Jennifer Leach - Director
Outrider Anthems was formally established as a company in 2010, with Jennifer Leach as director. Jennifer is a professional artist with a First Class Honours degree from the University of York and an MA from St Andrews University.
She has worked as lead artist at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Courtauld Art Gallery, Somerset House, the V&A, and Contemporary Applied Arts, and prior to that in the BBC’s programme-making stream.
She has exhibited her work at, amongst others, the Royal Academy of Arts, Contemporary Applied Arts, the Salt Gallery,and with Reorsa (www.reorsa.org); she was shortlisted for Wellcome Trust’s Science on Stage & Screen, and has been commissioned by Wokingham Council and the Outside:Inside Festival in Reading. Her work was performed by White Rabbit in the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations at the sell-out Battersea festival.
She has received Arts Council, Earley Charity and Heritage Lottery funding for her productions of Song of Crow (2016), Where Then Shall We Start? (2014), The Land of Walter Giffard (2011), The RIver (2009), and Crow! (2007). She was an arts adviser for Southern Arts.
Jennifer has committed much time to working through art with disadvantaged groups, in particular Deaf children and adults. She is a proficient user of British Sign Language.
Who else is involved?
Each Outrider Anthems production involves its own team of talented actors, camera operators and composers, many of them young artists seeking to develop a portfolio and gain experience. The current team worked together to create Outrider Anthems' latest production, Song of Crow.
Gary Peinke - Crow
Born in South Africa, Gary has been involved in theatre and music productions since the age of 10. In 1996 he moved to Germany to train with Gospel Art Studio and Belleherst Productions (USA) before working at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; he has toured with various dance and theatre ensembles in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the UK and South Africa. He was Artistic Director for “new challenge”; an international musical theatre project for teenagers and young adults. Gary is currently head of a Music and Drama school in Germany. He is involved in script writing, directing and teaching for various groups, schools and organizations.
Kathleen Anne Thompson - Mother
Born in USA, the founder/Artistic Director of Belleherst Productions, Kathleen studied physical theatre at Jacque Le Coq’s School for Movement Theatre, Paris, and diversely in dance, commedia del’arte and classical theatre in the U.S.A. Relocating to Europe, she has focussed on multicultural street theatre, and training young people in movement theatre and dramatic dance. She has written and produced five major productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and tours shows in Europe and the USA. Amongst many awards bestowed on her is the National Polish Online Film and Television Award, and an Honorary Professorship by the Yunan Institute of Arts, Kunming, China. Kathleen danced the Bone Mother in Outrider Anthems' previous production of Where Then Shall We Start?
Piotr Pawarski - Man
Piotr is currently a student at East 15 Acting School in London. He specialises in unusual and seemingly impossible theatre challenges. A strongly physical actor, stilt-walker, circus freak and training stunt-man, he bravely engages in any creative project. At the age of 15 he started his journey as a performer in Poland and United Arab Emirates. He trained in movement theatre under the directorship of Kathleen Ann Thompson and spent the next five years with Avatar Theatre in Poland. He manages his own stilt-walking company near London. Peter was a member of the chorus in Outrider Anthems' previous production of Where Then Shall We Start?
Edward Chilvers - Piano/Composer
Born and brought up in Reading, Edward is an exceptional musician who was given the rare accolade of Young Steinway Artist. Besides piano, he plays guitar, drums, trumpet – you name it, he plays it. His chief focus is on composition, and he is currently exploring the rich, complex and mysterious worlds of modes and polyrhythms, as explored in his TedX talk in Reading, March 2016. His piano Etudes are shortly to be published with Mozart Editions. Edward is also a dedicated piano teacher, drawing great creativity from his pupils.
Ellen Carter - Chorus
Ellen is a British actress and artiste born on Hayling Island, raised in Shropshire. Her work is often highly physical; a fusion of voice, movement and circus skills. She trained in post dramatic theatre and visual performance at specialist institution Dartington College of Arts, going on to study screen acting and stage combat at Towson University, MD, USA. Motion capture is the latest addition to Ellen’s repertoire. Her devised projects have received critical acclaim from London’s top fringe venues. She has performed for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi and recently completed a 9-month theatre tour of Spain. Ellen’s film work includes dark independent feature Malady, and short film noir Deception.
Louise Larchbourne - Chorus
Louise read English literature, before beginning a career in theatre, dance and mixed media projects. She wrote and performed a myth-styled piece for the Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. With two dancers, she formed a company, touring the UK and Amsterdam. Louise later toured Europe and the UK in street, stage and environmental work with the off-the-wall company, The Phantom Captain. Louise has been in three runs of an immersive production of A Picture of Dorian Gray, has worked with Thrice Three Muses, and made some short film appearances. Voice work includes dubbing Klara’s grandma in the new production of Heidi, featuring Bruno Ganz.
Marianne Mills - Chorus
Maz’s screen work includes Our Kind of Traitor (Potboiler Productions/The Ink Factory) and Mercedes (Modalfish Productions), her theatre work includes Missing in Brighton (Fluxx Theatre Company). With a particular interest in improvisation and developing new work, Maz regularly takes part in scratch nights in and around London. She also works as a presenter and enjoys dabbling in filmmaking in her spare time, often drawing inspiration from the landscape and stories of her native Scotland.
Lauren Leach-Scrivens - Child
Lauren was born in Reading, and has lived with the comings and goings of Outrider Anthems for much of her life. She loves dance and music, plays the piano, never has her nose out of a book, and is a happy soul. She has done a little bit of acting with Parcans - Progress Theatre’s junior branch. She has never done anything quite like this before.
Keegan Curran - Sound/Lighting Designer
Keegan has worked in theatre and live events for the past nine years, from production managing open-air music festivals with The White Horse Project in East Lancashire, to being an audio engineer on an array of corporate music events. Graduating from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as a Sound Designer in 2014, Keegan has been based at Tobacco Factory Theatres whilst freelancing nationally. He is currently Theatre Projects Manager for SFL Group in Reading. Previous sound designs include The Blues Brothers: Xmas Special (Arts Theatre, West End), Rotterdam (Theatre 503), Where We Are (The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath), Infinity Pool (South West Tour), Blue Stockings, The Winter’s Tale (Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol).
Alice McGuigan - Project Manager
Since graduating from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in English and Drama (2013), Alice has balanced local arts project management alongside writing and teaching Yoga internationally. She worked as the eventsorganiser and publicist for the Dunsden Owen Association to launch their new Wilfred Owen Trail App (2015) and writes biographies for Story Terrace. Alice has also been a member of Progress Theatre for the last fourteen years, recently volunteering as a performer and writer as part of their Outreach Project in care homes around Reading.