Meet the Directors

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.

Contact me on bethwood@prosperotheatre.com

 

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Director

Mark Johnson is an actor, director, writer and facilitator of 15 years experience. He trained as an actor at Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama and has worked in theatre, television and film. As a teacher and director he has worked with both young people and adults both directing productions and facilitating workshops. Mark is currently studying for an MA in Actor Training and Coaching at the Royal Central School of speech and Drama, and continues to perform as an actor and improviser at the same time.

Contact me on markjohnson@prosperotheatre.com

Emma Starr

Emma Starr

Director

Emma trained at St Catherine’s Drama School in Guildford. She was for many years a drama tutor at Seeability and was co-founder of Scarab Theatre Company which specialises in integrated arts. She has taught inclusive theatre for Surrey Adult Education and currently works for Together, a mental health charity. Emma continues to perform and recent shows include ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Tristan and Iseult’ and two Murder Mysteries at the Arc Arts Centre. She has recently also completed a tour of Rebecca for Culture Conspiracy, performing in the title role. Emma is thrilled to be a creative director for Prospero.

John Hooper

John Hooper

Director

John is one of the Company Directors of Prospero Theatre. His first project working with Beth Wood was a production of Peter Barnes' Red Noses, performed at the Harlequin Theatre in 2010. Since then John has been in a number of productions with the company at various venues including Dracula at the Harlequin Theatre and The Firework Maker's Daughter, The Trojan Women and Tristan and Iseult at the Arc Arts Centre in Caterham. John also assists with youth theatre projects.

Jess Clements

Jess Clements

Director

Susy Payne

Susy Payne

Director

Susy is a professional performer who has starred in national and international theatre tours including Victoria Wood's Dinnerladies with the original TV cast, Greenwich Theatre Panto, Shakespeare 4 Kids, ACT. Susy’s TV advertisements including campaigns for IBM, Rugby world cup, British Airways, McCain, and her most recent TV programme credits include Channel 4's Top Boy. Susy has just completed production on TV sitcom Help Yourselves, which she also co-wrote and directed.

Susy writes, directs, choreographs and teaches drama, dance and singing for a range of regional theatres including Camberley Theatre, Leatherhead Theatre, the Harlequin Theatre Redhill, the ARC theatre Caterham, and is a creative practitioner for Tandridge Leisure Ltd and Theatre Exchange, she runs the performing arts programme at Leatherhead Leisure Centre and is delighted to be a Creative Director on the board at Prospero Theatre Company.