NDT Staff Members

New Diorama is currently managed and run by three full time members of staff, two part time members of staff and one intern. We are a registered charity and have a Board of Trustees. 

David Byrne - Artistic and Executive Director

Artistic and Executive Director of New Diorama Theatre, David Byrne is a playwright and theatre director, whose first play won a Writers’ Guild & List Magazine Awards for Drama. Since, his work has been presented as part of the Arts Council England’s Escalator showcase, received the Charlie Hartill Fund for emerging artists and won the 2014 Les Enfants Terribles Prize. David was also a winner of BBC Writers’ Room national script contest; and now has several scripts under commission with BBC Television and Channel 4.

As a founding member of New Diorama Theatre, David's programme has been awarded three Peter Brook Awards; the first for “establishing a central London home for ensemble theatre” and the second for its support of young NDT Associate Theatre Company, The Faction and the third, in 2016, as the main panel prize. New Diorama has been shortlisted for Fringe Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards and David has been awarded Artistic Director of the Year at the OffWestEnd Awards. New Diorama’s outreach programme has won three Arts and Business Awards and led them to be named as Mayor of Camden’s Charity 2012/13.

David is a trustee of True Heart Theatre (chair), a Chinese language theatre company, Spinning Wheel Theatre (chair), who specalise in youth engagement arts projects in the East of England and Idle Motion, a total-theatre, British Council theatre company who tour the world with their devised theatre shows. David regularly speaks about leadership, fundraising and artist development strategies, most recently at AMA Conference (Bristol), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Newcastle) and for Arts Council England’s philanthropy partners Cause4, as part of the Catalyst Programme.


Sophie Wallis - Executive Producer (Maternity leave)

Sophie graduated from the University of Manchester in 2007 and has worked with New Diorama Theatre since the venue opened in 2010. She has significant Marketing, Events and management experience, most recently as General Manager at a 400 capacity central London venue.

Her role as Executive Producer consists of managing the organisation’s core budget, numerous project budgets alongside grants from major Trusts and Foundations. She also looks after all visiting companies, contracting, box office systems, liaising with sponsors and corporate hirers, our Bar franchise and making sure the building is running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

Sophie produced the venue’s second in-house production, The Universal Machine, and also performed in Kubrick³  (a co-production with PIT & Greenwich Theatre) which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2013 before transferring to NDT in April 2014. She recently produced NDT’s latest in-house production, Down & Out in Paris and London, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 ahead of a London transfer in April 2016. 

Helen Matravers - Producer

Helen graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2010 with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts. After training at East15 on the MA acting course and graduating with distinction she went on to run the Drayton Theatre in South Kensington and worked as a House Manager at The Royal Court. Helen completed a six month placement as an assistant producer at Theatre503 in May 2014, before working as the assistant producer on their West End transfer of ‘A Handful of Stars’. Helen started at New Diorama in September 2014, with a specific focus on the theatre’s Artist Development Programme and community outreach work. She recently co-produced NDT’s latest in-house production, Down & Out in Paris and London, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 ahead of a London transfer in April 2016. 

Helen is also the co-producer for Cloakroom Theatre company, who were awarded Live Theatre Newcastle's Live Lab Bursary 2016 and the King's Head Adrian Pagan Award 2018.


Caroline Simonsen - Assistant Producer

Caroline graduated from Newcastle University in 2016 with a degree in English Literature. There she ran the Theatre Society (NUTS) and produced and directed student theatre in Newcastle and at the Edinburgh Fringe. After graduating she joined Fuel as a Producing Intern and worked there for two years as the Administrator and then Executive Assistant to Kate McGrath. After leaving university she also founded Rascal Theatre with Helena Westerman and co-produced and directed their debut show An Act Of Kindness at Edinburgh Fringe and on tour, as well as a short film, Jog On. They are currently working on new projects together. Caroline joined the team at New Diorama as Assistant Producer in 2018.

Jo Salkilld - Finance Manager 

Jo Salkilld is an independent Arts Consultant, specialising in supporting young companies in finding the right model and governance, business planning, fund-raising, and helping more mature arts organisations to restructure, manage change effectively, and improve their operation and procedures.

Jo has sixteen years of arts management experience, and a thorough knowledge of the subsidised sector, having worked with Shared Experience Theatre, as Executive Director of Trestle Theatre, and General Manager of Wildcard Theatre Company. She has built companies from scratch, planned and developed new arts buildings, produced and booked many productions, overhauled financial management and procedures, and seen several arts organisations through cuts in subsidy to strong and independent futures. Jo is a highly successful fund-raiser and is also trained in mentoring.

Jo is currently General Manager for Bryony Kimmings and KILN ensemble, Finance Director and fundraising consultant at New Diorama Theatre and Chair of the Board of Odd Eyes Theatre.

Tanya Agarwal - Interim Producer

Tanya graduated from Durham University in 2017 and from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2018. As well as working as an intern at New Diorama, she also works freelance for various fringe companies incuding The Pretend Men, Trip Hazards, and Burnt Lemon. She co-founded her own theatre company in January 2018, Hitchhiker Collective, which is based in both London and Exeter.