Meet the team behind The Barn Theatre.
Iwan Lewis is the founding artistic director of The Barn Theatre. Having conceived The Barn Theatre project alongside Ian Carling, this former actor and Guildford School of Acting alum is a visionary reshaping the cultural landscape in the Cotswolds. His transition from the stage in 2014 marked the beginning of an ambitious journey to revolutionise theatre, not just create it.
Iwan harbours a passion for nurturing emerging talent, not only on the stage but in all theatre roles. He sees The Barn Theatre as a launchpad for aspiring professionals, a place where careers soar and creativity blossoms. Iwan is constructing a sanctuary at The Barn, an environment where creatives step into the spotlight, delivering their finest work.
Unsubsidised and proud, The Barn, under Iwan’s leadership, defies norms. With over 35 productions since its opening in 2018 — despite a global pandemic — he isn’t just following playbooks; he’s authoring them. He’s driven by the conviction that The Barn’s future hinges on fresh faces, ground-breaking productions and a community deeply rooted in Cirencester, but also reaching well beyond.
Rachel grew up in Essex and moved to the Cotswolds over twenty years ago. She has been involved in amateur theatre since childhood and today, in her spare time, she performs, directs and is part of the team that run the amateur group based at The Barn, TinkCo. At eighteen, Rachel turned down a place at drama school to work in business and her career has taken her from estate agent to financial adviser to trainer & management consultant. Rachel has been at the Ingleside site since 2007 and she is now executive director across two companies: Ingleside, which is the wonderful hotel, restaurant, and events space next to the Barn, and The Barn Theatre itself.
Anthony originally trained as a theatrical designer at Wimbledon School of Art before going on to train as an actor at Arts Educational Schools, London. He worked as an actor, writer and theatre director for over thirty years, both in the UK and abroad. Prior to joining The Barn, Anthony worked as a producer at Alchemist, a global Learning and Development company, producing large immersive events for UK Government organisations.
Natasha is a producer who specialises in musical theatre and new writing. She has produced over thirty shows across the last four years, including an acclaimed new adaptation of The Hobbit in the summer of 2023. Currently based in Oxford, Natasha has worked across a variety of regional venues including the Oxford Playhouse, the New Vic Theatre, Pegasus Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe. She has an MA in Arts Management and a BA in Theatre: Writing, Directing and Performance and was the assistant producer for Offbeat Festival 2022.
Technical & Production Manager
Harry came to The Barn in 2022, having spent a season at Garsington Opera as deputy production manager, and five years at the Watermill Theatre as assistant production manager. Harry trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, on their Theatre & Performance Technology course, and after graduating in 2014 worked in a variety of theatre and production roles, ranging from operations manager of a London events company to metalworker for a Manchester-based set construction company. He has also worked as a lighting designer on a range of productions, including plays at Hull Truck Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre, amongst others, and lit two seasons for the Dorset Opera Festival.
Resident Stage Manager
Grace graduated from Bath Spa University with a combined degree in Film & Screen Studies and Drama & Theatre Studies. She has sought out opportunities to work on a wide range of backstage roles: tech ASM, operator, sound and lighting design, dresser, crew, DSM and CSM. She has also loved working on a variety of different shows: outdoor Shakespeare, opera, thriller, comedy, drama and musicals. After working as a freelancer at the Barn, Grace was excited to join the team full-time from January 2023. Grace enjoys all aspects of working in theatre and loves the range of shows The Barn produces.
Technical and Production Assistant
George supports the producers and the theatre manager here at The Barn. His role varies from show to show, depending on the needs of each production: a show with lots of tech or set may require him to assist the theatre manager more, whereas a show with a large cast may require more support for the producers. George likes to think of himself as the glue that brings the two departments together, or the grease the keeps the engine running smoothly. If there’s a job that needs doing, George is your guy!
With her career in costume-making and design spanning over 25 years, Denise has produced costumes for international productions in Qatar and Dubai, London’s West End, local regional theatres, and opera companies. She’s had the pleasure of working with The Barn Theatre on all its productions since The Secret Garden in 2018. As well as maintaining The Barn’s extensive wardrobe collection, her role as wardrobe manager involves working alongside designers and directors, bringing their images to life, whilst keeping in mind the functionality and durability of the costumes and the welfare of the actors who wear them.
