Julia Taylor, Artistic Director & Founder
Julia trained at Jacques Lecoq in Paris and at Drama Studio London. Julia founded Scene Gym in 2016 to create a safe and playful space for creatives to come together and bring new scripts to life collaboratively. From 2016-2017, Scene Gym was selected by the Old Vic Lab Project as a resident company at the Old Vic Workrooms. Alongside running Scene Gym, Julia continues to work as an actress. Recent credits include ‘Obsession, Dark Desires’ (TV, ID Discovery Channel), ‘Macbeth’ (Young Shakespeare Company),’Monologue SLAM UK’(Theatre Royal, Stratford), ‘Dreams From The Pit’ (Palace Theatre, West End), ‘Dido Queen of Carthage’ (Rose Theatre Bankside), ‘Absence’ (Broken Silence Theatre),’Shakespeare Shorts’ (Action to the Word), ‘Never Forget’ (Feature Film),’Thick Air’ (Short film,) ‘Singles and Doublets’ (BBC Radio 3), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Cambridge Arts Theatre).
Tim Cook, Co-Producer
Tim is the founder of the theatre company Broken Silence Theatre and an award-winning playwright. After initially training as an actor at RADA, he was invited onto the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme. His playwrighting credits include: ‘Crushed’ (King’s Head Theatre), ‘Blackout’ (Drayton Arms Theatre) and ‘Absence’ (Towner Gallery) and recently ‘Adam and Eve’ (Brockley Jack). He is currently on attachment to New Writing South and his latest play ‘Tremors’ will be shown at the Old Red Lion later in the year. As Co-Producer, Tim is involved in every element of the Scene Gym process from reading and selecting scripts to ensuring the gym sessions run smoothly.
Natassa Deparis, Dramaturg & Script Reader
Natassa completed a Masters in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths University. Recent theatre credits as a writer include: ‘This Wall’ (English Theatre Berlin), ‘Mothers Milk’ (Arts Depot), and ‘Creases’ (Soho Theatre). As Dramaturg, Natassa enjoys reading and selecting Scene Gym submissions from a wide pool of writers, many of whom have gone on to have their work staged in the U.K. and internationally.
Olivia Smith, Marketing & Press Officer
Olivia completed a degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and has worked in marketing and website design since 2012. Olivia is also an award-winning poet and most recently, her work has been featured in the ‘London Journal of Fiction’ and ‘Spoke.’