New Diorama is currently managed and run by four full time members of staff and six part time members of staff. We are a registered charity and have a Board of Trustees.
David Byrne - Artistic & Executive Director
Greg Cebula - Technical Manager
Shankho Chaudhuri - Staff Associate Designer
Jack Heaton - Marketing & Audience Development Manager
Lakeisha Lynch-Stevens - CYT Facilitator
Reece McMahon - Producer
Jo Salkilld - Finance Manager
Fahad Shaft - Assistant CYT Facilitator
Nikhil Vyas - Theatre Assistant
Sophie Wallis - Executive Producer
Chloe Young - Assistant CYT Facilitator
Programme Coordinator, Assembly Festival & Producer, Burnt Lemon Theatre
Tanya has worked in Assembly's programming team since 2019. Before then she has worked with LIFT, Headlong, King's Head Theatre, and New Diorama Theatre. She is also the Lead Producer for multi-award-winning female-led Burnt Lemon Theatre, and has freelanced for Almeida Theatre, Cultivator Cornwall, and Police Cops. Tanya is on the Diversity Steering Committee for South Hampstead High School, and is part of the faculty for CGO Institute's Diploma in Creative Producing.
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development, London City Hall
Tom became Deputy Mayor for Housing in 2020 and oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn Affordable Homes Programme, including ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ – the first-ever City Hall initiative dedicated to council homebuilding. Tom also oversees the Mayor’s work to improve the private rented sector, and to commission services to support rough sleepers. Before becoming a Deputy Mayor, Tom was a London Assembly London-wide List Member for 8 years, serving as Chair of the Assembly’s housing committee and as Labour Group housing spokesperson. He also served on Lewisham Council, representing Sydenham. Prior to his election to the Assembly, Tom worked for Hope not hate - an anti-fascist, anti-racist charity that works with communities to fight racism and hatred. He is a patron of LGBT Labour and a trustee of the British Humanist Association. Tom was heavily involved in the New Theatre whilst at Nottingham University and has appeared in plays at the Edinburgh Fringe and Theatre503, but sadly his acting days are over.
Head of Commercial Development, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
James joined HS2 in 2017 and is responsible for the commercial development associated with the two new Birmingham Curzon and Interchange stations which will serve HS2 when it opens in 2026, as well as the regeneration and commercialisation of the land around the sites. Previously James was Head of Office Leasing at British Land for ten years with responsibility for the marketing and leasing of the office portfolio, and he was instrumental in establishing the New Diorama Theatre at Regent’s Place. James was also British Land's representative as our landlord for many years, and has extensively supported the company on their behalf through subsidies, introductions and charitable donations. Prior to joining British Land, James was a Partner in the West End Office Agency team at Knight Frank LLP for ten years, latterly including a secondment to Grosvenor’s development team to take responsibility for the leasing of their Central London development pipeline.
Head of Community, British Land
Anna is an experienced regeneration professional with a strong background in commercial development projects and local authority partnerships – devising and managing engagement strategies and socio-economic legacy programmes. Anna has led British Land’s award-winning community programme and skills and employment activity since 2010, working in partnership with the public and private sectors, diverse communities and special interest groups. Her focus is on ensuring that British Land’s places and teams make a positive contribution locally and become considered part of their local community. She also collaborates with British Land’s suppliers, occupiers, local authorities and partners to help local people and businesses grow, and improve skills in areas where they are needed most.
Philip Graham (Chair)
Executive Director, Good Growth, London City Hall
Phil is currently Executive Director, Good Growth. He was previously Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, set up by the Chancellor to provide expert independent analysis of the long-term infrastructure needs in the UK. Prior to that Philip was Deputy Director in the Department for Transport and had responsibility for the development of Government policy on high speed rail. Previous experience has included leading the DfT Strategy Unit, and working as Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport. Prior to joining the Civil Service he worked in the arts sector as Artistic and Company Director of Brute Farce Theatre Company.
Assistant Vice President, Deutsche Bank Technology
Utku manages technology teams and projects in Deutsche Bank. His 7 year journey in Deutsche Bank saw him develop software, manage projects spanning several countries, experience life in Moscow and eventually brought to him his new home, London. Utku always had a passion for art, actively drawing in his home country Turkey and even helped curate exhibitions while doing his Bachelor’s in Computer Science. He took to acting in London and is part of a comedy improvisation troupe. He performed in many amateur show cases and is excited to be able to apply his professional expertise to the development of NDT. He holds a Masters in Finance from Cass Business School.
Employment Advisor, West Euston Partnership
Since 2012, David has worked for the charity West Euston Partnership, supporting residents most in need in the areas of employment, education and training across the Camden borough. He has also written for the stage, having had plays performed at Manchester's Library Theatre and Leeds Playhouse. He was also a member of Talawa Theatre's Writers Group. His most recent play The Healing (which he also co-produced) was performed at Omnibus Theatre in 2019. As well as being on a Trustee at New Diorama Theatre, he is also a Trustee at AchieveAbility, a charity supporting neurodivergent people in the areas of work and education.
