Committee - West Midlands
Andy BrownRegional Councillor / Volunteer
Andy was delighted to have the opportunity to become the regional representative initially for District 12. He had a tough act to follow, with the role having previously been occupied by Ian G. Cox our regional councillor. Following a restructure across the region we amalgamated District 12 and some societies from District 5 into a new District 5 (East Worcestershire and Avon). In addition, some societies from District 10 also moved across.
During the last 30 years, Andy has worked with a number of amateur societies within Worcestershire. However, the majority of time has been with Droitwich Theatre and Arts Club at The Norbury Theatre. Whilst at the Norbury he has taken part in over 100 productions as well as having directed many plays, pantomime and a musical. Andy serves on the 'Theatre Council' where he is currently Chair of their Stage Committee.
Andy's and his wife Melanie and look forward to getting to know as many people as possible in the district and wish everyone success with their productions.
Wendy WinterburnRegional Secretary / Regional Treasurer / Volunteer
When Wendy is not working her day job as a Receptionist at a small firm of Accountants in Hereford she is an active member of the Hereford Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society and has been for 20 years. Besides being an active member she has also held the positions of Secretary, Membership Secretary and Treasurer. She is currently Editor of the Society Newsletter.
Wendy was NODA West Midlands Regional Secretary for a few years before also taking on the mantle of Regional Treasurer from Michael Hastilow and has held the positions jointly since.
When Wendy is not working or performing on stage she enjoys dance classes and also her singing lessons.
Robin CooperRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM02)
Some of you may already know Robin Cooper who, for more than 35 years, has been involved in local amateur theatre in Shropshire. His vast experience has been gained as an actor, singer and dancer onstage but also stage crew, lighting designer, director and set designer behind the scenes. Robin has performed with Telford, Bridgnorth, Donnington, Horsehay and Shrewsbury societies. Robin has taken on nearly every Committee role so has a comprehensive wealth of knowledge and understanding of staging all types of performance. Robin looks forward to working with you all over the next coming months.
Alan BruceRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM03)
For those of you who don't know Alan, you may recognise his name. Alan has been writing theatre reviews for the Staffordshire Sentinel for over five years now, which in a roundabout way has led to this appointment, filling the void my predecessors created by standing down from the role.
Alan is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor, a cancer survivor, musical/comedy play-write, Staffordshire Sentinel Theatre reviewer.
Alan's theatrical history began with Gordon Alcock's Studio One group in 1983, playing Kenickie in Grease, this lead to a string of shows with the group, including their award-winning drama festivals.
Alan's wife Jan, a dancer and choreographer, also with Studio One, Newcastle Amateur Operatic Society, got the theatre bug into him shortly after meeting her in 1980.
They both spent over Twenty-Five years with Stone Little Theatre, performing, writing, the odd bit of directing, choreography.
From Alan's association with Chris Bell at Stone, he began writing theatre reviews for the Sentinel over five years ago, as part of a collective of reviewers covering both amateur and professional shows in the Stoke and surrounding areas initially.
Alan has written show scripts and has several in production at the moment. Alan has also penned and acted in a feature-length parody movie of the music business called The FocknRollers, check it out on Youtube.
Alan's main passion since the age of twelve has been performing live with bands. This came to a standstill on being diagnosed with cancer of the tongue in 2004 three weeks before Stone Little Theatre's 1980s review show 'Simply The Best', in the best theatre tradition Alan did the show before starting any treatment.
Alison SmithRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM04)
Alison has been involved in theatre for 15 years. Currently, Alison is a member of Bedworth Theatre Company, where she took the lead role of “Anne” in “A Tomb with a View” which pushed her to explore new roles.
During Alison's time within the Theatre, she has been involved in working all aspects of backstage. She has Stage-managed for “Bad Girls the Musical” which was hard work but enjoyable.
Alison has also directed 2 “Farndale Avenue” plays and “Tempest-Tossed”. These were complicated productions which used different stage types to help enhance the performance of the play. From producing these plays and the challenges they posed, Alison has learnt many new aspects of theatre that she will be using in an upcoming production of Farndale Avenue play which promises to be the most challenging yet.
As a NODA rep Alison attends various shows, meets with a wide variety of people and sees a range of diverse theatre productions, which have only increased her personal skill level as well as the appreciation for all the skills displaced within a theatrical performance.
