Head of Business Operations
Suzanne James (née Carter) is a General Manager and Producer and who has worked on productions in the West End, off-West End, Fringe and touring venues worldwide for companies including Sonia Friedman Productions, Working Title Films and the Southbank Centre.
Suzanne graduated from Sussex University with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Contemporary History before working as a freelance producer, making her first move into the West End working as an assistant producer on Angry Young Man at the Trafalgar Studios. Other productions include: for Sonia Friedman Productions – La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre, West End), Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre, West End) Arcadia and A View From the Bridge (Duke of York, West End), Dancing at Lughnasa and 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic); for Menier Chocolate Factory – A Little Night Music, Rookery Nook, and Talent; Backbeat (Duke of York, West End).
Between 2009 and 2011 Suzanne worked for Working Title Films as part of a new theatrical general management team working on Billy Elliot the Musical and the development of Bridget Jones the Musical.
Before joining 59 Suzanne worked as the Arts Coordinator at the Southbank Centre, playing a pivotal role in the programming and delivery of the year-long landmark festival The Rest is Noise and the summer 2012 Festival of the World.
Suzanne Joined 59 in 2013 and is responsible for the day to day management of the company, leading on key areas such as finance, business strategy, HR and contracting.
Head of Video
Nick Corrigan has worked with 59 Productions on a range of video projects, including the UN Global Goals Launch, Deep Time; the opening event at the Edinburgh International Festival, Wonder.Land at the National Theatre London, Sinatra at the London Palladium and the Boeing Centennial Projection Spectacular.
He began VJing in 1999 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and went on to play at clubs and festivals around world. In 2002 he created animations for Badly Drawn Boy’s European tour and subsequently went on to work with Yeast Culture on visuals for musicians including Nitin Sawhney, Matthew Herbert, Michael Nyman and Courtney Pine.
Since then Nick has continued to work on a broad array of video and animation projects, including video installations for the Mayor of London’s Future London exhibition at the Science Museum in London, video for Bernstein’s Mass directed by Dame Jude Kelly at the Royal Festival Hall, video for Nitin Sawhney and Akram Khan’s collaboration Confluence at Sadler’s Wells and live video design for Jamie Cullum’s Pursuit world tour.
More recently Nick has directed video for the Philharmonia’s production of Bluebeard’s Castle, video design for Will Tuckett’s production of West Side Story at the Sage Gateshead and creative direction for Jamie Cullum’s Momentum UK and European tour.
Head of Architecture
Jenny Melville is an architect and set designer who has specialised in design for live performance. Since graduating from her Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art, she has been designing theatrical stage sets and immersive spaces alongside her more traditional architectural work designing theatres.
Jenny joined 59 Productions in November 2015. In her time with 59, Jenny has contributed to a vast range of projects. She led the 3d design work on the V&A ‘David Bowie Is’ remounted exhibition in Bologna, the staging for the spectacular Boeing 100 year celebration show in Seattle and more recently the set design for a special performance of Sleeping Beauty for the Royal Opera House in the Switch House Tate Tanks.
Prior to joining 59, Jenny worked for over five years at world-renowned production designers, Stufish Entertainment Architects, where she gained experience in a wide range of stage and architectural projects all around the world. Notably, she was the Project Architect for the multi-award winning Han Show Theatre, a 2000 seat theatre for Franco Dragone which included some extraordinary staging technology. She also led the design on the Pink Floyd Exhibition, which opens at the V&A in May this year.
Jenny is an ARB registered Architect, having gained her professional accreditation from the University of Cambridge.
Dale joined 59 Productions in 2017 with a background in graphic design and illustration.
Dale holds a first class degree from the London College of Communication (UAL) in Illustration & Visual Media. Prior to joining 59, he worked both as a freelancer and at studios in Amsterdam and Berlin with a focus on music, art and culture.
He has worked on a variety of projects for 59 from projection mapping to theatre and exhibition design, including the award-winning and Made in Space exhibition and VR piece Grenfell: Our Home.
