Our Mission


Our mission is to create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre, and other live performances and projects, for all the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas.

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful, 2012

We aim to combine our own productions, projects, collaborations with other partners and touring work, to create a programme of performances and creative learning projects of the highest quality, maximum diversity and greatest possible accessibility, within a sound and sustainable financial framework.

 

Key objectives:

  • To create a theatre that is welcoming, inclusive and open to all sections of the community.
  • To create a theatre which has a high profile, and is a vital component of the public and cultural life of the region.
  • To create work that both satisfies and challenges the theatre’s audiences.
  • To offer opportunities to develop theatre and performance skills, particularly to young people and other social and cultural groups who are currently under represented.
  • To create educational opportunities for learners within the theatre’s programme which enliven and extend their studies.
  • To combine with other partners, as sponsors, co-producers or funders to enhance and extend the quality and scope of our productions and other activities.
  • To develop new artists, new work and new ways of working.
  • To develop a national profile for the theatre as a centre of excellence and a source of innovation.
  • To develop business acumen to ensure and enhance both the efficient running and financial viability of the organisation.

Our People


Sarah Holmes

Chief Executive

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Peter Rowe

Artistic Director

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Rob Salmon

Associate Director

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David Phillips

Head of Production

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Stephen Skrypec

Head of Communications

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David Watson

Head of Operations

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Neil Daines

Building Services Technician

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Lorna Owen

General Manager

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Sophie Flack

Administration Assistant

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Sophie Weaver

Projects and HR Assistant

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Marcus Neal

Creative Learning Manager

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Sian Thomas

Creative Learning Producer

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Klyde Robinson

Finance & IT Manager

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Suzanne Simpson

Finance Officer

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Terri Winwood

Finance Officer

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Tracey Cooper

Company Manager

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Daniel Emmens

Sales Manager

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Jeni Raw

Marketing Manager

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Jack O’Dell

Assistant Marketing Manager

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Elise Golbourn

Relationships Manager

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Joseph Valentine

Assistant Relationships Manager

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John Adam-Baker

Relationships Officer

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Amy Nettleton

Agent for Change - Relationships

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Jamie Beddard

Agent for Change - Artistic


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Kelly Kirkbride

Front of House Manager

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Lauren Crowley

Hospitality Manager

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Our Funders


Core Funders

The New Wolsey Theatre  would like to thank our core funders for their on-going investment and support in enabling the New Wolsey Theatre’s continued economic, cultural and communal contribution to the region: Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council.

       

Sponsors

We would like to thank our current sponsors who all support us on a number of different levels across the wide range of work we undertake. Our sponsorships are tailored to meet your business needs but with a focus on supporting new theatre, nurturing new talent and allowing us to remain one of the most accessible theatre in the country.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities please call 01473 295902 or development@wolseytheatre.co.uk for further information.

                        
                

 

Culture Club

The New Wolsey Theatre strives to be at the heart of the local community and a Culture Club membership provides an exciting way for businesses to highlight their recognition of the New Wolsey’s community work.

Through a variety of innovative brand enhancement opportunities, your company can work in partnership with us to help raise your profile whilst affirming your dedication to supporting our region. From £500.

Please contact 01473 295902 or development@wolseytheatre.co.uk for further information.

Media Partners

                      

Project Funding

The New Wolsey Theatre would like to thank those who have contributed funding towards particular projects and initiatives, as follows:

Current projects include: 

The Bradbury Platform: Bradbury Foundation

A platform especially designed for us to add more wheelchair accessible spaces in the first two rows of the main auditorium, creating more access to the theatre for everyone and ticket subsidy to support new audiences to use this facility

Capital Project 2016

Building Improvements.

                                  

Agent for Change

Roles in our workforce dedicated to developing D/deaf and disabled audiences

Youth Theatre Squared

A Youth theatre group for young people with additional needs.

