Michelle Payne- Artistic Director
Michelle is a director and playwright from Essex recently working on artist-led programme Future Forms with the Donmar Warehouse under the guidance of Sacha Wares.
Michelle was a 2019 recipient of the Regional Theatre Young Directors' Scheme completing a three month residency at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Here she assisted Ryan McBryde on Cinderella which was nominated for Best Pantomime at the Great British Panto Awards.
Her immersive play Squad Goals at Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. in 2020 received multiple 4 & 5 star reviews and features from theatre and national press before being published by Salamander Street in April 2021.
Recent Directing Credits:
THE UNREPPED SHOWCASE - TECTUM Theatre, Canal Cafe - 2021
FUNDRAISED by Hai Le - WRITEWILD, WildChild, Park Theatre - 2021
DEAR DEAD JASON by Jen Moss (R&D) - Bruised Sky Productions, NDT Broadgate - 2021
THE LIBERATORS by Michelle Payne - PPA 3rd Year Acting for Stage & Screen - 2021
MY THREE SISTERS by Holly Rose Hawgood (R&D) - The Bush - 2021
JESS by Stephanie Silver - The Space UK Online - 2020
SQUAD GOALS by Michelle Payne - Dagenham & Redbridge FC - 2020
FIND ME by No Fixed Address - VAULT Festival - 2020
ORDINARY DAYS by Adam Gwon - OWC, Rose & Crown - 2017
Recent Writing Credits:
MEMORY BOX - Online, Winner: Mercury Monologues - 2020
SAD ABOUT THE COWS - Tristan Bates Theatre - 2019
Michelle is currently developing new musical Enthusiastically, Yes! about sexual consent with singer-songwriter Craig Webb with the support of Harlow Playhouse. A song from the show will be at The Garrick (West End) on 4th October as part of Adam Lenson Productions & Aria Entertainment’s The Chamber Musical Sessions.
Michelle is also an acting teacher for Sylvia Young Theatre School & for the West End Kids company.
Richard Swann - Creative Producer
Richard is a graduate of Bird College having trained in acting and theatre performance; originally from Huddersfield West Yorkshire, he has made London his home. He began his producing career for the theatre company NQ Theatricals in 2015 and worked on their debut production The Sisterhood by Ranjit Bolt at London’s Leicester Square Theatre.
Richard has worked as Associate Producer on a freelance basis at Caspa Arts since 2016 and is pleased to be working with the team again as Creative Producer at Savi. He is passionate about supporting Michelle’s artistic vision in bringing underrepresented voices to the stage.
As Producer: The Sisterhood (Leicester Square Theatre), People Around Us (Film), Drafts (Stage), My Town (Web Series)
Charlotte Payne - Course Leader
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (BA Musical Theatre) & CBS dance.
Charlotte is a musical theatre actor and vocal coach from Essex. She began performing with the West End Kids at prestigious events such as West End Live & Move It and at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 arena.
POTTED PANTO - Garrick Theatre West End & Southwark Playhouse - 2019/20
SQUAD GOALS - Dagenham and Redbridge FC - 2020
THE PIRATE QUEEN - London Coliseum, West End -2020
RYCA: REFRESH (Soloist) - Live @ Zedel - 2019
Charlotte was also a lead singer for Norwegian Cruise Line 2017-2019
FLIGHT OF PASSAGE & NA'VI RIVER JOURNEY - Walt Disney World
HOODS: A MUSICAL by Drew Jaymeson and Kevan Frost
SHOOT...BANG! by John Victor (in association with Perfect Pitch)
"Scrappy Doo, brilliantly pitched in this performance by Charlotte Payne" - The Stage.
Charlotte is also a professional vocal coach who completed her training with the Martin Williams Vocal Studio & is currently supported by the Queens Theatre Hornchurch new frontiers micro-commission scheme. She currently teaches private clients and for the West End Kids Vocal Studio.