Claudia Fragoso graduated with a BA in Architecture from Cambridge University and more recently with an MA in Architecture from the Royal College of Art. She recently joined 59 Productions, and was involved in the set design for a special performance of Sleeping Beauty for the Royal Opera House in the Switch House Tate Tanks. She is currently leading the architectural design for the City of Glass Virtual Reality Experience that will accompany 59’s upcoming production of Paul Auster’s City of Glass at HOME in Manchester and the Lyric Theatre in London.
During her BA, Claudia interned at SO-IL in New York, where she helped them develop their current design for the Frieze Art Fair located on Randall’s Island. Claudia joined PLP Architecture in September 2012, where she was involved in concept and detail design for several masterplan proposals both in the UK and China. Her experience in temporary architecture began with installation design and construction for various festivals including the Secret Garden Party in Cambridge, England, as well as the Theater Der Welt arts festival in Mannheim, Germany. Furthermore, Claudia has worked for Nieto Sobejano Architekten in Berlin, collaborating with the competition team on various proposals around Germany as well as Vienna, Vals and Moscow. Prior to joining 59 Productions, she worked with Caroe Architecture Ltd. at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Felix works within the Design Studio as Assistant designer. He joined 59 Productions after studying at the National Centre for Computer Animation; graduating with a First Class degree- specialising in Computer Visualisation and Animation.
At 59, Felix has worked on a range of screen, stage, and interactive projects- on pieces both in the UK and Internationally. Credits include: Animator on multi-screen installation piece Má Vlast- commissioned by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Animator and Researcher on the film Deep Field- a collaboration with the Space Telescope Science Institute and Eric Whitacre. Additionally he was the Assistant Designer for Raindance award winning virtual reality projects: Grenfell: Our Home, and Nothing to be Written – commissioned by Channel 4 and BBC VR Hub respectively.
Max is a motion designer and director who graduated with a Masters degree in Digital Media Design from the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands.
During his 10 years in the Netherlands, he has created Animated music videos which were awarded Vimeo Staff Picks and awards. After starting his career VJing for bands and events, doing a whole array of festival, club and stadium shows. He was also part of an interactive art collective that created VR, projection mapping experiences and interactive installations.
After moving to London Max worked as a Senior Motion Designer at Soho production agency, specialising in creating branded content. Max recently joined 59 Productions and is currently working as a Senior Designer on ‘Memoirs of a Sailor’ remount for JACC Kuwait.
Dan joined 59 as Senior Architect in the spring of 2019. With over ten years’ experience working with a range of client organisations and design-led teams, Dan has an extensive background designing and delivering a wide range of cultural, education and mixed-use commercial building projects.
Having studied at Nottingham, Brighton and Westminster universities, Dan qualified as an architect in 2011. He previously worked at Gollifer Langston Architects, a small independent London studio, where he was part of the design team behind the award-winning integrated Primary School in Broadwater Farm in Tottenham. Dan then spent six years as a Project Architect at Levitt Bernstein Architects, where he grew from working on large-scale urban redevelopment work to a studio specialising in historic, arts and commercial projects, including the London Road Fire Station in Manchester.
Dan’s keen interest in the visual and dramatic arts together with his extensive working knowledge of spatial design and technical delivery brings him to 59 to be part of the growing architecture team. Dan has a particular interest in exploring the creative potential of both architecture and public space with a firm belief in the positive impact good design has on both individuals and society as a whole.
Jamie is a 3D/motion artist with a background in VR and VFX. He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2015 (Visual Effects BA).
He joined 59 as a Designer in August 2018. Since then, he has worked on a variety of projects, implementing design, visualisation, and video production.
Prior to joining 59 Jamie worked at a leading London VR studio as a 3D generalist, and a Seattle games studio. He has experience in video production, compositing, 3D technical art for film/realtime, and motion design.
