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Stagetext staff

Stagetext has a current staff of eight, with four d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing members of staff.. Contact us

M‚Äčelanie Sharpe, Chief Executive

Melanie joins Stagetext from Theatre Peckham where she was the part-time General Manager. Over the past 8 years Melanie has worked as a freelance consultant with a variety of companies developing Boards, overseeing Change Management and HR issues. Initially training as an actor at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama on the Community Theatre and Theatre Education course, Melanie worked for companies including Belgrade TIE, Pentabus, Age Exchange and New Perspectives. From 1995 Melanie worked in Senior Management positions in a range of venues including: Head of Education at Ovalhouse, Team Leader for Art of Regeneration (a joint National Theatre and The Albany project), Interim Director of The Albany and Director of Jacksons Lane. Melanie’s passions outside of work are anything relating to antique textiles and costumes, shoes and handbags.


Liz Hilder, Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Liz manages the smooth day-to-day running of Stagetext and deputises for Melanie when needed. Liz joined the team in 2018 having worked for five years at Arts Council England, including a two year secondment as Manager of the National Lottery Forum. Her background is in music events management, and she has been volunteering with live music access charity Attitude Is Everything since 2012.


Olivia Powell, Theatre Programme Manager

Olivia graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy. Since then she has worked within theatre organisations within both production and administration. These have included working for the Courtyard Theatre on their in-house projects and Interactive Theatre International on their show "Faulty Towers The Dining Experience". Olivia has a real passion for all things theatre and is also 50% deaf so working with Stagetext towards full access for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people is a great fit.

Oliver Webster, Programme Systems Manager

Oliver graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Psychology and since graduating has spent a year working as a marketing analyst for a price comparison website before moving to Stagetext. Oliver has always had a passion for theatre and the arts, being involved with productions both in and out of school. During university, Oliver took part in 9 shows with his college drama society, and was awarded an honorary lifetime membership. 

Since moving back to London, Oliver has taken part in many shows and workshops with the Chickenshed theatre. As a deaf person, Oliver has used Stagetext for years enabling him to enjoy the theatre regularly, and is excited to now be working with Stagetext to make the arts more accessible.

Alic Joy, Marketing and Communications Manager

Alic graduated with BA (Hons) in Journalism from the University of Chester and has worked within PR, communications, and marketing throughout his career. Though he has worked for various industries, including, healthcare, medical supplies, and engineering, Alic has always had a passion for the arts, and has pursued this in various ways outside of the office. On a volunteer and freelance basis Alic has worked for the last few years in a London studio theatre, as well spending time in Sweden working on a touring comedy show. Alic is now excited to be raising the profile of Stagetext and bringing accessible arts to the largest possible audience.


Richard France, Live Subtitling Manager

Richard comes from a diverse creative sector background having first worked in the music industry and then going onto work in publishing as a printer, graphic designer, photographer and film editor. Having obtained a BA(Hons) in TV & Film Design from the Hull School of Art & Design and later getting a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training from Sheffield Hallam University, he went on to lecture Media Studies, taught creative courses at the Sheffield Online College and delivered the National Curriculum Key Skills to students with additional learning needs. He worked as Project Manager for Deafinitely Theatre before moving onto Stagetext. In his spare time, he is a soundscape designer having performed in London, Geneva and Vienna and writes alternative poetry, having published three books and gives performances around the UK. Richard is deaf and is bi-lingual in both signed and spoken languages.


Deepa Shastri, Projects Manager

Deepa was educated at Mary Hare Grammar School (deaf school), and graduated from Coventry University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies. Deepa has been with Stagetext since 2005 (making her our longest-running current employee) working in various roles, such as Talks Programme manager, and as the Audience Liaison Officer for See a Voice project, where she delivered d/Deaf awareness training to over 3000 theatre staff and provided audience development consultation on captioned theatre performances over 3 years. Deepa is profoundly deaf and is bilingual using both British Sign Language (BSL) and English. She has over 12 years’ arts access experience and is an expert in text-based and BSL access provision in theatre. In her spare time, she is an actress and a performer and also works in museums and galleries as an Educator.



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