader, in addition to fundraising as part of a school organised trip to Tanzania.
Favourite children’s book: The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
Oishika is a third year studying Economics and Management at St Anne’s College. She recently did a marketing summer school at Ogilvy & Mather’s #ogilvychange practice, and is on the committee for Oxford AdSoc.
Favourite children's book: The Naughtiest Girl In The School by Enid Blyton
Laura is a second year at St Anne's studying English Literature and Language. Since coming to Oxford Laura has worked as an Assistant Stage Manager on The Producers (M.T. 2013, Oxford Playhouse) and Caucasian Chalk Circle (H.T. 2014, Oxford Playhouse). From here she became a Stage Manager on She Stoops to Conquer (T.T. 2014, Christ Church Cathedral Gardens). For the Greek Play The Furies (M.T. 2014, Oxford Playhouse) she worked as an ASM on the fly floor, and was recently Production Manager for Esarhaddon: The Substitute King (M.T. 2014, Simpkins Lee), a piece of new writing. For Cuppers she wrote, directed, and acted in the St Anne’s entry Jeremy Letterman: Unbound (M.T. 2013).
Favourite children's book: The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Alison is a fourth year student of French and Spanish at St. Anne’s College. She got involved with Oxford theatre playing the cabasa for Clytemnestra (Playhouse, MT11) and her credits since then include designing lighting and/or sound for The Tempest (Magdalen College gardens, TT12), A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall (BT, TT12), Un Marido de Ida y Vuelta (Shulman Auditorium, TT12), operating lights for Hothouse (Playhouse, HT12), and sound for Mephisto (Playhouse, HT12), Dangerous Liaisons (Playhouse, TT12), Killing Hitler (O’Reilly, TT12), A View From the Bridge (MT12), La Vida es Sueño (Playhouse, HT13) and Esarhaddon: The Substitute King (Simpkins Lee, MT14). She was also Assistant Production Manager for A Little Night Music (Playhouse, MT12) and ASM for The Merchant of Venice (Worcester College gardens, TT13). She feels she was destined to work on His Dark Materials, having won a Blue Peter badge for a review of The Amber Spyglass as a child.
Favourite children’s book: Ciudad de las Bestias by Isabel Allende
Assistant Stage Manager
Fraser is a third year physicist at The Queen's College. He has been a major on-stage presence in Blue Stockings [TT 2014]. However due to budgeting issues His Dark Materials could only afford to hire him as an assistant stage manager. Being the super human that he is he is also training to be in the colleges M1 rowing team and is a veteran of the frankly epic Queen's Lacrosse team.
Favourite children's book: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Assistant Stage Manager
James is a second year studying modern languages at University College. He has been interested in theatre since school and has acted in productions of Laura Wade's Posh and Pushkin's Little Tragedies, co-wrote and co-directed Univ's Cuppers play last year, and worked as light and sound designer for Man of Mode, Univ's 2014 garden play.
Favourite children's book: Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien
Assistant Stage Manager
Jenny is a second year studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lincoln College. After many, many shows at home in Toronto, Canada, including The Masque of Beauty and the Beast, this is her first production in Oxford.
Favourite children's book: Eloise by Kay Thompson
Assistant Stage Manager
Helen is a second year studying Biological Sciences at Lady Margaret Hall. She worked backstage on productions of Steel Magnolias and Lord of the Flies at school and is looking forward to working on more productions while at Oxford.
Favourite children's book: Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.
Assistant Stage Manager
Anna-Elizabeth is reading German at St. Peter’s. This is the first play she's worked on in Oxford but last summer she worked for five weeks as an assistant to the director of Nabucco at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and more importantly was drummer in a school production A Very Potter Musical a few years ago.
Favourite children’s book: Just William series by Richmal Crompton
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