Board of Trustees

AOD PERFORMING A REHEARSED READING OF PALAMEDES AT EUROPE HOUSE - THE HOME OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

  • Bob retired from the Army as a Major in the REME and embarked on a journey in business. Bob's is a natural facilitator and specialises in getting things done. This, coupled with his expertise in technology and stakeholder management has enabled him to build a group of companies in Central London specialising in the development and exploitation of advanced technology and cyber techniques.

    Bob joins aod as the a trustee and sponsor for technology and marketing.
  • Maria is a professional journalist, writer and communications executive for the Media and Arts industries in Greece since 1992. She now looks forward to greater challenges in a more creative and competitive environment.
  • Andrew Copson has extensive experience of charity management, governance, public relations and education work in employment and voluntary roles. He is currently Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the British Humanist Association and a director and trustee of a number of charities including the Religious Education Council.

    His passion for Greek theatre was ignited by seeing Actors of Dionysus production as a schoolboy and led him to read Classics at Oxford where he also translated tragedies such as Medea and Prometheus Bound for performance.
  • Mike Dixon read English Literature at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, specialising in Shakespeare, the nineteenth century novel and the English Romantic Movement. After completing a PGCE he taught English in Sixth Form and Further Education Colleges and was Head of Park Sixth Form College between 2003 and 2009 where he led the work of over 70 staff and 1000 students.

    After a period working for the University of Brighton he is now an education consultant and freelance writer engaged on a number of education projects including the national poetry recitation competition for pupils aged 14 to 18 “Poetry By Heart ”

    He is currently co-editing the Poetry By Heart anthology for its publication by Penguin in October 2014. With a particular interest in Greek Tragedy Mike is very much looking forward to supporting the work of aod.
  • Mark has worked for Actors of Dionysus both as an actor and workshop leader for more than 20 years. He trained at ALRA. Theatre includes national tours of Trojan Women, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Wind in the Willows, Antigone, Jungle Book, Titus Andronicus, Great Expectations, Lysistrata, Hard Chair Stories at Brighton Festival, Now is The Hour at The Edinburgh Festival Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes and many more. He has just finished filming a new feature “Waking David” and other Film and TV work includes the feature film “Connected”, and appearances on Radio 3 and 4 drama, BAFTA nominated childrens TV “Persuasion”, short films and TV commercials. He has performed regularly in sketch comedy and cabaret shows.
  • Catherine Livesey graduated from Cambridge in 1981 and was awarded the Ben Travers Scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst there she was also awarded a Cripplegate Scholarship and in 1983 won Best Supporting Actress in a production of Carl Sterheim’s ” Die Hoser” with Simon Russell Beale at the National Student Drama Festival (NSDF).

    She was a professional actress for five years and was invited to become a Selection Judge for the NSDF. In 1990 she left the profession and accepted a teaching job at Wycombe Abbey School, where she became Head of Drama in 1992 and continues to work. She was Chairman of the National Independent School’s Drama Association (NISDA) for four years and is now a Patron.
  • MA, LGSM, STSD. Faith is an independent Theatre Producer, Director and Tutor. For the last twenty five years she has worked with groups of all ages, including at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and The London Academy of Performing Arts; and University Summer Schools (Edinburgh and Surrey).

    Currently, Faith is co-founder of Arts in Action Ltd, and is conducting on-going research into Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal.

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  • Bacchae is an exploration of the charisma and potential cruelty of power. Tamsin Shasha stars in David Stuttard's translation with classical theatre specialists Actors of Dionysus. Bring a picnic and enjoy... Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets

  • Helen is currently on road for a limited season only 10th - 19th May. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets)

  • Lysistrata is currently on road for a limited season only 22 Feb - 24th March. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and how to book tickets)

  • On June 23rd aod appeared at Bradfield College for their inaugural Arts Festival...

  • After a fantastic night at Spruce Wood Kingston on July 4th we have been invited to perform the play at Allington Castle on Sunday 27th September. For more details click here.

  • 2014 sees aod celebrate its 21st birthday. For this occasion we have produced a special anniversary brochure detailing aodProductions, aodEducation and aodEvents..

  • On Sat 12th July aod held a small launch of their new Sappho CD The Sweetness of Honey at a private house in London.  The evening was  a great success and there was much enjoyment to be had.  To view pics of the event please click here...

  • We are delighted and grateful to have received funding from The Arts Council England toward our forthcoming research and development project, Helen. The funding will enable us to explore the potential of Helen, and continue our development toward new artistic territory...

  • Bettany Hughes in discussion with David Stuttard on the subject of Medea and C5th BC Women as broadcast at Rose Theatre Kingston as part of aod’s run with Medea from 12th – 15th Nov 2013

  • This Autumn (Nov 11-15th) aod return to the Rose Theatre Kingston with a new production of Euripides’ masterpiece of sexual jealousy and revenge, Medea...

  • On 18th November 2010 Tamsin was interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds presenter, Andrew Edwards. This was to coincide with the company’s sell-out performance of Lysistrata at Square Chapel in Halifax. After a shaky start the interview became very entertaining indeed…

  • Yes – very nigh. The nigh is now – tonight in fact. The last performance of aod’s Autumn tour of Lysistrata will be performed tonight at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead. To all of those attending tonight, and indeed any other nights you may have attended – I hope the evening is, and was, hugely enjoyable...

  • Well the rumours are true, it’s official – Lysistrata is sold out in London! But luckily we have  added a matinee so all of you late-comers still have a chance to get tickets....

  • Lysistrata is well and truly out there. The tour has been all over the country and has been shown to many a full house. From the Buxton Opera House, to the Jersey Arts Centre, Norwich Playhouse and the Borough Theatre in Abergavenny to name but a few...

  • A few weeks ago (that’s how up to date I am with blogs!) a researcher from Radio 4’s Today programme enquired as to whether aod would be interested in recording a short piece about the Economic Crisis in Greece – all roads led to us she said! ...