We’re a small, passionate and hard-working team united by our love of the arts, and our drive to make cultural events of all kinds accessible to deaf audiences.

We’re here to support arts organisations and venues of all sizes make their work available to the 12 million deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people in the UK.

Whether this is your first time exploring captions, live subtitles and digital subtitles, or if you’re a venue looking to improve your current provision and develop audiences, we look forward to hearing from you.

Melanie Sharpe

Melanie Sharpe

Chief Executive
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“I’ve been an actress. I’ve run education courses. I’ve worked in senior positions with Ovalhouse, The Albany, and Jackson Lane. Now, I’m now so lucky to be working at Stagetext.

“Shaping our strategy and instigating real change in the way deaf access is delivered and received is not only exciting, but an absolute privilege.

“I work closely with organisations across the country to ensure that access is embedded from day one. I love working with such a dedicated team and am excited to see how much we can achieve together.”

Liz Hilder

Liz Hilder

Head of Operations
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“Before joining Stagetext I spent years working for Arts Council England and other National Lottery funders, which helped me to understand and develop our place as a charity within the arts.

“It’s my job to ensure our different departments work together to bring captions and subtitles to the most exciting events and venues across the country.

“I’ve spent a lot of time working at live events, playing music, and volunteering for charities like Attitude Is Everything. Now I’m thrilled to be here with Stagetext, working to ensure that no one is excluded from the arts.”

Alic Joy

Alic Joy

Marketing and Communications Manager
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“My route to Stagetext is a bit of a strange one. I’ve worked for the NHS and within the private sector, but have always been passionate about theatre, music and the arts, and have volunteered for fringe theatres just to be part of it.

“Working for Stagetext lets me be creative, and I can work with theatres and museums all across the country. But most importantly, it gives my work a larger purpose.”

Courtney Rudge

Courtney Rudge

Live Subtitling Manager
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“I come to Stagetext from a museums and heritage background, having studied Archaeology and Ancient History. I’ve worked in the collections departments of various museums, helping to digitalise their collections.

“I’ve always been an advocate for increased access everywhere I’ve worked. I’m in the process of learning British Sign Language, having attained Level One.

“Through Stagetext, I’m excited to be able to give many more people access to museum/gallery events, tours and talks.”

Deepa Shastri

Deepa Shastri

Projects Manager (Currently on maternity leave)
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“Having joined Stagetext in 2005, I’m officially our longest-serving current employee. My previous roles here have included Talks Programme Manager and Audience Liaison Officer.

“I have over 15 years of arts access experience. I enjoy acting and performing in my spare time, and also work in museums and galleries as an educator.

“I’m profoundly deaf and bilingual, using both British Sign Language (BSL) and English.”

Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth Robertson

Finance Manager
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Oliver Webster

Oliver Webster

Programme Systems Manager
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“After graduating from Durham University with a BSc in Psychology, I worked in marketing before moving to Stagetext.

“I’ve always had a passion for theatre and the arts and was involved with productions both in and out of school. Since moving back to London, I’ve taken part in many shows and workshops with the Chickenshed Theatre.

“As a deaf person, Stagetext enabled me to enjoy regular theatre trips for years. Now, I’m so excited to be helping make the arts accessible to more people like me.”

Olivia Powell

Olivia Powell

Theatre Programme Manager
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“I studied Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. I’ve always had a passion for theatre, working on in-house projects for the Courtyard Theatre, and with Interactive Theatre International on their show Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience.

“I’m 50% deaf, so working with Stagetext towards full access for deaf audiences is a great fit for me.”

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