The Team

Katherine Nesbitt


katherine nesbitt 04 colourKatherine is a director originally from Belfast via a number of years in Glasgow where she studied MA Theatre Studies (Hons). She directed Jade City by Alice Malseed (Lyric Theatre New Playwright 2018) as part of the EastSide Arts Festival in Belfast and VAULT Festival 2019.

Directing credits include Headland by Michael John O’Neill (development, Playwrights Studio Scotland), View From Here Festival work by Alice Malseed, Zodwa Nyoni, Oliver Emanuel and Morna Young (Theatre503), boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Theatre503), The Ocean is Downhill From Everywhere (devised, Imaginate/Tron), When The Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell (Tron Theatre), The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter (Arches/Edinburgh Fringe) and Attempts on Her Life by Martin Crimp (West End Festival).

Associate Director credits include Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley (Orla O’Loughlin, Traverse Theatre) and The Open House by Will Eno (Michael Boyd, Bath Ustinov/Coronet). Assistant director credits include Holy Sh!t by Alexis Zegerman (Indhu Rubasingham, Kiln Theatre), iHo by Tony Kushner (Michael Boyd, Hampstead Theatre), Swallow by Stef Smith (Orla O’Loughlin, Traverse Theatre), and A Walk at the Edge of the World (Nicholas Bone, Magnetic North) for which she was also touring Staff Director.

She was awarded a JMK Regional Directors bursary with the Traverse in 2015 and was Artist in Residence at Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre in Royston. She has trained with the JMK Trust and Young Vic Springboard programme. She has taken part in four residencies with Magnetic North, and in 2016 was Lead Artist for the first time. She is also a script reader for the Traverse, National Theatre of Scotland and Papatango Prize.

Isy Sharman


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Isy Sharman is a producer and theatre maker from London. After studying at Glasgow University, she completed an MA in Acting at ALRA, and was part of China Plate’s Optimists in 2017.

Her interests lie in new writing, feminist and political theatre, family theatre and devised works. She currently works as an Associate and Administrator of feminist theatre company Sphinx Theatre, where she has helped to run their Women Centre Stage festivals since 2016.

Isy’s performing credits include: Your Toys (Slot Machine, National Tour); The Sword of Destiny (BAC Freshly Scratched); Eat Me (R&D, Nordland Visual Theatre, Norway); Miki (Slot Machine, Norden Farm); A Stone’s Throw (Giddy Aunt, Edinburgh International Book Festival); Eat Me (SOAK, Manipulate Festival, Traverse); Jack Frost (Moon on a Stick, UK tour); Your Toys (Slot Machine, Regional tour); Sleeping Beauty (Syndrome) and Prom (View From Here; Theatre503); Little Match Girl (Moon on a Stick; Regional Tour); The Tempest (Tree Folk Theatre, The Cockpit Theatre); Nightingales (Camden People’s Theatre); Spin Cycle (Emergency Exit Arts, Regional Tour).

Philippa Mannion


philippa-mannion-by-alan-brutenicPhilippa is a playwright, stage manager and theatre-maker from Edinburgh, who is now based in Cardiff. She completed an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College in 2013. Her plays include: I Don’t Live Here Anymore (Edinburgh Fringe), [Un]Known Unknowns (The Arches), Putting Words in my Mouth (The Arches/Tron Theatre/Prague Fringe), The Only Way Is Cinders (Scottish Storytelling Centre), Trench (Pleasance Theatre/Litmus Festival), Binary (Camden People’s Theatre), Crossrail (The Space Arts Centre), Supernova (Pulse Festival). Her theatre-making juxtaposes scientific theories and case studies with personal stories. Her main body of work explores female sexuality through the lenses of geography, computing and science. In 2010, she won the BBC Scotland Radio Drama – Finding New Dramatic Voices competition and was mentored by the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland.

Philippa is also an enthusiastic and experienced stage manager, with a varied skillset of production management, project co-ordination and technical stage management, especially in outdoor arts and site-specific theatre. She has a strong base in creative problem solving, troubleshooting, logistics and people management. She has worked with Greenwich Theatre, Nutkhut, Actors Touring Company, Welsh National Opera, August012, ArtsActive and Dante or Die.