Improbable are proud to be overseen by a range of talented creatives and professionals.
Ruth Mackenzie CBE (Chair)
Artistic Director Holland Festival
Ruth Mackenzie has been director of the London 2012 Festival (the official cultural programme for the London 2012 Games), general director of Scottish Opera and the Manchester International Festival, artistic director of Chichester Festival Theatre, consultant dramaturg of the Wiener Festwochen, special adviser to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and consultant to the Barbican Centre, the LSO, the BBC and the Tate, amongst others. She has been awarded the Peter Brook Empty Space Special Achievement Award and made a CBE by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Vicki has trained as an aerialist in the UK, France and the US. She toured extensively with traditional and contemporary circus companies. She has worked as an Associate Director with leading outdoor arts organisation, Greenwich + Docklands International Festivals before establishing Upswing. Since its inception in 2006, Upswing has developed a first class reputation in UK Circus for it touring work and for its commitment to art form development, touring and inclusion, in particular developing culturally diverse audiences and artists. Victoria is currently a board member for Improbable, The Albany in Deptford and a member of The Equity Council.
Managing Director, The Corner Shop PR
Clair Chamberlain worked at Nicky Webb Associates before moving to Blackheath Concert Halls and then the Southbank Centre where she managed marketing for the Dance & Performance, Literature and Education programmes. She then set up Marketing and PR agencies Chamberlain McAuley and then Chamberlain AMPR with Ben Chamberlain before co-founding The Corner Shop PR in 2007.
Head of Comedy at Channel 4
After an early career as one half of a successful comedy double-act, Phil joined BBC Radio in 1990 and has worked as a comedy producer, series producer and executive producer across the radio and television industry: in-house for the BBC television, and as a freelance and staff member in the independent production sector, including Talkback Productions and Objective Productions, where he set up the company’s comedy department. Phil currently works as the Head of Comedy at Channel 4. His work has received numerous awards including BAFTA’s, British Comedy and Royal Television Society Awards.
Stephen Daldry, CBE
Film Director and Producer
Stephen started his career in regional theatre before moving to London where he was Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, before moving to the National Theatre and the Public Theatre in New York. His award-winning production of An Inspector Calls is currently touring the UK. His global hit Billy Elliot the Musical won ten Tony awards including Best Musical, more than any other British show in Broadway history. Additionally, award-winning London productions of The Audience and Skylight have recently finished Tony-winning, sell-out runs on Broadway. His first four films Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close together received 19 Academy Award® nominations and two wins. His most recent film, Trash, set in the favellas of Rio de Janeiro was nominated for Best Film not in the English Language in the 2015 BAFTAs. Stephen is currently directing the new Netflix series The Crown written by Peter Morgan. He is Director of the Pier 55 Performance Park in New York and was Creative Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Freelance Theatre Producer
Anna started out in the industry devising and directing theatre. Improbable's work had a big impact on her back then and has continued to do so ever since. Anna previously worked at the National Theatre both in Development and then as Special Projects Manager, as well as at the Young Vic Theatre as Director of Development. She has also been Executive Producer for Gecko and produced a series of award-winning short films inspired by the main-stage plays at the Young Vic. Since going freelance Anna has worked with a range of companies including LIFT, the Young Vic and Mark Bruce Company. She is currently developing and producing two international theatre productions with 59 Productions, who combine technology and art to tell amazing stories.
Dr David G Knott
Director, McKinsey & Company
David is a Director in Global Health Practice and leads the Firm’s Center for US Health System Reform. He has worked in America and abroad with many of the leading national health insurers and has also been a guest speaker at Columbia, Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Yale, and other universities. He is also a passionate supporter of the arts and also serves on the Advisory Boards of the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Manhattan School of Music.
Company Manager, Puppet State Theatre Company
Edinburgh-based poet and visual artist Elspeth Murray is Company Manager of Puppet State Theatre Company and Chair of Puppet Animation Scotland. She has a broad range of experience as an arts practitioner particularly with poetry and creative writing residencies and was featured in BBC Radio 4’s documentary Blood, Sweat, Tears and Poetry. She has a strong interest in the arts and health having worked as a trainer in Health Promotion and for a cancer network around patient and carer involvement in policy development. She is trained in Critical Response Process, has experience in facilitating Open Space events and is a big fan of Devoted & Disgruntled.