Laura is Artistic Director of Undercurrent and Associate Director with Shared Experience.
Direction includes: Trickster, Floor 44 (ATC/Young Vic); Jungle (BAC, CPT, Theatre Royal Bath); King of Schnorrers (CPT, UK Tour); Dying (ATC/Gate); A Little Music (Ignition Festival, Tristan Bates); Don Q (Edinburgh Festival); Abel Sanchez, Just so Stories (Stoke Newington International Airport); Our Style is Legendary (Tristan Bates, Nottingham Playhouse)
Associate/ Assistant Direction includes: Mermaid (dir. Polly Teale, Shared Experience national tour); Public Enemy (dir. Richard Jones, Young Vic); My City (dir. Stephen Poliakoff, Almeida); Happy Now? (dir. Thea Sharrock, National Theatre); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl (dir. Paulette Randall, Royal Court)
Dramaturgy includes: House on the Edge (DanceEast); A Study of Who (State of Flux); Pain Project (dir. Rachel Bagshaw, NT Studio); IGNIS (Print Room)
Education facilitation: 13 years delivering participatory workshops for Almeida Projects (Almeida); Taking Part (Young Vic); as Teaching Artist (National Theatre); ACT (ATC); Creative Partnerships (Arts Council).
Training: Drama & Theatre Arts (Birmingham University, BA Hons 2:1); National Theatre Directors' Course (2007); Resident Director, Jerwood Assistant Directors Program (2013); 14 years dance training (RAD Advanced).
Awards: Finalist - Genesis Directors Award 2013, Finalist - Jerwood Directors Award (2009), Finalist - Cohen Bursary, NT Studio (2007), Award for Storytelling, NSDF 2000
Lydia is currently developing her psychological horror feature A Little Music for Shine/Film4, with Otto Bathurst attached to direct. The script appeared on the 2014 Brit List, an industry poll of the best unproduced screenplays in the country. Her contemporary noir script Necropolis also made a previous list. She is also working on an adaptation of the psychological thriller Telling Stories for Hillbilly Films/BBC Films, and a Chinese science-fiction adaptation for Warp Films.
For television, she is working with Hillbilly Films on Poison Pill, a corporate thriller set in the City. Her short thriller Camouflage aired as part of Channel 4’s Coming Up season in the summer of 2012.
Lydia’s first full-length play Fixer opened at the HighTide Festival in 2009. It was revived at the Oval House in 2011 and is published by Nick Hern Books. Her second, Compliance, was written while she was Pearson playwright in residence at Paines Plough, and won the 2011 Catherine Johnson award for Best Play. Recent work includes Bread on the Table, part of Metta Theatre’s Mouthful at Trafalgar Studios, and The Foreigner, a monologue for the Staffordshire New Vic’s Hoard festival. In This Place, written for Pentabus, took place during a walk through the Shropshire hills. Other work has been performed at the Tricycle, Young Vic, Globe, and Oran Mor. She is currently under commission to write a full-length play for Birmingham Rep Theatre.
Design credits include: Abyss (Arcola), Benefit (Cardboard Citizens, national tour), Sign of The Times (Bury St Edmunds), We Have Fallen (Underbelly), We Are All Misfits (Cardboard Citizens); If You Dont Let Us Dream, We Wont Let You Sleep, Pub Quiz: 2014 Gala, (Royal Court); Wellcome Trust funded, Meet George (Camden People's Theatre); The Bear (Improbable, Oval House & national tour); Symmetry (Southwark Playhouse); Sweeney Todd, David Copperfield, White Nights (Octagon Bolton); Songs Inside (Gate); The Guests (Etcetera); Grimethorpe Race (Arcola); Fewer Emergencies (Oxford Playhouse); The Tempest (BBC & Barbican); Into The Woods (Greenwich); Blue Funk (Old Red Lion).
Associate Designer credits include: Bend it Like Beckham The Musical, Hotel, Earthquakes In London (NT); Public Enemy (Young Vic), In The Republic of Happiness (Royal Court).
Assistant Designer credits include: Game (Almeida), Benvenuto Cellini, Turandot (ENO); Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic); Love & Information, Cock, Suckerpunch, Get Santa! (Royal Court); Wild Swans, Government Inspector, (Young Vic); Carmen (Salzburg Festspielhaus); Decade (Headlong); Anna Nicole; Suor Angelica (ROH)
Ziggy creates lighting, video, mobile apps, and custom technology for events, installations, and performance. Her passion lies in weaving together traditional art forms with creative software and hardware design to create new and exciting interactive tools for live performance in unusual spaces, and in sharing those tools in a sustainable way with a global community.
