Who’s who at DIY

Meet the team of individuals who make up DIY Theatre Company!

Adam Leech

Adam Leech

Young Leader and Member of the Friday Leadership Group

Adam is a member of the Friday Leadership Group, the Young Leaders Group and DIY BUDS. He is a big fan of Manchester Storm Ice Hockey team. His family is very important to him.

Amy Carter

Amy Carter

DIY Actor, Young Leader, Member of the Friday Leadership Group and Young Person's Representative on our Board

Amy was told about DIY by a friend. DIY has helped her become more confident. She likes leading at DIY BUDS on a Thursday afternoon. Working during lockdown in 2020, Amy achieved a Gold Arts Award with our support.

Angela Chadwick

Angela Chadwick

DIY Actor, Member of the Friday Leadership Group

Angela enjoys playing bingo. Angela is a founder member of DIY. She has been with the company all the way through and still likes doing it. She says she’s never going to stop! She likes representing us at meetings and telling the rest of the company about what has been happening at the meetings.

Anna Ward

Anna Ward

DIY Actor and Friday Leadership Group Member

Anna likes wearing the DIY T-shirt. She likes going to Langworthy Cornerstone and working with instruments. Anna is one of the leaders at DIY BUDs. She puts out the chairs at the beginning of the session and leads games like passing the microphone round the circle.

Becky Jolley

Becky Jolley

Member of the Friday Leadership Group

Becky is in the Friday Leadership Group and DIY BUDS. She loves singing, art and drama. Becky likes coming to DIY because she likes learning new things and meeting new people.

Cathy Rothwell

Cathy Rothwell

DIY Actor, Member of the Friday Leadership Group and Vice-Chair of DIY's Board

Cathy loves all the Soaps – especially Corrie. She enjoys coming to DIY and her favourite part is doing performances. Cathy is a member of the core company and also leads workshops with the Friday Leadership Group.

David Austin

David Austin

DIY Actor

David loves music and listens to all different kinds of music. David is a founder member of DIY and has appeared in all our performances. He enjoys touring and visiting schools because he likes to work with the children.

Charlotte Little

Charlotte Little

DIY Actor, Young Leader, Member of the Friday Leadership Group & Co-Chair of DIY's Board

Charlotte loves Lego – if she gets worried she does Lego to take her mind off things. Charlotte likes working with DIY because she likes learning new skills and working with different people. She also likes working with different organisations like Graeae Theatre Company and being involved in conferences like Creative Minds North.

Martin Riley

Martin Riley

DIY Actor and Co-Chair of our Board

Martin works at HMG Paints three days a week. Martin thinks DIY is great. His favourite character is Samuel from “Don’t Call Me Babe!” because he likes singing and he enjoyed asking the audience where they wanted to go on holiday.

Mike Corfield

Mike Corfield

Member of DIY's Friday Leadership Group.

Mike is a member of our Friday Leadership Group and also volunteers at our Tuesday night Youth Drama Group. Mike likes to go for walks, watch films and take photographs. He volunteers at You Can Community Club and is working as a visual arts mentor at Venture Arts. What he likes about DIY is being with his friends, meeting new people, working with different groups and learning new things.

Paul Traynor

Paul Traynor

DIY Actor

Paul is a member of the core company and of DIY BUDS. He likes playing the drama games. Paul also enjoys playing bingo at Top Club.

Robert Noble

Robert Noble

DIY Actor

Robert likes playing bingo. He enjoys acting, playing with all the instruments and working with the props.

Scott Lawrie

Scott Lawrie

Young Leader, DIY Actor and member of our Board

Scott enjoys helping out at Young Leaders sessions and helping people to achieve what they want to achieve. He likes going to college, going to church and seeing his friends when he can.

Sharron Casey

Sharron Casey

DIY Actor and Core Company Representative on our Board

Sharron likes finding out different information on the computer. She found out about DIY on the internet. Sharron likes coming to DIY because she likes joining in and meeting new friends.

Andrea Fanchette

Andrea Fanchette

Communications Officer

Andrea is proud to be involved with DIY and loves to see the inspirational work DIY does. She also works with other organisations who are doing inspiring work as a graphic designer, advisor and project evaluator.

Bianca Danielle

Bianca Danielle

Social Media Specialist

Bianca is really pleased to work with DIY as she enjoys being able to share all the incredible work DIY does, far and wide into the digital world! She is a Digital Specialist for various Arts Organisations in Manchester, sharing her Social Media expertise. Outside of DIY Bianca is an Actor and Artist, with her own handmade Art business.

Bill Skeer

Bill Skeer

Access Co-ordinator

Bill is the company’s Access Co-ordinater. It is his job to ensure that all the DIY Theatre Company members are able to be involved and reach their full potential as independently and as safely as possible. Bill has been involved with DIY for over 20 years. He worked for Salford Learning Disability Services for over 30years before retiring to spend more time on his hobbies, building stringed instruments, playing music and walking his border collie "Flint".

Claire Hignett

Claire Hignett

Visual Artist and DIY's Treasurer

Claire is an artist and has known and worked with DIY Theatre Company and many of its members since its early days! Claire is a member of the board and supports the board members to ask difficult questions and understand the answers. She also runs the making for Theatre Courses. Claire makes art and grows vegetables and likes making a mess!   Find out more about Claire.

