Our Staff

Artistic Director of Reading Studio and Reading Rep: Paul Stacey

Before launching Reading Rep, Paul was Literary Manager of the Old Red Lion Theatre in London. Prior to returning to the UK, Paul worked as a Director and Dramaturg for some of the most prestigious companies in world theatre, including the Moscow Art Theatre, Punchdrunk Theatre Company (the critically acclaimed American premiere of Sleep No More) and New Repertory Theatre. His directing debut – Sexual Perversity in Chicago – made him one of the youngest people ever to direct at the American Repertory Theatre. He has taught theatre history, acting and dramaturgy at Harvard University. He is a Dramaturgy graduate of the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard University. He read English at the University of Nottingham and is a Teach First Ambassador.

Associate Director: Christie O’Carroll

Before joining Reading Rep in September 2015, Christie was a Drama Artist at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh, where she ran the Lyceum Youth Theatre, delivering sessions to young people aged 2-18 and directing large-scale productions such as National Theatre Connections projects and the Lyceum’s annual Summer On Stage project. She worked for many years on various productions with the Grassmarket Project, and has an extensive history as a freelance director and practitioner. She also lectured in Performing Arts at a maximum security jail and YOI in Scotland, directing and organising performances in both facilities. This work led to Christie being awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Trust Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to New Zealand to learn more about the use of performing arts as a rehabilitative tool. Christie studied Contemporary Theatre Practice at RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and is about to start a part-time MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts there.

Executive Director: Niki Robinson

Niki trained in acting and musical theatre at the B.R.I.T performing arts school in London (one of the first 100 students) and as a post graduate at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama  firstly with a P.G Certificate Directing Text with Young People in association with the National Theatre, and most recently a Masters in Applied Theatre.  She has more than 20 years’ experience as an actor, arts education consultant, festival planner, workshop facilitator, writer, producer and agent. For several years she co-ran ACE funded  Freeflow Productions at South Hill Park, and produced many large pantomimes, shows  and outdoor community productions. For six years she produced the  Children’s International Arts Organization (CIAO!) summer festival which gave up to 3000 young people a week a chance to engage in the visual and performing arts. She began her first school in 2002, and later opened her own ofsted registered performing arts studios – Artemis Studios – in 2007. In 2008 she founded the Windsor Globe – an annual festival with a large pop-up theatre in Windsor, which ran until 2015. She joined Reading Rep in March 2016.

Administration and Development Officer: Megan Turnell

Megan first joined Reading Rep in June 2014 for three months as an Arts Strategy Intern. Since then she has worked freelance in various positions in the company, including Front of House Supervisor and Assistant Director on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, before coming to her current role in July 2015. She read Philosophy at the University of Reading, where she produced and performed in multiple productions with Reading University Drama Society, while also taking on committee roles as Secretary and then President of the society. Prior to university, she was Administrator at Darlington Arts Academy CIC, an all-ages community performing arts organisation, where she also served as DSM during the company’s productions.

Acting and Voice: Christine McCourt

Acting and Directing: Sarah Methuen

Sarah is a Theatre and Educational practitioner of over 20 years. Her formal training comes from Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and Warwick University.

Sarah’s professional life spans acting, theatre directing, lecturing, voice and audition coaching. She has worked for organisations including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford College, Birmingham University, Activate Learning, Reading Rep and Birmingham School of Acting.

Freelance positions include Associate Directorships and Consultancy within both theatre and education.

Movement and Dance: Gina Allwood

Gina began dancing at the age of 2 at a local ballet school. She has completed her ballet, tap, modern, disco, Latin and national exams. She has had experience performing in dance festivals including All England Dance and Grandison Clark Awards where she was placed. She has also had experience performing in pantomimes and showcases.

After Completing her A Levels Gina successfully auditioned for a place at The Royal Academy of Dance. She studied there for 3 years gaining her qualified teacher status in Ballet Education. Since achieving her dance degree she has been teaching at various local dance schools and is now beginning her PGCE in dance teaching.

Voice and Acting: Soumaya Smith

Soumaya started training in dance at a young age, participating in various competitions such as All Englands, and won All-Rounder with the British Arts Awards.  She then went on to the London Studio Centre where she gained her BA Hons in Jazz and Theatre.

After graduating, Soumaya worked as an actor, dancer and singer, featuring in several music videos, MTV, acting for the Royal Shakespeare Company and touring work in the UK and internationally.

She is a qualified Dance Teacher (modern, tap, national, and ballet) with the RAD and ISTD, and a yoga instructor.

Technical Director: John Forth