Our people

None of SSF's impact would be possible without our creative and committed team. Please do email or phone us - we're always happy to talk about our work and answer questions - we love hearing from you!

Leadership

  • Ruth Brock

    Chief Executive

    Prior to becoming CEO, Ruth was a teacher in Tower Hamlets. Her class performed in the 2013 Festival and the impact on her children was so fundamental, Ruth was determined to work for SSF. Before teaching, Ruth relaunched a small inclusive theatre charity and spent six years working in as a parliamentary researcher, media manager and senior press officer for the former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Ruth has an English degree from Cambridge.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Because of her love of feisty, independent people, Ruth aspires to be Beatrice.

    ceo@shakespeareschools.org

  • Chris Stead

    Director of Finance
  • Mike Tucker

    Director of Operations

    After four years working the higher education sector Mike joined the Festival Team at SSF. Passionate about the power of stories to bring together people and communities, Mike works with the theatres and theatremakers who support schools through their Festival journey. He also works to measure the impact of SSF's work. Mike originally moved to London from South Wales to study law and philosophy, and still ponders why there are rules. Mike aims to be like Horatio because he's friendly, dependable and alive at the end.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Horatio

    mike@shakespeareschools.org

  • Hannah Watson

    Director of Income Generation and Communications

Festival team

  • Mike Tucker

    Director of Operations

    After four years working the higher education sector Mike joined the Festival Team at SSF. Passionate about the power of stories to bring together people and communities, Mike works with the theatres and theatremakers who support schools through their Festival journey. He also works to measure the impact of SSF's work. Mike originally moved to London from South Wales to study law and philosophy, and still ponders why there are rules. Mike aims to be like Horatio because he's friendly, dependable and alive at the end.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Horatio

    mike@shakespeareschools.org

  • Francesca Ellis

    Head of Creative

    Five years ago Francesca was thrilled to discover she could work for SSF and stop being embarassed about loving Shakespeare. Every day since, she has been inspired by teachers who go the extra mile for their pupils, and by young people for whom the sheer joy of stepping onto a stage is life-changing. She has played Rosalind, from As You Like It, and aspires to her bravery and determination.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Rosalind

    francesca@shakespeareschools.org

  • Jonathan Beaumont

    Festival Manager (Operations)
  • Fiona Bowen

    Sales and Outreach Manager
  • Maddie Short

    Schools and Resources Manager

    Maddie discovered her love for Shakespeare's plays whilst at drama school. After working as a teacher for six years she wanted to find a way to combine this love and her teaching experience. She is passionate about making his works accessible for all and has seen what an incredible difference investing in young people and their aspirations makes to their self-esteem and ambitions. She is thrilled that she gets to do all of these things at SSF.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Viola

    maddie@shakespeareschools.org

  • Evita Aslanidou

    Festival Coordinator

    Prior to joining SSF in 2018, Evita has assisted in producing and managing West End Productions, stage managed plays in London & Greece and worked in costume in the West End, National Theatre and the Royal Opera House.

    She has been fascinated by the educational and therapeutic side of drama, since studying theatre arts and physical theatre under world renowned theatre practitioners, such as Marcello Magni. She went on to train as a theatre technician and has a certificate in Dramatherapy.

    Evita’s proudest moment was project managing the first Relaxed Performance for Matilda the Musical whilst working for the Producing Department at the RSC. She has three passions: social justice, education and theatre. 

    evita@shakespeareschools.org

  • Emma Connor

    Festival Coordinator
  • Alistair Foylan

    Festival Coordinator
  • Louise Henry

    Festival Coordinator

    As SSF's resident Geordie, Louise coordinates the festival in the North East and Scotland. She moved to London and joined the team after managing music and arts programmes for the UK's leading music agency, and developing community programmes for Newcastle University. As a writer, Louise has long been interested in the effect that words and language can have on young people, and is a firm believer in the life-changing impact of arts education.

