Meet the Team
Amy Phillips - Artistic Director
Amy oversees all the creative output of the LAC, directs many of our shows and teaches 'First Act', our weekly acting class for adults. She is a professional actress, director and theatre practitioner who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film for over 25 years. Amy is also a local mum to four children and created and runs our popular weekly toddler class, 'Once Upon A Storytime'. Amy believes passionately that creativity is not the preserve of the few but important to everyone.
Steve Rees – Operations Manager
Once a teacher, then a debt consultant Steve now works not only with the LAC but also with The Lantern Methodist Church further developing an ever-stronger partnership. Steve has been involved in various productions at the LAC; on the stage, building set working and developing the marketing and front of house processes. Steve is a drummer playing in a local band and slightly late to the party, Steve became a dad for the first time in 2019 to daughter Millie, so things have changed a bit…
David Kirkland – Administrator
David is the LAC’s administrator, keeping the office running on a day-to-day basis. He also oversees the art centre’s marketing and publicity, and manages the box office and hires out the studio spaces. He is very much the ‘go-to’ man!! In his spare time, he runs an improv comedy group, and enjoys listening to and telling stories.
Andrew McBride – Chief Technician
Andrew began his involvement with the Arts Centre in 1998. For over 20 years he has not only been involved in anything technical, but is also known as a general ‘fixer’ of things as an all-round handy man. Andrew provides technical support for all the hardware and software in the building, as well as managing the lighting rigs and sound equipment in the studio and main auditorium.
Susie Pottinger – Children’s and Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Susie is in charge of the children’s and youth theatres, scripting their productions, running groups and overseeing the team of leaders teaching the various groups. She has a passion for young people and continues to provide a nurturing environment for the children as they learn new skills and explore their gifts and talents.
Nick Osborne – Lantern Theatre Company Co-ordinator
Nick has recently taken on the role of co-ordinating the Lantern Theatre Company. He has been involved in the LAC for a number of years, starting off as a member of the children’s theatre before becoming a leader of one of the groups as well as joining the theatre company as an actor. His love of theatre and a desire to see social justice give him a heart to see the Lantern Theatre Company touch more lives with its shows.
Martin Welsh - Chairman
Martin works for a large construction company – based on site, usually in Central London. He lives in New Malden with his wife Penny and their 4 kids, the youngest of whom (Dan) has been part of the wonderful Children’s Theatre Club at the LAC since 2007. Martin joined in later that year appearing in Oklahoma! and has rarely been away since then… He became a trustee in 2014 and chairman in 2019.
Mick Fuller – Secretary
Mick has been a Trustee of Lantern Arts since 2009 and is now Secretary. He is a retired policeman and after 30 years in the ‘job’ he then worked for 12 years for the Charity Commission. He is a member of Streatham Baptist Church and is the designated Child Protection Officer. He has been Stage Manager for several LAC productions.
Tricia Rutter – Fundraising Coordinator
Tricia lives in Epsom and has been involved with the LAC since 2000.She became a Trustee in 2009 and coordinates the fundraising activities at the Lantern Arts Centre. Tricia enjoys live music, singing, making costumes, drama and reading and is part of the worship team at the United Church of St Mark’s, Epsom Downs.
Alan is an architect and a founding director of IID Architects in Richmond. He lives in Raynes Park with his wife and has been involved in the Arts Centre as a Trustee and active member of the LAC Community since 2008. He attends a local church in Kingston, enjoys drama, storytelling, drumming and his grandchildren.
As well as our chief technician, Andrew has been a trustee for a number of years. For over 20 years he has not only been involved in anything technical, but is also known as a general ‘fixer’ of things as an all-round handy man. Andrew provides technical support for all the hardware and software in the building, as well as managing the lighting rigs and sound equipment in the studio and main auditorium.
Kay first encountered LAC when her daughter Rebecca appeared in Scrooge in December 2009. As well as decades as a Nursery Nurse, Kay has been a school governor, a Guider, was almost a local councillor and lead two children’s centres. She now assesses children and young people’s workforce qualifications and teaches parents with young children how to support language in the early years. She loves researching where to find money for LAC, helping Tricia with fundraising and volunteering in the centre .
Dave joined the arts centre in September 2014, making his debut as Fred Gaily in Miracle on 34th Street. Since then he has become a regular in the main productions, and is an occasional member of Lantern Theatre Company. He also helps to lead Lantern Youth Theatre, our 30 strong company of 13 – 18 year olds. Outside of the LAC Dave is Head of Programmes for Variety, the Children’s Charity, working with sick, disabled and disadvantaged children all over the UK. In his spare time he can be found running and baking, though not often at the same time.
Deacon Dawn Canham
Dawn became the minister at The Lantern Methodist Church in 2018 and became quickly involved in all things LAC.
More details to follow :)
Nina van Gessel
Nina taught English Literature at universities in Canada and the Netherlands before moving to Raynes Park fourteen years ago. She now works at the University of Roehampton, marvelling every day that her cycle commute takes her through Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park. Her teenage children have both done drama at the LAC, and the whole family are keen supporters of this wonderful community resource.
Malcolm is a practising English solicitor (1975) and US attorney and counsellor-at-law (NY) (1984) working with two City law firms in the area of employment and labour. He has been a regular evening volunteer employment lawyer at the Merton Law Centre since 2017. He lives in Raynes Park and when not practising law enjoys travelling, walking, cycling and casting a fly to trout on rivers ranging from the Hampshire Test to our local River Wandle.
Gwen is a music teacher and occasional professional actor and singer. Having been involved with Lantern Arts since April 2018, on moving to Raynes Park from Sussex in August 2019, she was keen to give time and energy to promoting the work of this great community Arts centre. Living with her husband and daughter, she has enjoyed exploring the local area, walking and singing in a choir and is an active member of Everyday Church, Wimbledon.
James is a Civil Servant and has worked across several different departments in Whitehall. He currently works on health and business policy. Since getting involved at the centre in 2018, James has thrown himself into all that the LAC has to offer, from main productions to classes and events. In doing so he has rekindled a personal affection for the dramatic arts and found a wonderful community of passionate, creative people dedicated to promoting accessible and community-based arts activities. Outside of the LAC, James also enjoys Brazilian Jujitsu and wood turning.
New Trustees :)
We are pleased to announce that the Lantern Arts Centre appointed 4 new trustees in 2019:
Welcome to Gwen Elliot, James Hebbourn, Malcolm Mason and Nina van Gessel. More details below....