Nicky Diss, Co-founder and Artistic Director
Nicky trained at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. Credits include: The Railway Children (Image Musical Theatre); Jim Cartwright’s Two (Dispense Theatre); Arthur of Camelot (The Place Theatre, Bedford); Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet (Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sense and Sensibility (Chapterhouse Theatre Company); Theatre Uncut 2012 (Theatre Delicatessen). Nicky recently founded Open Book Theatre Company, dedicated to staging literary adaptations in libraries. She produced and starred in their inaugural production of Dracula in libraries across London in October 2013 and their adapation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is currently in development. In the mean time…a bit of Kipling!
Vicky Gaskin, Co-founder and Artistic Director
Vicky trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre credits include It’s Going to Be A Long War Darling (Etcetera); Venezia (Teatro San Gallo); Treasure Island (The Space); A Yorkshire Tragedy (White Bear); Shakespeare: Live- Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre) and two national tours of Spain (Forum Teatro). She played Ms. Renfield in Open Book Theatre’s last production, Dracula.
Kate McGregor, Associate Director
Kate is Artistic Director at award-nominated Theatre6 and winner of the Noel Coward Trainee Director Bursary 2012 at The Salisbury Playhouse. She is Resident Director at Open Book Theatre.
She trained at The National Theatre Studio and on the Postgraduate Director’s Course at Drama Studio London. She has a First Class BA Honours degree from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Originally from Dorset Kate now lives in Wimbledon. She makes stylish, visually powerful work, largely with live original music. Her ambition is to tell extraordinary stories about ordinary people in bold and inventive ways. She founded Theatre6 in 2009 creating productions such as; Mr Happiness and The Water Engine, both received Time Out Critic’s Choice and were short-listed for Fringe Show of the Year.
Kate regularly adapts novels for the stage. Professional productions of these adaptations include The Double (Dostovevky), Dracula (Bram Stoker) and Mio, My Son (Astrid Lindgren). She also creates, manages and delivers arts projects in the UK and internationally with adults and young people. Kate currently works as a Staff Director at Drama Studio London on the Two Year Acting Course. Her first piece of original writing is new musical, Moments, coming to the Chicester Festival Theatre for a concert performance in September 2014.
Kate’s previous credits as a director include include ‘The Ripple Effect’ (Richmond Theatre), ‘Silence in the Studio’ (Ustinov, Bath), ‘Shout Across the River’ (courtyard Theatre), ‘Script Slam’ (Soho Theatre), ‘Never Any Fruit’ (Pleasance Theatre, Islington), ‘The Perfect Party’ (New Wimbledon Studio, Camden People’s Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival), ‘The Devil’s Grotto’ (Battersea Arts Centre), (‘Beyond Therapy’ (Hen and Chicken’s Theatre), Ben Jonson’s, ‘The Devil is an Ass’ and Dostovevky’s ‘The Double’ (White Bear Theatre).
Kate is delighted to be working on her second project, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ with Open Book Theatre as Resident Director.