Students Staff

13 March 2018

Meet the cast at the Clifftown Theatre

Filed under: Latest news — Heather Leathley @ 5:00 pm

With performances all year round, the team at the Clifftown Theatre, home of the East 15 Acting School in Southend, is permanently on the go.

East 15 Meet the team weekly

Clockwise from bottom left. Alison Manners, Steven Owens, Teresa Zoers-Taylor, Charlotte Windley, Carlos Moral Reis and Andrea Winngrove-Dunn

 Dr Christopher Main Head of Programs

Chris Main holds an MA in Theatre Practice and a PhD in Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre from Exeter University. He is a Certified Teacher of stage combat with the BASSC, a fight examiner for Stage Combat Germany and holds a black belt in Aikido. Chris is in charge of overseeing the artistic running of Clifftown Theatre, including scheduling and budgeting for internal and external performances, and is manager to all Clifftown Theatre staff.

Teresa Zoers-Taylor Clifftown Theatre Manager

Teresa trained as a Theatre Director at UEA and has worked as a Director and Actor in short film and stage. Teresa has been the Clifftown Theatre Manager since October 2008. Teresa works closely with the Head of Programs to coordinate scheduling touring productions and theatre hires. She oversees the general running of the theatre building and is also the Front of House Manager in charge of the Box Office, the Foyer Bar and the Front of House staff, comprised of the Box Office Manager, Chloe Main, and sixteen East 15 student staff.

Chloe Main Box Office Manager

Chloe has been the Box Office Manager since the start of this year. She trained as an actress at Drama Studio London working in film, TV and theatre. Chloe’s role involves overseeing the management of the Box Office booking system as well as all audience bookings for productions within the theatre.

Front of House and Foyer Bar Staff

Sixteen East 15 students, each trained as ushers, Box Office clerks, and Foyer bar staff,  make up the Front of House staff. Team members stay on board until they graduate, at which point their role is opened up for other students, meaning the team changes every 12 months to allow for diversity and equal opportunity for all East 15 students in Southend. The staff are comprised of students across four Southend BA acting courses; Acting & Stage Combat, Acting & Community Theatre, Physical Theatre and World Performance.

Steven Owens Production Manager

Steve started as Senior Technician at East 15 Acting School in October 2007 being promoted to Production Manager in March 2017. Steve oversees the technical team at Clifftown Theatre, also working as the sound and lighting designer and technical operator for all East 15 productions, as well as working alongside the Theatre Manager to ensure the smooth running of all tours and hires at Clifftown. 

Carlos Moral Reis Set Designer and Master Carpenter

Carlos Moral Reis started as Set Designer and Master Carpenter at East 15 Acting School in February 2013. Carlos oversees the design and construction of all sets for East 15 productions, as well as working alongside the Production Manager to ensure the smooth running of all tours and hires at Clifftown. 

Charlotte Windley Stage Manager

Charlotte Windley trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School and has worked as an actor, agent and stage manager for many different theatre companies. Charlotte sources props and supervises all East 15 productions, assuming full responsibility of the stage, as well as working alongside the Production Manager to ensure the smooth running of all tours and hires at Clifftown. 

Alison Manners Costume Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor

Alison Manners studied fashion and went on to be Wardrobe Supervisor for many high profile theatres and also in TV at the BBC where she worked for many years. Alison designs many of the costumes for East 15 productions, and works alongside freelance costume designers and the Wardrobe Assistant to source and construct costume.

Andrea Winngrove-Dunn Wardrobe Assistant

Andrea Winngrove-Dunn has many years’ experience working for high-end tailors Jane Smith in Leigh-on-Sea. Andrea has been working as the Wardrobe Assistant since October 2011. Andrea works closely with the Wardrobe Supervisor to construct, repair, source, make alteration to and repair costumes for Clifftown Theatre productions.




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