Meet the Team

Chol has a small core creative team and we work with a talented pool of established and emerging freelance artists and practitioners. Our work contracts and expands on a project-by-project basis.

  • Susan Burns


    Creative producer of all our theatre work, Susan also contributes across all the company’s creative education & community projects. She is a board member of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and applied theatre company Look Both Ways. Susan has an MA in Writing and writes whenever she gets the opportunity.

  • Vicky Sawka

    Imaginary Communities Lead Artist

    Theatre practitioner and drama expert Vicky joined Chol in 2012 after working closely with the company in schools in Rotherham. Since completing her MA in Applied Theatre at Central in 2008 Vicky has worked on a variety of drama based educational and community projects. Vicky leads the Imaginary Communities project and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Applied Theatre at Manchester University to support this work.

  • Carly-Ann Clarke

    Drama Practitioner

    Carly is a drama and theatre practitioner passionate about creating theatre, exploring stories in unlikely places. Carly graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2010 with a Masters in Acting and has worked as an actress. Carly is a lead artist on our Imaginary Communities project, combining her skills and knowledge of theatre with her teacher training.

  • Sue Tongue

    Projects Manager & Stage Manager

    Sue is a freelance project manager currently working with a diverse portfolio of arts organisations in the area – from puppets to pyrotechnics to participatory arts.  Sue enjoys a long and varied working relationship with Chol, previously as a member of the board and more recently as a production manager with Everyday Heroes and The Mix.

  • Angela Read

    Chair of the Board

    Angela trained as an actor at the Oxford school of drama and returned to her home town of Bradford where she jointly ran a small theatre company for a number of years. She now combines and love of, and commitment to the arts with work in community and public affairs in North Yorkshire.

  • Members of the board

    Ally Wayman
    Deborah Dickinson
    Paula Truman
    Simon Parkinson