Nicolette Kay (Artistic Director) is currently developing My Name is Antonino Calderone. Trained at The Drama Centre, London, before working in mainstream theatre. She was Artistic Director and founder of Muzikansky which was based at The Forum (a rock band venue) Nicolette ran Muzikansky's unscreen short film nights and workshops with disadvantaged girls, created a film festival and produced plays including the Time Out Critics’ Choice Mary Stuart, The Dreams of Clytemnestra and Mela (all by Dacia Maraini and at the BAC), The B3 Team (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), the world premiere of Seed by Souad Faress (2004) and the London premiere of Love Child by Joanna Murray-Smith (2007) at the Finborough Theatre and Mud by Maria Irene Fornes (Etcetera Theatre). Writing includes the co-translation of Mary Stuart which was subsequently published and has been continuously performed in the English speaking world, the full-length Falling Out which won an Arts Council Award and A Short Message which was filmed at the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory. As a professional actress, she played leads with many companies including Cambridge Theatre Company, Derby Playhouse, The Gate, The Women’s Theatre Group and Ophelia opposite Edward Fox’s Hamlet at The Young Vic. She founded New Shoes Theatre in 2009. She specialises in producing lesser known work written by women.
James Helps trained at Wimbledon School of Art before taking up an Arts Council Designers Bursary at Theatre Workshop Stratford East, and at The Connaught Theatre Worthing. Since then James has been Head of Design at the Arts Theatre in Ipswich and at the Nuffield Theatre Southampton, was awarded Designer of the Year in Northern Ireland for work at the Lyric Belfast and at the Belfast Opera House. Theatre work includes over twenty years work with Show of Strength and both the Headley Players who are now the Backwell Playhouse Company. He designed the first season for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. James set up an Actors based production company to create theatre, film and TV where he co wrote and Produced Monument directed by Patrick Robinson and shown at the opening of the Birmingham Film Festival in 1987. Feature Films include Happy Lands, a community feature film released in 2012. Most recently he designed the Show of Strength production of Fanny and Johnny Craddock sing the American Songbook. James designed My Name Is Antonino Calderone for the preview performances in London, Birmingham and at the Brighton Festival. His previous work includes Dacia Maraini’s Mary Stuart for Muzikansky Productions and 11 years full time teaching in Bristol.
Will Measham Director, Technician and Translator. A graduate from Oxford, with a degree in Russian and Philosophy, his main focus is on contemporary drama from the post-Soviet space. He has translated for Derevo, Belarus Free Theatre and Maxim Isaev amongst others. As a technician he has toured nationally with both theatre and comedy and worked at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the last nine years. He has worked with New Shoes Theatre as the Assistant Director on the development workshops for My Name Is Antonino Calderone in Kent & London and as Production Manager on two tours of Hurried Steps.
Hannah Putsey graduated from Lancaster University in 2009 with a 2:1 BA Hons Degree Theatre Studies. She then worked in for two years London at The Finborough Theatre, as Assistant General Manager; for New Shoes Theatre as Production Assistant; and at The Old Vic as Old Vic New Voices Administrator. She is passionate about working with young people, the community and emerging talent through the mode of theatre. Hannah recently returned from South America, where she was volunteering with disadvantaged children and teaching English. Most recently she worked as Events and Office Manager at Fest Magazine, in Edinburgh.
Alex Standen completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2011, with a thesis on representations of gender violence in the narratives of Dacia Maraini. She took her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages at Birmingham, before completing the joint Warwick-Birmingham MA in Italian Studies: Culture and Communication. She worked for two years as Teaching Fellow in Italian Studies at Birmingham and now works at the University of Auckland. She is currently re-working her thesis for publication and working on articles related to the project. Her research interests relate to twentieth-century Italian literature and gender and sexuality in Italian culture and society, and she is responsible for the Novecento narrative section of the Year's Work in Modern Language Studies. She is the translator of My Name Is Antonino Calderone
Mayou Trikerioti (BA Hons University of Kent, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Design, Central St Martins). Designer of more than 50 stage productions in the UK, Greece and Germany. Working in film, as production designer and/or costume designer on feature films and shorts, all of which have won major awards in Berlin, Venice, Cannes, London Rushes. Teaches theatre design in Greece, exhibited in National and international design exhibitions. She was the consultant Designer, for the development of My Name Is Antonino Calderone. Website
Sharon Wood Professor in Italian Studies, Leicester University. Professor Sharon Wood is Head of Modern Languages at Leicester University. Her interests include modern narrative, theatre and women's writing. Sharon has worked at various British universities including Bristol, Dublin UCD, Manchester Metropolitan, Cambridge, Warwick and Hull. She has also worked overseas in the US (Chicago, Los Angeles, New York) and South Africa. Sharon is the author of ITALIAN WOMEN'S WRITING 1860-1994 (London 1995) and co-editor of the CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S WRITING IN ITALY (Cambridge 2000). Her forthcoming books are about female Italian writers Elsa Morante and Grazia Deledda. Sharon has translated Italian texts by the authors Romana Petri, Dacia Maraini, Susanna Tamaro and Primo Levi. She is the translator of Hurried Steps.