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Stan's Cafe is a group of artists from a variety of disciplines, though primarily theatre practitioners, working under the artistic direction of James Yarker. The company consists of a core of salaried staff and a range of associated artists some of whom are long term collaborators. The line up changes according to the project being worked upon.
 
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SALARIED STAFF
ASSOCIATE ARTISTS AND OTHER COLLABORATORS
A HISTORY OF ADMINISTRATION
THE STAN'S CAFE BOARD
 
James Yarker (artistic director)
Gained a first class theatre degree at Lancaster University. He co-founded Stan's Cafe in 1991 and has directed all the company's productions since then. As a result of this work he has been invited to guest lecture at Universities across the country as well as to present papers and demonstrations at conferences in a range of contexts. James was an attached writer at Birmingham Rep but failed to reconcile himself to the notion of sitting at home writing a play – he is now detached.
 
Charlotte Martin (general manager)
Charlotte started her journey to Stan's Cafe with a degree in Business Law and postrgraduate diploma in Museum Studies. She first worked for rock promoters Clear Channel Entertainment, before working in various capacities for the Arts Department at Birmingham City Council, Fierce Earth, Cambridge Film Festival and Audiences Central.
 
Craig Stephens (associate director/performer)
Craig graduated from Warwick University and gained an M.A. at Lancaster University. He has performed with a number of companies including Insomniac Productions, Plane Performance, Talking Birds, The Playhouse. He has also written for amongst others; BBC Radio 4, Talking Birds, Hamfisted! and Ludlow Assembly Rooms
He first worked with Stan's Cafe devising Simple Maths in 1997 since when he has been at the heart of most of the company's activities. Craig became Associate Director in 2006, a move that acknowledges his direction of numerous small-scale projects and his lead of the company on tour in James's absence.
 
Nick Sweeting (advisory producer)
Though not technically salaried staff, Nick has been on a retainer with Stan's Cafe since 2003. His first contact with the company was in the mid '90s doing consultation work for the Arts Council, since when intermittent contact has developed into a committed ongoing relationship.
He is a founder member of and Producer for Improbable
 
 
 
ASSOCIATE ARTISTS AND OTHER COLLABORATORS
 
Amanda Hadingue (deviser / performer)
Gained a first class theatre degree at Lancaster University in 1988. Amanda has been a key member of Stan's Cafe, helping to shape the company and its work since 1993. She has worked as a performer and deviser with many of Britain's most respected experimental theatre companies including: IOU Theatre, The People Show, Station House Opera, Scarlet Theatre, Pete Brooks's Insomniac Productions, Gary Stephens, Graeme Miller and David Gale.
Selected Stan Work: Canute the King, Bingo In The House Of Babel, Voodoo City, Simple Maths, It's Your Film, Good and True, Lurid and Insane, Space Station, Framed, Of All The People In All The World, Be Proud Of Me, Home Of The Wriggler, Tuning Out With Radio Z
 
Graeme Rose (deviser / performer / education leader)
Founded Stan's Cafe with James in 1991. They worked closely together until late 1995 when Graeme joined the company's board and formed a new company, The Resurrectionists, with Richard Chew. He returned as an Associate Artist in 1999, devised Lurid and Insane in 2001 and took a post as half of the education team in 2005. Graeme continues to perform with a range of companies including Bodies In Flight and Talking Birds as well as directing his own work and producing projects with The Resurrectionists. 
Selected Stan Work:Perry Como, Memoirs Of An Amnesiac, Canute the King, Voodoo City, Framed, It's Your Film (touring), The Carrier Frequency, Lurid and Insane, Of All The People In All The World (touring), The Cleansing Of Constance Brown
 
Sarah Archdeacon (deviser / performer)
Studied performance at Dartington College of Arts. She joined Stan's Cafe in 1994 and was integral to the devising of crucial run of shows through until late 2000 when personal commitments led her to reduce her Stan commitments. She is director of Corali Dance company
Selected Stan Work:Bingo, Voodoo City, Simple Maths, It's Your Film, Good and True, Space Station, Framed, Of All The People In All The World
 
