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About Us

 


Phoenix Theatre Company is a Wolverhampton based company that aim to produce high quality Musical Theatre. Run by theatre 'family' and embracing family values, Phoenix aims to create a Company that encourages all kinds of talent. Formed by a likeminded group of people, Phoenix Theatre display a wealth of theatrical expertise both onstage and behind the scenes. The invaluable experience and knowledge showcased by the group’s founders ensures that Phoenix go from strength to strength in all aspects of theatrical entertainment.

Phoenix Theatre embraces and encourages all theatrical talent from set building to stage performers and are looking to recruit an array of people to become part of their exciting team.

Meet the Company


The Management Board (Executive Committee) are all 'Funder & Founder' members of Phoenix Theatre Company and will usually only meet once a year for the Ratification meeting after the AGM. If additional emergency meetings were ever required from time to time then the board may organise such a meeting.

The Management Board are all named as follows:


Olwen Rowley


Richard Bourne


Angela Bourne


Andrew Cole


Janette Cole


Lindsy D'arcy


Jeannette Grant


Lindsey Grant


Margaret Mason


Simon Fenner

Ian Spencer-Clarke


PRODUCTION TEAM


Janette Cole
Producer

Jan's first introduction to the stage came at the  age of four with the Marilyn Harris School of Dance, going on to study all styles of dance. Over the years Jan has taken various roles with several local amateur dramatic companies both on and off stage, from chorus, dancer, principal boy, costumier, wardrobe mistress and more recently as a producer and choreographer. Several of Jan’s pantomime productions have won prestigious NODA awards, the pinnacles being nominations for best musical for her production of “Scrooge” for Bilston Operatic and “King and I” for Phoenix Theatre Company. Jan is very proud to be a founder member and part of the talented production team for Phoenix Theatre Company.

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Lindsey Grant
Choreographer


Lindsey started dancing at the tender age of 2 1/2 and is now fulfilling her dream of being a Dance Teacher and Choreographer. Lindsey holds teaching qualifications with the NATD and IDTA dance associations, and also has a B.A. Hons Degree in Dance, as well as an ALCM Diploma in Musical Theatre. In 2010, Lindsey founded the 'Linzi G School of Dance' and now teaches a variety of classes to both children and adults at her Wednesfield based school.

As well as Phoenix, Lindsey is also currently choreographer for Willenhall Musical Theatre Company, and for the last four years has choreographed for The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's glee choirs. Her choreography credits to date include: Dick Whittington, GleeFest, Calamity Jane, Glee: Born in the USA, Aladdin, Oliver!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, South Pacific, Glee: I'm Still Standing and Crazy for you.

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Dan Tomkinson
Musical Director


Dan is a Keyboard player and Musical Director who has recently graduated after reading for a degree in music at Christ Church University in Canterbury. Whilst studying in the South of England, Dan was lucky enough to work as a musical director for many amateur dramatic societies with productions including The Addams Family (The Brooke Theatre), Singing in the Rain (The Marlowe Theatre), Guy’s and Doll’s (The Tower Theatre), Legally Blonde (Gulbenkian Theatre) and Made in Dagenham (Hazlitt Theatre).

Dan is now the project director of Big Sing UK providing workshops to over 2000 Primary and Secondary school children which result in performances that Dan conducts in a number of large professional venues with some of the UK’s top musicians. Dan is also the resident Keyboard 2 player on the Marlowe Theatre Pantomime for Evolution productions where this year their production of Dick Whittington starring Stephen Mulhern was seen by over 96,000 people in just 6 weeks.

Annie Get Your Gun is Dan’s first full production in the Midlands as Musical Director and he is extremely proud to be working with Phoenix Theatre Company.

 


In Memory of
Olwen Rowley
1931 - 2016
President
Our beloved and much missed Olwen was honoured to be asked to be President of this new and up-coming company. After 60 years in local musical theatre, she was pleased to offer her experience and time.  A Founder and valued Member of Phoenix, she will be remembered with love, friendship and great respect.


COMMITTEE


Richard Bourne
Co-Chair
(Including Finance)

Richard joined Phoenix as one of the Founder Members in 2012 and took up his position as Chairman of the Inauguration committee together with responsibility for the company's finances. With his valuable Front of House and financial knowledge together with keen enthusiasm, he has helped to steer the group most successfully over the last few years.

Richard was a former founder member of Harlequin Pantomime Company who historically performed at Perton Civic Centre each year before he left to take on bigger challenges. He helped to steer that company to huge financial success during its first five years and worked closely with producer Jan Cole who went on to win two NODA awards for her highly regarded pantomime productions before also leaving to work on more ambitious projects with Bilston Operatic and now Phoenix. Richard successfully managed to negotiate National Lottery funding for his past company and left them in a very strong financial position, a legacy he is most proud of.

