Vicki studied Drama at The University of Guelph in Canada.

She has worked as a professional theatre director, workshop leader, drama teacher, production manager and stage manager in Canada, Japan, Italy and the UK.

She has worked as a freelancer in London since 2007 with a number of companies such as: Cardboard Citizens, Sydenham Arts Festival, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Venture, Glyndebourne and Face Front Inclusive Theatre among others.




Barry Fitzgerald is a theatre-maker, performer and facilitator. He trained at Manchester Met and Arts Ed London and has worked on projects with the Almeida Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Gendered Intelligence, London Bubble, Royal Court, Punchdrunk and the Unicorn Theatre.

Barry is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama teaching acting, audition technique, theatre-making and facilitation.

He is also an associate artist with Outbox Theatre leading on the company’s outreach work and performing in productions at the Arcola, Birmingham Rep, Bush Theatre, Contact Theatre, Hackney Showroom and Shoreditch Town Hall.

Anna Clover


Anna originally joined Hackney Shed as a volunteer in 2011 and is a workshop facilitator with a particular interest in inclusion and SEND.

Anna works with young people with additional needs (and their families) in projects to support well-being and increasing independence.  

Anna studied Film and Theatre at University of Reading before completing an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has led drama workshops across the UK and written, devised and performed her own work in various venues and festivals


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Julia studied Performing Arts - Acting at UNIRIO in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, before recently completing an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in London. She joined Hackney Shed in March 2016 as a volunteer. 

Julia has worked as an actress, producer and teacher with various companies in Rio. Since she moved to London in 2015, Julia has been delivering drama workshops and directing plays in schools, besides being a support facilitator at Outside Edge Theatre, working with people in recovery from addiction

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Claudia Rebolledo Sánchez

Children and Youth Theatre Project Manager

Claudia comes from Chile, South America, where she studied a BA in Acting at Universidad del Desarrollo.

In Chile, she worked as a theatre facilitator, an actress, theatre producer and as Outreach Coordinator for a Drama School before she decided to travel to London in 2016 to complete an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It was while studying for her MA that she first joined Hackney Shed as a placement student.

Since moving to London, Claudia has co-founded and co-directed RootPrints Theatre, an applied theatre company focused on bringing together migrant and local communities, celebrate cultural diversity and promote a deeper sense of belonging within participants.

Additionally she works as a freelancer for various companies in London, such as Act Up! Newham, Immediate Theatre and Moving Waves.


Patricia Hitchcock


Patricia is a senior barrister at Cloisters, a leading liberal chambers. She is a trained mediator and sits as a part-time judge (Recorder) in the criminal courts.

Before coming to the Bar, Patricia worked as a book editor in the UK and USA. In 1986 she was elected to head her firm’s trade union. She was called to the Bar in 1988 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. Her legal focus is on medical law and she is regularly invited to chair medico-legal conferences. She is co-author of two legal textbooks.

Patricia has a commitment to fair representation for all and works for several weeks of the year without fee, where no public funding is available. She also volunteered for many years as a Panel Member for the Young Offender Service in Lambeth, where she lives.

Patricia is married to sculptor Peter Brooke-Ball and has two adult children and a grandchild.

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Tara Boland

Tara started her time with Hackney Shed as a volunteer in 2010, she went on to become an Assistant Practitioner and then Lead Artistic Workshop leader and Director from 2010 - 2016.  Tara now works as the Associate Enrichment Director at Punchdrunk and joined the board in 2019.

Tara is a theatre maker, performer and facilitator.  She writes, performs and directs comedy, work for young audiences and immersive shows.

In her role at Punchdrunk she is responsible for conceiving, writing, and directing projects and productions for children in both school settings and for family audiences. During the 6 years that Tara worked with Hackney shed she also made her own work, performed in immersive shows for adults and young people and collaborated with various companies in creative and productorial roles.  Tara studied Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths and trained for two years in physical theatre at LISPA.  

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Pete LawlEr

Pete Lawler joined Hackney Shed Board of Trustees in March 2019 but has been a proud Hackney Shed parent for three years now.

He has also been a teacher of English for 18 years in various secondary schools in Dublin and London. This has given him a keen appreciation for the fundamental difference theatre and drama can make to a young person’s development and confidence.

That and of course the many theatre productions Pete took part in through high school and university, particularly a stint as Dr Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, on which he still looks back with great fondness.

Pete still enjoys the theatre, particularly in London. He often writes about writing as well as writing other articles on travel and culture for The American magazine. It helps him keep in touch with his roots.


Andrew Aldrich is a founder member and Company Treasurer since 2006.

Andrew is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has worked in a private accountancy practice and is currently a Financial Accountant for University of the Arts London. 

With his brother Christopher, he co-writes writes much of the music for Hackney Shed’s musical productions (previous scores have included Thumbelina, The Silver Sword, Twisted Tales and On We Go amongst others), and enjoys rehearsing and tailoring the music with the performers. 

Andrew has also been Musical Director to numerous amateur shows and pantomimes and is a pianist and backing vocalist in a function band. 

“I strongly believe in Hackney Shed’s inclusive philosophy – that everyone should be to able take part and enjoy performing arts, education and extra-curricular activities in general, whatever their background and abilities.”

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Stuart Cox

Stuart is originally from Essex and trained as an actor at Mountview Theatre School.

He spent a few years in musicals like Annie and Aspects of Love, did some pantos, fringe theatre and even spent six months singing in Ibiza!

He has spent lots of time teaching arts in schools and colleges before going into arts management where he managed the Education Department at the Blue Elephant Theatre in Southwark, started the Participation Department at Jacksons Lane from scratch and is now Arts and Wellbeing Manager at St Margaret's House in Tower Hamlets.


Christopher Aldrich is a founder member and Company Secretary since 2006. 

Christopher obtained a mathematics and statistics honours degree from The London School of Economics in 2000 and is now a Chartered Accountant working in the city for BMS Group LTD. He has spent three and a half years in accountancy practice and has worked in the Insurance industry for the last 5 years. 

During this time he has co-written all the original scores for the musicals Hackney Shed has performed including Thumbelina, The Grinch, Twisted Tales and On We Go amongst others. 

Outside of Hackney Shed Christopher has musical directed several pantomimes (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Dick Whittington), and musicals (The Railway Children, Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Camelot, Calamity Jane). He is also involved in a function band that performs around Essex when time allows! 

“Apart from the obvious fun of writing, teaching and performing music at Hackney Shed, I find it incredibly enjoyable and satisfying to watch members grow in confidence, grow as individuals and in some cases go on to further studies and theatrical arts careers.”

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Claire McCAnn

Claire joined Hackney Shed as a Trustee in June 2019.

She studied English and French at Oxford University, and then undertook a post-graduate diploma in law. 

Since 2000, Claire has worked as a barrister, specialising in equality and employment law, with a particular interest in privacy and trans rights.

She is especially interested in inclusion and diversity – particularly within education and the workplace - and loves the performing arts, having participated in opera and theatre groups during her childhood. Claire plays the piano (badly) and loves a bit of Karaoke!  She has two kids, of school age.