After graduating from Manchester School of Architecture with a First Class BA (Hons) in Architecture, Asha has worked at a number of studios across the UK.
Prior to joining the 59 Productions team, Asha worked at Asif Khan Studio in London where she was involved in the design development for the Museum of London Project and Dubai Expo 2020. Alongside Architectural design, she also has a wider passion for 3D design, graphics and model-making.
Lorna is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, having gained a First Class Graphic Design BA in 2018. Her work features virtual environments, moving image, 3D artwork and interactive applications, often using narrative to explore the relationship between technology and society.
Before joining 59 she participated in Open Set, a design-research programme in the Netherlands, as well as working as a designer, animator and writer, including freelance roles as creative and editorial producer at Intern Magazine and editorial assistant at It’s Nice That.
Hannah joined the architecture team at 59 Productions, after graduating from a Master’s degree in architecture at the Royal College of Art. Her thesis investigated the hidden gender biases that are embedded in technology and explored how architecture can be used as a tool to highlight and revise these biases. Hannah won several awards for her work (The Built Environment Trust’s RCA Student Prize for Innovation 2018, KSA Undergraduate Prize for Written Work, Blue Riband Award 2018). Her work on gender biases was published in design magazines, such as Dezeen and Archdaily, and was exhibited at several venues in London.
Since joining 59 Productions in March 2019, Hannah has been involved in local and international projects, including exhibition and set design.
Prior to joining 59, Hannah worked in architecture offices in Belgium, Germany and the UK.
Senior Motion Designer
Nicol graduated from Camberwell College of Art (Graphic Design BA) and embarked upon a long career as a freelance animator and motion designer. He has wide ranging experience of animation projects from music videos, tv commercials, children’s tv, concert visuals, including animation credits on two Emmy award winning television productions, ‘World War 2 from Space’ (Prime Focus) and ‘How We Got to Now’ (Peepshow Collective).
Nicol first started working with 59 Productions during the London Olympics in 2012. Since then he has worked on most of 59’s major projection mapping projects including Sydney Opera House (2014), Hampton Court Palace (2015), Harmonium (2015), Edinburgh International Festival openings (2016/2017) and most recently the 20th anniversary celebration of the Guggenheim Bilbao. He has also created animated content for stage projects including Two Boys, Ceremony of Innocence, Light Falls, and American in Paris.
His long association with 59 led him to become an in house senior motion designer in 2017.
Hanna Schrage graduated from the Royal College of Arts Visual Communication MA programme in 2017 with a focus on virtual reality and digital design.
Kate has a background in theatre with eight years experience as producer and deviser at Idle Motion theatre company where she developed seven critically acclaimed productions. She was responsible for Idle Motion’s tour booking, successfully taking the company from small UK tours to extensive international tours, regularly touring the UK as well as Asia, Europe and the Middle East. While at Idle Motion Kate directed three shows including ‘That is All You Need to Know’ and ‘Shooting with Light’.
In addition to this Kate has co-directed two productions with New Diorama Theatre, ‘Down and Out in Paris & London’ for which her and David Byrne were nominated for a ‘Best Director’ at the Off West End awards and most recently ‘Secret Life of Humans’ which will transfers Off-Broadway in 2018.
In 2017 Kate worked as a Project Manager at BARBRI International handling the design, build and launch of their QLTS Prep course for international lawyers.
Matthew graduated from the University of Kent in July 2015 with a first class degree in Digital Arts and worked as a graphic designer prior to joining 59.
Joining in October 2015 as a design intern Matthew worked on several theatre and exhibition projects, assisting with artwork and animation for installation By Me, William Shakespeare: A Life in Writing at Somerset house and Wonder.land at the National Theatre. Since taking on the role of Assistant Designer he has worked closely on projection mapping show Deep Time for Edinburgh International Festival 2016 as a storyboard artist and visualiser, creating press images and animation content for the show.