Jake Oldershaw (deviser / performer)
Studied at Dartington College of Arts. Worked as a freelance performer/deviser for Wendy Houstoun, Kaos Theatre, Reckless Sleepers and BBC Radio. Jake’s own work ranges from one to one performance (Intimate History) to street intervention (The M5 Talent Squad) to photographic work (Midland Aquaphiliacs, Re-Inventing the Wheel). Jake's Website
Stan Work: Simple Maths, The Carrier Frequency, It's Your Film (touring), The Black Maze (touring), Of All The People In All The World (touring), City Adventure, The Cleansing Of Constance Brown
 
Karen Stafford (production manager)
After working principally in project management and marketing for a series of organisations including: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Be In Birmingham 2008, Birmingham City Council and Fierce, Karen was given a one-off contract as production manager for Of All The People In All The World in Stuttgart. She fitted perfectly into the team and was asked to return as the company's full time production manager with additional input into show marketing. With less touring in 2008 Karen left to bigger and even better things. Karen's travel lust made her the ideal person to take the Stan's Cafe off on tour. She takes photographs and is too modest about her skills in this area.
 
Simon Ford (graphic designer)
One of the gang of Lancaster University graduates on which Stan's Cafe is based, Simon and James have been collaborating since 1988, when Simon did both stage and graphic design. Simon now has his own graphic design business F22 Design and works in collaboration with Eamon Feeney.
A rough guide to Simon’s work with Stan’s Cafe is that he is behind any graphic design that looks any good, including this website. In recent years his collaboration with the company has moved to a different level as Simon has become a lynch-pin of The Steps Series team – we even see him in person now days.
 
Heather Burton (deviser/performer)
Heather studied at Warwick University. Worked as a performer with Third Angel, Plane Performance and Talking Birds. She has also worked with Gary Stevens on the group project Pieces of People. For Stan’s Cafe she has mixed devising with stepping into existing roles.
Stan Work:The Carrier Frequency, Lurid and Insane, It's Your Film (touring), Framed, Of All The People In All The World, Be Proud of Me (touring), Home of the Wriggler
 
Jon Ward (composer)
Jon's interest in manipulating music, voices and ambient sounds started with jumble sale tape machines and is currently pursued using computers, samplers and esoteric electronic devices. His occasional work for BBC News enables him to make field recordings from around the globe. Jon's Site - ditdotdat
Stan Work:Voodoo City (engineer), Bingo (Engineer), Simple Maths (composer), Pieces for the Radio Volume 1, Of All The People In All The World (signalnet composer). Most recently Jon has combined his composing and compuational skills to become much of the cleaverness behind Tuning Out With Radio Z.
 
Nina West (composer)
Nina was tracked down after a demo track was heard on a compilation CD at a party. With Jane Webster she recorded a rich, evocative soundtrack for Ocean of Storms; a section of which was later appropriated as the soundtrack to It’s Your Film. Her skills as a performer and live musician were key to Lurid and Insane and later she demonstrated her instinctive understanding of how sound works in theatre when composing for Be Proud Of Me. Most recently she composed the soundtrack for The Cleansing Of Constance Brown. You can discover more about her other work by visiting Nina's SiteRead Nina's essay
 
Paul Arvidson (lighting designer)
Paul has designed and toured lighting with companies to France, Israel and the United States. He has lectured in lighting at Lancaster University and now runs his own company Mulberry Grove doing large and small scale corporate work. He is a qualified pyrotechnician who has been lighting and blowing up Stan’s Cafe since 1994.
Stan Work:Bingo, Voodoo City, Ocean of Storms, The Carrier Frequency, Good and True, The Black Maze, Lurid and Insane, Be Proud Of Me, Framed, The Cleansing Of Constance Brown, Tuning Out With Radio Z
 
Bernadette Russell (deviser/performer)
Bernadette first worked with Stan's Cafe on the short film 'Framed' in 2000. Since then she has become a regular collabrator on shows and workshops. Bernadette is always seemingly impossibly busy with a host of other projects. She is co-Artistic Director of White Rabit. She is a regular with The People Show and has worked with a range of other companies including David Gale, The Donmar, Penny Dreadful. Bernadette collaborates with Chris Entwistle on Wonderhorse and has also worked in journalism and styling for Smash Hits. Her style advice has proved invaluable.
Stan Work:Framed, Home Of The Wriggler, The Cleansing Of Constance Brown, Of All The People In All The World.
 
