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Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe are fanSHEN’s lead artists.

We tend to lead artistically on projects, although the roles we take will depend on the demands of the specific project. We also look after the day-to-day running of the company.

fanSHEN have an unorthodox family of awesome associate artists with whom we collaborate regularly.


We also receive support from a fantastic board:

Christine Twite (Chair) is a specialist in contemporary theatre audiences, currently researching for a PhD in the subject in association with Actors Touring Company (ATC). She has also project managed participation programmes for the Royal Opera House and other arts organizations.  

Nadeem Azhar (Company Secretary) is a solicitor practising at Pothecary Witham Weld solicitors in Pimlico, London. His work involves advising a number of charity and private clients on non-contentious matters such as charity administration.

Alex Ferris is Director of Creative Engagement at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Previously he worked as Director of Old Vic New Voices, the Old Vic Theatre’s participation, artist development and outreach department.

Susie Ross is Development Manager at Tate Modern. Prior to this she has worked as Development Manager at Camden Arts Centre, as Donor Relations Manager at UNICEF UK and in the development team at the Almeida Theatre.

Dr Jennifer Wallace is Harris Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse, Cambridge.