Artistic Director & Executive Producer
Siobhán established Grassroots Shakespeare London in 2011 and has seen it grow from ‘pop-up’ style shows in Hyde Park and the New Red Lion, to performing at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as part of the World Shakespeare Festival 2012, a successful run at Victoria Embankment Gardens featured in Time Out and The Evening Standard, and staging the sell-out, five star Christmas 2012 repertory season of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with one ensemble, a run that was according citric Matthew Partridge "An excellent production that put many bigger budget productions to shame, not least Julie Taynor's film version which starred Helen Mirren and Russell Brand.”
Siobhán worked at the BBC in departments including BBC Drama Production, primarily on Casualty, in addition to script development and research alongside award winning drama producer Pier Wilkie, and in Commissioning for BBC Daytime. She worked in production for BBC Events on live outdoor broadcasts including Concert for Diana at Wembley starring Elton John, Live Earth at Wembley, headlined by Madonna, the Children in Need appeal nights and major royal and state ceremonial events including Trooping the Colour and HM The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast. At the Royal Opera House, Siobhán worked in cross-House project management, overseeing collaborations with The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera on major projects such as the BP Big Screens, free live relays into Trafalgar Square and across the UK, and the International Olympic Committee’s Opening Ceremony executive produced by Wayne McGregor and starring Paloma Faith alongside opera legends Plácido Domingo, Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming. As part of her passion to engage young people in the arts, Siobhán was the Chair of the English National Opera Young Patron’s programme, spearheading its redevelopment and growth. She was supported in her role by Sir Peter Balzalgette while he was the Chair of the ENO.
As an actor, Siobhán has performed throughout the UK in a number of roles, from Daphne Bridges in ITV's The Battle of Britain to a soloist in the Olivier Award winning original production of La bohème at the Soho Theatre. She worked with Olivier Award winning director Melly Still on her production of Mozart's Zaide at Sadler's Wells and workshopped the Young Vic's A Glass Menagerie, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. She enjoys new writing and has worked on developing Nick Payne’s The Lost Mariner (dir: Natalie Ibu), Nicholas Pierpan’s award winning You Can Still Make A Killing (dir: Naomi Jones), Sarah Grochala’s The Warsaw Martyrs (dir: Nina Brazier) and The Parrot House by Mwema Sumbwanyambe (dir: Natalie Ibu). She performed in the Grassroots RSC and Offie nominated productions.
Siobhán was a SOLT/ TMA Stage One Producer, selected as one of the top young producers in the UK and worked alongside Edward Snape (The Stage Top 100 Producers) at Fiery Angel on their Olivier Award winning productions The 39 Steps (tour & West End), Goodnight Mr Tom (tour & West End) and The Ladykillers (tour & West End). As the Associate Producer for Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, she worked across their productions including with Sir Trevor Nunn. In 2015, she produced the 5 star hit at Edinburgh, Manfred Karge's Man to Man (The Guardian, The Times, The Stage). Most recently, she has worked with BAFTA and their film for BAFTA Guru starring Jessica Hynes, David Cann, Matt King and emerging star Nathan Byron. In 2016, she was jury selected by BAFTA to join BAFTA Crew, the BAFTA's programme for the UK's top emerging talent.
EMILY JANE KERR
Emily Jane Kerr is an actress, singer and writer from Hertfordshire. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Emily has performed in many and varied venues, including Shakespeare’s Globe, The Hampstead Theatre and The Arts Theatre. She's equally at home performing Shakespeare, writing comedy and talking in the third person. Credits include: Soloist in Xmas Factor (Iris Theatre), Jo in The Secret Life of Sally (Southwark Playhouse), Bottom in Shakespeare for Breakfast 2016 (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Maria in Twelfth Night (Leicester Square Theatre), Janine Ingerson in Call the Midwife (BBC), Delilah, in one woman show SMS (The Space), Sandra in web series Quirkology (Spearhead Media), Emilia in Othello, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Stephano in The Tempest (all Grassroots Shakespeare London), Julia in Waiting for Space (Trafalgar Studios), and Mary, the lead in the original cast of new musical Jog On (Tristan Bates).
Emily is an Associate Artist with Grassroots Shakespeare London. She was part of their Shakespeare400 Dawn til Dust broadcast in association with Twitter, Periscope and GoPro. For more info and to find out what she had for breakfast follow her on Twitter: @emjkerr