Team

The Wanton family is constantly evolving and growing with each new project that we take on. We love the growth and challenge that comes with new collaborations, and we always learn and develop from observing how other people make their work. Wanton is led by -

 

Ryan Hay // Co-Founder

ryan@wantontheatre.org // portfolio

Danielle Donnally // Co-Founder

danielle@wantontheatre.org // portfolio

 

After co-founding the company in November 2015, Danielle and Ryan have acted as the Executive Producers over all of the productions, while also taking on individual roles for each. Danielle is usually the Production Manager, dealing with all things crew and design related, while Ryan usually directs, writes, and/or offers dramaturgical support.
From 2019, every Wanton project will be appointed a lead artist(s), and Ryan and Danielle (when they are not themselves leading) will work closely with the individual/group to facilitate their best possible work.

 

 

Image: Sonder Theatre UK

Image: Sonder Theatre UK

Mishia Leggett

Mishia helped us immensely to create the concept of the company as a whole. Managing publicity for our first production, at the Edinburgh Fringe, Mishia helped us to create a solid idea of what we believed in and worked towards. A talented actress in her own right, Mishia tackled the role of Hedda Gabler earlier this year and is now moving on to teaching. We wish everyone could have a teacher as caring and wonderful as we're sure Mishia will be.

Image: Jamie Jones Photography

Image: Jamie Jones Photography

Alexander Gillespie

Al's informed advice and graphic design skills were indispensable in the conception of the Wanton Theatre brand. He is a knowledgable, sensitive, and bold artist, and we were absolutely delighted to work with him as director on our production of Nick Payne's Constellations. The production was a real labour of love for Al, and we hope that its rave reviews speak for themselves. We can't wait to see where Al's immense talent takes him next.


Collaborators

Joanna Bowman: Jo directed our production of Mike Bartlett's Cock; she is the Artistic Director of Sonder Theatre UK, and a great friend. She is the resident Assistant director at the citizen’s theatre Glasgow for 2018-19, and can be found on twitter @jojo2511.

Jared Liebmiller: Jared has been involved with Wanton from our first production, acting in 'Tis Pity and Constellations. He was also the Assistant Director for Cock. He is a great actor and always willing to talk, perhaps a little too much, about theatre.

Duncan Swan: A talented graphic designer, Duncan made our publicity for everything from Beckett through to Urinetown: The Musical, and this has really helped us shape our brand. He was also a committed and wonderfully sensitive Cam in our production of Boys by Ella Hickson. Duncan has a degree in Physics, and is a bookseller.