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Stagetext staff

Stagetext has 9 team members, one of whom is deaf. 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.


Bethan Way, Theatre Programme Manager

Bethan graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance Studies from The University of Warwick. She has previously worked as Marketing Officer for the Cardiff-based theatre company Sherman Cymru, and as Campaigns Officer within the capital development team at Tate. She first encountered Stagetext in 2011 when she was awarded a training grant from the Arts Council of Wales in order to gain a Stagetext Certificate for Theatre Captioners. Bethan is a fluent Welsh speaker and continues to work as a freelance surtitler for Welsh-language productions and as a volunteer reader for RNIB Cymru.


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.

Adam Werlinger, Digital Programme Manager

Adam graduated with a MA in Arts, Administration & Cultural Policy from Goldsmiths’ University of London; and a BA in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia Chicago. He has worked in theatre and opera companies across the UK and America, most recently completing projects in education and the visual arts. Adam is passionate about digital innovation in the arts, and is delighted to be making Stagetext's work accessible online.


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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