Director, OffWestEnd & Union Representative BECTU
Sofie Mason comes from a predominantly commercial background having worked in sales in the 1980s and 90s in national newspapers and across a variety of legal, computer and lifestyle titles. She moved to the Royal Opera House in 1994 and stayed for ten years, initially maximising advertising revenue and then increasingly establishing partnership deals as well as managing the Box Office supervisors and staff under the title of 'Head of Sales'. In March 2004 she left the Royal Opera House and started her own sponsorship company, Theatre Partnerships, working on raising corporate and individual sponsorship for a number of organisations (Ballet Boyz, Escape Artists, Finborough Theatre, Old Red Lion Theatre and others). Sofie was employed as a consultant to artist management agency Askonas Holt to raise corporate sponsorship for the China National Beijing Opera at Sadler’s Wells, The Australian Ballet at the Coliseum, Amjad Ali Khan and Daniel Barenboim concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, a tour of Japanese Kabuki in the UK and a tour of The Soloists of the Royal Ballet to the Far East. In 2006 she launched OffWestEnd.com, a campaigning listings site that now promotes over 100 independent theatres in London, organises The Off West End Theatre Awards and supports writers with the 'Adopt A Playwright' Award. She has worked with mainstream producers such as Ed Snape of Fiery Angel and sat on the Development Board of The Tricycle. Sofie also works as National Official for BECTU, the UK’s media and entertainment union.
Old Diorama Arts Centre & West Euston Partnership Trustee
Mark Ross has been Director of Diorama Arts, since 1991. He presently serves as trustee/director of numerous charitable organisations including The West Euston Partnership (Camden: founding member), The Third Age Project, Choregus Productions (USA), Kodo Cultural Foundation (Japan). He was Director of the Cultural Olympiad (Lake Placid Olympics, 1980): Cultural events and closing ceremony, a Commissioner to UNESCO, in Paris from 1970-76 and is a Produced Playwright and Animateur/Director.
Head of Development, Hackney Empire Theatre
Elly is currently the Head of Development at the Hackney Empire Theatre. Previously she was Head of Development at Good Chance Theatre and Director of Development at National Theatre Scotland (NTS). She joined NTS in 2011 as its first Director of Development, she sat on the NTS's Senior Management team and headed up a team of 4 fundraisers responsible for generating philanthropic and corporate support for the company's work. Her previous role was as Campaign Director at Peacock Visual Arts where she remains a non-executive Director and her other fundraising experience includes a focus on International Development as part of the University of Aberdeen’s £180 million Sixth Century Campaign. Prior to this as an Events Producer she ran the University's cultural engagement programme which included Word – an award-winning annual book festival.
Client Advisor, UBS
Mirium is currently a Client Advisor at UBS and was previously an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. A big fan of theatre, Mirium was previously on the development board at the Tricycle Theatre.
Partner, Rosenblatt Law
Anthony is a partner at Rosenblatt Law and was, previously, a partner at Fladgate LLP, one of the UK’s top 100 law firms. Anthony qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked at Rowe & Maw and then Olswang where he became a partner before joining Fladgate LLP in 1998. Anthony's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and general commercial arrangements. He has a particular expertise and interest in the leisure industry and works extensively for clients in the hotel and advertising sectors. Anthony has extensive private interests in media companies and retains an interest in the arts.
Senior Producer, Fuel
Sarah is a Producer with a passion for contemporary theatre, regional touring and artist development. Presently she is Senior Producer for Fuel. Prior to joining Fuel she worked as a Producer for Farnham Maltings, producing work nationally for Little Bulb Theatre, Victoria Melody, Up In Arms, and Jess and Joe Forever in co-production with the Orange Tree Theatre. Alongside Farnham Maltings Sarah was Company Producer for Home Live Art and Associate Producer for Jammy Voo. Previously Sarah was the Producer for Rhum and Clay, the Marketing Co-ordinator for touring initiative house, and in 2015 created digital touring resource tour-finder.org.
To date Sarah has had articles published in Guardian Culture Professionals, Arts Professional and Arts Industry. She was a recipient of the Edfringe Producer bursary in 2012 and is a Clore Emerging Leaders Alumnus. Alongside producing Sarah is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a Trustee of New Diorama Theatre in London.
Barrister, Field Court Chambers
Natalie started out at New Diorama Theatre as an intern in 2010. Since then, she has worked in almost every area at NDT from directing to Box Office to rigging lights. Natalie founded and ran Pell Mell Theatre Company from 2011-2016, focussing on Early Modern dramatists. Natalie previously sat on the board of NDT's Diversity Rehearsal Room project - which looked at how theatre companies led by under-represented groups could best be supported within the organisation. After hanging up her theatre-hat (which was a little beret) Natalie trained as a barrister specialising in child-protection.