Our team are a lively and passionate lot. W&T’s staff come from a variety of backgrounds in theatre, the arts and the social sector. Our Board is made up of representatives from diverse sectors; individuals who have contributed much of their time and expertise to supporting the company’s continued success.
Janice Connolly BEM, Artistic Director
Janice is a founder member of the company and has been the Artistic Director for the past 20 years. She has written, directed and performed in many projects for the company. Janice is a trained teacher and has worked both in mainstream education and as an education project worker for Barnardos. In 2017 Janice was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Community Arts in the West Midlands.
She is also a successful performer in her own right and has featured in series such as Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights (Channel 4), Dead Man Weds (ITV) and Thin Ice (BBC2) as well as appearing twice in Coronation Street. Her recent theatre roles include include White Open Spaces (Pentabus), A Taste of Honey (New Vic Theatre, Stoke) and Tartuffe (The Rep, Birmingham).
Jess Pearson, General Manager
Jess has been at Women & Theatre for 12 years with three brief breaks when she had her children Cassie, Esther & Luke.
Previously she worked as Marketing & Information Officer at DanceXchange. She also has extensive experience of hands-on theatre work having performed and stage managed a wide range of small-scale and pub theatre productions with local companies such as PD, Maverick and Rear Window.
Jess grew up in Birmingham having moved here from London at the age of 8. After graduating from Sheffield University with a English Literature Degree, she returned to Birmingham to pursue a career in arts administration.
Rachel Snape, Project Manager
Rachel joined the company in January 2013, coming from a background of arts management that includes work with The Royal Opera, seven years with Birmingham Royal Ballet and three years as a classical music agent. She has also run her own successful baby-signing business, teaching under twos to use sign language in order to communicate.
With a degree in music, she keeps up her interest by singing with Ex Cathedra and is a vocal tutor on their award winning Singing Medicine programme.