Michael Whitmore - Artistic Director, Writer/Adapter/Director
Michael Whitmore founded Quantum Theatre in 1993 having gained a degree in Drama followed by an MA in Acting at Guildford School of Acting and Dance and since then has written, adapted and directed all of the company’s output.
To date Michael has written around 40 plays for Quantum Theatre, both adaptations of classic texts and his own work on subjects from the National Curriculum as well as new work exploring the Great War, The 2012 Olympics and environmental issues including energy saving and recycling.
Michael enjoys adapting the classics for the stage and amongst others has adapted Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen , Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations, ETA Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass and Beatrix Potter’s much loved The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. He has also produced and directed Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
Jessica Selous - Artistic Director, Set Painter/Prop Maker/Costumes
Jessica co-founded Quantum Theatre with Michael in 1993 and is Co-Artistic Director as well as the main set painter, prop and costume maker for Quantum shows.
She creates the strange and wonderful creatures that appear in all the shows including Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and The reluctant Dragon and makes all the props and costumes for Quantum’s output.
Jessica also writes all the lyrics for the shows and you may occasionally find her working out the odd harmony.
Jessica is in charge of marketing and writes and produces all the Quantum literature and publicity material. She has designed children’s worksheets and teachers' notes for the company's schools work as well designing and writing the programmes for each season and designing posters and leaflets for all Quantum's output.
Gideon Escott - Musical Director, Composer/Arranger
Gideon Escott was first commissioned to write the music for Quantum’s show The Big Drip back in 1993 and thus began the partnership which continues to this day. Gideon writes and arranges all the music for Quantum shows with styles ranging from 1930s jazz through orchestral, rock to contemporary pop as well as sharing the administration of the company with Caroline.
As well as writing scores for Quantum shows Gideon also arranges all the music for Quantum’s output and plays all the instruments too.
Gideon has arranged traditional sea shanties for Treasure Island, the fairy music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Feste’s pop songs in Twelfth Night and he wrote and arranged Scandinavian folk music for The Snow Queen, traditional tunes for The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny and Great Expectations , nursery rhymes for Alice Through the Looking Glass, folk songs for The Reluctant Dragon and carols for The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol.
Caroline McGlade - Administration
Caroline McGlade - Administration
Caroline trained as an Actor/Musician at Rose Bruford and gained her first professional acting job with Quantum Theatre, where she stayed for several tours before moving on to pastures new.
After working as an actress for several years she re-joined Quantum as administrator and now looks after Quantum's educational work in schools, marketing plays on the curriculum, administrating the bookings and liaising with teachers.
Caroline shares company administration with Gideon and between them they look after ticket sales for our summer tour and deal with all enquiries from the general public.
Lauren Marshall - Company Manager
Lauren trained as an Actor at E15 and soon after joined Quantum Theatre to perform the eponymous role in Grammar Girl, followed by the Snow Queen in Quantum's Christmas tour.
She now joins Quantum as Company Manager where she employs a myriad of skills from casting the plays, assistant directing, dealing with the tech for our productions, looking after the performers whilst they're on tour and learning a play at the drop of a hat to cover all the shows, through to the more sedateadmin and tour booking.
Since graduating from East 15 Lauren has been involved in both creating her own theatre and also a UK wide TIE tour and continues to perform around her Quantum duties.