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Artistic Advisory Group members

Chris Bush is an award-winning playwright who has been an Artist in Residence at Sheffield Theatres and at Oxford Playhouse; her work has also been produced at the National Theatre, New Vic, Royal Exchange and York Theatre Royal.  She co-wrote the musical Standing at the Sky’s Edge with Richard Hawley which became the bestselling ever show at the Sheffield Crucible. Chris is unusual in that she works very successfully across a range of styles, from new writing studio shows to major musicals and large-scale community projects. 

Actor Amelia Donkor has appeared at the RSC in As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew.  She has worked at the National Theatre, Hull Truck, Leeds Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, the New Vic and the Manchester Library Theatre. She appeared at the SJT in the 2018 production of The 39 Steps.

Film-maker Andy Hylton grew up in Scarborough and was a director for ITV before transitioning to directing music videos after a successful collaboration with Fatboy Slim. He directs music videos and concert films for diverse artists from grime to pop including Paul Weller, Yolanda Be Cool, So Solid Crew, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamie Cullum, Estelle and Paul Heaton. In 2015 Andy set up Rough Shots Project, with the aim of creating training and production opportunities for young people experiencing issues of homelessness, mental health and those who are under-represented in the film industry. He has worked extensively with young people in Scarborough, documenting their interests and concerns on film.

Elayce Ismail is a theatre and opera director who also works in puppetry, bringing a particularly wide range of artistic interests. She is a previous Associate Director at Northern Stage and previous winner of the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors. As a freelance director, Elayce has worked at the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Young Vic, Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho Theatre, Gate Theatre and the Deutsches Theater Berlin.

Actor Serena Manteghi is well-known to SJT audiences after playing the lead role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 2017, and performing the one-woman play Build A Rocket in 2018.  Build A Rocket went on to tour to London, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Adelaide Fringe festival, winning multiple awards and then went on a national UK tour in 2019.  Serena has also appeared at York Theatre Royal, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall, the St James Theatre, Theatre503, the Lowry and at New York’s Brits Off Broadway festival.

Writer Vinay Patel began his career in theatre, writing for the Bush Theatre, Vaults Festival, Paines Plough and Theatre503. He was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit after the huge success of his first piece for television, Murdered By My Father for the BBC, and has written for ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant.  Most recently, Vinay wrote for series 11 of Doctor Who and is working on further projects for the BBC. He has used his screenwriting success to champion fellow playwrights who might otherwise find it difficult to get their work seen, and has become recognised as a mentor and supporter of younger writers.

Actor Gurjeet Singh recently appeared in the third series of Channel 4’s drama Ackley Bridge. He has performed at the National Theatre, Hull Truck, Oldham Coliseum and extensively on television. Gurjeet has appeared at the SJT in both The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Goth Weekend in 2017.

Amy Trigg is an actor and comedian who appeared in the RSC’s The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure. She has worked at Nottingham Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Sadler’s Wells and the Lyric Hammersmith. Amy performs improv comedy with Essex-based troupe Lady’s Inconvenience and won Colchester Comedian of the Year for her solo comedy show. Amy has appeared at the SJT in Goth Weekend in 2017.

Director John Wilkinson is an Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal, previous Director in Residence at Leeds Playhouse and a winner of the Genesis Future Directors Award. In addition to work in York and Leeds, he has directed at the Young Vic and has worked on research and development at the National Theatre Studio. John has collaborated with the SJT and Hull Truck to provide development opportunities for local actors on the Yorkshire coast.

Christopher York is a playwright and actor from Scarborough.  As a playwright, he won the Hightide First Commissions Award, was shortlisted for the Old Vic 12 award and wrote Build A Rocket for the SJT, which was named “Best New British Play of the Year” by Richard Jordan in The Stage. He also wrote All Delighted People for the SJT’s youth theatre, Rounders.  As an actor, Chris works extensively with SJT Associate Company The Faction and has appeared in their productions of The Talented Mr Ripley, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet and Joan of Arc.

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