About Us

David Glass Ensemble is an artist led international theatre company creating vibrant, relevant and powerful theatre. Since 1979 David Glass has been performing and creating across the world, then in 1990 he established the David Glass Ensemble as a pioneering physical, devised and applied theatre company. Creative learning and engagement with artists and audiences around the world is central to the company's ethos, while vivid, celebratory storytelling sits at the heart of the company's values and process.

The Ensemble engages imaginatively, and boldly to a world that is furiously changing in new and extraordinary ways. And during this time of virtual relationships, the shared visceral experience of theatre is more important than ever.
Original work, adaptations and ongoing socially relevant projects (such as The Lost Child, AB Project and Galapagos), are all ways that the Ensemble develops long term sustainable work.
One of our core values is the support of emerging artists through mentoring, accessible training opportunities, and through employment. By working with older more established artists, young artists learn through experience and develop their network- both essential for sustainable arts work.

We believe

In theatre we must engage, entertain and if we do this well we might, if we're lucky, educate.
The arts job is to evoke, provoke and invoke through great storytelling.
We are not here to lecture but to reveal, seduce, delight, surprise and most of all move the audience.
Let us fail at excellence, not succeed at mediocrity.
In theatre we play problems, not solve problems.
Life is inconvenient, messy and a struggle. Let theatre reflect this and you might have an art form that has passion at its root and ordinary people might want to see.


David Glass


David Glass is an award winning solo performer, theatre director, writer, designer, lighting designer, filmmaker, teacher and creative thinker. He is one of the UK’s most prominent Theatre Directors and one of the principal founders of the Physical/Visual

Natalie Richardson

Executive Producer

Natalie is Director of Konzept Arts & Ideas, a pan-European performing arts management company specialising in the management of contemporary dance theatre, physical/visual theatre and performance installation.

Sam Julyan

Associate Producer

Sam is an internationally award winning theatre producer and general manager with a focus on new live content.

Maj-Britt Mathiesen

Producer Denmark

The world is our playground. Her entire career Maj-Britt has been engaged in working with international theatre production. Trained from Schools in New York and Russia as actress. She simultaneously finished her degree in Theatre Science at the University of Copenhagen. She has worked as a free lance producer and actress throughout her career. From 2003-2013 she headed her own Theatre production Company ECLECTIC. Dedicated to telling stories and working interdisciplinary.

Gavin Richards

Assistant Producer

Wales born and raised, Gavin graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth with a BA in Acting. He has since worked as an actor, director and facilitator and has now turned his hand to producing.

Mary Pelling

PA & Administrator

Mary is responsible for helping with administration, social media and website; the things which go on behind the scenes and enable great creative stuff to happen and for the audience to learn about it!

Non-Executive Board Members

Susanne Burns


Susanne Burns is an independent arts and cultural sector management consultant with more than 35 years of senior management experience.

David Pearl

David Pearl – Innovator in Business, The Arts and Social Change.

Josette Bushell-Mingo

Previously the Head of Acting at Stockholm University of the Arts, Sweden, Josette Bushell-Mingo is an award-winning actor and director whose career has included performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Manchester Royal Exchange.  She was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Rafiki in the West End production of The Lion King and she starred in the internationally acclaimed production Nina: A Story about Me and Nina Simone.


Kumiko Mendl


Kumiko Mendl has worked as an actor, director, producer and teacher for more than thirty years. She is a founding member of New Earth Theatre and has been Artistic Director since 2011. She trained at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris and worked as an actor with many theatres including the National Theatre, The Young Vic, Soho Theatre, The Gate, Northampton Royal & Derngate, Polka Theatre and The Unicorn as well as for television and radio.

Dr. Sue Buckmaster

Children/Young Audiences

Dr Sue Buckmaster is the Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites, a puppetry expert and the fourth generation of theatre practitioners in her family.

Professor Lynn McDonald

Child Development/Lost Child Project

Dr Lynn McDonald is the creator of the internationally acclaimed USA family engagement program FAST® and the founder of the non-profit organization Families & Schools Together.


Benji Reid

Benji Reid is an award-wining visual theatre director, who has been the recipient of the Nesta Dreamtime award, runner up for Art05 Award and currently the recipient of the Welcome Trust award for exploring the relationship between physical theatre and sports. Benji was a member of Broken Glass street crew before formally training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, lighting design and choreography at the Northern School of Contemporary dance.

Conor Boyle

Conor is the Head of Programme Development, Learning and Country Programmes for Better Work, a partnership working towards improving working conditions in the garment industry.  In his role, he oversees the Better Work programmes in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Madagascar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He is also responsible for the programme’s donor relations and learning strategies as well as collaboration within the ILO on Better Work’s influencing agenda.

