Meet the Creative Team

Beth Wood

Beth Wood

Artistic Director

Before becoming Director of Prospero Beth was the Artistic Director of The Arc, Theatre Exchange and Thorndike Young People’s Theatre.  She has directed in the West End and in regional theatres. Beth was a drama consultant for Surrey for eight years delivering work with young people and INSET work with teachers across Surrey, and the Outreach director at the Harlequin.  In addition Beth writes the drama activities for Longman’s Shakespeare series and has written plays performed by 16 companies in 5 countries.

Chrissie McNeice

Director

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After attending the London Academy of Performing Arts, Christine has worked extensively in theatre and education. Christine has many years experience as a youth theatre director, specialising in musical theatre. Not only has Christine taught drama in schools, she has directed many professional and amateur productions featuring casts of all ages across the country and throughout Europe.

Tina Slaughter

Tina Slaughter

Director

Tina has assisted Beth at Friday Club at The Arc since 2015, supporting adults with profound and complex needs access and enjoy drama using drama games, devising and performance work. Tina has performed in 5 shows with the Friday Club. She has also appeared in Scars Upon My Heart and The Dali Project with Prospero Theatre and Bastards in the Black Hole and Rational Self Interest performed in various venues in London and Surrey as part of The Mental Health Festival. Tina is part of the Prospero Team delivering Mind Fitness workshops in schools, funded by Children in Need. She is passionate about arts and drama being inclusive and available to all.

Rebecca Bush

Rebecca Bush

Art Leader

Rebecca is an artist with a passion for supporting wellbeing. Through her ‘painted messages’, Rebecca aims to inspire the creative self-exploration of others, in order to support mental health. In her 20’s Rebecca gained her Bronze & Silver Awards in Acting at LAMDA, along with medals for poetry and prose, and enjoyed colourful experiences such as playing a French Fairy in Panto, and playing Scarlett O’Hara during a Review. With Prospero Theatre Rebecca has enjoyed reconnecting with this passion, performing with Friday Club while delivering the therapeutic art sessions in the afternoon each week. These creative activities are designed to support both personal and group development, while observing the theme of the annual performance. The arts as an ‘inclusive vehicle for wellbeing’ is a subject that Rebecca never tires of exploring!

Rebecca Riley

Rebecca Riley

Director & Actor

Rebecca studied Theatre at the Brit School for Performing Arts. Since graduating she has been working with Prospero Theatre as a facilitator for inclusive arts classes. As well as tutoring and working as an actor-teacher in schools, Rebecca has performed in two productions with the Friday Club Actors. She is co-director on The Dali Community Project and is now directing for the Mental Health Festive this project will tour though out the uk in 2018.

Rebecca worked on the Mind Fit and Creative project, delivering numerous Mind Fitness projects in schools, and also on the Mindful Transitions project, bringing together special schools and their primary feeders.

Other work includes, ‘Faustus’ at the Harlequin Theatre, ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Arc Arts Centre Caterham, ‘As You Like It’ at the Brighton fringe, ‘Red and the Wolf’ at the Edinburgh fringe and ‘Elephant of my Heart’ at the Edinburgh fringe, currently touring to regional venues.

Veronica Barker

Veronica Barker

After studying at Arts Educational School, Tring, Veronica worked as a professional dancer for twenty five years including West End shows as dance Captain. After having children, Veronica moved her career to Education, working extensively to support children with special needs. She now works part-time for Prospero supporting the Schools projects.

Sergio Taddia

Sergio Taddia

Director & Actor

Sergio has performed in a number of musicals pieces including The Wizard of Oz and Snow White. With Prospero Sergio toured England in ‘Red and the Wolf’, culminating in five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, and has just completed a tour in ‘Elephant of My Heart.’ Now working toward the Mental Health Festival with the Prospero Team!

Suzanna Rickman

Suzanna Rickman

Musician, Writer, Actor & Director

Suzanna started her performing career fronting rock band Geezerbird. She has two albums released in the UK and two tracks released and covered on the Soni EMI label in Japan. She has also written numerous tracks to brief including the single ‘Breathe’ which was inspired by Mind Fitness and their book Unlock You. Suzanna also has extensive acting experience. Originally hailing from the Gang Show tradition she has performed in numerous variety shows for which she has written and directed many musical items. She has also worked professionally in Theatre in Education touring all over London and the south of England. She is trained to provide Mind Fitness projects in schools and assists and performs regularly with Prospero’s inclusive Adults Drama Group. She has taken part in The Dali Community Project and the Mental Health Festival. She has also appeared in many professional plays and films and undertakes regular voiceover work. More recently Suzanna has developed her screen writing skills and together with her writing partner Angie Bojtler they were runners up in the Roadmap Writers and Route One Entertainment screenwriting contest in Los Angeles. They now have a number of projects in development. Together they have gone on to write and produce two radio plays ‘Resolution HS3017’ and ‘The Eddie Venus Story’ for local radio, casting from the inclusive drama group. Suzanna believes in creativity to create wellbeing and fulfilment for all.