Andy Watson (deviser/performer)
The charismatic front man for Lurid and Insane and a reliably committed touring man. Andy has a background in experimental performance working with a range of companies including Insomniac and Eddie Ladd, alongside his own work, much of which is now legendary. Andy continues to create his own music and performance work, including collaborations with Nina. Read Andy's essay
Stan Work:Lurid and Insane, The Black Maze (touring), It's Your Film (touring), The Cleansing Of Constance Brown
 
 
Ana Rutter:Ana is a Fine Art Graduate of U.C.E. and more recently a Master Of Art. Ana is a sculptor and video artist with considerable experience of working in education settings and a history of work in carnival. She first worked with Stan's Cafe on the animated film Head to Head and took a half time post as part of the education team in January 2005. This post came to an end in September 2007. She continues to produce and exhibit her own work in both group and solo exhibitions.
 
Richard Chew:Birmingham born composer, pianist and singer Richard was an integral element of Stan's Cafe in the formative years, composing a series of stunning soundtracks for Perry Como's Christmas Cracker, Memoirs Of An Amnesiac, Bingo In The House Of Babel Voodoo City and Still. Since then he has formed The Resurrectionists with Graeme Rose and The Shout with Orlando Gough. Rick is a trained opera singer and now lives in Australia and is working as a full time composer. Commissioned with Ian Dixon to write some raw material for The Cleansing of Constance Brown their work is behind the show's final track.
 
Nick Walker: Nick devised and performed in Simple Maths and Good and True and has toured with Of All The People In All The World. Nick is a member of Coventry based TALKING BIRDS. He is also an acclaimed writer with two published novels an a range of work broadcast on BBC Radio. Read Nick's essay
 
Mike Kirchner: Mike is a performer and producer and was a regular with Talking Birds. For Stan's Cafe he gave a fantastically committed performance in The Carrier Frequency and has been a stalwart touring with It's Your Film and Of All The People In All The World. Read Mike's essay
 
Mark Anderson:Mark created The Black Maze with Craig and James as an equal partner in aesthetic discussions and as leader of the engineering, in both its first flat packed incarnation and then in the lorry. He played a similar role in Broadway Hertz and was commissioned as designer/builder for Home of the Wriggler along with Helen Ingham. He also worked on the construction of the set for the restaging of The Carrier Frequency. Mark is a member of the acclaimed multi-media performance groupBLISSBODY alongside creating his own visual and sound art.
 
Helen Ingham:Helen designed the set and made the set and costmes for Lurid and Insane and with Mark Anderson designed the costumes, set and power generating machines for Home Of The Wriggler. Helen has also led a number of workshops for us and worked on The School Rulers project.
 
Ed Dimsdale:Ed has taken most of Stan's production photographs since our restaging of The Carrier Frequency in 1999. He also took all the slides that provided the backdrop to Be Proud Of Me. Ed has worked on a number of education projects including School Rulers, Fruit and Veg Cities, Take It! and A Delicate Balance. Some of Ed's non-Stan photography can be found HERE
 
Charlotte Goodwin: Charlotte is a writer and teacher of writing. For Stan's Cafe she has been a reliable workshop leader and valued member of many touring teams. Her work with us includes: It's Your Film (touring), The Black Maze (touring), Of All The People (touring), Education Work and City Adventures
 
Brian Duffy:Described by Mute magazine as a "national treasure" Brian is the artist leader of the acclaimed MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA and member of the Sinclair Spectrum Orchestra. Brian is a NESTA Fellow and impossibly clever. He first worked for Stan composing the soundtracks for two of the company's youth theatre shows, No Walls, Just Doors and Adult Child/Dead Child before moving onto the radio piece So Bring Me Down and the coundtrack to Good and True. Brian did an exceptional job as musical director for Lurid and Insane. Most recently he worked alongside composer Giles Perrin on the music and sound design for SONIC JOURNEY
 
