Nina Lemon: Artistic Director
Nina founded the company back in 2006 and leads our creative output and development. She is our resident playwright, director and facilitator as well as a qualified vocational assessor, leading the development and delivery of our full time actor development programme. Nina’s interests, as both an artist and an individual, lie in the furthering of human rights and she is particularly passionate about improving life changes for often marginalised groups including young people, disabled people and women and girls.
Nina read Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway University and is currently researching a PhD at Central School of Speech and Drama exploring how plays can be used to change the way teenagers think and behave in intimate relationships.
For two years Nina was part of the Nuffield Theatre’s playwriting group under the mentorship of National Theatre Studio founder John Burgess.
Prior to founding Peer Productions, Nina has worked extensively as a director, writer and project manager in a wide range of artistic, community and educational settings.
Outside of work, Nina is a mum to two beautiful, autistic daughters.
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Ed Simpson: Managing Director
Ed leads on our financial, strategic and project management. Ed's background is as a producer, creative project manager and theatre director. He trained at Mountview Conservatoire and Brunel University and has worked for a variety of cultural and educational organisations including Theatre Royal Winchester, The Anvil, The Haymarket, Royal & Derngate and Hat Fair.
Outside of Peer Productions, Ed is an executive and communication coach for business leaders looking to improve their public speaking skills through his company Leviathan Training.
He enjoys his garden and is attempting to grow roses, and sitting around in his hammock whilst playing hide and seek with his son.
Rosie Horler: Generation Girls co-ordinator
Rosie is a facilitator, actor and community artist who focuses on using theatre to tell important stories and create change. She has recently graduated from the current top drama school East 15 with a degree in Acting and community Theatre. She has performed in a range of shows from street theatre to puppetry and cabarets, Rosie makes work which is thought provoking, accessible and imaginative. Rosie is passionate about female empowerment and using theatre as a tool for change, she also specialises in running workshops for children with disabilities. Rosie has been involved with peer productions for many years, from watching the teenage pregnancy project aged 15 to training in our actors program, interning and working for us as a facilitator.
Outside of work Rosie enjoys travelling, baking and sea swimming in Cornwall.
Zoe Denly: Theatre Administrator
After graduating from The University of Winchester, Zoe has worked within a front of house team at her local theatre. She is a strong believer that theatre can change the way people view the world and can change their opinions on important issues of the day. It is important that young people are exposed to theatre which challenges their ideas and can help shape their futures.
During her spare time, Zoe enjoys reading, creating exciting gluten free meals and baking as well as helping to get her netball team to victory!
Valentina Rosati: Resident Director
Valentina Rosati is an award-winning theatre director from Italy. She graduated from the Accademia Nazionale D`Arte Drammatica ‘Silvio D'Amico’ in Rome with a diploma in theatre directing and has worked as a director, actress, performer and educator for over 15 years. During this time, she staged shows spanning from classical theatre to contemporary dramaturgy, and more recently from site-specific to circus theatre and contemporary Opera.
In 2014 Valentina moved to London, driven by a newfound will to learn a new language and open to a wider artistic landscape.
In this diverse and multicultural environment, she started to develop a keen interest in new ways of making theatre. In London, she performed with “PartSuspended”, a group of physical and visual devised theatre (Queen’s Mary University and Central Saint Martins) and directed the Encore theatre company (South Bank University). In 2018 she started a master's degree at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Applied Theatre and The Criminal Justice System. During the first year, she founded the Central Italian Society (now renamed Multicultural Applied Theatre Society-MAT) where she has been developing the International Applied Theatre Project (IATP), collaborating with participants from all around the world.
Suzanne Parke: Leader Of Learning
Suzanne Parke (MAVS: RCSSD, PG cert Acting: Drama Studio London, BA Theatre Arts: Antioch College) is a teacher, performer and coach with more than twenty-five years' experience in the world of voice, speech, performance and drama training.
From 2011 to 2019, Suzanne worked at PPA academy, a professional performance college in Guildford as Course Leader for the BA Hons in Acting, and Head of Voice for the BA Hons in Musical Theatre.
Suzanne is a visiting lecturer in Voice for School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and is co-creator of The 5 Voices: a model for teaching Voice skills to classroom teachers.
She runs her own private practice, Parke Communication, which works with anyone looking to maximise their spoken communication skills. Her clients include corporate executives, teachers and lecturers, public speakers and actors.
Suzanne is also a voice over artist and her voice can be heard in voice-overs for television, radio and film.
Louise Cook: Development Officer
Louise is responsible for charity fundraising, grant acquisition and our continuing relationship with trusts. Louise has worked in grants management for a number of years, and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management, with a particular interest in corporate social responsibility and how businesses can support social justice.
In her spare time, Louise enjoys photography, gardening, walking and endlessly redrafting her first attempt at a novel.
Tola Awogbamiye: Development Officer
Tola joined Peer Productions to support applications to trusts and foundations. Tola is a freelance public relations and fundraising consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in PR and four years in fundraising. After graduating with a degree in pharmacology from King’s College, University of London, Tola worked for a healthcare charity, before embarking on a career in public relations 20 years ago, where she combined a career as a freelance journalist with developing and implementing PR strategies for a wide range of organisations including charities and small to medium sized businesses. Tola has written articles for The Times and The Guardian. Tola’s experience in PR and journalism has enabled her to successfully move into fundraising. She has developed fundraising strategies for charities, which has resulted in successful grant applications and new relationships with corporates.
Tola lives in Burgess Hill, and loves reading, cooking and spending time with her family.