Matthew has continued to work on a variety of projects in the UK and internationally, creating visualisations and conceptual animations for many of 59’s key projects. Select credits include theatre production City of Glass, exhibition David Bowie Is (Barcelona), Dubai World Cup 2017, projection mapping show Reflections onto the Guggenheim museum and opening events Deep Time and Bloom for EIF 2016 and 2017.
Tom is a visual director, artist and designer with over 20 years experience who works at the intersections of art, performance and technology. In 1998 he gained a first class degree in Music Technology from the University of York, and in 2006 was awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
As co-founder of artist collective KMA he created and toured large scale, interactive projection works such as Flock, Congregation and The Space in the Middle to venues across the world including Trafalgar Square, Tate Britain, Shanghai, Macau, Pittsburgh and Singapore. He has created projections for dance performances including Darshan Singh Bhuller’s Eng-er-land for Phoenix Dance Theatre and Lloyd Newson’s To Be Straight With You for DV8 Physical Theatre.
Tom has also created video for live concerts including tours for Prince, Paolo Nutini and Bryan Adams, and also pioneers experimental approaches to the uses of technology in film, including visual direction for The Knife That Killed Me (2015) and Macbeth (2018).
Matt originally joined 59 Productions in 2016 as design intern, before starting full-time in 2019 as an Architectural Designer.
Whilst studying architecture at Newcastle University and the Manchester School of Architecture, Matt focused on the crossover between art, architecture and philosophy – with a particular interest in light and perception.
Between degrees he worked in architecture practices in the UK, Sweden and Denmark, including RIBA Gold Medal winning practice Grimshaw.
Rebecca Collis graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in September 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Media Arts.
She joined 59 in late December 2014 and is currently a Producer for the company, regularly producing a variety of different projects ranging from large scale outdoor events to museum exhibitions to theatre shows. She works closely with each of the directors and design teams to help bring their artistic visions to life in as seamless a manner as possible.
Rebecca has over 4 years’ experience working freelance in the film industry prior to her joining 59 Productions. She has collaborated with some of the largest film studios in the world such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and Walt Disney, with some of her credits including ‘World War Z’, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’. Based in the production office, Rebecca specialised in the co-ordination and management of productions and throughout her career has had the pleasure of working with some of the most highly regarded producers, directors and actors within the industry.
Ollie Hester is an experienced Producer with over eight years working knowledge of the arts, entertainment and events industries.
As a freelancer, Ollie has worked on a variety of events for various corporate and creative clients including: Mimetic Festival, Penguin, BVCA, National Magazine Awards, Legal & General, EY, Schroders, Shell, BNYMellon and McKinsey.
In 2016, Ollie conceived, delivered and sold his own content-driven venue in Brighton – the biggest venue at Brighton Fringe, England’s largest open access arts festival.
Prior to joining 59 Productions, Ollie led the team at production house Underbelly for over five years. Projects for Underbelly included Pride in London, Christmas in Leicester Square, Udderbelly Festival London & Hong Kong, London Wonderground, Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations, West End Live in Trafalgar Square and a 16-venue operation (ranging from 40 to 1000 seats) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Hope graduated from the University of Sussex with an MA in Art History and Museum Curating with Photography, where she specialised in Theatre and Performance. During this time she also undertook a placement at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Blythe House digitising their collections for the general public.
Working across writing, editing, events production and administration, Hope has previously held roles at Studio Private, Dazed & Confused and Elephant West Gallery. Hope joined 59 Productions as the Administrator in April 2019 assisting the General Manager and HR Manager with the day to day running of the company.
Ellen Kenyon Peers
Ellen Kenyon Peers
Ellen graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in late 2018 with an MFA in Fine Art. Ellen holds a BA in English Literature from Queen Mary, UoL. Ellen has been working for 59 as their Administration Intern since April 2019, assisting the Administrator, HR and General managers.
Alongside working with 59, Ellen is an artist with a predominantly social practice, with particular interest in immersive installation and durational performance.
