Meet the team that makes Printer’s Playhouse the great venue that it is
harriet thorpe – patron
Harriet Thorpe attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama before appearing on our screens in The Brittas Empire, playing Carole Parkinson, an emotionally unstable receptionist who permanently kept her children in the drawers under her desk. Thorpe also starred in a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link as Madame Morrible, in which she was voted off in the first round.
Harriet also played Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous, an eccentric and somewhat odd work-colleague and along with working extensively with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, she has also appeared in Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Casualty, The Bill and Midsomer Murders.
She also notably played Beverley Osman in the BBC children’s comedy drama No Sweat starring boyband North and South.
John Berry – director
John trained as an actor 10 years ago at the Birmingham School of Acting. After working with some great companies such as the BBC, Tour de Force, and Sixth Sense, John helped from Back2back Productions. This led to starting his own Theatre in Education company and touring shows under Profound Effect theatre company.
As a Director John’s credits start with a variety of plays at the Croydon Youth Theatre, who helped John find his feet as an 18 year old. His most notable memory being the international exchange program with Waterford Youth Arts. John trained as a Director in New York at the Uta Hagen School, HB Studios and went on to direct in New York, Barcelona, Munich and London.
John has taught all along his career, and now brings his wealth of Theatre experience to his role as Owner and Director of the Printers Playhouse. John can’t wait to get starting in producing high quality theatre in Eastbourne, and would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all involved.
Viv Berry – Associate Director
Having trained as an actor Viv graduated with a First Class Musical Theatre & Acting degree from Mountview Academy. Viv has worked professionally as a performer for several years for companies such as Theatre Centre and The Coventry Belgrade Theatre.
Viv became Artistic Director of Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation in 2003 and since then has directed numerous productions, commissioned new works and established and run all sorts of workshops for all sorts of people! She has been involved in National events at Theatre Festivals and created pieces of work that have won national acclaim: SHANK a play on knife crime at Tate Britain and RUBBISH PIRATES in Irelands Spraoi Festival.
Viv has also been Artistic Director at the Chicken Shed satellite company, Shed@ The Park, is a session singer and privately coaches voice, singing and accents.
CJ Dalton – Operations Manage
Cj trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and has freelanced as a Theatre Designer, Scenic Painter and Prop-maker on productions throughout the UK and Internationally. Cj first joined the Printers Playhouse team to design the interior of the venue back in the early days, and admits it is her proudest accomplishment to date.
Now that we are open she is switching on her left brain and working on our Operations. Tasked with the job of keeping the business running smoothly, CJ will also be working closely alongside John and Viv in developing the Printers Playhouse Actor Training, Youth Theatre and Workshops, and helping to develop links with the local community.
Because doing one job is never enough for Cj, she also works as Director of Operations for The Crewing Company, still freelances as a Theatre Designer and is in the early stages of setting up her own home-made gifts, crafts and upholstery business – so if you need anything making – she’s your girl!
Sean Mclevy – Director of Actor Training
Sean has been a professional actor and director since graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 1989. He has worked all over the country in theatres such as, The Royal Exchange in Manchester, The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield , The Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, The Mercury Theatre in Colchester and Polka Children’s Theatre in London, as well as productions at the Cochrane and the Theatre Museum in the West End.
Sean has also taught and directed at the top drama schools in the country, including Arts Ed, Central School, East 15, ALRA and Mountview Academy, and was most recently Director of the Acting BA Hons course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts . Sean has directed over a hundred professional productions, and is delighted to be bring his expertise to the Printers Playhouse, which he believes to be an exciting and vibrant new theatre space for the town .
Printers Playhouse would not be where it is without the support of Andy, who worked tirelessly alongside John for several months in the setting up and early days of the Venue, before embarking on his next adventure.
We thank Andy from the bottom of our hearts, and we have no doubt that you will see him appearing either on stage at the Printers Playhouse or pulling you a pint behind the bar!
supported by visiting artists and professionals
Award winning BBC Writer and Director
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(trained at Rose Bruford College)
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Director, Actor and Workshop Leader