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The majority of our Committee are working professionals who give up their free time to develop and build the PMF into a useful and supportive organisation for our industry.

To assist them, we have a number of Associates who work along side Committee Members on a particular area or project, to aid in the delivery, especially at busy periods in our work/life schedules.

We also have a number of Student and Young Members Associates (SYMs). The SYMs represent and promote the interests of student and young PMF members in everything that the PMF does, and also take on specific Assistant Roles.

We are always looking to increase our diversity and the areas of work and regions that we cover. If you are interested in joining the PMF Committee and would like to find out more, or would like to suggest someone, please contact us.

Mandy Ivory-Castile


I am currently the Head of Production and Planning at Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.

I am originally from East London where I started working on the London Fringe in the early nineties. (more…)

Peter Dean


I spent 10 years as Deputy Director of Technical Theatre at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Prior to that I was a Production Manager in regional theatre.

I joined the PMF Committee in 2018, as I had some spare time to be able to devote to its administration and development, and thereby support my fellow PMs. (more…)

Kat Ellis


I am currently a freelance Production Manager and Stage Manager, working across both mid-scale theatre as well as music festivals and events. Recent projects include Henry V (Headlong, Shakespeare's Globe), Passion (Hope Mill Theatre), Y Not Festival. Until recently I worked full-time as Deputy Production Manager at The Old Vic. (more…)

Louise Gregory


I am a Freelance Production/ Stage Manager and Lighting Designer specialising in small- and mid-scale touring theatre, although I also work with dance, live art, music and puppetry.

I am based in Scotland, but have toured around the UK and internationally (more…)

Ned Lay

Events Sector

I am a freelance production manager, who specialises in an array of work, primarily in the events sector, but also in Theatre, Musical Theatre, Fashion, Dance, Opera.

I love a challenge and a project I can really sink my teeth into. Nothing is impossible, the solution hasn’t been shared yet. (more…)

Brod Mason

Mentoring lead

I am a freelance Production/Project Manager.

In the past I have served in a Technical Director/Head of Production roll for Everyman & Playhouse Liverpool, Royal Centre Nottingham, and Royal & Derngate Northampton; as a Production Manager for Queens Hornchurch, Almeida, RSC, Shared Experience, and numerous one-offs (more…)

Dan Shelley


I am currently a Production Manager for Apple Barn Creative working on Alices Adventures Underground which is opening in a brand new venue in Waterloo.

Before this, I worked at  59 Productions as a Technical Manager on their UK Tour of About Us.

I am also part of the AAPTLE Mental Health and Wellbeing Group.


Suzy Somerville


I am currently Head of Production at Birmingham Rep.

After graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I rotated through most elements of technical theatre, including a rather disastrous winter in a tent in Regent’s Park as a Wardrobe Mistress.

After many years of touring nationally and internationally I finally moved over into Production Management.


Ian Taylor

Website & IT Systems

I am a Technical and Production Manager with over a decade of experience in the theatre and events industry.

I have an extensive background in stage management and as managing director of eStage, a company dedicated to serving the needs of the entertainment industry. (more…)

Lewis Champney

Student and Young Members Associate

I am currently a Third-Year Student at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying Technical and Production Management. (more…)

Mekel Edwards

Diversity Associate

I am a Tottenham based Production/Technical Manager and Sound Designer.

I have gathered a wealth of experience in the industry for over 15 years now, including 9 years as Technical Manager of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, and from running my own events production company Omega Events Production. (more…)

Nathan Friend

Student and Young Members Associate. Meetings Assistant

I am a current 2nd Year Student on the Stage Management & Technical Theatre course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

As I begin to enter the industry, I’m keen to build connections within Production Management and bring the perspective of students in training and new graduates. (more…)

Patrick Heydenburg

US Associate

I am currently Director of Production at the Geva Theatre in Rochester New York.

I grew up in the northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City. I graduated in 1983 with a BFA in Technical Theater Design & Production from the State University of New York at Purchase. (more…)

Misha Mah

Student and Young Members Associate, Forums Assistant

Hello! I am an early-career freelance Production Manager and Technical Manager of Theatre503. I am currently based in London.


Ben Pugh

Media Associate

For over 20 years I’ve been delivering management infrastructure for projects, productions, festivals, and events in the creative and cultural industries, working across disciplines in theatre, music, visual arts, festival, digital, community and education. (more…)

David Ripley

Education Sector Associate

I am Head of Technical & Production at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

I have been a Theatre Consultant working on various projects both at home and abroad. I was previously Production Manager at RCS and The Haymarket, Basingstoke and have been both a sound and lighting designer.


Jonah Stein

Student and Young Members Associate. Mentoring Assistant

I am a third year student studying at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on the Stage Management and Technical Theatre course with a focus on Production Management.

As an individual about to head out as an early career production manager, I am really interested in supporting the future generations of people wanting to be involved in this side of the arts. (more…)

Jennifer Taillefer

Associate Member

I am a freelance Production Manager, originally from Canada, now happily based in London and working across theatre and live events. (more…)

David Evans

PMF Ambassador

I am Head of Production at National Theatre Wales.

Prior to joining NTW I worked as a freelance Production Manager and consultant. This work included touring with Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Play without Words,  and a couple of years with Phoenix Dance, The Dance Consortium and Inspector Calls among others. (more…)