TECHNICAL & PRODUCTION
Muhammad Abdur Rahman
Jo graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA (Hons) in Music Studies, specialising in Performance. She started her career with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, working alongside Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, before moving on to positions at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester), and later the Barbican Centre (London).
With a background in classical music, Jo has worked with many of the leading international orchestras and ensembles, including the New York, Los Angeles, Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras as well as the Barbican’s resident ensembles; the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra. She produced performances and events across a wide range of genres, including semi-staged operatic performances of Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River and Oliver Nussen’s Where the Wild Things Are ; jazz performances with Jazz at Lincoln Centre and Wynton Marsalis, and eminent contemporary artists including Beck, Nils Frahm, Sasha, Bryce Dessner, Laura Mvula, Sunn O))) and Max Richter. Jo also has experience of working on outdoor festivals and events and was part of the delivery team for Open East Festival (Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London), Back to Black Festival (Old Billingsgate, London), and Walthamstow Garden Party (London).
Jo first worked with 59 Productions in the early part of 2018 on Array in the Barbican’s Beech Street Tunnel as Production Manager in the Barbican Music Team. Jo worked alongside the delivery team from 59 Productions to plan and implement the event as part of a weekend of wider Barbican events. Jo subsequently joined 59 Productions in April 2019 in the role of Production Manager.
Senior Production Manager
James Roxburgh graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Practice, specializing in Technical and Production Management. He is Production Manager for 59 Productions and has worked with the company for 5 years to realise some of the most technically challenging projects in the entertainment industry.
After graduation he worked freelance on a number of theatrical shows in the West End and then touring shows for ATG, based at the Churchill Theatre Bromley. He first started working with 59 in 2009 as a freelance Production Manager, assisting on productions After Dido and then on Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore. In 2011 he worked as Production Manager for the content film shoots for Two Boys, Dr Dee, Fink and Five Truths. Outside 59 he was Production Manager for several international touring musical productions, along with UK touring theatre work.
He began to work full time for 59 in January 2012 working on the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. He was Project Manager for 59 on David Bowie is at the V&A in 2013. He continues to work with the V&A to support the exhibition as it tours travelling to coordinate installations in Canada, Germany, USA, France, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan and Spain. He is also experienced in coordinating complex projects on sensitive sites such as Hampton Court Palace, The Royal Opera House, Somerset House, the BBC and Tate Modern.
For 59 Productions James has worked on many of our large scale events including Hampton Court 500 Rewind, The Harmonium Project, Deloite Ignite 15, Deep Time and Bloom.
Iain Syme graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Practice. Whilst there he received the Association of Lighting Designer’s Excellence in Video Design Award in 2015.
He has worked as a freelance video designer, programmer and technician for both theatre and live events. Selected design credits includes work at Battersea Arts Centre, Arcola Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. Assistant and associate credits includes work at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and international concert touring.
Iain first worked with 59 Productions on Deep Time in 2016 as a Technical Intern and then joined the company as a Technical Assistant in 2017. Since then he has worked on a number of their Stage, Exhibition, Event and VR projects both in the UK and internationally.
Jay is currently on a placement at 59 Productions, whilst studying a bachelor’s degree in Creative Lighting Control at Rose Bruford College. His research interests include generative video content, and video/lighting control practices.
He has worked as a freelance lighting programmer for theatre and live events, gaining recognition as part of the winning team of the 2018 UK Hog Factor competition.
At 59 Productions, his role as Technical Assistant includes assisting with system design, paperwork, and programming.
Richard graduated from the University of Leeds in 2017 with a BA in English Literature and Theatre Studies. Throughout his time at University and since graduating he has worked in a technical capacity in numerous venues across Leeds. His work as a Production Coordinator at Leeds University Union allowed him to aid in the production of a wide variety of events from fashion and theatre to live music and festivals.
Alongside technical work, Richard has worked as a Stage Manager and Production Manager. His particular interest in projection and video came from producing work at Leeds Light Night in 2017 and 2018.