Giles Perrin:Giles is a composer and musician. His first work with Stan's Cafe was creating the soundtrack for the film Framed. Since then he has wokred on Carnival education projects and was musical director for SONIC JOURNEY
 
Chris Dugrenier:Chris is a graduate of Dartington College Of Arts. She first worked with Stan's Cafe invigilating The Black Maze. Since then she has worked on a number of education projects and is a regular on tour with Of All The People In All The World. She was in the original cast of The Just Price of Flowers. You can read more about Chris here.
 
Gerard Bell:Gerard devised and performed in The Cleansing Of Constance Brown and the restaging of The Just Price of Flowers. He has perfomed with a number of the country's most respected companies including Punchdrunk, Improbable, David Gale, The Orange Tree, Sadlers Wells and Pentabus.
 
Jan Pearson:We brought Jan back to her native West Midlands to devise and perform in The Cleansing Of Constance Brown. Jan has worked with most of the country's most respected theatre companies and organisations since the mid 1980s, including amongst others Insomniac Productions, Rose English, Gary Stevens, Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey The R.S.C., The Royal Court, Paines Plough, The National Theatre Of Scotland and Scarlet Theatre. She is also a very successful TV actor with appearances in Silent Witness, The Bill, Where The Heart Is and, most famously, Holby City.
 
Ray Newe:A graduate of Lancaster University. Ray devised and performed in key shows in the early days as the company was finding its voice. His work for Stan's Cafe includes: Bingo In The House Of Babel, Voodoo City and Dead Body. Ray has gone on to perform on TV and with The Liverpool Playhouse and The National Theatre. He as also appeared in The Cleansing of Constance Brown.
 
Jack Trow:Jack first appeared with Stan's Cafe as a boy in a mac youth theatre production of Adult Child/Dead Child, adapted and directed by James. After training at Rose Bruford Jack is now a freelance actor and has become a regular touring with Of All The People In All The World and The Black Maze. He has started doing Education work for the company. His experience as Duty Manager at BAC and MAC is now occasionally deployed @ A E Harris. Jack has picked up Stan roles in the recasting of The Just Price of Flowers and The Cleansing of Constance Brown.
 
Bhati Patel: has one of the longest CVs in the Stan's Cafe team. She has worked as an actor and deviser with many, many companies in the West Midlands Region and Nationally. Her involvement with Stan's Cafe started when she replaced Bernadette in Home of the Wriggler through 2009, she has toured with Of All The People In All The World and was in the original cast of The Just Price of Flowers in which Bernadette replaced her. In November 2010 she will take a different role in Home of the Wriggler and perform alongside Bernadette for the first time.
 
Charlotte Gregory:on graduating from University Charlotte volunteered to help with Stan's Cafe in 2008 and proved very helpful in the staging of Of All The People In All The World in it's whole world version. She performed in that production and has toured with the show extensively since. She has recently done work on It's Your Film in London and has been an ever present feature of The Just Price Of Flowers. Her excellent French has proved helpful to the company. She now works with ACE Dance in Birmingham and for her own company Needless Allies.
 
Kerrie Reading:As a post-graduate at the University of Kent Kerrie sat in on rehearsals for The Cleansing of Constance Brown becoming an unofficial production assistant. Subsequently she auditioned for Of All The People In All The World and has performed that show on numerous occasions. She has contributed to Stan's Cafe's education program and performed in the original version of The Just Price of Flowers. She is now studying for her PhD whilst running her own company Needless Allies with Charlotte Gregory.
 
Lucy Nicholls:Lucy auditioned and gained a part in Of All The People In All The World for its Whole World production in Birmingham. She has subsequently toured with the show and was in the original production of The Just Price of Flowers. There is more information about Lucy here. Lucy os part of Project X.
 
