Meet The Team

In addition to the Core Team, SAVVY also has an amazing group of support workers, freelance staff and volunteers who help maintain the company's various programmes - both on and off-stage. 


BIG thank you's to EVERYONE who comes along and helps to make the SAVVY magic happen!


Rob Watt (chair)

Rob is a director, dramaturg and facilitator. He is currently the Artistic Director at Theatre Centre, and former Associate at Headlong Theatre. He regularly teaches at Central School of Speech & Drama and Institute of the Arts Barcelona. He previously produced the youth programme at the National Theatre, including the largest youth theatre festival in the country, NT Connections.

Victoria Abrahams

Former Theatre & Arts Manager for the London Borough of Sutton, Victoria was instrumental in SAVVY Theatre's early development, supporting Sheree in establishing the company and bringing the community together.

Vicky Ireland, MBE, FRSA

Former Artistic Director, current Patron of POLKA Theatre who has a monumental list of credits to her name, she is also Chair of Action for Children’s Arts, the Secretary of IIAN (the International Inclusive Arts Network) and the Co-Artistic Director of  A Thousand Cranes Theatre.

Luisa Hinchliff

Luisa is a Croydon resident & producer, currently working at The Place in London. She has worked across theatre & dance for 17years, with organisations including the National, Watermill & Unicorn Theatres & artists such as Jim Cartwright, Wilkie Branson & Manjeet Mann.

Frances Rudgard


Dr.Cecily O'Neill

Associate Professor Emerita at The Ohio State University and an international authority on process drama.  


She is a Resident Dramaturg for New York University's annual series 'Plays for Young Audiences and has been an Associate Artist with the Unicorn Theatre.  


As a pioneer of process drama and world-renowned figure in the theatre industry, we are all excited and honoured to have her as a Patron of SAVVY.


Mark Sarfo

Mark Sarfo-Kantanka is co-founder of Cellar Door - an audacious promotions management company that challenges people’s perceptions by implementing ground-breaking creative experiences unconstrained by venue capacity or location. In 2018 Cellar Door established NEXUS a creative co-working space in Croydon incubating talent and providing the community with access to partnerships that facilitate growth. Other business interests include Coffee Shotter, an independent plant based coffee shop and Bollywood Fever, the largest Bollywood film festival in the U.K. Mark is Chair of the Croydon Creative Enterprise Zone Steering Group.

Mridula Kaul 

With over 17 years of experience in the financial services sector, Mridula is a senior executive who comes with a wealth of strategic insight and stakeholder management skills. She is particularly passionate about motivating and mentoring people to succeed.

Brian Aris

Brian is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant with wide ranging experience in finance, operations & strategic development & delivery.  He is currently Chief Operating Officer of leading London based law firm Harbottle & Lewis, and has a lifelong interest in theatre and the performing arts.

Ciara Brennan

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