Where Are They Now?

FreeRange have worked with over 65 young people since forming in 2010. We caught up with some of them at the end of 2013 to find out what they’ve been up to since.

Sam Nickson

Role: Production Manager

Worked with us on: No Exit, C-Dub, Love Remains

“After Love Remains I began my intense BA degree course in Audio Production at the SAE Institute. I was also a studio intern at Premier Business Audio through Summer last year. I finished the degree in October 2013, and have since been an intern at Envy and Berwick Post. I am now employed full-time as a runner at Evolutions post-production house.”

David Veniar

Role: Performer

Worked with us on: Montmorency, The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen

“Since working with FreeRange my biggest performance role has been as Joseph K in 3Bugs’ sold-out production of Steven Berkoff’s The Trial at the University Of Birmingham. I am also regularly presenting on Guild TV (the University’s student television station). I spent Summer 2013 in Ghana, as a presenter for Coastal TV, a community television channel.”

Philip Dunster

Role: Performer / Fight Choreographer

Worked with us on: Love Remains, Montmorency, The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

“Since heading up to Edinburgh to play Doctor Farcett and Doctor Crippen, I’ve continued my training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 2012-13 I performed in three shows around Bristol and the West Country. I’m currently in my final year of study and performing in my second show of the year. The first was Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money, and the current is an adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 2013 was a big year, and  I’m hoping to move to London in 2014 after graduating. It’s all very exciting!”

Anna Driftmier

Role: Production Designer

Worked with us on: The Sign of Four, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

“Since Fringe I have built two video mapping installations for the Barbican which were very well received. I’ve also designed and built a set for a four-star Off-West End musical, continued my studies at Guildhall, and signed onto a list of new shows starting in January. I’ve nearly finished my applications for a list of MA programs in Performance Design, with the hope of starting one of the programs at the end of 2014.”

Emily Spetch

Role: Performer

Worked with us on: Right Honourable Member, The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen

“Since performing with the wonderful FreeRange team, most recently I’ve been working at the Contact Theatre in Manchester, developing Abandoned Places with Piece of Work in the role of Amanda, with a full production planned for next year. I’ve formed my own theatre company, Hit the Ground, with whom I’m working as actor and producer on A Tree – currently in development, to be shared at the Barbican in April 2014. I’ve been working with Renato Rocha (RSC) on Turfed for Lift Festival, devising and rehearsing. I’ve also begun writing and performing my own work in the Spoken Word/Theatre production ‘Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair’ at the Southbank Centre. Alongside that I’ve also performed at venues including Southwark Playhouse and Theatre 503, and filmed some adverts and short films. I also recently facilitated workshops for Old Vic New Voices.”

Isabel Townend

Role: Performer

Worked with us on: Love Remains

“I graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) last April. I have just finished a play that went up in a theatre called the Producers Club which is in the Hells Kitchen/Times Square area, it was called The Reindeer Monologues – I played a fame hungry Rein-doe! I’ve done a couple of short films and was in a feature called The Factory. I’m self supporting now also (so much responsibility!), so I’m a server at the Jekyll and Hyde restaurant in Times Square which is great fun.”

Alexander Stutt

Role: Performer

Worked with us on: Montmorency, The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen

“I finished my History degree at Oxford University in June. I then went on the OUDS (Oxford University Dramatic Society) International Tour over the Summer, which is sort of the most prestigious OUDS show you can do (so I was chuffed!). The whole thing is produced by Thelma Holt and Cameron Mackintosh and performs in multiple locations in England (Oxford, Southwark Playhouse in London, Hatfield House, the Yvonne Arnaud theatre in Guildford,) as well as the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Tokyo (which was so lovely)! Immediately after the tour, in September, I started my MA Acting course at Drama Centre under Paul Goodwin. And that’s where I’m at now!”