Sarah Clough – Artistic Director
Griffin Theatre Arts is led by our Artistic Director, Sarah Clough. Sarah is a creative professional who has worked as a Theatre Practitioner specialising in Drama & Education for the last decade. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Studies and a Master of Fine Arts in Staging Shakespeare. Sarah’s previous work has included working as a Youth Theatre and Drama Club leader, Drama Associate for Dacorum Borough Council and working for the Devon Arts in Schools Initiative. Sarah worked in the heart of Sheffield Theatres’ Creative Development department for six years, creating and delivering creative projects and education programmes in the Crucible and Lyceum theatres and in schools throughout the region, to an exemplary standard. This has included working with Sheffield Arts Education, ESCAL, Sheffield Children’s Festival and Off the Shelf. Recent work included devising, project managing and delivering Behind the Curtains (an immersive theatre experience for 5 – 12 year olds and families), from it’s pilot to a successful and popular project model. Work for Griffin Theatre Arts has included delivering CPD sessions, primary and secondary workshops, creative projects for families and schools, and performances. Shea also worked as an Artsmark Assessor for the Arts Council during 2012, and has been engaged as an Artsmark Validator for Trinity in 2013.
Stacey Sampson – Associate Artist
Stacey Sampson is a writer and drama practitioner. She works with a diverse cross section of groups including NEETS, young offenders, families and young people with a focus on devising script through practical drama work. Currently Resident Artist in one of Sheffield’s most deprived areas she is combining both disciplines to support members of the community to create a book, several short films and a live spoken word performance. In 2006 she founded Kimberworth Park Youth Theatre which works with sixty 8 – 18 year olds and their families on a weekly basis. Each year KPYT produce a large-scale show. The process begins with work on both drama and other transferable skills then through rehearsal members are encouraged to share and develop ideas which Stacey ties together in a full length play. This holistic approach to script writing gives participants a huge sense of ownership and achievement – Them having been responsible for the creation of characters, narrative and much of the dialogue in the finished piece. She underpins her facilitation work with a genuine experience and knowledge of the theatre and television industry, sharing and encouraging skills development to enable others to achieve mobilisation within the arts and their own communities.
Emily Hutchinson – Associate Artist
Emily is an arts practitioner and project manager with extensive experience in programming, planning, directing, managing and delivering arts projects for young people and adults. She trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama and gained a BA (Hons) Drama and Education. Emily has worked with a wide variety of organisations including: Mencap, the Burton Street Project, Eventus; Crucible Youth Theatre and Rotherham Arts Centre. Emily also worked for Theatre Outreach as a Programme Leader delivering a yearly programme of arts events and workshops in deprived areas of Sheffield. Emily has also taught drama at secondary and primary level.
Emily also has a number of directing credits for Sheffield Theatres. Emily was the Assistant Director on Handful of Henna, Suitcase City and Confessions of a City; and Director and creator on The Beauty Inspector (a production created with adults with learning disabilities) and co-director and creator on Behind the Curtains: A Midsummer Nights Dream – The Mechanicals Quest.
Emily currently works at Sheffield Theatres as the Creative Projects Manager. Her role at the theatre involves extensive project planning and producing projects and arts events with young people, adults, communities and professional and emerging artists on both a local and national scale.
Helen Leblique – Associate Artist
Helen is a theatre director, workshop leader and acting coach. She has a BA in English Literature and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare. For the past 3 years Helen has been working as an assistant director with the Royal Shakespeare Company, a contract that culminated in the productions’ transfer to New York as part of the Lincoln Centre Festival. Prior to working at the RSC, Helen directed 3 plays at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, London. Other companies that she has worked with include English Touring Theatre and Shared Experience. She is currently teaching part-time at East 15 drama school, and is delivering international Shakespeare workshops.
Theatre Practitioner Pool and Placement Opportunities
Griffin Theatre Arts actively engages and collaborates with regionally based professional artists, practitioners and educators in artistic and arts education activity to deliver high quality artistic work. At times, Griffin Theatre Arts will also work with nationally based artists to deliver certain skills and work.
Griffin Theatre Arts also creates placements and opportunities for development for new and emerging artists.