We are a small but committed core team.
After living in Italy for 7½ years and then working in the business sector in London, I graduated as a mature student with a BA (Hons) degree in Arts Management from De Montfort University, Leicester.
I have been in the arts ever since and have worked for Arts Council England, Oldham Theatre Workshop, New Perspectives Theatre Company and the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. I have been with tutti frutti for 12 years now and during that time have had two children of my own which has made my experience here all the more interesting and relevant. I am passionate about children’s theatre and still marvel that the day job can be such fun!
Admin & Operations Manager
I joined the team in February 2015 and I provide administrative support for the company as well as logistical and operational management of our tours, projects and general business activity. I am also a freelance event and production manager for different regional arts festivals and events such as Ilkley Literature Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.
I am a proud (red) Scouser/South African who lives in Leeds and outside of work I tap, play bass and socialise my way around the city!
Sales and Marketing Manager
Since graduating from York St John University in 2013 with a degree in theatre studies, I have worked at a small arts centre and within the rural touring sector. I initially began my career as an intern and worked my way up to manage ON Tour, the rural touring scheme for North Yorkshire and East Cleveland.
In January last year I joined the tutti frutti team. As Sales and Marketing Manager I am responsible for tour bookings and developing our online presence and social media engagement.
I have held the position of Artistic Director at tutti frutti since 2005 and have directed all but one production in partnership with York Theatre Royal, touring nationally and internationally and co-producing the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre and the First Words writers’ development programme
Before working with tutti frutti I was Artistic Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company, and previous to this; Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company in Liverpool. Over the years as a freelance director work has included; Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Hope Street Ltd, Oxford Stage Company, Unity Theatre Liverpool, European Stage Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Contact Theatre Manchester. I currently live in Leeds with my partner Mark and two sons Louie and Eliot.
tutti frutti’s board of Trustees comprises of six professionals with an interest in the arts. These include a teacher, dance development director, two producers and two barristers. The Trustees meet four times a year, see all of our work and advocate on our behalf.
If you have an interest in being a Trustee for tutti frutti and have skills in business, finance, IT, education or in the arts sector and you feel you can make a contribution to our governance, success and growth, then please do not hesitate to contact us for more information: : firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice ChairAbbi was born in York and now lives in rural North Yorkshire. Having done a degree in Art and Design and an MA in Contemporary Arts practice, Abbi joined the Marketing team at York Theatre Royal as a fresh faced graduate.
Having spent over ten years in Arts Marketing, seven of which as Head of Communications for York Theatre Royal, and also spent some time in the world of Higher Education as Deputy Director of Marketing at York St John University, Abbi has recently taken up the post of Head of Marketing at Castle Howard.
Outside of work Abbi is a mum to a kamikaze three year old, helps to run her family’s wedding and events business, is an avid baker and trail runner to help offset the cake intake. Having enjoyed tutti frutti's work as a mum and theatre marketer, Abbi is delighted to have joined the board of trustees.
Caroline came to Leeds to study Psychology at the University and loved the city so much that she stayed. She went on to become a primary school teacher working in inner city schools. She has always valued the arts both in family life (the mother of five boys) and at work, leading the subject in each school she has worked in.She came across Tutti-Frutti many years ago and loved our work. When she joined Harehills Primary school she was delighted to discover we were based next door to her in the Shine building, and as a result she has worked closely with us bringing the children from Harehills Primary school to see all our shows.
ChairI am one of the newest members of the team, having been tempted into joining by a friend and colleague who is also a trustee. A proud Scotsman, I moved to Leeds following a promotion in a previous job, with the intention of staying for a year. That was in 1998. I still live in Leeds, where I practise as a barrister. I am married with a 10-year-old daughter and enjoy various sporting activities including football, cycling and the odd shambling attempt at marathon running. I also enjoy trips to the theatre and watching stand-up comedy, as well as eating out and socialising generally and spending time with my family.
Liam trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has since appeared at theatres across the UK including The Stephen Joseph Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Globe and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Liam has taken leads both for The Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End as well as appearing on television shows on Channel 4, BBC 1 and 2, ITV and HBO.
Liam co-founded Sprite Productions, which has now produced 10 years of Site-Specific Shakespeare at Ripley Castle. He was also the first Producer of The Factory and produced their work at The Globe, The Hampstead Theatre, The Rose, at music festivals, bars and underground tunnels, around the UK and into Europe as well as for BBC Radio 4.
Liam moved to Yorkshire following the offer to Produce on The York Mystery Plays 2012 production, went onto produce Blood + Chocolate for Pilot Theatre, Slung Low and York Theatre Royal and then took up post as Interim General Manager for Sheffield Theatres.
Liam then returned to York Theatre Royal as their first Associate Producer and to oversee the business continuity during their capital project during 2015.
Liam is now the first Executive Director at Theatr Clwyd – the largest producing theatre in Wales and one of the major regional theatres within the UK.
Being the newest member of the Trustees I hope that I can contribute to the further success of the company with my financial, commercial and project management experience. As a bit of a culture vulture this provides me with the perfect opportunity to mix business and pleasure.
Having graduated from Newcastle with a degree in Finance, I moved to Manchester where I qualified as an Accountant with PWC, and finally finished off my formal education with a MBA from Manchester. I have since worked both in the UK and overseas with a myriad of commercial businesses.
With Tutti Frutti I am returning to my roots and the “right” side of the Pennines (as you look at it on a map!) and I am hoping that my experiences are useful to the company, as I am sure I will learn lots from them, as I dip my toe in the “Third Sector”.
Stewart Thomas trained as a professional dancer at the Northern School of contemporary Dance, and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Performing arts. He has since appeared with African / Caribbean, contemporary and salsa dance companies and toured nationally and internationally. He also co-founded Ace Dance Company which is now in its 25th year. He later went on to work in children’s theatre where he joined Tutti Frutti in 1999 and performed in no less than 16 productions.
Now he works in a primary school as creative arts and dance coordinator. Helping young children experience the arts be it in a dance class or a trip to the theatre or getting involved in anything to do with performing and appreciating the arts. It feels quite a privilege being on Tutti Frutti’s board having been a seasoned performer for so many years.
Stewart is originally from Leicester but spent most of his life in Leeds.