Head of Sales & Marketing
Richard began his career in advertising, including Saatchi & Saatchi before moving into the clothing sector, working with luxury brands such as Paul Smith, Betty Jackson and Burberry, building a consumer-focused strategy for export markets in the Far East. Richard worked as sales & marketing director for Porsche Design (UK) and the late Dr Lousie Kiesling, to develop a start–up luxury mail order business which was sold four years later for £25m. Richard has fifteen years’ experience marketing large–scale sports events, including the Rugby League World Cup 2013 (£5.6m profit) and various high–profile golf tournaments for the R&A and European Golf Tour. He joined The Barn in October 2018 as head of sales & marketing, doubling sales in the last two years since reopening after Covid.
Content & Digital Theatre
Benjamin studied Media Technology at USW. He began his Barn journey in 2015, creating the Barn Academy’s social media during the theatre’s construction, before joining The Barn full time. Since lockdown’s big pivot towards digital, Ben has worked to spearhead early platform adoption previously unknown to this scale of theatre, including Unreal Engine, AWS and the Blackmagic ecosystem. Day to day, Ben works within the marketing team, creating all manner of digital assets ready for release. Notable credits include Henry V (Projection Design, 2019) Dorian Gray (DOP/Editor, 2021), Bard from The Barn (Lead Editor, 2020-21). Outside of work, Benjamin pursues music and filmmaking.
Videographer & Photographer
Alex is of Iranian and Scottish heritage and studied fine art photography at university, as well as the acting techniques of Stanford Meisner & Lee Strasburg and Clowning & Lecoq Physical Theatre. He started his career as an artist, then worked as a 360° product photographer for Selfridges & others before producing a feature film starring Jason Flemyng and Lindsey Colson. After several years working as a freelance videographer and documentary maker, he joined The Barn’s marketing team in 2021, responsible for visual content creation. Notable Barn credits include Stones in His Pockets (CGI content, 2021) and A Portrait of Dorian Gray (Gaffer, 2021).
Social Media, Marketing and Box Office
This is Tamsyn’s first job in the marketing world, after a long history of theatre work including some volunteering at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. Tamsyn has been working with advertising on social media for over two years and came in ready to learn. She now handles email marketing and social media along with some occasional box office shifts, so you may very well have come across her on the phone or at a show!
Head of Fundraising
Anna has twenty years’ experience in arts fundraising, having worked for ten years at the National Theatre, where she raised almost £20 million for their capital redevelopment NT Future. Since then, she’s run her own fundraising consultancy working for Sadler’s Wells, Bush Theatre, Kiln Theatre, Chickenshed, The BRIT School and Eclipse Theatre. She was also director of development at British Youth Music Theatre. In her spare time, she most enjoys seeing theatre and visiting museums and historical sites. She’s also a trustee of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
Di looks after The Barn’s patrons and business supporters whilst working closely with the local community. Di is new to the world of theatre, having previously spent thirty years in sales and marketing in the food industry, but has brought a wealth of relationship-building skills from her experience dealing with the major retailers such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose & M&S. In her spare time, Di is a keen gardener, growing lots of unusual and heritage vegetables on her allotment.
Pip supports the work of the fundraising department through research, events organisation and community and patron engagement. She has travelled widely, has experience in education and running a family business, and has retrained and worked in horticulture while raising young children. She is passionate about the role that the arts and creativity can play in building healthy and happy communities. Pip loves cricket, good food and is extremely keen to see restoration of biodiversity and healthy soil and food systems through regenerative agriculture.
Comms & Creative Projects
Jess studied History and English at Edinburgh University and Queen’s University, Canada, before moving to London, where she gained the first ever graduate traineeship at Time Warner Book Group. After working in book publishing (Time Warner and Bloomsbury) for a decade, Jess moved to the Cotswolds to bring up her family. She joined The Barn in January 2023, tasked with devising and developing creative projects to further strengthen the theatre’s community bonds and amplify its fundraising work.
Senior Financial Administrator
Rachel was educated and lived in the Reading area prior to relocating to the Cotswolds over twenty years ago, where she raised a family and became involved in many fundraising activities. Her career began in the automotive industry, leading a multi–brand marketing department. She then moved into a finance and administration management role within the IT sector and remained within a corporate environment for several years. Rachel thrives on the diversity of The Barn Theatre and has enjoyed being able to utilise her skills within the finance department where she has been since the theatre opened in 2018.
Helen joined The Barn’s finance department in 2023, having previously worked in a performing arts school for fourteen years. Helen grew up in Bristol and moved to Wiltshire when she married. She is the mum of twins who make her smile every day. Helen spends her free time keeping fit and wants to live in a world where if you can be anything, then be kind.