Meet the team

Ana Pagu

Producer

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Ana is a fourth year Earth Sciences DPhil student at Linacre College, having done her undergraduate degree in St. Edmund Hall. Ana started her theatre career through acting since her first year and discovered her passion for backstage roles shortly after. Since then, her theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale (Producer, Maths Institute, November 2017), Confessions of a Coconut (Producer, BT Studio, February 2019), Chicago (Producer, O’Reilly Theatre, November 2019), Channel Hoppers (Producer, Simpkins Lee Theatre, March 2020),  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Producer, Radio Play, June 2020), Lost Connection (Producer, Short film, June 2021), V-Card (Bread & Roses Theatre, July 2021), Persephone (Oxford Playhouse, November 2021), Casterbridge (The Space, April 2022), and Gabriel (Master's Garden, May 2022). Ana was the OUDS Treasurer in 2020-21, took part in the NSDF Creates Producers programme in 2021, and she is currently producing a national tour of Persephone.

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Emma Hawkins

Director

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Emma is a third year Fine Art student at St Edmund Hall. Since coming to Oxford she has taken on a range of backstage roles in Oxford theatre, from directing to production management. She is also the founder/president of the Teddy Hall Drama Society and was the OUDS Welfare Rep (2020-2021). Recent theatrical credits include: Black Comedy (Director, BT, March 2017), Untitled (Director/Designer/Producer, Brookes, 2018), Anna Karenina (Choreographer, Actors Church Theatre, Covent Garden, November 18), Made in Dagenham (AD, OP, February 2019), The Last Judgement (Director, Oxford Medieval Mystery Play Cycle, June 2019), Love/Sick (Lighting Designer, Edinburgh Fringe, 2019), Section Two (Producer, BT, October 2019), Chicago (Director, O’Reilly, November 2019), Angels in America (AD/Set Designer, O’Reilly, February 2020), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Co-Director, Radio Play, June 2020) and Persephone (Oxford Playhouse, November 2021). 

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Felix Westcott

Associate Director

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Felix fell in love with theatre at secondary school whilst studying Theatre Studies A level and being involved in many productions as an actor, writer and director. After leaving, he went on to direct his own play, Walls (2018, OSO Theatre London), in the setting of a professional theatre before coming to Oxford to study medicine. In his first year he wrote and directed his college cuppers and acted in several plays whilst co-writing and workshopping a full-length musical. He then worked as the assistant director on Jazz Hands’ production of Chicago (MT19, O’Reilly) before directing his own play, Old Fashioned (HT20, BT). He recently directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as his new piece of writing, Dead Air, both as radio plays, and he directed Lost Connection (Online/OP, TT21) and was Associate Director on Persephone.

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Carrie Penn

Musical Director & Composer

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Carrie is a third year music student at St. Anne’s and an avid composer and musical director. She enjoys composing in a range of styles and has written music for productions of The Pillowman (Pilch, HT20), The Extraordinary Pilgrimage of St Anne (BT, MT19), Old Fashioned (BT, HT20), Constellations (sadly cancelled due to Covid) and Macbeth, as well as for several student films.  She has experience working as the Musical Director for Life of Galileo (Oxford Playhouse, MT19) and as Assistant Musical Director for Shadows of Troy (Oxford Playhouse, HT20) and the Oxford Opera Society's Opera Scenes Concert (HT20), as well as having worked as the Musical Director for The Parish Church of the Ascension. For the past year and a half she has been working as the composer for the new musical, Persephone. She is also the current president of the St Anne’s College Music Society.

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Max Penrose

Choreographer

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Max is a fourth year Maths & Computer Science student at Oriel. He has been interested in both dance and theatre from a young age, with varied experience in both fields in many different styles. Max is trained primarily in classical ballet, but has had significant experience in jazz and contemporary dance and has recently been training intensively for the Oxford University Dancesport team, dancing partnered Ballroom and Latin. Max’s theatrical choreography credits include Choreographer for Persephone (OP, MT21), Lost Connection (Online/OP, TT21), Chicago (Keble O'Reilly, MT19), Assistant Choreographer for Made in Dagenham (OP, HT19) and Choreographer for Swing Heil! (OFS, 2018), and RENT (St Catz Bernard Sunley, HT20). His theatrical credits include Peter Pan (Peter, OP 2018), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere, 2017), Wind in the Willows (OP, 2016), Alice in Wonderland (OP, 2015) and Lord of the Flies (OP, 2013).

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Samuel Morley

Lighting Designer

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Samuel is a third-year engineer at Somerville, he has worked across theatre, rock and roll and television lighting. Theatrical design credits at Oxford include: Persephone (OP, MT2021), Rent (BST HT 2020), Angels in America (Keble O'Reilly, HT 2020) and Present Laughter (Pilch, HT 2020). He has also been part of the lighting crew on events ranging from Cirque du Soleil to Crufts Dog Show.

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Mina Moniri

Stage Manager

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Mina is a final year PhD student reading Neuroscience and computational biochemistry at St.Hilda’s College having completed her MSc in Neuroscience at the same college. Her most recent involvement in Oxford theatre has been in the role of stage manager (Persephone, OP MT21), having previously also stage managed the covid-cancelled Pembroke musical Little Shop of Horrors. She has previously been involved in theatre during college and in community theatre, in the role of stage manager in The Count of Monte Cristo (2013), Into the Woods (2012), and The Comedy of Errors (2011). Semi-professionally, she has worked as stage manager for the Boulevard Theatre’s production of ‘Ghost Quartet’, and the Bridge House Theatre’s production of ’Tick Tick Boom’, both in 2019. In addition, she has also stage managed internationally for the ballet ‘Giselle’ (Jan 2020) at the Kuwait National Theatre.

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Charlotte Baxendale

Marketing Manager

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Charlotte is a second-year Theology student at Regent’s Park College. Over her first two terms, she has taken on various organisational and leadership roles including OUDS Secretary, JCR Secretary, and the Oxford Creatives’ Scheduling Officer. Charlotte holds a passion for acting, having had a role in the student filmed play The Future Lasts a Long Time at the Burton Taylor Studio. She also took part in the Oxford Film Cuppers, creating a short film from a three-word motif. More recently, Charlotte was accepted into the National Youth Film Academy, where she attends workshops as well as talks hosted by leaders of their field in the performing arts industry.

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Jill Cushen

Marketing Manager

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Jill is a second year English student at Regent’s Park College. Since coming to Oxford, she has taken on the role of producer and marketing manager for a radio adaption of Magic: A Fantastic Comedy (HT21). Aside from theatre, Jill has an interest in marketing and publicity. She is currently news editor for Cherwell newspaper and served as public relations officer for her school’s student government. She has a background in drama and has received two national medals for comedy sketches and nominations for her performances as Queen Gertrude in Hamlet and Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

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Alex Still

Graphic Designer

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Alex is a second-year student currently wrapping his head around a History degree at Brasenose College. Since arriving at Oxford, he has worked on a variety of student-led projects. Most recently, he designed the logo for the Ox Records music label, and contributed commissioned artworks to Oxford Contemporary Opera’s virtual event, Opera For One. His piece ‘A Quick Little Study’ will feature in this year’s edition of The Mays Anthology. Aside from art, he enjoys performing on-stage, starring as Bertram in Nitwit Productions’ adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well at the Burton Taylor Studio; he is a member of the Brasenose Players, and is currently rehearsing for the Performing Exploration series at Jesus College.

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