Photo by Adam Fung

Photo by Adam Fung

Core Team

Artistic Director - Stephanie Kempson

Stephanie Kempson is a director and writer/dramaturg. She has worked with the Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal, Part Exchange Co, Viv Gordon, and Mercurial Wrestler. She was awarded the JMK regional assistant directing funding to assist on Bristol Old Vic’s Jane Eyre and has directed two shows with Documental Theatre (Score, Pulling Out). She has completed the National Theatre Director’s Scheme, and Bristol Old Vic’s Made in Bristol course. She directed and adapted Stephen Collin’s The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil in 2015.

Stephanie is also marketing officer at The Wardrobe Theatre, an artist-led studio-theatre in Old Market in Bristol.

Ben Osborn

Ben lives in Berlin and is a composer, sound designer and songwriter. He is the musical director of multi-award winning Fellswoop Theatre Company, and he has collaborated with many other companies internationally. Recently he has worked with the Young Vic, the Bristol Old Vic, and the Finbrough. His soundtracks and songs have won the Cameron Mackintosh Award for Musical Theatre and the Methuen Drama Emerging Artists Award, Ignite Critics’ Choice Award, the Peter Brooke Empty Space Award and a Manchester Theatre Award.

Marie Hamilton

Marie trained at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier and is based between Bristol and London, working in theatre, film, radio and TV. Marie has performed at the Almeida, the Soho Theatre, the Arcola, the Tobacco Factory and the Bristol Old Vic, and worked with companies including Talawa, ATC and Travelling Light. Last Christmas she was at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Sally Cookson's record-breaking The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Madeline Shann

Maddy is a dancer, choreographer and musician. She trained with Jasmin Vardimon and Hofesh Schechter, and has worked with Eclipse theatre company, Sheffield Theatres and the Bush, and performed in RashDash's large-scale outdoor work The Darkest Corners. Her own works include - one-woman show Little Terrors and dance theatre ensemble piece Sex In Real Life. She was assistant director On Black Men Walking, directed by Dawn Walton at The Royal Exchange, Manchester, which toured to The Royal Court, Bristol Old Vic and West Yorkshire Playhouse. She is currently performing in Travelling Light and Bristol Old Vic's family Christmas show IGLOO.

Ellie Showering

Ellie is a Bristol based singer, performer and composer. Since graduating from Dartington College of Arts with a degree in Contemporary Music Performance, her collaborative work has ranged from intimate shows designed for an audience of one to sold out theatre tours across the UK and Europe. Ellie works regularly with Verity Standen, performing in Undersong, Hug, MmmHmmm, Symphony and Airborne. Ellie has had her music played on BBC Radio 3 & BBC Radio Bristol and is also the Musical Director for Insane Root Theatre Company, composing the music for their acclaimed productions of Romeo & Juliet, The Tempest, Orpheus & Eurydice and Macbeth. This Christmas she will be performing and playing music in The Borrowers at Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Megan Vaughan-Thomas

Megan Vaughan-Thomas is a performer, director and bossy boots. Training at Circomedia (2008) in Physical Theatre and Circus Arts, developed her interest in being in direct contact with the audience. This naturally led to a career in immersive theatre, outdoor arts and clowning. She has a lot to say- a lot, a lot.

Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly is an actor, improviser, musician and writer. He is one part of Write By Numbers Theatre Company and works regularly with Fine Chisel Theatre. Andy co-host Sharp Teeth Presents at The Wardrobe Theatre and performs improvised stories and stories with music with the company.

Associate Collaborators

Maisie Newman

Maisie Newman is the director of The Fox and the Child. Maisie works as a director, movement director, deviser and artist. Part of Propolis Theatre, Maisie is currently directing Spill: A Verbatim Show About Sex and was most recently movement director for Swallow by Stef Smith (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) and St Joan Of The Stockyards (Bristol Old Vic). An associate artist of Tremolo Theatre, Maisie is also a performer in The Hours Before We Wake.

Rowan Evans

Rowan Evans is a musician and poet from Bristol. He has composed and performed music for theatre, film, live art and other media and is musical director for Tremolo Theatre’s The Hours Before We Wake (Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe 2016). Rowan received an Eric Gregory Award for poetry in 2015 and has most recently published freak red and ODE RHIZOME MOUNTAIN SONG; he co-edits Moot Press.

James D Kent

James is an actor, director and film maker. Aside from The Fox And The Child James is currently an associate director on Under A Cardboard Sea at the Bristol Old Vic and performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Hours Before We Wake. Despite being too old and lacking the training James still believes that one day he would make be a good Billy Elliot. 

Other Artists

The following artists have performed at our Sharp Teeth Presents events at The Wardrobe Theatre:

Poet Chris White with Hal Kelly, poet Malaika Kegode, In Bed With My Brother Theatre Company, Red Ray Band, poet Rebecca Tantony, musician Dominie Hooper, theatre-maker and dance Madeline Shann, Fine Chisel Theatre Company, storyteller & poet Katie Storer, musician & storyteller Simon Panrucker, poet Sam Grudgings, poet Tim Ledwich, poet Sam Boarer, poet Tom Dewey, poet Solomon OB, performers Peter Baker and Micky Baker (of Degrees of Error), improvisers John Lomas and Lindsey Garwood of Closer Each Day, poet Becky Ripley, performers Faye Bishop and Anna Scott, performers Elliot Winter and Nel Bailey, storyteller Naomi Smyth, storyteller Adam Conlon, singer and storyteller Dominique Fester, poet and musician Gecko, performer Joseph Langdon, musician Jack Drewry, writer Elizabeth Mizon with Marietta Kirkbridge, Ed Rapley and Jenny Davies, musician Ava Osbiston Spencer (Over and Ava Again), musician Chez Dunford, performer Adam Blake (Open Attic Theatre Company) and more.