The Vamos Theatre team

Core Team

Artistic Director: Rachael Savage
Administrator/Associate Artist: Sarah Hawkins
Administrator: Abbie Payton
Creative Producer: Honor Hoskins
Executive Producer: Claire Morton
Head of Better/Associate Artist: Janie Armour
Health Connector: Hazel Ratcliffe
Learning and Participation Producer: Helen Timmins
Marketing Manager: Panna Parmar
Youth Theatre Director: Daniel Hill

Associate Artists:
Janie Armour (Composer)
Carl Davies (Set and Costume Designer)
James Greaves (Performer)
Sarah Hawkins (Performer)
Alan Riley (Performer)

About the team

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.

Sarah Hawkins: Administrator/Associate Artist (Performer)
Sarah made her first professional appearance with Vamos Theatre in Nursing Lives (2010), having trained in Vamos Young People’s Theatre for 3 years. Since then she has performed in Offal Tales (2012), three tours of Finding Joy (2013, 14 and 2016), Sharing Joy (2014, 2015 and 2017), Nursing Lives (2015) and The Best Thing (2015). The call of home comforts led to stage management roles, while the arrival of baby no.1 now sees Sarah working as Administrator. When she’s not at her desk, Sarah is also a trained horticulturalist and loves nothing better than working in the garden.

Abbie Payton: Administrator
Abbie started her career in travel and went to many lovely places around the world, after which she studied at Chichester University and graduated with a 2:1 degree in contemporary dance and business studies. After leaving university, she worked in marketing for an outdoor activity centre in Birmingham for 11 years, alongside teaching dance classes and workshops to children. She currently teaches wedding couples' first dances in her spare time.

Honor Hoskins: Creative Producer
Honor joined Vamos Theatre in 2007 and has worked as part of the Core Team for the past ten years as a performer, practitioner, tour manager and Marketing and Development Manager, as well as delivering a large part of the company’s Learning and Participation programme. Prior to joining Vamos Theatre, Honor worked for The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury as Outreach Officer. She has also delivered and managed projects with The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Snap Children’s Theatre Company; and three County Youth Offending Services; she also trained with TiPP (Theatre in Prison and Probation).

Claire Morton: Executive Producer
New to the Vamos team in 2018, Claire has over 13 years of extensive experience and knowledge of working across performing art-forms and the cultural sector. Between 2015-2018, Claire worked independently for a range of projects, from independent artists to international touring companies (including Ballet Black, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company, Made by Katie Green and many more), fundraising just under £500k to support the delivery of work and new artistic programmes. Prior to this, she co-directed Morton Bates Arts Services, helping to raise over £1.3m through Arts Council England, securing over 750 performance bookings and delivering 100 projects across the portfolio between 2008-2014. Claire holds a BA in Dance & Culture with Professional Training (University of Surrey), a Masters Degree in Arts Management (City University, London) (Arts Humanities Research Council Award recipient) and is a fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme (short course).

Janie Armour: Head of Better/Associate Artist (Composer)
Janie has been part of the team since its beginnings in 2006, composing the music for all the Vamos Theatre's shows. 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 also works within the team in a varied capacity, including the management of our website and brand.

Helen Timmins: Learning and Participation Producer
Helen brings over 20 years of experience in the field of Applied Theatre to her role, having graduated from Northumbria University in 1997 with a degree in Community Drama. She started her career working in Theatre in Education as a teacher/actor for The Playhouse, Birmingham and has since worked with numerous groups and organisations (Women & Theatre, Dramatic Solutions, Hearth, Hi8us Media) as a performer, facilitator and writer.  She was youth theatre leader at Kidderminster Roses Young People’s Theatre where she worked with young people ranging from 8-18 years of age. Helen is passionate about using drama to explore things that matter, having worked for many years at Birmingham University where she used her skills to help train healthcare professionals in communication. She continues to work in this field as a role player and trainer and has a particular interest in the vital role the arts play in healthcare and education.

Panna Parmar: Marketing Manager
Panna joined the Vamos Theatre family in January 2018. She cut her teeth in marketing for the likes of Lastminute.com, Jack Wills and Thomas Cook. Panna has over 10 years’ experience working with companies who want to build their brands digitally and develop customer loyalty. Alongside working for Vamos, Panna is also a fine artist and illustrator who has exhibited in solo and group shows around London and the Midlands.

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.

Daniel Hill: Youth Theatre Director
Daniel has over 14 years’ experience in creating theatre and film productions with and for young people. Producing performances from intimate studio pieces, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to large scale promenade productions and family Christmas shows. As well as producing and directing, Daniel has managed and run education programmes, curated film festivals and run workshops in a huge verity of disciplines. Daniel’s passion for nurturing young talent and telling the best stories has seen him work for various organisations around the UK and as far away as Queensland, Australia.

Associate Artists:
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.

James Greaves: Associate Artist (Performer)
James co-founded Trading Faces Theatre Company in 1987, specialising in physical theatre and mask work, and from 1989 worked extensively with Trestle Theatre Company taking mask performance all over the world, from Tashkent to Sydney and Tokyo to Taunton. He performed in many Trestle classics, including Top Storey, State of Bewilderment, Blood and Roses, Adventures of the Stoneheads and Beggars Belief. James first joined Vamos Theatre to perform in Finding Joy, taking on the role of Danny. Since then he’s toured throughout the UK and Europe with us, as well as leading mask workshops across the UK.

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!
 

Board of CIO trustees

Sophie Atkinson: Director of Governance and Compliance, Catalyst Housing
Sophie Atkinson is a qualified solicitor, who supports Vamos on legal, governance and company secretarial issues. Sophie has a keen interest in theatre and the arts and holds a Masters degree in Shakespeare and Theatre from the University of Birmingham.

Grant Brisland: Co-Director, Corn Exchange & New Greenham Arts
Grant is a founding trustee and is currently the Chair for Vamos Theatre. Professionally he works as the director of the Newbury Corn Exchange and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space. Grant has worked with Vamos Theatre for a number of years, since the creation of Finding Joy in 2013, and is pleased to be supporting the company during its development as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. He brings expertise in finance and fundraising as well as arts education.

Jane Hytch: Director, Imagineer Productions
Jane is CEO of Imagineer Productions, a live events production company, specialising in theatre and outdoor performance, education programmes, special commissions and touring. She is also Artistic Director and founder member of Worcester Arts Workshop. Work with Imagineer includes Bridge, a new large scale outdoor commission, winner of the Ambition for Excellence Award Arts Council England, The Festival of Imagineers and The Godiva Awakes Project (Arts Council Artist Taking The Lead Award for London 2012). Jane was also Producer for the Opening Ceremony of The International Children’s Games (2005), The Coventry Mysteries (2000, 2003, 2006) and The Arts Alive Festival, all at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Michael Sheath: Principal Practitioner
Michael worked as a probation officer for ten years before joining The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. LFF is a charity which seeks to prevent child sexual abuse by working with offenders and their families. The Foundation runs a confidential helpline, Stop it Now! for individuals concerned about their own or another's sexual thoughts and behaviours. Michael delivers training to police officers, social workers and health workers in relation to understanding sexual offending, and to schools and colleges in relation to Safer Recruitment practices. He has a special interest in men who view child abuse material, and works as a staff trainer for Europol.

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