about us

Mission

We are a not-for-profit arts organisation with the overall aim to produce high quality theatre productions that are vital, inspiring and seek to illuminate as well as entertain for the well-being of the local community and beyond in regional touring.

Our core objectives are:

  • To provide opportunities for local professional artists to come together to create work of real value for the public benefit whilst affirming that regional theatre matters.
  • To become a recognised associate theatre company at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing.
  • To promote audience development.
  • To champion the continuance and innovation of quality live drama in Worthing and at other regional theatre venues.
  • To encourage learning and participation with students and young people who have a keen interest in drama and the theatre arts by way of providing work experience and mentoring opportunities.

Description

Our name is a playful conceit which refers to "artists of the Connaught Theatre". We are a new professional theatre company based in Worthing with the aim of bringing together local artists to collaborate on producing exciting work and make a positive contribution to regional theatre in modern society.

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The team

Ross Muir

Artistic Director

Ross trained at Guildford School of Acting and graduated with a BA First Class (Hons). London appearances include the Almeida, Arts Theatre and New Players. Ross has also enjoyed touring nationally with Jactito in The Tempest, Recreation Theatre in Figaro - the play and in Germany with New Triad in The Caretaker. Ross is best known locally for performing at Highdown Gardens with Worthing's acclaimed Rainbow Shakespeare including the roles of Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Tweflth Night and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.

Ross directed and produced the company's debut production Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play in November 2013 and The Good Doctor in October 2014 and received a standing ovation for his WOW Festival performance of The Importance of Being Oscar.

Laura Kimber

Designer

Laura graduated from Northbrook College with a BA in Theatre Arts specialising in Set and Costume Design.

Since then she has worked at Worthing Theatres in various departments. Laura has worked on a few productions during this time and the Conn Artists' production of Vintage Hitchcock in November 2013 was her first professional stage design, which was followed in June 2014 by The Imporance of being Oscar and in October 2014 by The Good Doctor.

She has enjoyed watching the company develop since then and is very interested to see where it will venture next.

Matthew Pike

Production Manager / Lighting Design

Matthew graduated from Northbrook College with a BA in Theatre Arts specialising in Production Management, Lighting Design and Stage Management.

Matthew is the Production Manager for RSOPA Youth Theatre Group and helped design scenery and lighting for a number of productions including Our House: The Madness Musical. He also produced the lighting design for Worthing Musical Theatre Company's 2014 production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Alongside Ross and Laura, Matthew is proud to be a founding member of the Conn Artists Theatre Company and hopes to see it go from strength to strength.

Contributors

Jessica Barthel

Hair and Make Up

Jessica graduated from the University of Grenwich in 2013 with a BA in Drama.

She has worked with the company as hair and make-up designer and costume assistant since their debut production in November 2013 and looks forward to working alongside her friends and colleagues on many shows to come.

Mitch Jenkins

Director

Mitch trained at Redroofs Theatre School and has worked and performed with many industry favourites including Kate Winslet, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Vicki Michelle and Rula Lenska and has worked extensively for major organisations including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. He led a West-End Sing-a-Long master class at The Royal Festival Hall alongside the cast Of Mama Mia, Jersey Boys and Priscilla Queen of the Desert for S.O.L.T. He has directed and was the Vocal Coach for the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet at the talent factory, Kansas City and was resident Musical Director for The Realistic Theatre Company of Edinburgh for five years where he directed The Railway Children. Mitch directed The Importance of Being Oscar and was invited to direct Courage. He has been an invaluable support to the company since its creation.

Mark Gordon

Marketing

Mark trained at Brighton Institute of Modern Music and is a composer and session singer.

Mark was Head of Marketing for Vintage Hitchcock and has been supporting the company since it's inception.

Richard Snaith

Design and Illustration

Richard graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art.

He designed the promotional material for both the The Good Doctor and Courage and illustrated elements of the stage design.