VICKI HAMBLEY

ARTISTIC AND STRATEGIC DIRECTOR

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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BARRY FITZGERALD

HACKNEY SHED Plus CO-ORDINATOR

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

LEAD ARTISTIC WORKSHOP LEADER

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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ASSISTANT PRACTITIONER

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.

ANDREW ALDRICH

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.”

 
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JENNY MADDOX

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.”

 

CHRIS ALDRICH

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.”

 
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REBEKAH WESTGATE

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 PATTEN

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.”