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Stagetext staff

Stagetext has a current staff of 11, with four d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing members of staff.. Contact us

Melanie 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.


Fiona Anderson, Development and Programmes Director

Fiona has worked in arts and cultural management for over 15 years. She joins Stagetext from Kids in Museums where she was Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this she was Trusts and Foundations Manager at the Roundhouse, and she has amassed varied knowledge and experience through positions in her native Scotland with Hearts and Minds, Visible Fictions Theatre Company and the Citizens Theatre.  A dedicated theatre-lover, Fiona is passionate about expanding access to the arts for everyone.


Rosie Holmes, General Manager

Rosie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Media Drama from The University of Glamorgan and trained as an Actor at the Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre. Before joining Stagetext, she worked for Trinity College London as their Dance and Drama Administrator and as a freelance Drama facilitator. She completed her PG Cert Ed – Inclusivity in the Arts at Middlesex University in conjunction with Chickenshed theatre company, whilst working as Artistic Director of East End Shed on one of their out-reach projects.


Kyle Meade, Office Assistant

Kyle graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Surrey. He joins us from the Society of London Theatre where he worked as a Marketing Assistant. Kyle also previously worked at the English Touring Theatre as a Marketing & Administrative intern as part of the ‘Professional Training Year’ he completed as part of his degree at Surrey. Kyle is very passionate about the arts and regularly attends theatre performances and exhibitions. In his spare time, he is a dancer and teaches dance in and around London.


Deepa Shastri, Talks Programme Manager

Deepa manages live subtitled access for talks and tours in museums, galleries and at literary festivals, as well as large scale cultural events such as Pride in London. She previously worked for Stagetext as the Audience Development Liaison Officer, delivering deaf awareness training to over 3000 theatre staff, plus audience development consultation on captioned theatre performances. Deepa is profoundly deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) and with over 12 years’ arts access experience, she is an expert in text-based and BSL access provisions. Deepa was educated at Mary Hare Grammar School and later graduated from Coventry University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies. In her spare time, she is a television actress and presents in a range of cultural venues across the UK.

Lynn Jackson, Talks Programme Coordinator

Lynn is part-time Talks Programme Coordinator for Stagetext, having previously worked as Communications Officer. She has been involved with the charity since it began in 2000 and was its first theatre captioner. 
Lynn is a Level 3 Lipspeaker and has a Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language. She has worked with deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in an editorial and production capacity for 25 years.

Oliver Webster, Digital 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 hard of hearing 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, Talks Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

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.


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.


Sue Cullum, Finance Manager

Susan qualified as a chartered accountant after graduating from the University of Wales with a degree in History and a stint as a research assistant. After qualifying, she worked for a firm of accountants as an audit manager and then moved into the commercial world. Increasingly dissatisfied with a series of roles that helped wealthy shareholders become even wealthier, she moved into charity finance in the mid 1990s and has worked for several of the UK’s largest charities such as ActionAid and the Alzheimer’s Society as well as smaller organisations. She now works solely with and for smaller charities since she has found that it is these which have a transformational effect on the lives of their beneficiaries. In her previous role, she managed a community accountancy service providing advice and support on financial management, tax and governance issues to over 200 local and community groups.

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