Stand Fast Theatre is conceived and founded by theatre director Katie Henry in collaboration with Producer Alice Massey. Born out of a need to redress the gender imbalance in theatre through championing the female playwright, demanding parity of roles for women and prioritising female creative teams.
Katie and Alice met in May 2015 and instantly realised that their own personal and professional journeys had led them to this point to collaborate on this new venture together. Alice with over eleven years producing experience in the UK, producing experimental performance artists and practices with FUEL, and Katie with a complimentary ten year literary based career with international and large scale touring experience. Joining forces at a time in their careers where they both wanted creative autonomy and to make work that represents their values whilst challenging and contributing to the theatre landscape by changing the rules of engagement.
Katie and Alice are the core members of Stand Fast but we have many producing and artistic associates that we work with on a project by project basis.
Katie is a director, facilitator and theatre-maker. Recently Associate Director at Bristol Old Vic for Richard Eyre on Long Day’s Journey into Night and directed The Grandfathers at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where she regularly directs. Prior to this she was Associate Director for the National Theatre’s international strategic partnership with the National Theatre of China on War Horse, for which she has was also Associate Director for the UK & Ireland Tour, and Resident in the West End.
Directing credits include: Alice’s House of Cards at the Southbank Centre, Her Naked Skin at Mountview, Grandpa Joe’s Giant Story-telling Bed at the Southbank Centre and BAC and I Dream Before I Take the Stand, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Last Train to Nibroc at the Orange Tree Theatre.
Katie directs regularly at St Mary’s where she also trained and completed an MA in Directing in 2005. Katie trained at the Orange Tree Theatre where she was Trainee Director and the National Theatre Studio where she was invited to attend the Director’s Course in 2009. Prior to which she was Education and Literary Director at the Orange Tree Theatre directing their Shakespeare for Schools programme and managing the Literary Department.
Alice has been working in the creative industries for 14 years and in theatre for 8. From 2002 – 2008, Alice worked in TV, Film and Literary Agencies and Harper Collins Publishers, during which time she worked with agents and editors looking after writers including Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time). In 2008, she joined the National Theatre working in Publications and on the launch of NT Live, the flagship initiative that broadcasts NT productions live to hundreds of cinemas around the world. She went on to award-winning producing organisation Fuel, project managing and producing the work of Fuel’s signature artists including Sound&Fury (Kursk & Going Dark), Melanie Wilson (Autobiographer, Iris Brunette and Simple Girl), Inua Ellams (Fast Cuts and Snapshots); Will Adamsdale (The Victorian in the Wall); and Uninvited Guests (Love Letters Straight From Your Heart and This Last Tempest). In 2015, Alice was part of the Edinburgh Fringe and British Council’s Emerging Producers Development Programme. Now a freelance producer, Alice works with a range of artists to develop their work, including outdoor theatre company Wet Picnic and composer and theatre maker, Dom Coyote.
Our Advisory Board:
Becky Wootton – Deputy Director of Audiences & Marketing, National Theatre. Becky is a marketing specialist with over eleven years’ experience in arts communications, and a solid understanding of the cultural market. She leads the Communications team at one of the world’s foremost theatres, championing new work to new audiences across the globe.
Jonathan Suffolk – Technical Director at the National Theatre. Jonathan first worked at the National Theatre in 1990, running radio microphones. Since then he has sound designed on productions on Broadway and in the West End, been Head of Lighting, Head of Sound and recently became the first technician to be appointed as Technical Director of the National Theatre.
Melanie Whitehead – Freelance Theatre Practitioner. Melanie has extensive experience of developing and running small and large scale projects and events, including high-profile campaigns on War Horse 2013/14 UK & Ireland Tour and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 2015 Tour. Running activities at Hay Festival, holding large audience onstage events at Stratford-upon-Avon, London, on tour in the UK and internationally and with Touring Consortium Theatre Company.
We are currently seeking to appoint the following positions on the board; Legal, Executive Producer & Financial, should you be interested then please do get in touch to discuss.