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Theatre Delicatessen | Inspiring artists. Transforming spaces.
Roland Smith (Co-Artistic Director)
Roland Smith is founding member and artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, for whom he has directed Henry V, conceived and directed Pedal Pusher (295 Regent Street; Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Tobacco Factory, Bristol; Norsk Litturfestival, Lillehammer) Elle and the Cabaret of the Cavendish Club and Fanshen (both 295 Regent Street).
Other directing includes: Right Up My Street (Young Vic TPR), Peer Gynt and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Brent Arts Council), Asylum Monologues (iceandfire), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Misanthrope (TACIT Theatre), Eskimo Sisters (Camden Peoples Theatre), Torn (SJT Productions at Soho Theatre Studio), Elvis Orders A Mai Tai and Skin Deep (Horla Theatre).
Roland was awarded the RSC “Buzz Goodbody” Award for his revival of David Hare’s The Absence of War in 1999.
Other writing includes: Desert/Island/Man (ROAR) and To Close and Kill (Latchmere).
Film and Television includes: Script Editor on Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (New Black Films).
Jessica Brewster (Co-Artistic Director)
Jessica is founding member and artistic director of Theatre Delicatessen, for whom she has directed The Winter’s Tale (295 Regent Street) and curated the groundbreaking theatre festival Theatre Souk (Picton Place) which was described as “…a tremendous experience of innovative and experimental theatre.” in a five-star review from What’s On Stage.
Most recently Jessica curated Bush Bazaar, a three-week festival of new work from emerging theatre artists that took over the new Bush Theatre building in Shepherds Bush.
Jessica started her theatre directing career while studying at RADA and King’s College London where she won a distinction for her theses on Theatrical Space and Brechtian theatre techniques, which are still her main interests. Following this she made her professional directing debut with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hampton Court Palace). Jessica has also produced and directed a number of fringe productions including High Cost of Living (Theatre 503) and Our Country’s Good (Kingston Theatre).
Dan Ball (Producer)
Post Theatre Souk, HalfCut and Deli worked closely on a number of projects together. This relationship blossomed throughout Marylebone Gardens and eventually led to Shelf-Life, HalfCut’s first fully ACE funded project. After the dust had settled, Dan worked freelance for Theatre Delicatessen until they had no other option but to employ him full time.
Currently as the Developing Artists Producer, Dan works closely on developing (obvs) and nurturing theatre companies, and helping artists become self sustainable within the arts.
Dan studied at Rose Bruford College on the European Theatre Arts course graduating in 2007, and apologises for the following HalfCut works; HalfCut (Theatre Souk), The Red Carpet Walk (V&A), Intergalactic Customs (Old Vic Tunnels), Shop (Bush Bazaar), Bandits(Latitude/Festival Republic) and Shelf-Life (Marylebone Gardens)
Sarah Sharp (Producer – Sheffield)
Sarah is the newest member to the Theatre Deli team and is currently situated in Sheffield. She has quickly learnt to specialise in building maintenance and how to drive a hard bargain at the Moor market since her post began in September 2014. Amongst other things she oversees the goings on in the Sheffield building and loves programming exciting events and meeting all of the new emerging artists. As well as working for Theatre Delicatessen, Sarah is also working on Migration Matters festival as part of Refugee Week 2016 later this summer. Sarah is looking forward to exploring the interchange between art and politics throughout the political season that Theatre Deli will be playing host to in the coming months. Along with a hardworking cafe team she has created a cafe-come- arts hub that welcomes community involvement and directly benefits the public who frequent the Moor shopping area. A future project Sarah would be keen to instigate would be a larger theatre festival in Sheffield that would see Theatre Deli as the main festival hub.