Ziggy trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Lighting Design and specializes in collaborative production and projects out of the ordinary, as well as the creation of new bespoke technology for performance. In addition to her work with English National Opera, Ziggy’s recent credits include mobile apps, lighting, and video design for Silent Opera’s Live/Revive/Lament, interactive video and lighting design for PanicLab’s R.I.O.T., and the creation of a creative real-time video surtitle system for the Aldeburgh Young Artist Programme’s production of Poppea. She is also the recipient of the 2010 Michael Northen Bursary for a production of Harold Pinter’s Remembrance of Things Past (RCSSD). www.ziggyjacobs.com
Nick Rothwell is a composer, performer, software architect, programmer and sound artist. He has built media performance systems for projects with Ballett Frankfurt and Vienna Volksoper (choreographer: Michael Klien) and for Braunarts, and interactive installations for Sonic Arts Network, TECHNE (Istanbul) and Kinetica (London). He has worked at STEIM (Amsterdam), CAMAC (Paris) and ZKM (Karlsruhe) and has composed soundtracks for choreographers Aydin Teker (Istanbul) and Richard Siegal (Laban), and performed with Laurie Booth (Dance Umbrella, New Territories), and at the Different Skies Festival (Arcosanti, Arizona), the ICA, and the Science Museum's Dana Centre.
He has collaborated with body>data>space to develop performance systems and sound scores for projects at CIANT (Prague) and in London, and developed 3D software-based visual artworks for Wayne McGregor, composed music for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, and worked with Simeon Nelson and Rob Godman, making algorithmic physics animations for large-scale outdoor projection in Poland, Estonia, and for the Cambridge Music Festival and Lumiere Durham.
Sophie founded Essee Productions Ltd in 2014, and produced the five star, award-nominated world premiere of Dark Tourism at the Park Theatre in Autumn 2015. Skin A Cat, a co-production with Theatre in Heights, won Pick of the Year at the VAULT Festival in January 2016.
Sophie has produced Exposure: Opera and Bravo Figaro (Herald Angel and Fringe First award) for the Royal Opera House. She worked on two projects for the London 2012 Festival; project managing With One Voice, and Assistant Producer for The Owl and the Pussycat by Terry Jones (Monty Python) and Anne Dudley (The Full Monty).
Sophie is producing By me William Shakespeare, an exhibition at Somerset House by the Cultural Institute at King’s and The National Archives, showcasing Shakespeare’s will and other documents about his life in London. Previous exhibition credits for the Cultural Institute at King’s within the Inigo Rooms (Somerset House) include Maggi Hambling: War Requiem & Aftermath, Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge and Derek Jarman: Pandemonium.
Sophie was awarded the Stage One Bursary for New Producers in April 2015, and is a Clore Leadership Emerging Leaders alumni.
Ed is a Production Manager working in the UK and Worldwide. Recent projects include Impossible world tour for Jamie Hendry Productions;
Recent Production Management includes: The Mentalists (Wyndhams), The Dead Monkey (Park Theatre), Constellations (Royal Court on Tour); Benefit (Cardboard Citizens on Tour); Abyss (Arcola); These Trees are Made of Blood (Southwark Playhouse); View from the Bridge (Young Vic/Wyndham's), Neville’s Island (Duke of York’s); Chimera (Gate), Let It Be (Garrick); Uncle Vanya (St James’); Far Away (Young Vic); Once a Catholic (Tricycle); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead). For more information, visit
Ed is a Production Manager working in the UK and Worldwide. Recent projects include Impossible world tour for Jamie Hendry Productions; Calculating Kindness for Undercurrent; Black and Gold, Google’s 2015 Christmas Party at the Roundhouse; Grand Hotel for Danielle Tarento and a series of Star Wars launch events for HP. Ed has worked for the Sound departments for the RSC, Royal Ballet, Regents Park Open Air, The Globe, Tricycle and various concert venues. He also dabbles in video design. Ed has a Postgraduate Engineering degree from University of Warwick and grew up in London and Norfolk.
Jasmin graduated with BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and Stage Management from The University of Winchester in 2012.
Theatre Credits include, as Company Stage Manager: This Will End Badly (Southwark Playhouse), The Blues Brothers Xmas Special (Arts Theatre) Billiards (Kings College) The Titanic Orchestra, This Will End Badly (Pleasance: Edinburgh) As Is (Trafalgar Studios), Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre & The Globe, Neuss), Opposites (Towngate Theatre), Brundibar, (Watford Palace), Shrapnel:34 Fragments of A Massacre, Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre), The Mikado, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris, Long Story Short, Ushers: The Front of House Musical (Charing Cross Theatre), Tales of the Dastardly Defrost (Pleasance Theatre Edinburgh), Lead Pencil (Underbelly for Edinburgh Fringe Festival), The Diary of A Nobody (The White Bear Theatre), Bunco (The Proud Archivist), Sochi 2014, Cleopatra, Ushers: The Front of House Musical (The Hope Theatre), Macbeth in Pitch Black UK Tour (London Contemporary Theatre), Once Upon A Time (Towngate Theatre), Spring Awakening (University of Winchester).
As Deputy Stage Manager: Long Story Short (Pleasance Theatre London and South Hill Park),
As Assistant Stage Manager: Above and Beyond (Look Left Look Right Theatre Company), High School Musical (Palace Theatre), The Trial (Retz Theatre Company), Hamlet (University).
Other credits include: Director's Assistant - Cyberess (Film); Technical Support - Sketcharama (BBC Radio 4); Production and Stage Manager - Ushers: The Front of House Musical Late Night Show (Charing Cross Theatre).
Matt is a press and marketing consultant, working across theatre, live art, dance and family theatre. He is also producer for theatre company Goblin.