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 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 Advocacy and Research
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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.

“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.”

Oliver Webster

Oliver Webster

Head of Services and Systems
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I went to Durham university and did a BSc in Psychology, worked for a stint in marketing, and then came to Stagetext. After four and a half years managing the digital subtitle programme, I’ve moved to the role of Head of Systems and Services.

As a deaf person from birth, and a fan of theatre for almost as long, Stagetext has been a critical part of my life for many years, long before I worked here. I’ve always had a passion for theatre and the arts, and was involved in productions both in and out of school, at the Chickenshed theatre, and Arcola Queer Collective.

It’s thanks to Stagetext that I’ve been able to enjoy the theatre for many years, and it’s incredible to be able to work within the charity, pushing for more accessible art every day

Ayesha Chouglay

Ayesha Chouglay

Digital Programme Manager
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“Prior to working for Stagetext, I completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and an MA in The Contemporary, studying a variety of subjects including the history and philosophy of art, and curation. I’ve worked in various roles within arts organisations, and enjoy participating in exhibitions.

“I have a passion for keeping the arts accessible to all, formed in part from personal experiences with disability. As someone who wears hearing aids and lipreads, I know how difficult it can be to access good subtitles. Working for Stagetext draws together many of my interests and I’m so pleased to be contributing!”

Hannah Evans

Hannah Evans

Marketing and Admin Co-ordinator
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“I moved from Wales to London to study Moving Image at the University of the Arts and never left. My passion for theatre has grown over the years and it’s through theatre that I met my fiancé. I count myself as a regular theatre goer and do rely on Stagetext to fully immerse into the experience.

“My background in marketing and social media has been varied, from reviewing restaurants and events, to becoming the social media lead for a Deaf LGBT+ charity organisation called Deaf Rainbow UK, which I am a board member. Before this role I was the social media lead for UK Deaf Sport.

“I have a real passion for the arts and online work focusing on deafness and intersectionality. Stagetext fits in with my personal ethos and I am excited to show that with my work.”

Alic Joy

Alic Joy

Content and Engagement 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.”

Olivia Powell

Olivia Powell

Training and 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. Ranging from 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.”

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.”

Elizabeth Robertson

Elizabeth Robertson

Finance Manager
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