Meet the Team

Mandy Precious: Director of Engagement and Learning

As a member of the Senior Team, Mandy has strategic overview of the departments work. She works to ensure that Engagement and Learning is at the core of the Theatre’s ambition.

Jane Pawson: Head of Learning (currently on maternity leave)

Jane oversees all of our learning work with a particular focus on young people outside of school hours, including Young Company, Young Company Hubs, Young Company Productions and one off projects.

Sara Baldwin: Engagement Manager

Sara oversees all of our engagement work, with a particular focus on targeted projects including Our Space and Funky Llama. Sara also produces and oversees our work with adults through our open access theatre group the People’s Company. She also looks after a number of targeted projects.

Ben Lyon-Ross: Talent Development Producer

Ben oversees a wide talent development programme, working with early career artistic or creatives at the beginning of their career. He produces the Lab Company, Play LAB, Ideas LAB, LAB Associates and our work experience programme. He also programmes three seasons of work in the Lab.

Lucy Hirst: Staff Director

Lucy directs the majority of Engagement and Learning productions. She takes a particular interest in the development of our practitioners, early career artists and teaches extensively at the Plymouth Conservatoire.

Ben Vleminckx: Learning Producer

Ben looks after all our work with schools, colleges and universities. This includes an extensive workshop programme linked to shows on our stages, in-school projects such as Playhouse, School Challenge and Reach workhsops. He also looks after our Early Years programme Tiny Tales and Dare to Dazzle.

Lucy Coren: Young People’s Producer (maternity cover)

Lucy manages all our work with young people outside of school hours, including Young Company, Young Company Hubs, Young Company Productions and one off projects.

Dani Hamlin: Young People’s Officer

Dani works closely with Jane/ Lucy and Ben Vleminckx supporting a variety of projects with young people in and out of school, including our Work Experience programme, Holiday Academies, NT Connections and workshops for schools.

Scarlett Sterne: Young People’s Officer, Hubs

Scarlett supports Jane and Ben on the delivery of Young Company Hubs, Tiny Tales and our education work.

Emma Baskeyfield: Engagement Officer

Emma works across the People’s Company, Talent Development and the PL1 scheme. This position is funded by the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Programme.

Lauren Flook: Engagement officer

Lauren works across Funky Llama and Dare to Dazzle.

Frankie Hocking: Engagement officer

Frankie works across Our space and Funky Llama.

Danny Djemal: Engagement and learning assistant

Danny supports the team on the administration of the engagement and learning projects and is the first port of call for the department.