Di Critchley

Di Critchley

Board Member

Di has been involved in DIY Theatre from the very beginning. First as a support worker and later as co-ordinator and occasional facilitator. Now she has welcomed the opportunity to remain involved with the company as a board member and feels she is able to use her skills and connections as a health and social care engagement and development officer for the local authority and NHS to support and advise the company on a range of issues such as accessible futures planning, creating easy read information and exploring total communication methods.

Georgia Affonso

Georgia Affonso

Emerging Artist

Georgia worked with members of DIY to make our policies more accessible. She is now working with the company on Thursdays as an emerging artist. Georgia also works as a script writer and theatre maker. She loves working with DIY because every session is fun, creative and full of energy!

Hilary Easter-Jones

Hilary Easter-Jones

Associate Artist: Film Maker

Hilary is a filmmaker who has worked with DIY Theatre Company since 2011. Over the years she has followed DIY and recorded the work we do in schools, the performances we have shared. More recently Hilary has been a part of the journey as we all negotiate the world of staying connected online.

Jenny Harris

Jenny Harris

Board Member

Jenny is very happy to be on DIY's board. Having worked with DIY for 14 years she says that to her DIY is like being part of a very happy family. Jenny believes that the work DIY does is extremely important and crucial to continuing to hear the voices of learning disabled actors in the theatre world. So she wants to help to find ways to better what the company does and help DIY to continue on their journey.  Find out more about Jen.

Jade Williams

Jade Williams

Emerging Artist

Jade loves being creative and performing. She is a multidisciplinary artist with experience in dance, drama, and creative writing facilitation. She believes that we all have an instinctive creative nature and is inspired by working with young people and creatives from all backgrounds. Jade started working with DIY Theatre in 2021 and has been supporting the Friday Leadership Group. Jade has really enjoyed getting creative with them.

John Doyle

John Doyle

Administrator and our Company Secretary

John has six grandchildren and enjoys seeing them growing up and taking part in their worlds. John says coming to work at DIY is a joy because he feels he is giving and achieving something. There’s plenty of variety in the work and there’s always something new to do.

Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly

Emerging Artist

Kate has trained to be a performing arts facilitator and has a degree in History and Politics. She works with youth centres, museums and theatres. Kate loves working with DIY because the company has so many stories to tell and so many interesting ways to perform them!

Mary O’ Neill

Mary O’ Neill

Emerging Artist

Mary works with DIY's Tuesday group. She loves the warm, friendly atmosphere at DIY and being part of the team. She also works in street theatre and as an arts project coordinator.

Molly Steadman

Molly Steadman

Youth Arts Facilitator and Friday Group Facilitator

Molly began working with DIY’s Friday group and DIY BUDS. She is now working with the Passing the Baton Project and the Friday Group. Molly first met DIY when she wrote about them as a student and is really happy to be welcomed back to DIY to support their amazing work. Outside of DIY, Molly loves dancing and going to the theatre!

Nerissa Cargill Thompson

Nerissa Cargill Thompson

Associate Artist: Designer

Nerissa is a Visual & Community Artist working on both performance and non-performance projects. Originally trained in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent and recently graduated from MA Textile Practice from Manchester School of Art. She works closely with DIY members, using design within show development as well as designing sets and costumes for performances.

Niamh Feeney

Niamh Feeney

Emerging Artist

Niamh loves working with DIY Theatre because of the creativity and enthusiasm in every workshop. She is a singer-songwriter and enjoys using sign language to teach music.

Philip Harland

Philip Harland

Emerging Artist

Phil finds working with DIY an absolute joy as everyone is friendly and ready to get stuck in to explore new ideas. Phil is a trained Theatre Facilitator and Technician with an MA in Applied and Community Arts and BA in Theatre. He began working with DIY as a student and loves finding ways of combining the various Theatre disciplines to make sessions fun and enjoyable.

Sarah Atter

Sarah Atter

Associate Artist: Musician

Sarah loves cooking (and eating), trying to do DIY and having lots of sleep! As a musician, she works with people from many different backgrounds, and always enjoys a new challenge!

Sophie Coward

Sophie Coward

Emerging Artist

Sophie is a Manchester based actor-musician with a love of all things multi-sensory. If you ever need to find her, she's usually tangled up in aerial silks! Sophie has absolutely loved getting to know the Young Leaders at DIY and boogie-ing out with them each Monday!

Sue Caudle

Sue Caudle

Artistic Director

She has been Artistic Director of DIY almost since the beginning. She says working at DIY never gets boring because it’s such a creative place to work. Sue is trying to learn the saxophone. Find out more about Sue

DIY Patrons

Jenny Sealey MBE

Jenny Sealey MBE

DIY Patron

Jenny Sealey has been Artistic Director of Graeae since 1997. In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours and in 2012 Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and in 2018 was named in The Stage’s top 50 most influential figures in UK Theatre.

"I love being patron of DIY. The commitment, camaraderie and care with the company means the work is authentic, left curve and all embracing. Theatre should be for everyone and DIY demonstrate this with chutzpah and pride."

Chris Gascoyne

Chris Gascoyne

DIY Patron

Chris is better known as Peter Barlow in Coronation Street. We are very pleased to have him as our patron!