London - Committee
Andrew RogersRegional Councillor / COUNCILLOR
I have been a member of amateur dramatic societies for over 35 years. In that time I have acted in almost 60 shows, have directed over a dozen, been a stage manager, in charge of props, designer of sets, sound effects, done FOH, sold programmes, served behind the bar and been part of the set building team. I was Chairman of my current group for seven years and have served on their play reading and general committees for many years. In my fourth year as a NODA rep I was honoured to be elected to be Regional Councillor for London. I have found interacting with member societies an excellent way to put back some of what I have learnt over the years and to encourage NODA members to be always reaching for as professional a standard as possible. Amateur theatre is challenging but tremendous fun, leading to lifelong friendships and life enhancing experiences and I can't recommend it highly enough.
Annie Hertler-SmithREGIONAL SECRETARY / YOUTH ADVISER / Youth
Annie trained as a dancer from the age of 3 focussing on classical ballet most of the time. However, her last 3 years of training were in jazz dance and tap as well as ballet at the London Dance Centre under Gillian Gregory and guest teachers such as Arlene Phillips and Matt Mattox. After many years as a performer Annie turned to Directing and Choreographing and has since then worked on over 150 shows. In addition, Annie attended the Ripon Summer School for 25 years both as a student and Director/Choreographer. Annie has also run ROS StageWorks and Summer School for 13 years teaching Musical Theatre to children aged from 7-19 years old. Annie's Summer School productions have won several NODA London awards. In 2009, Annie joined the NODA London Regional Committee as Youth Advisor and really enjoys going to Youth productions around the region. She is now also the Secretary.
Pam ArmstrongREGIONAL TREASURER
Carly HiltsREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L01)
Simon JonesREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L01)
Mike SmithREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L02)
Des WilbyREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L03)
I first became involved in Am-Dram approximately 9 years ago and since then have always been involved either onstage, directing or working behind the scenes. I’ve served as both a Committee Member, and Publicity Officer, for both ELOC (Epsom Light Opera Company) and WALLOP (Wallington Operatic Company). My acting experience has included musicals, murder-mysteries, comedies, period dramas and various 1-act evenings. Most recently I was involved in WPDS’s ‘Garden Party’ which played both in Epsom, Surrey and at the barn at Smallhythe in Kent.
Robin KellyREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L04)
Phil WilcoxREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L05)
Robert MurrayREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L07)
I have been involved in theatre for years and was privileged to be on television in my younger years. I am also very proud to have watched my son in numerous productions including his West End debut with the British Youth Music Theatre; we have also performed together in Kiss Me Kate. My most recent theatre credits include Apostle in Jesus Christ Superstar and Newcomer and chorus in Avenue Q with Radlett, I played Bill Calhoun in Kiss Me Kate with Elstree followed by a run with Mill Hill playing Sweaty Eddie in Sister Act, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof and most recently the role of Bill Snipson in Me and My Girl which was by far the most challenging role I have ever played. I look forward to giving back to NODA and working with District 7 in the future.
Tony AustinREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L08)
An avid theatregoer from a young age, my practical involvement didn’t start until I was in my twenties when I wrote words and music for Revues, played G&S baritone roles and appeared in some straight plays. I then discovered Harrow Light Opera Company and played in their large scale productions at cinemas including the Gaumont State at Kilburn and stayed with them appearing and working in various capacities, including a spell as President, until their recent demise. I became a Regional Rep in 1995 and I’m still here enjoying almost every minute. I now get my fix reading at sight out-of-copyright shows (usually Edwardian or Victorian) with the George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society twice or three times a year in central London where without an audience I am still allowed to undertake the juvenile roles.
Carol BaynesREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L09)
Bill BaynesREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L09)
I have been involved in amateur theatre for more than fifty years. Coming from Cumbria my initiation was in 'Morecambe Amateurs’ playing in the grand Winter Gardens Theatre.
Leaving Cumbria in 1972, I moved to the London area and have performed leading roles in various societies at least twice a year since then until about two years ago. In later years I have enjoyed a directorial role on several occasions.
In the past, I recorded several novels for The National Listening Library and to date record items for ‘Hear-Abouts’ - a regular magazine service available for the blind and partially sighted.
Mike MonkREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L10)
Gilli Morris-MonkREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L10)
Judith WatshamREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L11A)
I got involved with amateur theatre many, many years ago through my late husband, rather on the basis of the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" principle. My main interests lie on the technical side rather than the performing side of productions and I have ‘propped' a wide variety of shows ranging from opera to one act plays via concerts, drama, musicals and compilation affairs. I have also directed several times and stage managed on a couple of occasions. I love the genuine enthusiasm to be found in amateur groups and the way people of varying ages, abilities and backgrounds work together to present what is often top-class entertainment.
Rob BertwistleREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L12)
I has been involved with amateur theatre for more years than I care to remember and have taken many principal roles with the musical societies with which I have been involved as well being a chorus member on numerous occasions. A retired music teacher and now free-lance actor I spend a good deal of my time involved with NODA work and recently directed my local society in a production of 'Annie'.
Jeanette MaskellREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L13)
Having started my stage career as a dancer at the age of 14, I have gone on to enjoy every aspect of musical theatre. I have performed both as a principal and chorus member, enjoying many diverse characters. I have choreographed and directed over 50 musicals, working with children and adults. I have also made my mark backstage on the crew and props team and been front of stage as a lighting technician. Having become a Regional Representative three years ago, I am thrilled at the wealth of talent there is within the region and enjoy visiting all my groups.
John Woodward-RobertsREGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (District L14)
I have been involved in performing in amateur drama and musical theatre for the last 40 years extending my reach in the last 20 years into directing and writing. I have performed many of the tenor and patter leads in G&S plus leading roles in Rodgers and Hammerstein e.g Curly in Oklahoma and Lerner and Lowe (Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady) and other musicals. My rewrite of Orpheus in the Underworld was a finalist at the regional NODA awards and my reimagining of Princess Ida is just about to be performed. I started a musical theatre group in Ascot nearly 30 years ago and served as its Chairman until very recently.
Jacqueline MitchellAssistant Regional Rep (District L04)
Frances ChalkwrightMEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Paul M HolgateWEBSITE EDITOR / REGIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBER
Jackie LackAWARDS SECRETARY