Rachael Savage: Artistic Director
After working nationally and internationally for fifteen years, Rachael founded Vamos Theatre in 2006. As Artistic Director of the company, her role varies from writer, director and actor, to workshop leader, drama consultant for schools, and university lecturer. Rachael trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Theatre experience includes work with a wide range of UK companies, touring and regional producing theatres, including: Birmingham Rep, Coventry Belgrade Theatre, Northern Stage, Bolton Octagon, Pentabus, Red Shift, Cleveland Theatre, Dodgy Clutch/Welfare State International; 7 years with Trestle Theatre; and three international touring companies - Tour de Force, The American Drama Group, and The International Theatre Company London. Rachael steers the company's creative vision and direction, and creates all of Vamos's artistic programme from arts in health, to walkabout, to full scale touring shows.
Charlotte Gregory: General Manager
Charlotte Gregory is an Artist, Arts Manager, and Producer. She is currently Producer of Sonia Sabri Company and works across art forms providing management/consultancy to companies ACE dance and music, Articulate Elbow, Jerrel Jackson Company, Nutkut, Parlor Dance, Vanhulle Dance Theatre and White Rabbit. Charlotte was formerly Project Manager at Lighthouse, Poole, for PASS – The Circus Channel, an Interreg funded, French-British, Circus Arts exchange. As an artist she is Co-Director of Needless Allies, Small Encounters and The Windows Collective, has worked with Little Earthquake and performed internationally with Stan’s Cafe. Given the opportunity, she also happily jumps in to perform in Vamos's Walkabout acts!
Honor Hoskins: Marketing and Development Manager
Honor joined Vamos Theatre in 2007. She worked originally as a performer and workshop leader and was involved with many of the company’s early productions, including Storybag 1, Storybag 2, In your Face, Nursing Lives 2010, The Best of Storybag, and Much Ado About Wenlock. She has became the company's Marketing and Development Manager in 2014. Prior to joining Vamos Theatre, Honor worked for The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury as Outreach Officer, Snap Children’s Theatre Company, Worcestershire and Herefordshire Youth Offending Service, Gloucestershire Youth Offending Service, as well as training with TiPP (Theatre in Prison and Probation).
Justine Watkins: Marketing and Development Manager (maternity cover)
Justine has worked in arts marketing for the last 13 years for both venues and touring companies. She was Marketing Manager for internationally renowned dance company Motionhouse for 6 years and enjoyed travelling to a host of amazing countries with them. Previous to this she led on the marketing and PR for Stafford Gatehouse Theatre for 6 years. Since having her two daughters she has joined forces with her fiancé to lead and develop the communication strand of their Design and Marketing Company, Delineate. Justine has offered marketing support and consultancy to a whole host of respected arts organisations such as WinterWalker, Circus Vogue and Hoipolloi and leading producer, Fuel. She is delighted to be working with Vamos covering Honor’s maternity leave at such an exciting time in the company’s history.
Kathryn Green: Administrator
Kathryn graduated in 2012 from Worcester University in Drama and Performance Studies BA (Hons) with a 2:1 (only a mark off a First!). She worked with Vamos Theatre as a student throughout her university career,includes performing in Offal Tales, in which she played the truly unforgettable role of a Disco Dancing Cow , and in Godiva Awakes as a member of Vamos Young People’s Theatre. Kathryn began her adminstrative experience as a work placement during Much Ado About Wenlock, before taking on the professional role of Vamos's office Adminstrator.
Janie Armour: Associate Artist (Composer)
Janie has been part of the Vamos team since its beginnings in 2006. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at Goldsmiths College University of London, from where she has a Masters degree with distinction in composition. She has over 40 professional theatre shows to her credit, including work for the Watermill Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Trestle Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and composition for BBC2 and Radio 3. Janie has collaborated extensively with spoken word artists, composing and performing most recently with Aoife Mannix, with whom she has toured Growing up an Alien, Different Words for Snow, Misunderstood Monsters. and Radio Pirate.
