Core Staff

ROSIE NISBET (she/her)
Artistic Director

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!

The Board


Chair of the Board (he/him)

If you’re finding Stage2 for the first time – welcome! I’m Paul and it is my privilege to be the current Chair. I joined the Board in 2017 however my personal Stage2 journey starts way back in 1990 when I was a 15yr old kid interested in acting, performing and having fun. I made some lifelong friendships at Stage2 and it’s fair to say it helped shape many parts of my life, providing me with wonderful experiences I fondly look back on and providing me with life-skills I didn’t know I’d need. Whatever brought you to this page, be assured that Stage2 can provide a safe place to learn, have fun, gain confidence, provide opportunities and change your future. If there is anything you would like to ask the board, please let me know by emailing and we will do our best to help you.

Our Patrons

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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