About Us

Theatre Exchange is a small, professional, innovative theatre company based in Surrey. Our ‘calling card’ is in the interactive and participative style in which the majority of our work is framed. Our audiences are immersed into the very heart of our live performance, sometimes acting with us, walking with the action, dancing with us, contributing questions or perhaps making decisions for the characters. It is also by no accident that we are not based in a bigger city with perhaps a bigger cultural scene, we are dedicated to developing quality creative experiences for audiences with less regular accessibility to the arts, we create work with and for rural and semi-rural communities.

Theatre Exchange is most recognised for producing quality theatre, drama and dance experiences for children and young people, too often this work is produced with poor production values and artistic content giving the impression ‘its only for kids so it’ll do’. We work hard to change this perception. All of our actors and experiences are carefully researched and developed. Our actors receive detailed topic brieng and rehearsal.

Previously part of the Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead, Theatre Exchange has been producing work in the South-East since 1989. We became an independent limited company with charitable status in 1997 and since 2001 we have worked in collaboration with Tandridge Trust. As of September 2006, Theatre Exchange and Tandridge Trust merged to secure the strong working relationship between two companies with shared ideals and the development of valued working practices.

 

Meet the team

Katy Potter

Katy trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College. Her career developed to include directing, production & arts development. Having honed her skills with companies such as Theatre Centre, RSC & The Thorndike Theatre, Katy was one of the founding members of Theatre Exchange. Katy has produced large-scale arts festivals in the region & award winning community arts programmes. She was a consulting agent on the national Creative Partnerships programme and is currently the lead for culture at Tandridge Trust and an associate for Culture Shift cic.

Rose Blackley

Rose trained in Musical Theatre at Arts Educational Schools, London. After touring extensively around the UK, she began working in children’s theatre and Theatre Exchange. Rose then worked internationally with Shakespeare 4 Kidz as a performer and workshop facilitator, before returning to Surrey to manage their Education department.  She re-joined Theatre Exchange as Administrator in 2012, and co-ordinates holiday activities and arts courses for Tandridge Trust.  Rose also teaches dance, drama and art classes for children in Woking, Surrey.

Alex Kanefsky

Alex graduated from the University of Exeter with a Drama degree in 2006 and has been working with young people in drama and theatre ever since. He began his professional theatre career with Theatre Exchange as actor/workshop leader and education manager. He is now Artistic Director of Paper Balloon Theatre Company, and works freelance as a writer, performer and storyteller with companies including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Adam Farrell

Adam studied Drama at Bristol University and has worked with Theatre Exchange as an actor and practitioner since September 2012. Recently he has toured with Theatre Hullabaloo in ‘Tiny Treasures’, raising awareness in northern schools about young carers, and co-founded Bucket Club whose debut show ‘Lorraine & Alan’ (of which he was Alan) has just finished an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Adam can also be glimpsed in upcoming BBC Film ‘Pride’ and will be touring ‘Lorraine & Alan’ in 2015

Katrina

Katrina has worked with a variety of theatre companies as an actor and drama facilitator delivering after school and educational workshops. She regularly assists and facilitates the termly, holiday and community outreach workshops for Polka Theatre and performed in their T.I.E shows in early 2015. Katrina graduated from Royal Holloway University with a BA in English and Drama. Since then she has gained extensive experience in puppetry and co-founded Cat&Hutch, where she adapts and performs in their shows.

Kathryn Young

Kat is an actor and drama facilitator based in SW London. She graduated from Kingston Art School after which she has pursued a career in drama facilitation and community arts practice. Kat works with a variety of arts organisations  to design and deliver outreach arts and drama projects in school and community settings using drama, storytelling and film. Kat often works with young people and adults with complex social and educational needs using the arts as a catalyst for personal and social change. Kat also works as an event and documentary photographer.

Duff

Duff is an actor and musician who studied Performing Arts at Crawley College, where he learned techniques in singing, physical theatre and mime. While there he co-wrote and performed three Theatre In Education plays which toured schools in the South East. From 2002-2006, Duff was a character actor and presenter for Children's BBC on a daily show called 'Xchange'. He performed an array of characters that regularly featured on the live programme. As well as appearing on screen, he also wrote scripts and provided voice overs. He joined Theatre Exchange in 2015, and in October 2016, played 'Jolly' in their pilot tour of Moonbrella.

Laurie

Laurie trained at Urdang Academy and The BRIT School. Laurie has performed in the UK and internationally in shows such as 'The Little Mermaid' National Tour of China, 'Rainbow Magic Live' UK Tour and West End and Cbeebies 'Tree Fu Tom Live' UK Tour. Alongside performing, Laurie has run her own theatre schools in Italy and teaches regularly here in the UK.

Jennifer

Jennifer graduated with a Performance degree from Southampton Solent University in 2013. Her studies included Theatre in Education and Dramatherapy; enjoying it so much that her dissertation project was based on dramatherapy for children, Jenny was awarded a First for the project. Jenny has been working as a professional actress and teacher after University, recently becoming a freelance performer to better pursue her acting career. Jenny wishes to have her own theatre company in the future.

Lawrence Watling

Having just graduated in 2012 from his Drama & Theatre Studies degree at University of Kent, where he directed and performed a vast number of roles from Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream to Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Having loved Drama & History at school, working with Theatre Exchange provides the perfect opportunity to combine the two. Outside Theatre Exchange, Lawrence likes to act with latest roles including Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing & Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cites as well as occasionally directing & running a Youth Group.

Jake Snowdon

Jake is an actor musician with a breadth of skills in the arts having worked in schools as an associate teacher, music/drama specialist & singing/guitar/piano instructor. His professional engagements include working with the Witt Studio, Blossom Street, Mozart Festival Chorus & composers Andrew Fisher & Michael Finnissy. Jake graduated with a BA in Music from Southampton University where he was awarded a choral scholarship and has recently completed his MA in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting.

Andrew Mulquin

Director, manager and script developer for ‘Theatre Exchange’. Andrew joined the Theatre Exchange team in September 2009. Before this he worked as Artistic director with Ape Theatre Company for 10 years, co writing their plays 'Pills Thrills and Automobiles', and 'Vicious Circle'. Usually busy in the office and rehearsal rooms, Andrew loves the insight and energy he gains when he is given the opportunity to ‘get out on the road’ to watch and deliver Theatre Exchange work himself.

Vacancies

Theatre Exchange is recruiting!

Stage Manager Rural Tour South East England required. Deadline for applications Monday 20th February 2017 5.00pm. 

Job Description and how to apply here.