He is also Chairman of 'The Friends of the Grand' at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton and is equally proud to have helped to play his part in raising substantial funds for the future of that wonderful theatre over the last few years whilst Treasurer.

With his keen eye and wide experience he will ensure that Phoenix continues to offer excellent value for money for all who watch their future shows.

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Gillian Fenner
Co-Chair
(Including Child Licensing &
Protection Officer
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Since the age of five, Gill has been involved with amateur stage productions.

Having trained as a dancer with the Lytton School of Dance, Wolverhampton, she progressed to charity shows and later to pantomime productions in 1998.
Gill was initially an active member of the dancers in the chorus before moving on to take leading roles, usually performing as a pantomime animal! (Laughter is the best medicine especially when playing a pantomime cow!)

Being on stage is a refreshing change to Gill’s daytime role as Matron at the Wolverhampton Nuffield Hospital and now by joining Phoenix she will continue using her knowledge and experience as the Child Protection Officer to ensure the safety and security of all our junior cast.

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Lindsy D'arcy
Secretary


Lindsy worked for many years in Wolverhampton at various Solicitors Offices as a Secretary/Legal Assistant and then as a Conveyancing Executive .

Lindsy enjoys going to the theatre and has always supported her friends in the productions they have been involved in and is very happy to now be playing her part with Phoenix Theatre Company as Secretary. Since the company was formed in 2012 Lindsy has also taken on additional front of house duties where she has helped to raise hundreds of pounds with her raffles and other money raising ideas.

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Chris Parkes
Marketing Manager


Chris joined Phoenix as an original committee member in 2012. Having studied marketing he now works as Marketing Manager for a fast growing IT company. Chris was very excited to join Phoenix and use his expertise to help the company grow.

He is responsible for raising awareness of both Phoenix and its productions, driving ticket sales and building the company’s profile in the local community.

As well as sport and travelling, Chris regularly enjoys going to the theatre. During show week he enjoys working both back stage and front of house.

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Angela Bourne
Ticket Secretary


Angela has been involved in ‘off stage’ theatre for nearly 15 years and was previously stage prompt for two local pantomime companies. She then moved into ‘properties’ and became a props mistress under the guidance of our producer Jan Cole.

Her role as Ticket Secretary takes her to Front of House and she has over the last few years built up substantial support for Phoenix in the Black Country.

Angela is married to our Co-Chair Richard. She is delighted to be working with, in what in her opinion is, the most talented and experienced team of theatre people she has worked with in local theatre having worked with many of them before.

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Martin Chalk
Front of House
Manager


Martin is married to Elaine and they live in Essington.
They have a daughter who is married and a grandson Christopher.

Martin worked for Tarmac Ltd in a managerial capacity for over thirty-five years.

Since retiring Martin continues to be a governor at his local high school and has been a governor at that school for over fifteen years.

It is a role he enjoys tremendously and feels that everybody should give something back to their local community, he is passionate about the education of young people.

Martin enjoys his role as ‘Front of House Manager’ with Phoenix Theatre Company, he brings his comprehensive organisational skills to the company to ensure the visitors who come to see any Phoenix production get the best experience as soon as they walk into the theatre.

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Andrew Cole
Stage Manager


Andy has been involved in theatre now for over twenty years, having been thrown in at the deep end when his wife (the producer of a pantomime company) was asked if he could help out backstage. He did so, and has been smitten ever since.

Andy has filled the role of "Stage Manager" for a number of other local companies including Bilston Operatic, Old Fallings Players and a few pantomime companies. As a Founding Member of Phoenix Theatre Company he looks forward to the continual success of this exciting venture. Andy felt it was the right time to move forward with bigger challenges so when he was approached and was asked to join the inauguration committee of phoenix he had no hesitation in signing up, as he knew that already on board were a multi-talented group of people with all the necessary skills to make phoenix a premier amateur dramatics company.

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Ian Spencer-Clarke
Membership Secretary,
Website & Graphic
Design Manager


Ian has been involved in amateur dramatics since the age of 8, working back stage with his father for numerous different theatrical companies in the local area.

Ian was a former founder member of a local Pantomime Company and undertook the same role on committee as he now holds for Phoenix. He performed this role for numerous years while also working backstage as Assistant Stage Manager before leaving the company in 2011.

He is the Assistant Stage Manager for Phoenix and has been working with Andy Cole the Stage Manager for 20 years now and have worked backstage together on many shows forming a professional and reliable team.

Being a Founding Member of Phoenix, Ian is extremely proud of what has been achieved and believes that with the talent and enthusiasm of the committee and members of the company, Phoenix will flourish and put on high quality shows for years to come.

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