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.

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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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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






Barry is an actor with an interest in devising and collaborative work, and has performed in venues such as the Arcola, the Pleasance and Shoreditch Town Hall as well as tours of Ireland and the UK. He studied Contemporary Arts (Drama with Dance) at Manchester Met. University before completing an MA in Acting at Art Ed London. He also has lots of experience in event organisation, including work at the BFI, helping organise their film festivals.

As a facilitator, Barry has worked in schools and theatres across London, and also teaches on the Youth Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama.


Operations and fundraising manager

Sarah has been involved as a volunteer with Hackney Shed since 2003 and since April 2007 has held the position of Hackney Shed Administrator and Fundraiser.

Sarah qualified as a primary school teacher specialising in Drama and English at University of Reading and then went on to teach in London for five years before re-directing her career back towards theatre and the arts.

Having undertaken various voluntary roles for arts organisations, including Hackney Shed, she has gained extensive experience in theatre and the arts. Sarah is also Education Officer at The Little Angel Theatre in Islington – a theatre dedicated to puppetry.

“Hackney Shed has become a big part of my life over the years and I feel extremely proud to be part of an organisation that offers such high quality theatre workshop and performing experiences to all children and young people in the local community – No barriers!”




After growing up with a love for theatre Marian studied (wait for it) Theatre Arts, Education and Deaf studies at the University of Reading. This started a passion for inclusive and integrated theatre

Since graduating, Marian has co-founded and co-directs Handprint theatre; a deaf and hearing theatre company which focuses on creating theatre that is accessible to both deaf and hearing integrated audiences. Not segregating but allowing all to see performances which communicate across language, disability or culture. Handprint devises many accessible, visual theatre performances and theatre in education workshops using signtheatre, puppetry, physical theatre, clowning and a combination of anything they can get our hands on!

Marian has completed basic core training in Playback theatre and has a Level 2 in British Sign Language (BSL).

“Hackney Shed is a great place to work, with such a  talented, skilled team and a fantastic group of young people. Everybody who comes is included  straight away and given the chance to create theatre. Seeing the pride and enjoyment of what is achieved by the young performers is always a highlight!”



Andrew Aldrich is a founder member and Musical Director of Hackney Shed since 2001 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.”



Jenny joined Hackney Shed as a Volunteer Practitioner in January 2006 and has been a member of the organisational committee since 2008. 

Jenny studied Film and Drama at University of Reading before completing her Masters at Central School of Speech and Drama in Advanced Theatre Practice. 

After working as an actor for four years, she moved in to arts education, working with companies such as English Touring Theatre and Teacher Artist Partnership Programme. 

She currently works as Education Manager at Unicorn Theatre, a theatre for children and young people based at London Bridge, and also freelances as Education Project Manager for Mimbre, an all-female acrobatics trio, managing their outreach projects for young people based at various housing estates in Hackney. 

“I am most proud of Hackney Shed’s inclusive approach to all participants, and as a member of the committee I am committed to supporting the group’s continued progress.”



Christopher Aldrich is a founder member and Musical Director of Hackney Shed since 2001 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.”



Rebekah originally trained from the age of 14 at Elmhurst Ballet School, from 16 at the Central School of Ballet in London and then completed her degree at London Contemporary Dance School. 

She then went on to work as a professional dancer for 7 years in this country and abroad. After this she re-trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of dance. It was in this capacity that she arrived at BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College in 2005. 

She went on to become the Head of Creative Arts which is when she developed the partnership with Hackney Shed. Subsequent years have seen her role at BSix progress to that of Assistant Principal; but her love of the arts meant that she was keen to remain part of Hackney Shed’s journey and so she has been a trustee of the organisation since 2010. 

“BSix College recognise the attributes and skills that can be developed in young people through additional activities such as drama and performing. We are very proud to have Hackney Shed as one of our partners and feel that it is part of any college’s identity to be seen as part of a community in this way. It is wonderful to see such a range of children and young people accessing and benefitting from the College’s facilities.”


Matthew has been Chair of Hackney Shed’s organisational committee since 2006 and prior to that was a volunteer practitioner since 2003.

Matthew has spent more than 10 years in various fundraising roles within the charitable sector both within arts and healthcare organisations. Appointments include Fundraising Campaign Director at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Fundraising Manager at Royal National Institute of Blind People and currently Senior Philanthropy Manager at Diabetes UK. 

Matthew has spent recent years in various fundraising roles within the charitable sector and latterly headed up the Major Donor Fundraising Programme at the Royal National Institute of Blind People. 

He gained an honours degree in Performing Arts from the University of East Anglia in 2000 and has since volunteered for several arts organisations including The King’s Head Theatre in Islington. 

“Having been involved for a number of years it has been a huge privilege to see young people come to Hackney Shed and to learn, grow and develop whilst having fun in an environment where everybody is equal! This convinces me that what we do is special and a vital part of our community.”