Meet the Team

Amy Phillips - Artistic Director 

Amy Phillips directed the LAC's production of 'The Crucible' in 2015 and teaches our weekly acting class, 'First Act'. Amy is a professional actress, director and theatre practitioner who has worked extensively in theatre, television and film. 


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.


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.



The Trustees

Alan Brown – Chairman
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.


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.


Kay Wingate
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 King
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.


Martin Welsh
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.


Michael Bennett
Michael was a teacher and Head Teacher for over 25 years before starting his own IT company in 2003.He is married with a daughter and lives in New Malden. He enjoys music, reading and gardening. He spent many years running the worship and music ministry in his local parish church and has played in many different bands since the age of 15. He now plays bass guitar (very badly) but would prefer to play mandolin (very badly) as it is smaller and lighter to carry!


Janet Morgan Smith
Janet is a school Office manager, with a passion for the creative arts. Janet is married to the lovely Martin and they are both regular visitors to the LAC. Her debut performance was in Oklahoma way back in 2007 and she has appeared in at least one production every year since then. When not at the LAC, Janet enjoys Face and Body painting, jewellery making, dance, theatre and elasticated waistbands.

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