Printers Team

Meet the team that makes Printer’s Playhouse the great venue that it is

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 – 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.

Chris Berry – Director

Chris Berry has an abiding passion for live theatre and music, and continues to be excited about being a founding partner and Director of Eastbourne’s liveliest community arts hub. His career in planning and development has spanned private, public and voluntary sectors, including a leading role in London Docklands regeneration and overseas development programmes for the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme, amongst others.

Having lived in Eastbourne for many years, where he has owned hotels and been politically active, he continues to value and support the town’s important theatrical heritage. He looks forward to Printers Playhouse pioneering new theatrical writing, supporting local community arts projects and promoting a wide range of live and original music.

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.

Sarah Dean - Company Manager

Sarah Dean has worked in the Arts and Charity sectors for the past 15 years, with a focus on communications, project management, arts administration and community development. Joining Printers Playhouse as Company Manager has been a welcome return to her first love, theatre, having studied the subject at The Brit School of Performing Arts many moons ago.

Since studying for her MA in Political Philosophy at the University of York, Sarah has worked as a manager for Card Aid: Oxford Street, Information and Communications Officer at Sutton Carers Centre, and Student Participation Coordinator at The University of Arts London, Students Union. She thrives best when working with volunteers and using her own creative skill set to best achieve the objectives of the organisation she is working for.

Sarah is also a freelance artist, her own creative practice explores themes of identity and wellbeing, using art to build emotional literacy in her own work and the workshops she delivers. She is a member of TURF Studios, part of Inspiral Artist Network, and has curated group exhibitions shown at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Collective, and Croydon Arts Store.

Supported by visiting artists and professionals

Richard Vincent

  • Award winning BBC Writer and Director
  • (trained at Drama Centre)

Aaron Tonks

  • Writer, Actor and Director
  • (trained at The International School of Screen Acting)

Jules Craig

  • Writer and Actor
  • (trained at Rose Bruford College)

Andrew Allen

  • Writer, Director, Actor and Improviser

Kathryn Vincent

  • Director, Actor and Workshop Leader

Contact Printers


+44 (0) 1323 301333


49A Grove Rd
Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4TX