Alfie Strange primary Schools Tour

The Scarfe Charitable Trust, The Ganzoni, Charitable Trust, The Steel Charitable Trust

NWT Board


List of Board Members

David is the owner of D.C. Construction Ltd, a well-established Ipswich-based construction company. Ipswich born and bred, David attended St. Joseph's College, where he played rugby for Suffolk at school level. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, and in 2010/11 was President of Ipswich Rotary.  Heavily involved in the Scout and Guide movement, he has been County Commissioner of Suffolk. David is married with three children. David currently chairs the NWT Finance Task Group.
Having experienced acquired disability at the age of 32, Bonnie was inspired to be a part of the change that needs to happen in society.  Having built up a good relationship with the local business community through business development and management roles, she has strived to change people’s attitudes towards disability.  Bonnie currently works as a Disability Development Officer for Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People and is part of a team who set up The Little Bird Foundation which as well as raising money for other charities, assists those who are missed out of services due to working hours directives or household income. In her spare time Bonnie enjoys music, her animals and having lots of fun.  One day she might even grow up.
A qualified Chartered Management Accountant, during his career Adrian has held a number of senior posts in financial and general management in the electronic and construction products industries. He has also run his own businesses in construction, construction products and related consultancy. Adrian began his work within the cultural sector when joining the Mercury Theatre, Colchester as Director of Finance in 2002. Whilst at the Mercury he was later appointed as General Manager and then Executive Director before leaving in 2011. Adrian joined the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds in early autumn 2013 as General Manager and has been jointly responsible for managing a period of considerable change at the venue. Adrian has previously been a school governor and as well as sitting on the Board of the New Wolsey Theatre, is currently also a trustee of Signals Media Arts in Colchester.
Richard is currently Provost and Chief Executive at University Campus Suffolk. He has previously held the positions of Director of Planning and Resources, Executive Director and Deputy Provost. Richard has a particular interest in relationships with the community and improving aspiration and achievement in Suffolk. Richard has previously worked at Brunel, Hull and Essex Universities and was seconded to develop Essex's Southend Campus before joining University Campus Suffolk in 2006. He has been responsible for developing the academic curriculum, institutional planning and achieving the student number growth of the early years of development.  In addition to being on the Board of the New Wolsey Theatre, Richard is also on the Board of Ipswich Central and chairs the Greater Ipswich Strategic Partnership.
Barbara combines a career as an actor and director with work in drama schools, and universities. She has a long career in theatre, film and television which has taken her all over the world from touring in the Australian outback to performing in the Sunrise café in Ipswich, and has happy memories of treading the boards at the New Wolsey Theatre. She has produced many arts projects for Creative Partnerships and the Arts Council including managing Escalator Futures, a bespoke drama training programme for talented and gifted young people in the South East. Barbara is currently Artistic Director of the Lakeside Theatre at the University of Essex. Her directing and theatre credits are available on request.
Hannah began her career at the age of 13 on stage at the Wolsey and, as such, Hannah is now honoured to be on the Board (a situation which is arguably better for everyone!). Since moving offstage, Hannah has been based in London and the California, working in the asset management industry for Barclays Global Investors, BlackRock and S&P Global. Hannah specialises in environmental and sustainable investment, portfolio management and strategy. She still likes to dance when she gets the chance.
