Board of Trustees


  • Bob Garbett is an ex-army entrepreneur who in 2007 left the military as a Major following injury in service. He recovered sufficiently to embark on a new career in software development and cyber security, eventually focusing on the fast growing drone industry. During his military service he established senior level expertise in electronic systems engineering, aeronautical engineering, airworthiness, aviation risk, technical authorship, standards, planning and project management. This background led him strategically to invest in the development of other complementary businesses and to bring them together within the Drone Major Group which is uniquely placed to provide a blend of services essential to the rapidly growing drone industry. Bob founded Drone Major Group which is comprised of the following companies: Software Major, Cyber Major, Drone Major and SUAS (the world’s largest online network for the drone industry).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BSc Eng (Hons) ACGI. Graduating in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College in 1975, Andy has always worked in telecommunications and IT, frequently in executive roles with companies pioneering emerging communications technologies. In 2002, he founded Pactel Solutions, his telecoms and IT consulting and project management company. Andy is a long-time supporter of the charity, The House of St Barnabas in Soho, which re-emerged 5 years ago as a social enterprise with an integrated not-for-profit private members’ club dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness. He has in the past supported Scouting in the UK, serving as Group Chairman and as Local Marketing Communications Manager for the 2012 World Jamboree in his home city of Chelmsford. He is particularly interested in performance arts ranging from music to theatre across many genres and has been a member of The Chelmsford Singers for the past 7 years.
  • Steve Cowton was born in rural Northumberland and began his life as a Stage Hand under a government funded job creation scheme before going on to work as Stage Manager, Front of House Officer and Company Administrator for the touring Northumberland Theatre Company. He co-founded the Alnwick District Playhouse Trust which successfully raised over £1m to convert a derelict cinema into a thriving community based Arts Centre – which he ran successfully for over 15 years. Since 2005 he has worked at The Lowry in Salford – joining as a Senior Programmer and becoming Head of Theatre Operations three years ago. He takes overall responsibility for programming the Lowry’s three theatres – working across all scales and artforms – and embracing both large scale commercial Producers and the subsidised sector. He has had the pleasure of programming Actors of Dionysus for more years than he would care to remember – from early days in Alnwick right through to The Lowry in 2017.
  • David is a Director, Writer, Dramaturg, and Academic. Both his theatrical and academic expertise is on the performance of ancient Greek drama, and he is currently working on a performance history of feminist engagement with Euripides’ The Bacchae. He has taught at Royal Holloway, University of London and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, and is the Executive Producer of the annual Greek Play at King’s College London. He is also a co-founder and current co-artistic Director of By Jove Theatre Company, an award-winning socialist-feminist performance ensemble.
  • Olga Gekht is a manager at a leading rating agency and possesses extensive experience in finance with particular focus on credit risk management. She has extensive experience in working with institutions in a highly regulated financial services industry in diverse geographical locations. She worked with a variety of companies, from new entrants to well established listed financial institutions, to assess their market strategy and to understand and evaluate their internal governance processes. She is experienced in managing change and enabling an organisation to evolve and thrive in a changing regulatory and market environment. Olga holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Olga is very interested in theatre and Greek mythology and is looking forward to using her experience in finance to support the work of aod.

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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! ...