    louiseh@shakespeareschools.org

  • Jessica Moffat

    Festival Coordinator
  • Aimee Thompson

    Festival Coordinator

    Aimee began her SSF journey as a School’s Outreach Officer in 2015. She studied Dance and Musical theatre at university and has always had a huge love for theatre and history. After growing up in a deprived area of the North-East of England Aimee is passionate about making theatre, the arts and the Bard accessible to all, which is why she loves SSF. Seeing the impact SSF has on the lives of young people, teachers, parents and communities is incredible!

    aimee@shakespeareschools.org

  • Ffion Williams

    Festival Coordinator / Cydlynydd Gwyl

    Having spent the last nine years dressing up and talking in silly voices, Ffion’s work allowed her to tour all over Europe, performing mainly Shakespearean roles and in theatre for young audiences. With a passion for performance and telling stories, Ffion joined SSF in 2014 as a freelance theatre practitioner and discovered that seeing young people blossom by using the Bard was even better than saying the lines herself. She is delighted to move into the office and to work to open a regional base in Wales.

    Wedi treulio’r naw mlynedd diwethaf yn gwisgo fyny a siarad mewn lleisiau gwirion, fe deithiodd Ffion ar hyd a lled Ewrop fel actor, yn bennaf yn perfformio mewn dramâu Shakespeare ac mewn theatr i gynulleidfa ifanc. Gyda chariad at berfformio a dweud storïau, fe ymunodd Ffion â SSF yn 2014 fel hwylusydd theatr gan sylweddoli fod gweld pobol ifanc yn blodeuo drwy ddefnyddio Shakespeare hyd yn oed yn well na dweud y geiriau ei hun. Mae hi wrth ei bodd i symud i mewn i’r swyddfa ac i weithio i agor safle rhanbarthol yng Nghymru.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Fluellen

    ffion@shakespeareschools.org

  • Louise De Froment

    Workshop Officer

    Louise began her career working for the Studio and Learning Department at Theatre Royal Newcastle where a passion was ignited for theatre with a social impact. This led her to London where she completed an MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths College. Following this Louise threw herself into the freelance arts world working on diverse educational and community projects with charities, theatres, museums and galleries across the capital. Louise joined SSF in 2018 and is delighted to work for a charity so dedicated to giving young people the best start in life. When she is not raving about SSF's work Louise can be found Singing, Swing Dancing, Acting in Community Theatre projects or attending a Zumba Class.

    louise@shakespeareschools.org

  • Alice Rafter

    PA to the CEO and Foundation Assistant

    Alice studied English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds, and has loved theatre from a young age. While at Leeds, she volunteered with the Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers and believes in encouraging a passion for theatre in young people and making the arts accessible for all. Alice is proud to work for SSF and contribute towards the fantastic impact it has on young people today. She loves juggling roles and has produced, directed, performed, and provided technical support for a number of theatrical productions.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Cordelia

    alice@shakespeareschools.org

  • Luca Hussain

    Festival Assistant
  • Elin Haf

    Festival Assistant

Income Generation and Communications team

Support team

  • Chris Stead

    Director of Finance
  • Stephen Broderick

    Systems Officer

    Stephen's interest in Shakespeare was sparked off by studying Macbeth and Midsummer Nights Dream and Macbeth at school and later Othello at A level. His love of theatre was only strengthened whilst studying the Abbey Theatre and the plays of JM Synge and Sean O'Casey. Since then he has worked in various cultural institutions including; Southwark Playhouse, The Old Vic and the National Army Museum. He joined the team in 2016 as Systems Officer and has taken on more responsibility within the Income Generation Team.

    What Shakespeare character you would be? Macbeth

    stephen@shakespeareschools.org

     

  • James Fell

    Finance Officer

    James joined SSF at the start of 2016 and works in the Finance Team. He studied Economics at the University of Birmingham and is training to become a qualified accountant. Outside of work, he has a keen interest in sport and spends most of his free time playing cricket and golf. James thoroughly enjoys working at SSF and is looking forward to seeing more performances in future Festivals.

    james@shakespeareschools.org

96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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