Chris is the CEO of Inn Style, an online booking system for accommodation owners, and Director of Condiment, a creative communications agency. He is fanatical about the difference creativity and technology can make to people’s lives. When not making confused faces in front of a laptop, Chris enjoys obsessing over his Bruce Springsteen vinyl collection, and – of course – a performance at the Theatre. Pushed on a favourite NWT memory, he’d choose Jumpers For Goalposts (2013) or the open-air production of The Iron Man, performed on the Ipswich Waterfront as part of 2013’s Ip-Art festival. Chris lives in Ipswich with his wife Caroline and two young daughters. His hopes for the future are a good night’s sleep and coding to be taught in every classroom. He is a member of the New Wolsey Theatre Income Generation Task Group.
Louise is the Founder and Managing Director of Louise Rogers Accountancy (LRA) providing professional and friendly accountancy support for companies, charities and self-employed business owners.  Louise was awarded her practicing Certificate from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in September 2014. Prior to running her own accountancy business, Louise worked for Ensors Chartered Accountants for 16 years.  During this time, Louise worked with a large portfolio of clients including a number of charities, both large and small, in a variety of sectors including several in the arts sector.  During this time Louise was also awarded with the Diploma in Charity Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. When Louise is not devoting time to developing her practice, Louise has a variety of interests from music to sport whether playing or watching.  She plays a lot of tennis for both Club and Suffolk teams and now enjoys golf, though not at the same level!  She is also on the committee of the Framlingham Tennis Tournament and carries out fundraising events for Marie Curie.
David trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He also trained in writing at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. David is Executive Creative Producer of Sell A Door Theatre Company and Hutchinson Rowntree Ltd and International Associate of Brooklyn Youth Company in New York. Producing credits include: Footloose (UK Tour), Seussical (UK, UAE & Singapore), The Silver Sword (UK Tour), American Idiot (West End), The History Boys (UK Tour), Sunset Song (Scottish Tour) Avenue Q (UK & Ireland Tour), Kidnapped (UK Tour), Seussical (West End), Sincerely, Mr Toad (UK Tour), Spring Awakening (UK Tour), A Taste of Honey (Buxton Opera House), The Comedy of Errors (Greenwich Playhouse), Twelfth Night (Greenwich Playhouse), Six Ways (Edinburgh Fringe) Directing credits include: Alice in Wonderland (Greenwich Theatre), 1984 (UK Tour), Journey's End (Greenwich Theatre), The Man Who Had All The Luck (Scottish Tour), Lord of the Flies (UK Tour), Peter (LOST Theatre, London), Proof (Greenock Arts Guild), Dracula (Scottish Tour), Blue/Orange (Greenwich Playhouse), Falsettoland (Edinburgh Fringe) and The Night Before Christmas (Liverpool Sennheizer Studio).
Sarah is the founder and Director of ONE B D Ltd, a project management and business development company. She studied Architecture at The University of Greenwich and later Project Management. Sarah started her work in architecture after university enjoying many years at The Charter Partnership in Ipswich before taking on a new and exciting role as Head of Estates and Strategy at University of Suffolk in 2007. Her career has given her significant experience in large construction projects and company strategy projects, and she is passionate about ensuring project outcomes are the best for all users. In her role as part of the Board, Sarah supports structural/construction projects the NWT embarks on or has involvement with.Sarah lives in Felixstowe with her husband and two young daughters, one of which is heavily into acting and musical theatre, something she feels is important and hugely helps her confidence and experiences.

