ANTHONY VAN LAAST – Creative Director
Choreographic credits for theatre include: Mamma Mia! (worldwide), Sister Act (London Palladium), Bombay Dreams (London and Broadway), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (worldwide), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK and US), My Fair Lady (US tour); and for film include: Who Dares Wins, Princess Carabou, Hope and Glory, Mamma Mia! and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Direction and staging: Grease (Scandinavia), Chess (UK and European tours), EFX starring Michael Crawford (Las Vegas) and Siegfried and Roy (Las Vegas). He has made arena concerts for many people including: Kate Bush, Elaine Paige, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sarah Brightman and most recently Mika. In 1999 he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to dance.
JAMES POWELL – Co-‐Director
Credits include: Singin’ in the Rain (Associate Director -‐ West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal National Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick (Resident Director -‐ London, Director Australia), Les Miserables (Associate Director-‐London, Co Director UK Tour, Spain and USA, Director -‐ Berlin), Mary Poppins (Director-‐ UK Tour, Australia, Holland), Dirty Dancing (Director -‐ London, Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, USA tour, Berlin).
NICK GRACE – Executive Producer
Nick Grace has more than 15 years experience of producing a variety of Arena shows. Nick Grace Management are currently Associate Producers of the International Tour of Mamma Mia!, which has visited 35 countries and been seen by more than 4.3 million people across the world. They are also the general managers and booking agents for Walking With Dinosaurs -‐ The Arena Spectacular tour in UK, Europe and Asia, and which in the first year of touring has been seen by over 1.8 million people. Nick Grace was also the Associate Producer for the recent South African production of Mamma Mia!
ALLAN HEINBERG – Writer
Allan Heinberg’s writing and producing credits include: Party of Five, Sex and the City, Gilmore Girls, The OC, Grey’s Anatomy and The Amazon’s Voice, his first play. Heinberg also developed the animated series Legion of Super Heroes for Warner Bros. Animation. His other comics work includes JLA (with Geoff Johns), Superman/Batman, Wonder Woman, and Uncanny X-‐Men.
PROFESSOR GORDON MURRAY – Batmobile Designer
In 1969, Gordon joined the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director winning two world championships (1981 & 1983). Gordon joined McLaren Racing as Technical Director in 1988 and three consecutive championship wins (1988, 1989 & 1990) followed. 1990 Gordon helped establish a new McLaren Cars Ltd. The F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best engineered car. A racing version won two world sports car championships and the Le Mans 24-‐hour race on its first attempt in 1995.
McLaren Cars then completed several other successful projects culminating with the Mercedes-‐Benz SLR McLaren programme. In July 2007, Gordon Murray Design was established to develop an innovative and disruptive automotive manufacturing technology, trademarked iStream® along with the T.25, a radical city car, central to both the development and validation of iStream®.
ES DEVLIN – Production Designer
Design credits for concert and stage include: Lady Gaga, MUSE, Pet Shop Boys, Kanye West, Take That and stage/costume design for Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Sadlers Wells and major European opera houses including Barcelona, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Vienna and Copenhagen. Winner of TPi Stage Designer of the year 2011 and 2010 as well as Olivier Award 2006, TMA Award 1999 and Linbury Prize 1996.
JACK GALLOWAY – Costume Designer
Costume Designer / Associate Costume Designer for the following productions Musicals: Dirty Dancing (Hamburg and Utrecht); Spamalot (London); Disney’s Lion King (Europe); Beauty and the Beast (Europe); Hunchback of Notre Dame (Berlin); West Side Story (Bregenz); Thoroughly Modern Millie (London); Saturday Night Fever (London); Contact (London). Dance & Opera: 5210 & Essence (Walker Dance Park Music); The Journey, Sour Milk, Candoco, Celebrated Soubrette, Rambert, Arthur I &II (Edward II Birmingham Royal Ballet); Mr Wordly Wise & Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet); Macbeth (Zurich Opera); Il Trovatore (Madrid); Ariadne auf Naxos (Scottish Opera); Cosi Fan Tutte, Magic Flute and Der Ring des Nibelungen (Royal Opera). Theatre: Heros, Ducktastic, Up for Grabs (London’s West End); Aristocrats, Buried Child (RNT); Skin of our Teeth and Dr Faustus (Young Vic).
JAKE BERRY – Technical Director
He is the founder and CEO of Jake Berry Productions, with credits for arena productions including: U2 360 tour, U2-‐ Vertigo Tour, Walking with Dinosaurs – The Live Arena Show, The Rolling Stones -‐ Bigger Bang Tour/ Voodoo Lounge Tour/ Bridges to Babylon Tour/40 Licks tour, AC/DC, Metallica, Shakira, Tina Turner and The Barney Tour.
JAMES SEYMOUR BRETT – Music Composer
Composer, orchestrator and collaborator credits for stage and screen include: Walking With Dinosaurs -‐ The Live Arena Show, Planet 51, Disney Worldwide Re-‐branding, 2012, Crusoe, 10,000BC, X-‐Men The Movie, Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Metallica S&M and Band of Brothers.
SIMON BAKER – Sound Designer
Recent work includes Witches Of Eastwick (London), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London and Broadway) and Mary Poppins (London) -‐ all with Andrew Bruce. Closer To Heaven (Arts Theatre, London), Jailhouse Rock (Piccadilly, London), 125th Street (Shaftesbury, London), Spamalot (Palace Theatre, London), The Play What I Wrote (London, Broadway and UK Tours), The Lord Of The Rings (Toronto and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London -‐ 2008 Olivier Nomination Best Sound), Boeing Boeing (2008 TONY Nomination Best Sound), God Of Carnage (London, Broadway and UK Tours), Our House (UK Tour), The Norman Conquests (London and Broadway), Arcadia (London), Complicit (London), Tempest and As You Like it (Bridge Project 2010 -‐ London, BAM and International Tours), The Birds (Dublin), Real Thing (Old Vic, London), Late Middle Classes (Donmar, London), La Bete.
SAM PATTINSON – Video Producer
Video content for concert and stage include: The Rolling Stones Licks Tour 2002 & Bigger Bang Tour 2005, U2 Vertigo Tour 2005 & 360 Tour 2009, Lady Gaga Monster Ball, George Michael 25 Live, Janet Jackson, AC/DC, The Chemical Brothers, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, The Pet Shop Boys Pandemonium Tour, Take That Beautiful World & Circus Tours, Little Britain Live and Robbie Williams.
PATRICK WOODROFFE – Lighting Designer
Design credits for music, classical, dance, opera and film include: ABBA, The Police, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, Take That, Vanity Fair, Stevie Wonder, Queen’s Jubilee Concerts, Ben Hur Live, Three Tenors, Romeo + Juliet Vienna State Opera, Lord of the Dance, High School Musical 3 and This Is it.
THE CIRCUS SPACE – Creative Partner/Circus Consultants
Circus Space is the UK’s National Centre for the Circus Arts. Based in a magnificent former power station in London, they are a world-‐class hub for training, rehearsal, performance and professional development in the circus arts. Juliette Hardy-‐Donaldson and Bryan Donaldson toured the world as aerial act, Duo Vertigo. Today, Juliette passes her wealth of experience to the next generation as Circus Space’s Head of Aerial and Bryan is a highly regarded circus rigging practitioner and consultant.