Frances has a long career in publishing and is now Publisher at Bloomsbury Academic. She was previously Publishing Director for the Soros Foundation Network (Open Society Institute) where she acquired experience in working with international agencies and advised ministries of education on publishing. She was also the founder of Pinter Publishers. She is also a trustee of REDRESS, an NGO that provides legal assistance to victims of torture.
“iceandfire have a unique and original contribution to make to the promotion of human rights through the use of drama. It’s great to be working with such committed people.”
Jill is a Casting Director for the West End, for tours and regional theatres and is amember of The Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the Mayfair and Soho Amnesty Group volunteer coordinator for the Stop Violence Against Women Campaign.
“iceandfire reaches out with real accounts of human right abuses. Actors give their voice to those whose stories need to be heard.: To make us all sit up and take notice, to be aware, to ask questions and make everyday issues a visible part of all our lives.”
Ann has worked in the arts for many years, first as a broadcast journalist and later as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s Education Manager. More recently she has been involved in overseas development in The Gambia, India and Guinea Bissau and is also trustee of Advantage Africa, an NGO that works to overcome poverty and disadvantage in small communities in East Africa.
“I am a member of Amnesty International and have a passion for the arts. A theatre company that supports human rights issues by giving a voice to those who are disadvantaged, can make a real difference to public perception. It is a privilege to support iceandfire as a trustee.”
Dan has been a barrister practising in criminal and immigration law in London for the last ten years. He has a particular interest in representing asylum seekers and victims of trafficking who are being prosecuted for breaches of immigration law.
“iceandfire have developed a fantastic and innovative way of combining great theatre with giving a voice to the most vulnerable in society. It’s a great pleasure and honour to be able to help in any way that I can.”
Katherine has spent over 10 years working on humanitarian, development and human rights policy for emergency and development agencies Christian Aid, Oxfam, the UN office of the World Council of Churches in New York, and as Christian Aid’s Conflict, Governance and Human rights Policy Advisor for the Latin America and Caribbean region. Prior to this Katherine worked in media and documentary television, and she continues to be an avid theatre and film-goer.
“iceandfire has a rare expertise in communicating the powerful realities of human rights abuses and their consequences in a way that can surprise and inspire even those most hardened to the world’s realities. It is a testament to their skill and passion, and I am proud to support their work.”
Terry retired in 2011 as Director of Administration for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). AFTRA was the labor union that represented professional performers in the U.S. broadcasting and sound recordings industries before it merged last year with the Screen Actors Guild to form SAG-AFTRA. Before working for AFTRA Terry worked in the New York theatre primarily as a director, production manager and teacher. He is presently living in London while his wife, Carolyn, is executive director of the International Rescue Committee-UK. While living in London he has consulted with the Bush and Tricycle Theatres on administrative and development matters.
“I am particularly interested in the work of small London theatres and ice&fire has a unique approach to social and dramatic themes. I think this is a combination that can make for both exciting theatre and social action.”