 

A fond farewell from David Edwards – reflecting on his six years as Chair of the NWT

Westgate Theatre Square


Artist Impression

The neglected area above the Spiral Car Park and in front of our theatre is to be transformed to provide a vibrant new public space with a new restaurant, to become ‘Westgate Theatre Square’. The development is intended to celebrate the importance of our building as a key cultural venue in Ipswich. It will create an exciting new destination for the town, with a wide range of possible activities on offer, from extended outdoor café and dining, and informal meeting and gathering, to organised events and performance.

The square will also help better reconnect this part of the Town Centre by including a new pedestrian crossing over Civic Drive and a new link bridge offering a more direct route to Westgate Street. Improving accessibility for all has been a major consideration and level or ramped access has been provided throughout. Cycle parking has been provided at a number of locations around the Square to encourage people to visit by bike.

The Spiral and existing surface car parks will all be refurbished, with additional temporary car parking (for a period of up to 5 years) replacing the unsightly blue hoarding to the former civic centre site.

The additional and refurbished car parking is planned to be open in time for Christmas trading 2015, with the creation of Theatre Square to be completed by Summer 2016. The development, which has been designed by Waind Gohil Architects and Ipswich practice AREA landscape architects, will be entirely privately funded by the new site owner, Charterhouse Investments LLP. As well as providing significant improvements now, these works will act as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the former civic centre and police station sites over the next few years.

For further information about the proposal and plans for the future, as well as the opportunity to comment, please visit:
www.ipswichwestgate.com

Working For Us


The range of jobs within the theatre industry is varied and vast, from Technicians to Front of House Assistants and Marketing Officers to Creative Learning Practitioners, there are many different positions which need to be filled to keep the theatre running. We employ full-time, part-time and casual staff in most departments, as well as freelance creative teams for our in-house productions.

To see if we have any current employment vacancies, please click here

Casual Technicians

We are always on the look-out for casual technicians to support the core technical team as and when required. If you would like to be considered to work for us as a casual technician, please submit your CV to Sophie Weaver sweaver@wolseytheatre.co.uk or post to New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS.

Volunteering


Interested in volunteering? The New Wolsey Theatre enlists volunteers in the following roles within the organisation:

 

Front of House Ushers

Our Front of House Ushers help us deliver a fantastic theatre experience by delivering the highest standards of customer care and safety whilst enjoying the exciting atmosphere of our theatre. Our ushering team consists of all age ranges and people from all areas of our local community. Ideally we ask that those wanting to volunteer are 18 years of age and over, available one or two nights a week and, if possible, daytime matinees, be willing to work as part of a team and have a keen interest in the arts and their local theatre.

The main duties of Ushers include checking tickets, selling ice creams, clearing and cleaning the auditorium at the end of the show and providing friendly and helpful customer service. The part the ushers play in the evacuation procedure is the most important aspect of the role, for which training will be provided along with training on customer care. Shifts tend to last between 3 and 4 hours depending on the length of the show.

If you are interested in becoming an Usher please register you interest by completing this form.

Rural Ambassadors

As a Rural Ambassador you will deliver New Wolsey Theatre show print to your local businesses, community and health premises (submitting a simple monthly list/report of places distributed). In addition and to be better informed about the shows at the New Wolsey Theatre when distributing print, two complimentary tickets (subject to availability and conditions per show) are made available whenever possible.

If you are interested in becoming a Rural Ambassador, or require further information, please contact John Adam-Baker, Outreach Officer on jadambaker@wolseytheatre.co.uk.

Friday Club

As part of the Friday Club, you will fill envelopes with New Wolsey Theatre show print and accompanying letters – once a month on average and usually on a Friday morning, but with flexibility for additional mailings as and when called upon (the Friday Club is currently fully subscribed, but a waiting list for those expressing an interest to join is in operation).

If you are interested in becoming part of our Friday Club and would like to be added to the waiting list, or require further information, please contact John Adam-Baker, Outreach Officer on jadambaker@wolseytheatre.co.uk or phone 01473 295927

Unsure if volunteering is for you?

This is what some of our current volunteers have to say:

‘You can’t market atmosphere and goodwill. A great team of people, love every minute of it.’

‘It is a real privilege to be part of such a vibrant and hardworking team as the wonderful Wolsey Theatre.’

‘We enjoy, we care and we just like what we do – it’s fun!’

‘I enjoy being a member if Friday Club because it is very social and John makes it enjoyable for us all by making a great coffee.’

‘It is a great way of being involved with the local community and making the New Wolsey Theatre a success.’

Contact Us


If you have any general enquiries please use the details below. If we’re online, please feel free to start a live chat in the bottom right hand corner of this page and we’ll do our best to direct your question to the right department.

The Ticket Sales Team can be contacted on 01473 295 900 or email tickets@wolseytheatre.co.uk. The team also act as our switchboard and can direct you to the most appropriate department for your question.

Our Administration Team can be reached at info@wolseytheatre.co.uk

 

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