Carl Davies: Associate Artist (Set and Costume Designer)
Carl first worked for Vamos on the first tour of Finding Joy in 2013. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and was a finalist in the prestigious Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design 2005. He has worked in a huge variety of performance genres including opera, panto, Shakespeare, site-specific performance, and circus; and with companies as diverse as Forest Forge, Hijinx, NOFITSTATE, and Theatre Royal, Plymouth.
Richard J Fletcher: Associate Artist (Performer)
Richard trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and first joined Vamos for the Finding Joy 2014 tour. His previous work includes roles for Coventry Belgrade, London Bubble, Salisbury Playhouse, Northern Broadsides/West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Perspectives, and many seasons in panto at the Oldham Coliseum. Richard’s role with Vamos includes touring production performer and tour manager, workshop trainer and Walkabout performer.
Sarah Hawkins: Associate Artist (Performer)
Sarah trained with Vamos Young People’s Theatre for five years, working in full mask, half mask, puppetry and physical theatre. She made her professional debut touring nationally in Vamos Theatre’s original Nursing Lives (2010). Since then she has appeared in a range of guises at many Walkabout Theatre events, and performed in Vamos’s Offal Tales (2012), three tours of Finding Joy (2013, 14 and 2016), Sharing Joy (2014 and 2015) and Nursing Lives (2015).
Alan Riley: Associate Artist (Performer/Director)
Alan is a performing arts graduate of Middlesex University, who has worked as a performer and director with Vamos since 2014. As a founder member of Trestle Theatre Company, he has acquired extensive devising and performance experience in mask theatre. He also co-founded ‘Theatre de Camping’ producing and touring several physical theatre comedies. Alan was employed as a performer and writer for The Tweenies, a pre-school children’s programme for BBC TV. He contributed a number of scripts and provided the ‘body’ of several characters, mainly Doodles the big red dog, but also: a sprightly old lady, a clown puppet, a robotic spaceman toy and a musical monkey that played the drums!
Penny Mayes: Creative Producer
Over a twenty two year tenure with Trestle Theatre Company, Penny played a major role in establishing it as one of Britain's leading national and international touring theatre companies. On leaving Trestle in 2002, she set up her freelance business, Dramatic Solutions (www.dramatic-solutions.co.uk). A wide variety of jobs include capital fundraiser for artsdepot, co-produced Feeast, a major festival of Central and Eastern European Arts, setting up Free Word, the first home for literature, literacy and free expression, General Manager for Clod Ensemble, securing over half a million £s towards its Performing Medicine programme. She produced Helen Chadwick / Steven Hoggett collaboration, War Correspondents with an extensive 22 venue tour to include Durham Cathedral and Sage Gateshead. She is currently producing Lucy Steven's Kathleen Ferrier, Whattalife! and Shakespeare In Song and General Manager for The Brook Street Band. She is a regular tutor for the MA Cultural Policy course at Goldsmiths University, National Centre of Circus Arts and East 15, University of Essex. She regularly assists performing arts companies in all aspects of arts mangement and company development.
Dr Marion Lynch: Health and Care Sector Connector
Marion has 25 years of experience in the public and private health sector as a clinician, manager of complex change and leader of reforms. Her local and national paid roles include NHS England workforce lead, patient leadership lead NHS National Leadership Academy and Arts in Education expert Health Education England. She has worked with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as an External Examiner, Reader and Tutor. Outside of formal roles Marion works with charities and patient groups, is part of the Alzheimer Café charity, and works with drama groups and creative groups to ensure that the strategic work is based on the reality of peoples’ lives and experiences of care.
Hazel Ratcliffe: Strategic Touring Project Manager
Hazel is the director and founder of Ratcliffe Training Consultancy and has worked in Social and Health Care for over thirty years. As a qualified nurse, psychotherapist and social worker, she has worked with most client groups, but more intensively with people living with dementia, those with learning disabilities and in mental health. Hazel has been an Associate Specialist in Learning and Development for the Association for Dementia Studies since 2010 at Worcester University. She is a Dementia Champion and has worked closely with communities over the past five years building awareness and reducing stigma around memory loss. She also co - founded ‘Buddies’, a support group for people living with dementia, run by people living with dementia.