Rosalind Paul – CEO & Artistic Director
Roz first saw a Scene & Heard production in 2002 and was hooked. She volunteered in 2003, acted, dramaturged and directed before running her first course in 2007. She became Associate Artistic Director in 2008 and CEO and Artistic Director in 2010. She is responsible for the voice, vision and integrity of Scene & Heard and for artistic delivery. On a day-to-day basis she is responsible for the staff, the courses, and for the pastoral care of the children and the volunteer base of 450 theatre professionals.
Roz has over 25 years’ experience as a theatre practitioner: actor, director, teacher and choreographer. She has a Diploma in Dramatic Art and an LRAM in Speech and Drama from Middlesex Poly, a First Class Honours degree in Humanities and English Literature from the Open University, and studied Mask and Physical Theatre with John Wright and Philippe Gaulier. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London.
A mask theatre specialist, Roz has trained children, teachers and fellow theatre professionals across the UK and abroad. She taught drama at St. Albans School, worked as a choreographer and assistant director for numerous companies and was a regular course director for the National Youth Theatre. She worked as an actress from 1986 to 2008, working in national repertory theatres and with touring companies throughout the UK and abroad, as well as appearing in comedy and drama on BBC Radio.
Simma Gershenson – Head of Development
Simma has worked with Scene & Heard since 1999, when she began as volunteer Production Manager for the first two shows. From 2007 to 2009 she joined the office team as Administrator. After a short break, Simma returned in 2010 to become Head of Development.
As Head of Development Simma is responsible for generating the funds necessary to run the organisation as well as working on our public relations and various development projects. Simma’s background is in stage management: credits include stage managing Sesame Street Live, the Super Bowl Half Time Show in 1992 and productions at The Julliard School in New York City. She was a volunteer for the 52nd Street Project in New York.
Simma also has experience in other areas of business, having worked for The Citicorp Global Information Network and as a management consultant for Diane Downey Associates. She has a B.A. in Theatre and English from the University of Minnesota. Simma is an associate member of the Institute of Fundraising.
Kai Simmons – Office Manager
Kai first became involved with Scene & Heard after moving to Somers Town in 2001. Delighted to find such an amazing project on his doorstep, he soon became involved as a volunteer – acting, directing, dramaturging and helping in classes. In 2004, he worked with film director Tim Hope to produce three animated films written by Scene & Heard Member Playwrights, which were screened on Channel 4 in that year. In 2005, he led a Playmaking One course. Kai is delighted to continue his association with Scene & Heard in his capacity as Office Manager. On a day-to-day basis he is responsible for the general administration and running of the office, as well as supporting the Artistic Director and Head of Development.
Before taking up his post at Scene & Heard, Kai worked as a performer, deviser, teacher and director for 17 years, working in London and touring the UK and abroad. He graduated from the Central School of Speech & Drama in 1995 with an Advanced Diploma in Creative Theatre and prior to this he gained a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Exeter.
Our Board of Trustees is a team of volunteers who offer support and guidance to the staff and oversee our charitable processes and governance. They bring expertise from the worlds of business, charities, law and accountancy as well as from within the arts and education sectors.
- Keith Ackerman (Chair) graduated in 1993 from University of Manchester with a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering. He joined UBS, working in various positions and ending as Managing Director, based in New York. In 2006 he returned to the UK as Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. He left Goldman Sachs in 2014, and in 2015 helped set up ENA Investment Capital as a founding partner.
- Emma Bell started out as a journalist. At sixteen she successfully pitched and wrote a syndicated weekly UK newspaper column. After a stint as a press officer at the Edinburgh Fringe, she began her TV career at Paramount Comedy. Creative roles as a writer, script editor, director and producer followed. Emma spent over a decade working across Sky’s biggest entertainment brands, and held several senior executive roles including Head of Digital Entertainment and Head of Development. Emma now manages the development slate at Stolen Picture, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Sony-backed TV and film production company.
- Nick Gray is a Governing Body Fellow at Hughes Hall College Cambridge and was previously a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group in the law firm Slaughter and May.
- Jo Millard (Treasurer) has worked in the charity sector for the past twenty years – as a volunteer, manager, trustee, chief executive and as an independent consultant. She has worked nationally, regionally and locally with a number of charities and local community groups such as Age Concern, The British Red Cross, Richmond CVS, South London CVS partnership and St Lukes, Islington.
- Michelle Nelson QC (Human Resources) is a barrister, operating out of Red Lion Court, London.
- John Nevin (Deputy Chair) is a partner in the Real Estate Group in the law firm Slaughter and May.
- Andrew Porter is a partner in Ashton Porter Architects and is Deputy Director of Post Professional Masters programmes at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Ashton Porter have won multiple awards for their built work in the UK and have been award winners on several international architectural competitions.
- John Rolph is a social worker working in child safeguarding for an inner-London borough. Prior to training as a social worker, John worked as a theatre director and in marketing for a number of health charities, including the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. John has previously volunteered extensively for Scene & Heard as both a director and dramaturg.
- Will Wharfe is currently working at HSBC helping to make their online banking systems even easier to use. Will has been designing software solutions since 1994 and has previously designed educational software as well as working in publishing.