Joyce EyreRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM06)
Joyce has been actively involved in amateur dramatics for over 25 years and has done everything, from backstage right through to performing and out of the other side culminating in directing for the last 10 years.
In the past Joyce was elected chairman and still now serve on the committee that said she has been told her strengths lie primarily in the organisation, ideas and development of cast members and she feel much happier partaking in the production process. Joyce also enjoys being a wardrobe mistress and doing hair.
Where productions are concerned Joyce love most musical theatre, you can't beat a good play especially a comedy!
Ann EscrittRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM07)
Dave BrownRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM08)
As a former Martian in the musical 'The War of the Worlds' sporting a huge Papier Mache head with hose pipes as tentacles and waiting quietly for the cue, thinking how terrified the audience will be. Then the revelation of the devastating alien by jumping out of a wheelie bin, covered in tin foil, to screams of terror/laughter, Dave's acting debut was a proud moment.
Fast forward 30 years and many shows later, Dave is currently a proud member of The Fellowship Players in Walsall; he is also an active member of the committee and Drama Directorate.
However, being local to Cradley Heath, Dave feels he is in a privileged position in getting to meet new people in his area and is genuinely excited to expand his knowledge and enjoy the talent of The Black Country.
Dave works as an Occupational Therapist and is married with two young children. He likes a 'nice' cup of tea and a book, he tries to play the drums and is learning to play the Harmonica.
Paul DouglassRegional Representative / Membership Secretary / Volunteer (District WM09)
Paul has been a member of the NODA West Regional Committee for over 11 years and is currently the regional representative for district 9 and also the West Midlands Regional membership secretary.
( Paul blame Jean Beard, and John Richards for getting him started in this). With three of his colleagues, he helps organise the NODA West Midlands Regional Conference and in 2016 had the pleasure in co-arranging the NODA National conference at the NEC Birmingham.
Paul became involved with amateur theatre over 25 years ago when he was invited to look after the props for a production of ‘My Fair Lady’ and has remained with the company for 21 years in the capacity of secretary and treasurer.
Four years ago Paul became Business Manager for Birmingham Youth Theatre, and he's also a director of the limited company. Birmingham Youth Theatre is just one big happy family, and he's so lucky to be involved with so many talented under 18’s.
Outside of NODA in Pauls spare time (What spare time), He enjoys to travelling (being a travel agent does help) and watching his favourite television programme – ‘Dr Who’.
Bruce WyattRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM10)
Bruce is delighted to have been invited to succeed Trevor Guest as NODA Representative and honoured to continue the long connection with NODA that his Society WODS has had over many years.
Bruce retired from WODS main committee in April 2016 after 40 years’ service, including 9 years as Treasurer, during which period the Society purchased it's own premises and most recently 11 years as Secretary.
Bruces is very proud to have served as President of WODS, and he is now a Life Member. Bruce still performs, occasionally on stage (if the age of the role permits!). Bruce and Jenny (his wife) are looking forward to the opportunity to support more local societies.
Brian HirstRegional Representative / Volunteer (District WM11)
Brian has been involved with amateur theatre for over 50 years. Throughout Brians experience within the amateur theatre, he has been in many roles whether these be as a chorus member or a principle. Brian has also had the pleasure of being the President, Chairman and Secretary of his own society. He also has been the musical director and guest conductor for several shows over this time. Brian looks forward to you welcoming him at your next production.
Emma LaingYouth Coordinator / Magazine Editor / Volunteer
Wyn MasonAwards Secretary / Volunteer
In 1961 I joined the City of Stoke-on-Trent Operatic Society as a non-playing member. During the time the Society was in existence I took on a number of administrative roles with both the adult group and its Youth Section, the main one of which I was the Wardrobe Mistress for 25 years.
I joined NODA as an individual member in the 1960s and attended my first NODA National weekend in 1968. Since then I have attended 47 of those weekends.
In 1985 I was appointed Wardrobe Manager for the NODA Operatic Summer School, and held that position until NODA closed the School.
In 1996 I became the NODA Representative for District 3 in the Midland Area, which subsequently became the West Midlands. I retired from this position in December 2013 and took on the position of Long Services Awards Secretary for the West Midlands Area.
At home I am President of Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company.