Jon Potter Trustee and Artistic Director
Jon began work in devised theatre after training at Manchester University and Ecole Jacques Lecoq, then co-founding Talking Pictures Theatre Company in 1988. In 1996 he founded Company Paradiso and over the last 20 years has lead the charity into the field of social inclusion, live performance and radio broadcast. He is proud that the charity is valued locally, and has also at times achieved national recognition for its work. Jon has trained in the last couple of years in safeTALK suicide alertness, Managing Challenging Behaviour, Mental Health First Aid, Workplace First Aid and Food Hygiene. He is an Arts Award Supervisor, and a Panel Member of Time Out Fostering, a local OFSTED 'outstanding' Fostering Agency, and is up to date with all recent legislation and protocols on keeping young people safe.
Jay Shurey Trustee and Audio/Visual Director
Jay participated in company projects in the early days having joined in 2000 and now films and edits video and audio for the company. In September 2014 Jay joined the company's Board of Trustees. Jay also works as a Quality Controller for Equiniti, a share registrar.
Diane Robinson Trustee
Diane trained in Acting at London University, Goldsmith College, and has produced and directed over 25 drama productions with a range of young people. She is the retired Assistant Head and Director of Arts at Oak Grove, a large secondary Special school in West Sussex.
Early in 2016, She was part of a team of 4 who traveled to a village in Nepal where they built 2 classrooms for villagers affected by the 2015 earthquake. She has also spent her time recently developing her Art skills, working for the NCS as a Project Manager and sitting as a Justice of the Peace in Magistrates Courts across West Sussex.
Mark Todd Trustee
Mark is an expert in access and disability. He was the Access Officer for Manchester City Council when Company Paradiso began in 1996 and later became Accessibility Manager for LOCOG, the London Olympic Committee.
Steve Hill Trustee
Steve has worked in the cultural sector in London, Sussex and Hampshire for 18 years. Currently balances freelance writing and fundraising work with a part-time cultural development role for Southampton City Council. Started working life in the mid-1980s as a news reporter and studied history at Kingston University, Birkbeck College and University of Sussex. This year he gained a professional writing qualification from University College Falmouth and completed a PTLLS (Preparing to teach in the Life Long learning Sector) course. Steve lives in Sussex, has 2 children.
Amy Zamarripa Solis Publicity and Project Manager
Amy Zamarripa Solis is an award-winning literature producer, writer and artist based in Brighton, UK. She is also a cultural PR and communications professional for a living. As a producer of literature and diverse arts projects, she has over 15 years experience producing multi-art form projects with strong arts and cultural partners and networks.
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Jeremy Cross Collaborator
Jeremy has been facilitating drama and art based projects for over 25 years, specialising in collaborations with other artists on social enterprises.
John Hegley Company Associate
John is a celebrated poet, musician and comedian. He has produced ten books of verse, two CDs and one mug, but his largest course of income is from stages on his native land.
John has run workshops, performed live and appeared on radio in a number of Company Paradiso projects, and he continues to inspire our work.
Company Paradiso also develops projects with a range of artists in different fields.