Presdient - Ben Johanson
I’m Ben Johanson, DST President for 2023/2024. My DST journey began during covid, doing zoom and radio plays. I soon was in the Assembly Rooms Theatre directing the Freshers play, where I fell through the trapdoor. One broken wrist later, and I have thrown myself into DST in every capacity. As president, I want to serve DST the best I am able. I will dedicate myself to providing opportunities for all and producing the best theatre we can. If you ever want to send me a message, my email and door are always open
Technical Officer - Theo Nellis
Hi everyone, I’m Theo going into third year studying Natural Sciences. My role is to make sure the technical side of theatre and more importantly the safety of productions undertaken by Durham Student Theatre are at the highest possible achievable standard. I have been involved in technical theatre for a decade and have over 100 productions under my belt. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Welfare and Inclusivity Officer - Rhyen Hunt
Hi I am Rhyen Hunt, a 3rd year studying international relations, and I am the Welfare and Inclusivity Officer for this year. I have been involved in DST both on and off stage for the past two years but my favorite way to be involved is to support the welfare of others. My role is to help adapt and create welfare and inclusivity guidelines, handle welfare issues that arise and overall try and maintain a healthy DST environment. I, along with a team of other welfare trained team members are available if shows or students need support or assistance. I’m super excited for this year and email [email protected]
Workshops Secretary - Abby Greenhalgh
Hi everyone! I am absolutely ecstatic to be your Workshop Secretary this year. After an amazing first year in DST I am so happy to be given the opportunity to give back to the society. I am here to oversee and give advice on the variety of workshops DST offers across all disciplines. Most of my focus goes towards workshop weekend which occurs in term 1 and involves an incredible team of professional, drama-school tutors giving workshops for those thinking of pursuing performing after University. My emails are always open for any advice on company-run Workshops and please let me know when they occur so I can repost on our DST Workshops instagram account!
Events Coordinator - Alannah O'Hare
Hi, I’m Alannah and I’m your new DST events officer for this year. I’m a second year English student at Mary’s and am super excited to plan some really fun, inclusive and varied events for you all! DST was the highlight of my first year, I met so many fantastic people thanks to the brilliant social side of DST and I can’t wait to help create more events this year. From themed parties to freshers events, DST families to D’Oscars, there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to be involved and enjoy the social side of DST, away from the intensity of productions! This year, I really want to make events as welcoming and accessible as possible and hope to introduce a wider range of events, including more chill daytime socials, alcohol-free activities and events spread throughout first term aimed at freshers in order to make DST the most inclusive it can be! I hope to see you all soon at a DST event!
Secretary - Amy Shelmerdine
Hey everyone, I’m Amy, a third year from Hild Bede studying liberal arts, and I am thrilled to be your DST secretary for this academic year! I’ve been luck to have been heavily involved in DST since joining Durham, in roles ranging from from director, to choreographer, coordinator and producer, and excited to be in the exec once again. My role involves logistics – organising meetings, minuting, replying to emails and also writing the weekly email
Treasurer - Lucie Fletcher
Hey guys! I’m Lucie (she/her) and I’m super excited to be your DST Treasurer this year! I’m a finalist music student from Hatfield and have spent the majority of my time over the last 2 years on stage, doing MT, with the Quays or singing A Cappella and have loved trying new things like MDing and Producing throughout my time so far in DST! Managing all things money, I’m here to help keep DST in a great financial position so we can keep putting on amazing shows and events! Whether you have concerns about paying for subs, need a hand writing a budget or just want advice on how to get the most out of your TC’s money, I’m here to help at [email protected] ! See you around! 🙂
Publicity and Marketing Officer - Jacob Vellucci
Hello to all fellow theatre children! My name is Jacob, my pronouns are he/they, and I am your publicity officer this year! I am a third year Mary’s student, studying anthropology, but have arguably done more theatre than studying so far! You can normally find me, directing or performing throughout durham, or attending the weekly fabs thursday hehe! This year it is my job to maintain cohesive marketing and pr throughout DST! Making sure your posters and marketing fits guidelines and helping in any way I can. I am also in charge of the main @studenttheatre instagram and DST Website this year, marketing your shows and making sure the website is fresh up to date with photos and information! If you need any help with marketing or publicity for your shows then feel free to drop me an email!@[email protected] !!
Outreach and Charities Officer - Bethan Avery
Hi everyone! My name is Bethan and I’m your new outreach and campaigns officer this year! I’m a second year history student at castle. I’ve been in a few DST shows this year including Gavin and Stacey and Angels in America. I’m super excited to be on the committee this year. My role is basically to help you in all your outreach enquiries as well as running various projects and campaigns of my own. If you have any questions about fundraising, liaising with charities or putting on outreach events, send me an email at [email protected] or dm me on instagram @dst_outreach.
Festivals Secretary - Ayasha Nordiawan
My name is Ayasha, I’m a first year English Literature student from Castle! I am the DST Festival Secretary this year, which means that I am responsible of organising the Durham Drama Festival! From choosing the scripts, recruiting creative teams and cast, coordinating with venue, to overseeing the productions on the week. I love student writing and I am so excited to be doing this role 🙂
First Night Editor - Harry Threapalton
Hello, I’m Harry! I’m a second year natural sciences student from grey college with a borderline obsession for all things drama and writing, and as a result I’m delighted to be this year’s First Night Editor. Throughout the year I’ll be contacting producers and putting out polls to put forward the many show reviewing opportunities available to the people of DST. It’s then my job to co-ordinate who reviews what show, edit the reviews, and publish them the next day. The wonderful thing about First Night is anybody can review a show, giving the reviewer a chance to have their name published and be a part of our community (as well as a free ticket) and the shows a great opportunity to promote themselves and receive audience feedback! If you’d like to review a show or you’d like your show to be reviewed then please reach out to me. I can’t wait to work with you all!