Artistic Director and Producer of NewsRevue
Emma has been artistic director since 2001. Directing highlights include: Lucky Stiff (Whatonstage Best Musical Revival Nomination), Mamet’s The Shawl with Scarlett Strallen, world premieres Stage Fright by Lynn Howes with Abi Titmuss, Marion Allen’s Number One Hobby by Bea Roberts with Gen Swallow and Shamlet by Andrew Doyle. As a performer, stand out productions include the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams’s The Fat Man’s Wife directed by Russell Lucas, Sam n' Emma in Pop Tarts and she finally got to appear in NewsRevue in 2015. Emma is also a recipient of Fringe Report’s Theatre Person of the Year Award and received the Guinness World Record on behalf of NewsRevue in 2004.
General Manager & Producer
Victoria began her career studying stage management at Boston University before moving into arts administration where she has since worked across the U.S. in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and most recently in her hometown of New York City at the Barrow Street Theatre. Management credits include: the North American premiere of TRIBES by Nina Raine; Daniel Kitson's AFTER THE BEGINNING, BEFORE THE END; the improv duo TJ & Dave; EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe; and Annie Baker's THE FLICK. Victoria is thrilled to be producing the inaugural American Season and NEWSREVUE at Canal Cafe Theatre.
Shannon Steele is an Actor/Producer from Australia who has left the sunny shores of Sydney to work in the London theatre scene. Initially attracted the organised chaos and wonderful thrill of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Shannon has just finished working as the General Manager of C venues. Having graduated from Australia's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), she recently made her London acting debut in Red Scarf Theatre's Thirty-Three at Leicester Square Theatre. Before studying at NIDA, Shannon attended the Australian National University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Linguistics and Theatre Studies. During this time, she directed Eyes to the Floor by Alana Valentine and completed an honours thesis entitled Catharsis for the Oppressed, examining the political and theatrical work of Augusto Boal.
Azeem studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre at East 15 Acting School. Since graduation Azeem has worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a stage technician and progressed to a supervisor t a construction workshop. Azeem has been in theatre for over 10 years working in regional theaters including Edinburgh Fringe, West End and now the Canal Café!
He is an award winning Director/Writer/Producer Artistic Director of The Regional touring company Baroque Theatre and is the Associate Director of the Canal Café Theatre in London, home of the Guinness Book of World Records holder world’s longest running live comedy show 'Newsrevue' which he has directed many times in London and Edinburgh. He is the Executive Producer of Actors Awareness promoting gender equality and diversity in the arts. His work in film and advertising has twice been nominated at Cannes Lions winning in 2006 in the same year he was named as one for the creatives of the year in creative review magazine. He won an Editor’s Choice Award as Artistic Director for best new venue, Edinburgh 2008. He directed the winning show for the national new writing competition for Writers Avenue (Seconds) which received a transfer to the Pleasance Main House. He was awarded “Best Director for Theatre & Film” at the Fringe Report Awards 2012. Adam directed an acclaimed UK tour of ‘Great Expectations’ for the bicentenary of Charles Dickens birth with Baroque Theatre Company . He directed 'Dracula' in the West End in a limited sold out run starring Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval). He has directed Lady Windermere’s Fan and new writing based on the life of Woody Allen at The Pleasance Theatre staring James Phelps (Fred Weasley, Harry Potter film series), as well directing for various Drama Schools across the UK . He has directed Moliere and Lorca in French and Spanish language for the sold out five star seasons at The Barons Court Theatre and internationally. . Further credits include 'The Birds' by Conor McPherson from the story by Daphne du Maurier. Inspector Morse “House of Ghosts”, “The Haunting of Hill House”, “Up Pompeii” and many others for Baroque Theatre Company.
Russell trained as an actor at Colchester Mercury Youth Theatre then in Birmingham at The Russian School of Acting and Sandwell College. He completed his training at Wolverhampton University when he simultaneously achieved his Certificate in Education, LAMDA acting diploma, IDTA dance and London College of Music exams studying with voice experts Mark Meylan and Sarah Wright-Owens. He has been a performer since the age of seven and directed for twenty years encompassing plays, musicals, mime, revues, choreography, pantomime, new writing and youth based arts. His directing practice includes collaboration with artists such as Shit Theatre, Heather Uprichard (Shunt Collective), Sam Wills (The Boy with Tape on his Face), Sarah-Louise Young (Julie Madly Deeply) & Linda Marlowe. He regularly works with established text; directing the UK premier of Tennessee Williams's 'The Fat Man's Wife', 'Henry V' , 'Titus Andronicus' and 'Vernon God little'. He is also co-creator and the director of smash-hit 'Julie Madly Deeply' by Sarah Louise-Young (London/Australia/Canada) He often collaborates with artist Henry Davis including the direction of his two short films and is currently devising a new play 'Warped' with playwright Martin Malcolm about the glamorisation of the Krays, plus 'DollyWould' by Sh!t Theatre. As a trained lecturer Russell also delivers in educational settings for varied programs. He has partnered with The Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, The Lyric, Hammersmith and created training weeks for The National Youth Theatre, The Princes Trust, Goldsmiths, East 15 and Cumbria University, plus The Directors Guild of Great Britain where he explored ways to pull down the imagined walls between the director and actor. As an actor Russell has appeared as Bobby Kennedy for National Geographic's 'Seven Days that Made a President' and commercials for DFS/Channel 5 and Heineken.
Professor Michael Hodd
Founder of Canal Café Theatre and NewsRevue
Michael Hodd was educated at Cambridge, LSE and Princeton and has worked as an economist in Universities in Australia, the UK and India. In 1979 he was responsible for creating NewsRevue and then the Canal Café Theatre in 1984. With John Close he has authored three musicals: Ronnie & Reggie Request on the Kray brothers; Joe on the life of Joe Orton; and Bogart on Humphrey Bogart. Michael is a commissioned writer for BBC Radio.
Andrew is a playwright and stand-up comedian. His plays include Borderland (national tour for 7:84 Theatre Company, Scotland), Jimmy Murphy Makes Amends (BBC Radio 4) and The Second Mr Bailey (BBC Radio 4). His most recent solo stand-up show was Whatever It Takes at the Soho Theatre in 2013. He is currently working on a musical adaptation for YMT of Terry Pratchett’s novel Soul Music.