Artistic Director – Glen Buglass
Glen is passionate about the power of the theatre. He worked in the Community Arts Team and Creative Development Team in Walsall council for 20 years before
becoming artistic director of Regional Voice Theatre Company in 2015.
Graphic designer – Gemma Ince
Since graduating in 2001 from Central St Martins, Gemma’s career launched as an intern for Pentagram in New York. From there she worked at SS+K, and then in a small studio in London. Gemma now teaches Visual Communication at Derby University, as well as running her own branding and graphic design business Brown + Black from her home inthe Black Country. Clientele ranges from fashion, community, health, not for profit, arts, cafés, restaurants, small business, freelance experts and consultants.
Set designer – Rachel Parker
Rachel trained in theatre design at Nottingham Trent University and has had a varied and interesting career path. Including working as a designer for various theatre companies, being a local authority community arts development officer, being a Creative Producer for Creative Health CIC and undertaking different freelance arts jobs. Rachel has been involved in community arts work for 20 years. Most recently as Principal Arts and Health Development Officer for Walsall Council Creative Development Team.
Movement Director – Helen Calcutt
Helen is a professional dancer, choreographer, movement director and writer. With a background in theatre, she works extensively across the U.K., sharing a unique practice that explores cross-discipline movement, voice, and text. Helen has created numerous works for performance, drawing on her experiences of dance in translation, and in connection with other art forms. Pieces include ‘Last Act’ performed as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival; ‘Marina’ a solo work devised and performed at The Southbank Centre for the Poetry International Festival; and ‘Beyond Words‘, a contemporary dance piece incorporating sign language and performed as part of The Birmingham Weekender Festival 2017. Helen has been awarded support by Arts Council England on three other major dance-theatre projects (2014, 2016, 2018). She is working on a new solo piece for film, ‘Naked’, based on themes from her debut book of poems ‘Unable Mother’.
Tina Barnes – Actor and performer
Tina is an actress, fight choreographer, and script writer born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. She trained at Birmingham School of Acting before moving to London. She has taken on many varied roles in film, TV, dance, and theatre, including ‘Somebody’s Watching Me’ produced by Def Motion, and macBirmingham (2017); The Kaos Dream, Kaos Theatre, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and many fringe productions. Television & film credits include: The Bill, Holby City and most recently, Emmerdale. Her film Nightmares won a Silver Remi at the LA Short Film Fest 2004; and the production ‘Bane’ was winner for best horror feature at Shriekfest Film Festival, LA 2008 in which Tina plays a lead support role; and The Expelled, a horror starring David Schofield, released in the UK.
Reaya Sealey – Actor and performer
Reaya is a professional actor and dancer based in the Midlands. She started her training whilst studying performing arts at Sandwell College, going on to complete the highly coveted Flying Start course directed by Birmingham City Council, and then later completing a Batchelor’s degree with the Birmingham School of Acting. During her time there Reaya performed in many shows including Bedlam, Threepenny Opera, Pheadra and The Last Days of Judas Iscariott just name a few. Upon graduating she formed the company ‘Strictly Arts’ alongside Corey Campbell, alongside pursuing her own freelance acting and performance work. Reaya recently took part in the Critical Mass playwriting course as well as Trainee assistant Director for the ‘Sister Hood’ at the Belgrade Theatre, and is now in the process of setting up her own production company, ‘Women Writes’ empowering women by telling BAME stories which focuses on female leads, by female writers. Our aim is to generate a body of female work for female voices so that the productions can be seen by many audiences on a variety of platforms.
Chris Kibbler – Actor and performer
Chris is an experienced actor, performer, drama lecturer, and director. Born in Birmingham, he studied for a Drama degree at Loughborough University, and left there in 1984 with the desire to pass on his enthusiasm for drama to the student masses. He has directed a multitude of student and adult actors in numerous productions, been a mentor on University teacher training courses, and run many youth theatres and drama clubs for the past 33 years. Performance credits include; “Doctors”, “WPC 56”, “Father Brown” and the Lenny Henry biopic “Danny and the Human Zoo”. He has performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company on two productions, including the iconic role of Bottom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2016. Now residing in the Black Country, Chris is looking forward to tackling the brutal character of Rought Moey in Regional Voice Theatre’s next production ‘The Darlaston Dog Fight’.
Writer – David Calcutt
David is a playwright, poet and novelist. He has written many plays for the professional and community theatre, and for BBC Radio. His novels include Shadow Bringer, published by Oxford University Press, and Robin Hood, published by Barefoot Books. Several plays for young people are also published by Oxford, among them Lady Macbeth, The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty and Salem, and adaptations of Beowulf and Dracula. He has worked closely over the years with Midland Actors Theatre, on pieces such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Mothers, and, most recently, The White Shining Land, an ongoing community theatre project based on stories of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. His poetry appears widely in magazines, and he has two pamphlets published by Fair Acre Press, Road Kill and Through The Woods. His one man play, The Life and Times of the Tat Man, is currently on tour, and he has recently finished a new commissioned play for Regional Voice Theatre, The Ballad of Rough Moey and the Darlaston Dog Fight, awarded an Arts Council Grant for production in May 2017.