John Dale

John worked as an actor and then became a Director at the Royal Court Theatre, London, responsible for young writing. He joined the BBC as a kids’ writer/director and then ITV, developing successful television formats, including the ‘No 73’ Saturday morning show, before going on to write and produce mainstream award-winning adult drama. Pausing briefly to become an academic and gaining a Fellowship for his work on digital communities, he returned to the BBC to help set up the new digital channels and then went to head an innovation unit in BBC Strategy, whilst also being seconded to the Cabinet Office.

Artists & Trainers

Mike Alfreds


Mike Alfreds was born in London, trained as a director at Carnegie Mellon in the USA where he lived for 8 years, during which time he worked for MGM studios in Hollywood and was artistic director of theatres in Tucson and Cincinnati. For 5 years he lived in Israel and was artistic director of the Jerusalem Khan Theatre. In the UK, he founded Shared Experience and ran it for 13 years. He was artistic director of Cambridge Theatre Company, renamed Method & Madness, and has directed for The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Maisie Armah


Maisie is an actress, physical performer and poet based in London. She trained at East 15 Acting school graduating with a first class degree in Physical Theatre in 2020. Previously she trained in a foundation in Acting at RADA and is a National Youth Theatre alumni. In 2021 Maisie took part in the Pappy Show Mentorship Scheme.

Elliot Pritchard


Elliot is an Actor and Director centred around the creation and pursuit of authentic Queer stories, Physical storytelling and continued exploration of classic texts. Elliot trained at East 15 Acting School and has collaborated with David Glass acting as Assistant Director for The Guilded Splinter (2021) and Waiting for Godot (2022). Elliot also performed in This Changes Everything (2018).

Kyll Thomas-Cole


Kyll Thomas-Cole is a 2020 graduate from the East 15 Acting School and is an associate Artist with the David Glass Ensemble, The Pappy Show, Created a Monster, Flabbergast Theatre and Babel Theatre. His work has been performed at Camden Fringe, Tramshed, TEDx Bedford, New Diorama SHINE BLACK, SHINE Takeover at Latitude 2021.

Silvia Priscilla Bruni


Silvia Priscilla is a performer, storyteller and theatre teacher who started studying theatre since she was a teenager, getting her diploma in Commedia dell’Arte at Accademia l’Avogaria in Venice. While researching and deepening her skills in pantomime with Maria Claudia Massari (assistant to Marcel Marceau) and puppetry with Familie Floz, Silvia Priscilla felt the need to tell stories by mixing traditional fairytales with real ones.

Jack Norris


Jack is an actor and workshop facilitator passionate about giving young people a platform to honestly express themselves and be listened to. Jack trained at Drama St Mary’s on the Drama and Physical Theatre course (BA Hons) where he developed an interest in making emotive, surrealist, and absurdist work exploring liminal spaces.

Finn Boyle


Finn Boyle is a writer joining the Ensemble for The AB Project. One of the youngest members of the Ensemble, he aids in the coordination and publicizing of The AB Project internationally. In the past he has worked with wide-ranging and disparate groups including the Phnom Penh Players and the PERSPECTIVE Ensemble.

David Bassuk

Director, Producer, Educator.

Professor of Acting in the Conservatory of Theater Arts at Purchase College, SUNY, School of the Arts & Creative Director of White Horse Immersive in Hangzhou, China. Currently, a Fulbright Scholar teaching immersive narrative and game design at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, Austria. Bassuk’s teaching explores the integration of theatre, transmedia storytelling, gameplay, and the design of immersive narratives and storyworlds. Directs in professional acting programs as well as mentoring students in stage directing, creative writing and designing experimental performances.

Kate Kraay

Kate is an interdisciplinary actor, performer, physical theater artist, voice actor and producer based in Seattle. A graduate of the MA Theatre Lab course at RADA, she performs both at home and abroad. Kate helped to devise and perform in The Brides, with the David Glass Ensemble and Topi Dalmata. Immersive theatre credits include the Queen of Hearts and the White Knight in Curiouser and Curiouser, and Mathilde Laurent-Perrier in The Champagne Widow, both at Cafe Nordo in Seattle. Film credits include the feature Lane,1974,directed by SJ Chiro. Kate created the role of Madelyn Brass in the audio drama BRASS, currently in development for an episodic series.  

Kate is working with her sister, Heidi Kraay, on developing a new work entitled Unwind:Hindsight is 2020. 

David Glass Ensemble
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Bath Spa University,
Newton St Loe Newton Park
Bath, BA2 9BN
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