WHO ARE WE?

 

Nova is run by three women, all with academic and practical experience of theatre.

 

We've been a part of the theatre scene in Oxford for a while, which has given us experience working with local theatre companies and venues including; Oxford Playhouse, Oxford Castle, New Theatre, the Mathematical Institute and the Old Fire Station.

 

Alex Coke works in professional theatre marketing, and does community theatre in her spare time. She has directed and stage managed numerous productions in Oxford including The Effect (Ronin, 2019), Julius Caesar (Nova Theatre, 2018), Twelfth Night & The Tempest (BMH, 2017), Festen (OTG, 2016), and King Lear (OTG, 2015).

 

Justine Malone works in development in the arts, and has a Master’s degree in Shakespeare & Contemporary Performance from Birkbeck College and The Globe Theatre. She has directed and performed in Oxford and London, and has been a member of the Soho Young Company and Young Friends of the Almeida. Justine is also dramaturg for the TranShakespeare project with the Young Vic, King’s College & the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, and is on the judging panel for the annual Papatango New Writing Prize. She co-directed Festen with Alex in 2016 and has performed alongside Nancy in a number of productions.

 

Nancy White performs, directs and choreographs in her free time. She trained with the National Youth Theatre and has a particular interest in improvisation and work incorporating music and dance. She has directed and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In Oxford she is an active member of Oxford Operatic Society, Oxford Theatre Guild, BMH and Playtime Productions.

 

WHAT ARE OUR AIMS?

 

When casting shows in Oxford, we noticed a recurring problem: we repeatedly had to turn down incredibly talented women simply because of their gender. Despite cross-casting whenever possible, time and again we found the writing or the dynamics of the play meant we were restricted to giving the ‘best’ roles to male actors. The feedback for female auditionees was always the same: “Sorry, but the competition was fierce as there are so few roles for women”.

 

We want to change that. Our first show was a gender-reversed Julius Caesar in May 2018, and we have more projects planned. Watch this space.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

To hear about future projects, e-mail novatheatre@gmail.com or join our mailing list.

WHO SUPPORTS US?

 

Our thanks go to:

David & Elizabeth Coke

Chris Wilmshurst Ltd

Kavanagh’s Chartered Accountants

Colin Burnie

PAST SHOWS

Julius Caesar

3 - 5 May 2018

The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Monologue Night

25 Nov 2019

The Old Fire Station, Oxford

Auditions: Richard III

Sat 9 Nov 2019

The Old Fire Station, Oxford

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