ROSIE NISBET (she/her)
Rosie, after being a member and staff member of Stage2 for several years, went on to study Acting at ArtsEd. Since the completion of her degree, she returned to Stage2 to take on the role of Lead Practitioner and will now be taking on the role of Artistic Director from 2022. Rosie is highly skilled in text work, devising, ensemble work, voice work, physical theatre and musical theatre. She is really passionate about the opportunities Stage2 offers its members, having directly benefitted from them herself, and is really excited to be back involved in the company once again.
LIZ LIGHT (she/her)
Company Administrator & Founder
Liz founded Stage2 Youth Theatre in 1988. In the company’s 30 year history, Liz has run the company doing everything from directing productions to LAMDA tuition, running workshops, leading exchange projects, training members to become staff, fundraising, marketing – pretty much everything and anything. Her direction has received high acclaim and she is particularly well known for her unique and thorough approach to Shakespeare.
ROSA SIMONET (she/her)
Marketing & Development Coordinator
Rosa was a member of Stage2 for several years, taking advantage of both performance and leadership opportunities. She went on to become a member of the National Youth Theatre (NYT). Rosa has taken part in various NYT projects, including the upcoming film the Ancestors, and is now a Youth Trustee. After studying at the University of Manchester, Rosa’s professional career led her to bold, and empowering creative projects and charities including working for Mustard Tree, Don’t Settle, Flatpack Film Festival and, of course, Stage2!
Rosa is using her varied experience, especially her extensive training in accessibility and inclusion, to help Stage2 reach new potential members and audiences, make meaningful relationships with like-minded organisations and seek funding for all the wonderful things Stage2 does!
Chair of the Board (he/him)
Claire Dowie and Colin Watkeys
Claire Dowie is a Birmingham-born, award-winning writer and performer, famous for being a pioneer of Stand-Up Theatre and a writer of In-Yer-Face Theatre. Colin Watkeys is her long-term director, who has worked with her on all of her Productions. Stage2 has been fortunate enough to perform some of Claire’s best work: Adult Child/Dead Child, Why is John Lennon Wearing a Skirt?, The Year of the Monkey and Arsehammers. Aditionally, Claire Dowie wrote a brand new play specifically for Stage2 to premiere in 2016: Hard Working Families. Claire and Colin have been wonderful patrons of Stage2 for many years and come to do Masterclasses with our members ocassionally.
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