As rehearsals approach, the office is abuzz with excitement and activity as we begin to raise Othello off the ground.
Every day we in the office are working hard to keep Icarus going and we felt it was time to properly introduce ourselves:
Max Lewendel – Artistic Director
In 2004 Max Lewendel founded The Icarus Theatre Collective and directs the majority of their plays. After directing a Time Out Critics’ choice show for the Finborough Theatre (April 2004), they commissioned Max to direct The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan and James Graham’s Albert’s Boy (which won the Pearson Playwright Award) starring Tony Award winner Victor Spinetti. Max also co-produced the British premiere of Frank McGuinness’ Gates of Gold for the Finborough, which was Critics’ Choice in both Time Out and The Evening Standard. In 2007 Max directed an international tour of Ionesco’s The Lesson which transferred to the Assembly Rooms, Old Red Lion Theatre, and Romania, winning two major awards and securing 15 four-star-or-better notices. In 2009 he directed Othello and Nicholas Wright’s Vincent in Brixton which transferred to three No 1 touring houses. He co-produced a National Tour of Journey’s End in 2010 which won Runner-Up in the Guide Awards for best Professional Production. In 2011-2012 he toured Hamlet across the UK before the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin commissioned him to re-directed the show again for their theatre. More recently he has directed Macbeth and a rep tour of Romeo & Juliet and Spring Awakening. The International Shakespeare Festival in Germany bought Max’s Macbeth and Propeller’s Henry V as the only two British productions at their 2012 festival. Macbeth opened the festival with a full week of sold-out performances, taking over the second British slot from London’s Globe Theatre.
At Illinois Wesleyan School of Theatre Arts in Bloomington, Illinois, Max completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on directing and minors in French Language and Business Administration.
Meg Jones – Operations & Production Manager
Meg enjoys working a variety of jobs within the entertainment industry, ranging from plays and musicals to live concerts and events. Meg trained at Mountview completing a degree in Technical Theatre in 2009. Since graduating she has worked as a freelance technician, gaining experience in all elements of technical production including sound, lighting, and stage management. Highlights include working on Chicago in the West End, and with Rockit Events Production in some of London’s Mayfair nightclubs, shops and hotels. She gains plenty of varied experience as a casual technician at The Albany in Deptford, where she has helped install many productions within the unique adaptable space. In 2011 Meg completed her first national tour as Deputy Stage Manager with The Original Theatre Company. This led her to take on the role of Operations & Production Manager with Icarus Theatre Collective, providing an insight into the meticulous planning and logistics of a touring production company. She looks forward to repeating and developing the process again for her third season with Icarus on their productions of Othello and Hedda Gabler.
Ceri Payne – Administrator
Ceri started working with the Dumbwise Theatre Company as stage manager and secretary in 2006 – the year she began her studies at in Stage Management at Rose Bruford, and continues to work within the company as a Production Manager and secretary part time. Since graduating in 2009 she has worked on a variety of shows as a freelance stage manager, from Edinburgh to Amsterdam. She joined Icarus earlier this year as administrator and is enjoying the new challenges that the role bring her. She loves tea and very loud rock music.
Kate Brown – Education Manager
Kate celebrated her first anniversary as Icarus’ Education Manager on 1st July this year! Within this role, she acts as the company’s primary facilitator and is responsible for furthering the company’s Shakespeare workshop programme by contacting schools across the UK, training all facilitators and creating the workshop programme content. Icarus offers a bespoke Shakespeare workshop programme, so Kate adapts any of the four workshop titles to suit a group’s specific learning requirements. She specialised in Applied Theatre throughout her theatre training and has worked as a freelance drama workshop facilitator for over 5 years, for companies such as Bigfoot Arts Education, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Chickenshed Theatre Shedlink and Crisis.