Fiona was instrumental in setting up The Theatre Orchard in 2007 as Arts Development Officer for North Somerset Council. Fiona steers and oversees Theatre Orchard’s work, as well as fundraising, programming (Theatre Shop/Theatre Tropicana) and producing (Nutshell Nutcracker, as well as a host of community engagement projects).
Fiona’s wider independent producing work in recent years includes Living Spit, Company of Angels, Shoofly Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. Before moving to the South West, Fiona ran Sainsbury’s nationwide Arts Sponsorship Programme, developing and managing award-winning partnerships with national and regional arts companies, theatres and galleries.
Technical and Stage Management
She has worked as Assistant/Deputy Stage Manager for companies including Opera North, Opera Holland Park, the Royal Court Theatre, and as Company Manager for English Touring Opera and Grange Park Opera.
Fiona has been involved with Theatre Orchard since 2012 providing technical support for performances across North Somerset, and she works regularly with Living Spit, most recently as Company Stage Manager on Living Spit’s Frankenstein at Theatre Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare.
She has been Stage Manager at The Theatre Shop since its first season in 2015.
Specialisms: PR, youth engagement, board development
For the last fifteen years, Jessica Ray has worked in Education and the Arts. Jessica has worked in both the private and public sectors. She began her career at the young PR agency, Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications managing accounts for clients including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The New Art Gallery Walsall as well as commercial Art Galleries such as Anthony d’Offay.
Jessica has worked for Arts Council England’s Creative Partnerships (£40 million government funded creativity programme to encourage long term and sustainable partnerships) and Teachers TV (the government funded but independent channel) in key Public Relations and Public Affairs positions. She has worked in a 24 hour press office across policy areas including Licensing and Broadcasting.
For the last six years Jessica has worked 1:1 with children with social, emotional and behavioural needs in primary schools. THRIVE trained, she uses her arts background to nurture young children and enable them to feel proud of their achievements. Jessica loves the Arts and is committed to the development of creative education.
Marie-Dominique has always had a passion for Art, Music and Dance. After completing a Photographic Arts degree at the University of Wales in 2004, she spent some years doing freelance photography in England as well as in Australia.
In Australia, she was able to focus on doing newborn baby portraits at the Royal Melbourne Women’s Hospital. She came back to settle in North Somerset to start her own family and continue to work on a mix of commercial Photography projects as well as family portraits.
She became involved with The Theatre Orchard through volunteering for the Theatre Shop in Clevedon and was intrigued by the challenge of photographing such varied performances in such unique venues. She is responsible for many of the photographs across this site and her work can also be seen at demersking.com.