Who We Are

General Manager

Adam is our General Manager, he is responsible for the smooth running of the Guild, and will be your point of contact throughout.

“I have a background in theatre, so I know what people are going through – I’ve been through similar things myself. Helping people, and seeing them get back on their feet, is why we’re here. I’ll meet with you in person for a coffee wherever you are in the UK, we’ll have a chat about your circumstances, and see what support is available. We think this is a better, more personable approach than asking people to fill out endless forms and then send them off to someone they have never met. Our aim is to break down the stigma of asking for support.”

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Prasanna Puwanarajah

Prasanna studied medicine at New Oxford College and worked extensively in the NHS before moving into acting, directing and writing.  His acting work includes roles for the National Theatre, RSC, Donmar Warehouse and the Young Vic, as well as in Doctors (BBC), You, Me and the Apocalypse (Sky1/NBC) and Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic/Showtime). He has directed for High Tide Festival Theatre and the Bush Theatre, and his debut play premiered at the National Theatre in 2011.  He is also currently a Trustee of the National Youth Theatre, Headlong, and the Criterion Theatre.

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Simon Russell Beale CBE

Simon is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in British theatre. He started his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), and has since performed in countless plays across the West End, including Othello (National Theatre), Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse), Julius Caesar (Barbican), Macbeth (Almeida) and Mr. Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead Theatre).  He has won two Olivier Awards for his roles in Uncle Vanya (Donmar Warehouse) and Candide (National Theatre), and has recently featured in the Hollywood films The Legend of Tarzan and The Death Of Stalin.


Our Executive Committee of eleven trustees are all volunteers. They’re each theatre professionals, with experience ranging from performance and stage management to designing and building theatrical equipment, so they know our industry inside and out. They spread the word about our work, meet regularly, and work to raise funds and help our applicants.

Jan Carey – Chair
Catherine Kodicek – Deputy Chair
Biddy Hayward – Treasurer
Michael Carling
Claire Carrie
Claire Cartwright
Brenda Edelstein
Alan Hatton
Hugh Sachs

President and Vice-Presidents

Our President and Vice-Presidents have been proudly representing The Theatrical Guild over many years.


Phyllida Law


Polly Adams, Joanna David, Jane How, Belinda Lang, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Joanna McCallum, Liz Robertson, Angela Thorne and Lalla Ward