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Roland Smith | Artistic Director
Roland Smith is founding member and artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, for whom he has directed Henry V, conceived and directed Pedal Pusher (295 Regent Street; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Tobacco Factory, Bristol; Norsk Litturfestival, Lillehammer) Elle and the Cabaret of the Cavendish Club and Fanshen (both 295 Regent Street).
Roland has also created performance installations for the Old Vic Tunnels, in support of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes as well as Big Chill and Latitude Festivals. He recently directed his first short film, The One.
Roland is currently developing The Great White Unknown, based on Captain Scott’s final expedition to the Antarctic.
Jessica Brewster | Artistic Director
Jessica is founding member and artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, for whom she has directed The Winter’s Tale (295 Regent Street) and curated the groundbreaking theatre festival Theatre Souk (Picton Place) which was described as “…a tremendous experience of innovative and experimental theatre.” in a five-star review from What’s On Stage.
Most recently Jessica curated Bush Bazaar, a three-week festival of new work from emerging theatre artists that took over the new Bush Theatre building in Shepherds Bush.
Fergus Waldron | Production / Building Manager
Fergus is a theatre technician who learnt through osmosis in English fringe theatre in Brussels where he was raised. Fergus first worked with Theatre Delicatessen on The Winter’s Tale in 2009, and is now a member of the core team, providing the skills and expertise to create Theatre Delicatessen’s Marylebone Gardens at 35 Marylebone High Street.
Fergus is currently touring with Blind Summit’s production of The Table – an existential piece about a puppet on a table and recently production managed Casualties, one of the first plays on at the new Park Theatre in Finsbury.
Dan Simon | Resident Artist Manager
Dan is a pop-up property management consultant and freelance designer who helps manage Theatre Delicatessen’s spaces and users. According to his CV, he holds a double-first in Biochemistry and Immunology, worked in international business development, rode a rickshaw for three years and ran a controversial pop-up venue for two. He is spending 2014 creating an animated survival guide to London, and writing series of short-plays, which may or may not be any good.
Holly Hardy | Community Engagement Manager / Press & PR Co-ordinator
Holly is a co-founding member of StampCollective, who have been Associate Artists with Theatre Delicatessen since June 2012. She supported the programming and promotion of the BBC Time Warp (Nov 2012), one of Theatre Deli’s most successful mixed arts event nights’ to-date.
Within StampCollective, Holly co-creates immersive, interactive theatre, contributing as a writer, performer, prop-maker and set-designer. As an independent Stage Manager and Performer she has worked extensively across immersive theatre and live art, collaborating with the likes of SHUNT, Agency of Coney, Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari, Sarah Maple, Hide & Seek and the People Pile.
Holly has worked professionally as a Press & PR executive for ethical and fair trade business, with an additional 5 years experience working in PR and Community Outreach for Arts organisations and the Education sector. She currently works as a PR co-ordinator for immersive productions and arts events (and has experience in hosting, interviewing, VIP liaison and event management.)
Holly is a passionate advocate of volunteering and community engagement. In the past she has managed volunteer schemes within schools and Arts universities, running workshops and mentoring. She has facilitated Physical Theatre workshops with 8-11 year olds at underprivileged schools, and continues to work on interactive theatre projects with young people where possible.
Holly Webley-Naylor | Assistant Producer
Holly has been with Theatre Delicatessen since September 2013, assisting them largely with the production of SPACED.
Since graduating from Warwick University in 2012 (BA Theatre and Performance) Holly has managed a team of fundraisers for Shelter, done a stint at the Independent and travelled around South America and South East Asia.
She has recently formed an artistic collective – Marbles & Ware – and is putting on her first event, a subversive, performative auction entitled ‘Bidders Bizarre’, in April.
In her spare time she works at pop-up food stands and mixes cocktail at The Whip.
Rachel Lakhdhir | Production Assistant / Website Manager
Rachel Lakhdhir is interning with Theatre Delicatessen during her gap year. She chose to do so after having had a great experience with us during her work experience placement in 2012.
Rachel did her A-levels at Collingham College, before which she attended the American School in London. She is a dual citizen of the US and the UK and is also using her gap year to apply to liberal arts colleges in the US.
She enjoys working with Theatre Delicatessen because it allows her to contribute to the arts in a meaningful way. Rachel is also a Choral Scholar with the London Youth Choir.