Stage managers who have worked with us

Cath Booth

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Cath has been in stage management for 14 years. Her first professional job was as a casual at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield. From there she has gone on to work as an Assistant Stage Manager at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton and the RSC, a Deputy Stage Manager at Bolton, Salisbury Playhouse, Worcester Swan Theatre, Leicester Haymarket and the RSC, Stage Manager at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Company Stage Manager at the Royal Theatre, Northampton.

She has worked with Rumpus Theatre and Tabs Productions in Chesterfield and was delighted to be Yellow Leaf’s first Stage Manager on the original production of Double Dutch.

Cath is currently doing the job she loves most as resident DSM at Nottingham Playhouse.

Helen Gibbs

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Helen has stage-managed for Yellow Leaf Theatre on the second tour of Double Dutch and for Old Skool Ties, the company’s Dinner Theatre production for the Ringwood Hall Hotel.

Helen studied at Chesterfield College and gained a Distinction level in Performing Arts. Whilst at college Helen appeared in the 2nd annual Playwrights Festival, and also worked as the Assistant Stage Manager, working as the Stage Manager for the 3rd annual Playwrights Festival.

Since then she has worked as Assistant Stage Manager for a variety of companies including Tabs Productions’ ‘Like a Virgin’, ‘School Dinners’, ‘The Final Twist’, ‘Little Voice’, ‘Anatol’ and ‘Life X3’, before becoming the Stage Manager for the company’s production of ‘Chesterfield Tales’.

Helen has now worked as Stage Manager for Big Dog Productions, Rumpus Theatre Company (three times), and Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre (three times).

Her most recent work includes working as the Deputy Stage Manager for Birmingham School of Acting’s production of ‘Blood Wedding’ and ‘Half a Sixpence’ & as Unit Production Manager for BSA’s short films ‘Bunny’s Job’, ‘Copulation 1’ and ‘Three’.

Helen currently lives in Birmingham and is now Stage Manager for the school.

Sarah Cumiskey

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While rehearsing for Bill Maxted's Most Excellent Adventure at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in April 2005, we were very lucky to have with us Sarah Cumiskey, on a job experience programme set up by Creative Keys. With the help of our director, Alan Meadows, Sarah acted as our stage manager and ran the show in performance. Sarah wrote at the time:

“I am currently studying for a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical) at Barnsley College. I first got interested in Technical Theatre two years ago when I was asked if I would operate lights for my school (Newsome High School & Sports College) whilst they were participating in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the LBT. I absolutely loved the experience of being in charge of running the show and since then I've become addicted to backstage work, working with Huddersfield Amateur Operatics, Woodhouse Amateurs and KYPAC (sometimes performing on the stage as well as technical). My experience of being a stage manager with Yellow Leaf has been such a fantastic learning opportunity. One day I hope I will work with them again!”

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