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The Team

We have a committed volunteer-led board, comprising of professional theatre-makers and business experts, who work alongside a mix of volunteer and paid staff.


Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance

Board of Trustees

  • Graham Tait (Acting Chair)
  • Adrian Rawlins
  • Vincent Regan
  • Sue Kirkman
  • Chris Wade
  • Anne Cooper
  • Stephen Parnaby
  • Lesley Archer

Creative Team:

Artistic Director – Adrian Rawlins*

Creative Director – Vincent Regan*

Other Roles:

Theatre Manager – Andrew Aldis

Managing Producer & Fundraiser – Sue Kirkman*

Production Manager – Amy Russell-Garstang

Marketing Manager – Phoebe Noel

Box Office Manager & Administration Officer – Charlotte Denston

Comedy Programmer – Tom Wilders*

Music & Spoken Word Programmer – Chris Wade*

Publicity Designer – Gordon Meredith*

Website Designer – Mark Hewson

Corporate Development & Sponsorship Opportunities – Diane Claughton*

Friends of ERT Coordinator – Pam Lumb*

Housekeeping – Jo Wall 

We call our volunteers The ExtravERTs*

Coordinated by Janet Child, Chris Harrod & Julie Shilitto*

* voluntary members of staff 

Associated Companies

Company-in-residence She Productions

Artist-in-residence Emma Garness 

Associated Company Other Lives

Associated Artists

Mark Addy, Berwick Kaler, William Houston, Anna Maxwell-Martin, David Bradley


John Godber

John lives locally but his reputation as a great playwright is far-flung.  Both nationally and internationally, John’s work is highly acclaimed and performed all over the world.  He is regarded as the most performed playwright after Shakespeare and Ayckbourn.

John’s literary achievements are immense, ranging from four Olivier Awards, two BAFTAS, to scriptwriting for film and television. John’s prized Yorkshire Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2012, illustrates the huge importance of local culture in his writing.

East Riding Theatre is delighted to regularly present John’s excellent work on its stage.


Richard Bean

Richard’s internationally acclaimed West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors, and a succession of theatrical triumphs such as Under the Whaleback and Smack Family Robinson, places him within the top echelon of modern playwrights. His reputation is worldwide and his work is continuously sought-after.

Richard’s response to the project is ‘A theatre for the East Riding.  What a fabulous addition to a fabulous town’.

East Riding Theatre is hugely grateful for Richard’s support and honored by his acceptance of the position as one of our ambassadors.

Contact Us

If you’d like to get in contact with a member of our team, please visit our contact page:


East Riding Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. East Riding Theatre has no public funding. Our initial costs to equip the theatre has come from the generosity of our supporters, both individuals, and local businesses.

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