Benny Semp:A graduate of Dartington College Of Arts and founder member of Hamfisted! Benny first worked with Stan's Cafe creating People's Radio Freedom for Lurid and Insane with Jonny O'Hanlon. Benny has subsequently left hamfisted and is a freelance teacher and performer. He has toured with Stan's Cafe on The Black Maze, It's Your Film and Of All The People In All The World.
 
Jonny O'Hanlon:Co-founder and now artistic director of Birmingham based theatre company HAMFISTED!. Jonny first worked with Stan's Cafe creating People's Radio Freedom. He has also toured with The Black Maze and worked on Of All The People In All The World and City Adventure Days.
 
Simon Webb:A musician and visual artist Simon played the drums and so much more in Lurid and Insane.
 
Alison Carney:Once Birmingham based before going to that London, Ali is a regular performer on Radio Four and for a number of different companies in the Midlands including The Birmingham Rep, Leicester Haymarket and Women and Theatre. She first worked with Stan's Cafe on the world version of Of All The People In All The World and has toured with the show on a number of occasions since then.
 
Gareth Brierley:Gareth is a People Show Regular together with work with a number of other companies including Station House Opera and The Royal Exchange. Gareth stepped bravely into the breach on the opening day of The Cleansing Of Constance Brown when Andy Watson was taken ill and has performed the show numerous times since then. He has also performed in It's Your Film. He is co-Artistic Director of White Rabit with Bernadette Russell.
 
Nick Tigg:Another People Show regular, Nick has made a number of showings in The Cleansing Of Constance Brown. He also performed for us in a secret corporate launch event.
 
Louisa Pearson:Louisa has toured with Of All The People In All The World. She is currently working on a PhD which includes working with LIFT.
 
Jessica MacKinnon:A member of Birmingham based Kindle Theatre Jess has worked on Of All The People In Al The World and on education projects with Ana.
 
Jony Easterby:Musician, sound and visual artist Jony Easterby worked with Brian creating So Bring Me Down and composed the soundtrack to the Head to Head video.
 
Helen Kelly:Video and visual artist Helen made props for Ocean Of Storms and has worked on a number of education projects including A Delicate Balance
 
Charlotte Vincent:Artistic Director of Vincent Dance Theatre Charlotte performed in the Stan's Cafe restaging of The Carrier Freuency and led the cast in vigorous physical warm ups
 
Cait Davis:Performed in our restaging of The Carrier Frequency
 
Joseph Potts:Birmingham film maker Joseph did on the hoof editing for Framed has worked with us on a number of film education projects and helps us with video documentation.
 
Simon Gowan:Did a heroic job designing and installing lighting for Canute the King in Moseley Road Baths. He then designed the lighting for and toured with Simple Maths.
 
Mark Taylor:Stan's photographer from 1995-1998, responsible for amongst other things great pre-production shots for Voodoo City and Ocean Of Storms
 
Lottie Leedham:Made props for Framed and for the IETM Courtesy Car.
 
Phil Coy:Visual artist Phil made props for Ocean Of Storms. Phil's Website
 
Anupam Singha:Production photos for Voodoo City
 
 
A HISTORY OF ADMINISTRATION:

Hannah Silvester:Admin & Marketing Assistant (2008-9)
Maya Kristina Paul:Administrator (2004)
Emily Dawkes:Administrator (2001-2003)
Paulette Terry Brien:Administrative Manager (1997-2001)
Mick Yates:Tour Booking (Ocean Of Storms)
Jane Ward:Marketting (Canute The King), Tour Booking (Simple Maths)
 
 
THE STAN'S CAFE BOARD:

Alan James:Chair
Sadie Plant
Roxanne Peak-Payne
Gerv Havill
Peter Fletcher
Heather Taylor
Andy Parsons

David Sefton:Company Secretary


PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS: Syd Ewart, Rob Elkington, Katherine Anderson, Jaki Booth, Gwen Van Spijk, Jayne Surman, Mr Taylor, Dorothy Wilson, Mole Weatherall
 
 
Stan's Cafe is funded by Arts Council England
 
 
 
 

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