The Team

Katrina Heath. Artistic Director

Katrina is an actress, director and writer experienced in creating work by and for families and children. She worked as an actress (Trinity Arts Centre Tunbridge Wells, The Players Theatre London, White Horse Theatre Germany, City Varieties Leeds) and then a primary school teacher before combining both to run a Theatre- In-Education company (StoryMagic) for whom she writes and directs.

In The Park Productions was born out of a desire to bring theatre to a family audience and specifically to make theatre accessible to all families, including those that have children happier in wellies and looking for worms than sitting quietly in a dark room.

She strives to put the participants right at the heart of the action, making them as involved as possible in the creation of the piece.

Katrina also works as a teacher of drama, singing and musical theatre in her own theatre school in Todmorden where she lives with her  magician husband,  two daughters and dog.

Ross McCormack.  Associate Director

Ross is an actor, artist, writer and photographer who has lived and worked in the North for over twenty years. He graduated from Salford University in 1996 and returned in 2012 to complete his master’s degree in TV and Radio Scriptwriting.

 

The majority of his career has seen Ross travelling all over Europe and acting for various touring theatre companies.  He has also performed in a variety of plays in UK theatres, and in many TV and film projects.

 

He believes there is a need for more quality family theatre projects! “Theatre should be engaging to both children and adults alike, especially in an environment where we all get the opportunity to learn from each other … that’s what we try to achieve at In The Park Productions!”

Joyce Branagh.  Artistic Consultant

Joyce has been directing professionally since 1995 with theatre companies throughout the UK and Ireland including Bristol Old Vic, Cork Opera House, Harrogate Theatre Royal, Orange Tree Richmond, Tivoli Dublin, Watford Palace Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Lawrence Batley Huddersfield and VIenna's English Theatre and Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York

Boomtown Gals about women in WWI was nominated for 2 Manchester theatre awards and won 'Best Fringe Performance.

She is currently writing and developing a new comedy called Ladies That Bus for a tour in Spring 2020.  It was developed from community interviews with the support of The Dukes Lancaster, Theatre by the Lake and Brewery Arts Kendal.

Susy Thomas. Family Engagement Facilitator

Susy has worked within family services and education settings since her own children were small. Since graduating with an arts degree her work has focused on developing arts projects for education, nurseries, social care settings and festivals; most recently for In The Park Productions, but also Pushing up Daisies in Todmorden, and Handmade Parade in Hebden Bridge. 

Jenny Sheldon. Company Director

Jenny has a wealth of skills that she brings to In The Park Productions. She has produced for Radius Opera and is a highly sought after pianist for productions, orchestras, choirs and recordings.

 

She runs a design business creating bespoke living accommodation.

Vicky Ledwidge.  Business and development strategist

Vicky has worked for many years in the charity sector. She specialises in supporting organisations that work with refugees and asylum seekers.

 

She has created and run many projects and has experience in fund raising.