Our People

Rebecca Wass – General Manager
Rebecca Wass General Manager The Play House Theatre in Education Birmingham West Midlands
Rebecca has recently joined The Play House as the new General Manager. Before joining the company Rebecca worked in several theatres in the UK including backstage and front of house roles, most recently as the General Manager for The Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, and Cromer Pier. Rebecca has a degree in Theatre, Film, TV and Literature and completed an internship at the Nottingham Playhouse where she first began working within a Theatre in Education Company. She has also worked in Education, teaching drama, creative arts and media as well as running projects with young people in Arts Management and overseeing three Summer Youth Projects including creating costumes for 110 children, (she never wants to see sequins again.) Rebecca is also a runner and triathlete, having completed several marathons in fancy dress, an ultra marathon and a half ironman.

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Juliet Fry – Head of ProgrammesJuliet Fry, Head of Programmes, The Play House Theatre in Education, Birmingham, West Midlands

Juliet was a drama teacher for three years before joining the company. She has worked at The Play House since 1996. Most of her work for the company has been as a Language Alive Teacher/Actor and as well as devising and touring she has directed several theatre programmes for the company. She has also been The Play House Healthy Living Centre Co-ordinator, a five year project supported by New Opportunities Fund. During her time with The Play House she has been to Nigeria as part of a three year theatre for development partnership with The Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance, represented the company delivering teacher training in Mauritius and participated in national and international drama conferences.


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Malcolm Jennings – Teacher/Actor

Malcolm Jennings, Actor Teacher, The Play House Theatre in Education, Birmingham, West Midlands

Malcolm Trained at Kidderminster College and Dartington College of Arts and has worked consistently since with most of the regions small scale, community and TIE companies. Three shows for Pentabus including The Greeks which he subsequently toured independently with great success. For Big Brum he played Len in Heads or Tails, a significant piece that discussed the arts and education. He has stage managed for Women and Theatre, been drama teacher in St Pauls School, Balsall Heath and supported new deal apprentices at C&T. He has also toured nationally with Yorkshire Theatre Company and in Play Me False, Macbeth, The Great Smile Robbery and The Gloop Monster for the Custard Theatre Factory Company. He has toured in several programmes for Language Alive! as a freelancer and, after a three-year sojourn as a course leader in performing arts at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, joined The Play House in February 2004.

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Simon Turner – Teacher/Actor

Simon Turner Actor Teacher The Play House Theatre in Education Birmingham West Midlands

Before joining The Play House in September 2010, Simon trained as an actor at the Birmingham Theatre School. Having completed the course, he then went on to work with several touring theatre companies, BBC Pebble Mill Television Centre and Buzz Radio FM. Wanting to work with children and young people using theatre as a teaching tool, Simon accepted the position of Company Assistant at The Play House in 1999. Simon then joined Loudmouth Educational Theatre Company for 5 years, where he toured nationally, delivering predominantly Sexual Health & Training programmes for young people and professionals who work with young people. He then became a freelance actor/facilitator using theatre, puppetry, multi media and live music. He worked extensively with Midland-based T.I.E. companies Gazebo, Women and Theatre and The Play House, delivering sessions to different Key Stages and Adults. He was also part of the original Shakespeare Aloud! team, based in Stratford upon Avon playing Hamlet and Romeo. When not working Simon enjoys playing guitar, cycling and spending time with his family.

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Mathilde Petford – Marketing and Sales Assistant
Mathilde Petford Marketing and Sales The Play House Theatre in Education Birmingham West Midlands

Mathilde (pronounced Ma-til-da) has joined The Play House to help promote what we do, and to help tell the story of the work The Play House is doing in educational settings across the West Midlands.
Mathilde has previously worked in theatre marketing for Black Country Touring, Big Brum Theatre in Education and Central Youth Theatre. Mathilde is also a theatre director, practitioner and actor. She is currently directing two youth theatre shows and works as a freelance practitioner. She has been acting since she was 8 years old and has performed at four international theatre festivals. Mathilde has just graduated as a member of the Youth Steering Committee for Beatfreeks and is very interested in using art as a form of activism – particularly with young people and those in the criminal justice system.
Mathilde is also a professional face painter and travels across the country painting glittery rainbows, unicorns and butterflies on peoples faces.

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