The Team

Iwan Lewis

Iwan Lewis

Artistic Director

Iwan trained at Guildford School of Acting. Before taking up his position at The Barn Theatre, he played lead roles in numerous productions including Emmett in Legally Blonde in The National UK Tour, Lemar in Godspell at the Union Theatre, Private Augenti in the award-winning Passion at The Donmar Warehouse, Bahorel in the Academy Award winning Les Miserables feature film directed by Tom Hooper and The Oarsman in Therese Raquin at the Park Theatre. Iwan is also a regular Voice lecturer at the University of Wales. 

Ian Carling

Ian Carling

Chairman and Executive Director

Ian is an experienced businessman. After an executive career in construction, he and a partner created a UK-wide group of concrete businesses. Since retiring he has focused on a lifetime interest in theatre and music shared with his wife Chrissie. For many years they have supported initiatives in musical theatre involving the education and development of young people. Ian has been passionately involved in every stage of the Barn Theatre’s redevelopment, driving the design and construction work from the outset, and working with the venue’s established technical management team to design and install the state of the art facilities.

Rachel Wright

Rachel Wright

Commercial Director

After a career in commercial management and a lifelong love of musical theatre, Rachel managed the theatre before and during its rebuild. She combines artistic appreciation with intimate knowledge of the financial and commercial aspects of production.

Nouska Hanly

Nouska Hanly

Director of Communications | Business Development Manager (Freelance)

Nouska Hanly is a freelance publicist and writer with over eighteen years’ professional experience working in the arts and creative industries. In 2012 Nouska launched the Park Theatre taking the £2.9 million venue from unknown project to its present status as one of London’s hottest venues. Playing a pivotal role in the Park Theatre’s success, she worked closely with the directors to create and steer the building’s press campaign shaping the Park Theatre brand.

Chris Jacobsen

Chris Jacobsen

Producing Director

After training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Chris was cast in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables understudying the role of Jean Valjean, becoming the youngest person to have ever played the role. Chris has since gone on to play various lead roles such as Tony Candolino in ‘Master Class’ for Theatre Royal Bath, alternate Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miserables’, Queen’s Theatre London, Enjolras in ‘Les Miserables’, Queen’s Theatre London, The Captain in ‘Candide’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory London, Lt. Joe Cable in ‘South Pacific’ at Kilworth House Theatre, and most recently Pontius Pilate in the European Tour of ‘Jesus Chris Superstar’ for Bill Kenwright. 

Kate Northcott

Kate Northcott

Marketing Manager

Following 14 years working for a major utility company, gaining valuable experience in management, training, brand and communications, Kate took time out of working life to be a full time mum. Having been involved with local theatre groups from an early age, Kate is delighted to combine her passion for the arts alongside her skills and knowledge as a member of The Barn Theatre team.

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