Rachel Edwards Producer
Rachel was born and raised in South London and has lived in SW17 for 15 years.
Rachel founded TAC in 2011 and has produced all five of their critically acclaimed shows, Invasion! (January 2011) Tinderbox (September 2011) Barbarians (April 2012) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (August 2013) Sweeney Todd at Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop/West End (2014/15) and the current revival of Barbarians at Central St Martins School of Art. Earlier this year Sweeney Todd won ‘Best Musical’ at the ‘Off West- End Awards’ where Rachel won ‘Best Producer’. Rachel also won in the performance category of the Hospital Club’s ‘Top 100’ Awards recognizing the top 100 people the creative industries in the UK in 2015. Rachel was also nominated for ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2015 Stage Awards. Rachel is one of three general partners overseeing Sweeney Todd’s transfer to New York in February 2017.
Rachel has also run many TAC events, such as music nights and a number of popular pop-up cinemas on Tooting High Street and at Tooting Bec Lido. Rachel originally trained as an actress at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked extensively in Theatre over the last ten years.
Bill Buckhurst Associate Director
Previous work for Tooting Arts Club: Sweeney Todd (Tooting and West End) Barbarians, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tinderbox
Previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Hamlet (world tour, co-director), Omeros, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank/UAE Tour). Other directing credits include: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); Riff Raff (Arcola Theatre); The Vegemite Tales (West End/Riverside Studios); Normal (The Union); Penetrator, The Night Before Christmas (Theatre 503). As assistant director: Get Santa!, Aunt Dan and Lemon (Royal Court Theatre). As an actor, his theatre credits include: seasons at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Propeller, Royal Court, Chichester, Northampton and Oxford Stage Company.
Susan Dunn Outreach and Education
Susan studied Drama at St Mary’s College, majoring in Directing for the Theatre and subsequently trained to teach Drama at The Institute of Education. Sue is currently Head of Physical and Arts Education at Burntwood school and has just been appointed Performing Arts Specialist Leader in Education. During her time at Burntwood she has directed many productions including The Oresteia, The Tempest, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Bugsy Malone, Hairspray and most recently Annie. Sue, together with Rachel, is a co-founder of TAC and has worked on all TAC productions and events.