Illias is a second year studying History and Politics at Balliol College. He has directed a production of 'Frost / Nixon' by Peter Morgan at his school and 'Bug' by Tracy Letts (Burton Taylor Studio, TT’12) [5* Cherwell, 4* OTR]. He was also the musical director for the sell-out musical 'Cabaret' (O’Reilly, HT’12) and associate producer for ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (Oxford Playhouse, TT’12). He is also an actor, having performed in many plays including 'The Talented Mr Ripley', 'The History Boys', 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'Othello', 'Twelfth Night', '21st Century Faust' and this year in his college’s Cuppers entry, 'Room 253'. He has acted in several musicals including 'Les Miserables', 'Oliver!', 'Return to the Forbidden Planet', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Titanic' and 'Jesus Christ Superstar', for which he was assistant musical director. He is the senior organ scholar at Balliol and has grade 8 Organ, Clarinet and Piano achieving distinction in the latter two. He is currently in the all-male a capella group, Out of the Blue.
Ramin is a third year undergraduate studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College. In 2011 he set up DEM Productions through which he has produced a range of successful productions including a successful run of ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ at the Oxford Playhouse [5* Oxford Mail, 4* Cherwell, Oxford Student, OTR] a double bill of ‘Bug’ [5* Cherwell, 4* OTR] and ‘Fear’ in the Burton Taylor Studio, and a sell-out run of the musical ‘Cabaret’ (O’Reilly, HT’12), which he also directed. In his first year at Oxford he wrote and directed his college’s Cuppers entry ‘Norma’ (BT, MT’10), ‘The Tea Party’ (Michael Pilch Studio, HT’11) and a new adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Oresteia (O’Reilly, TT’11), which he also acted in. He also wrote an entry for the 2011 OUDS 24 Hour Plays. He has also produced ‘Children of Oedipus’ (O’Reilly, MT’11), ‘The Two Cultures’ (Michael Pilch Studio, MT’11), assistant produced ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ (Oxford Playhouse, MT’11) and executive produced ‘A Little Night Music’ (Oxford Playhouse, MT’12). As the president and treasurer of the Balliol Dramatic Society, he had experience evaluating a large number and range of budgets for plays. This term he has co-produced ‘A Theory of Justice: The Musical!’, which sold out all its tickets nearly two weeks before opening night.
Rebecca is a second year English undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall. Since arriving in Oxford, Rebecca has written, marketed and produced the award winning Cuppers entry Broken Trinity, starred in Jake's Progress (O'Reilly) & The Comedy of Errors (Oxford Castle), directed Titus Andronicus (University Parks), produced Cuppers 2012, produced Isobel (Burton Taylor), marketed Hansel & Gretel: A Fairytale Opera (Sheldonian), assistant stage managed Beats (Simpkins Lee), marketed Another Country (Oxford Playhouse), and is marketing La Vida Es Sueno (Oxford Playhouse). Rebecca is a member of the OUDS committee, and is the LMH JCR MAD officer.
Georgia Luscombe is a second year History & Politics undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall. Having studied theatre, and working on set design in her home of Birmingham, she is looking forward to working some more on theatrical design. Since arriving in Oxford, she has directed the 2011 LMH Cuppers entry Broken Trinity, and designed the set for Titus Andronicus (TT’12, University Parks). She was assistant designer for Another Country (HT 13 Oxford Playhouse), and designed A Theory of Justice: The Musical! (HT 13 O’Reilly).
Jonathan is a first year undergraduate studying English Literature and Language at Merton College. He has recently been production manager for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Simpkins Lee, HT’13) and next term will be production managing Frost/Nixon at the Oxford Union and assistant production managing La Vida Es Sueno at the Oxford Playhouse. He has also acted in a number of plays such as Titus Andronicus (EFL, MT’12) and a RADA Shakespeare course, and is currently playing Theseus in the Merton College chapel production of Phedre.
Alex is a first year undergraduate studying Physics at University College. At his previous school, he was involved in a number of drama productions, both in the cast and crew, including working in the design team for a performance of A View From the Bridge. In Oxford, Alex has had the role of marketing manager for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is being performed in 6th week of this term.
Ollie is a first year undergraduate at St Anne’s studying English. His acting experience in Oxford so far involves starring as John Rawls in the sell-out 'A Theory of JusticeL the Musical!' (O'Reilly, HT'13) and acting in his college Cuppers, ‘Wonderland’, which was nominated for Best of Cuppers and ‘Double Edge’ at the BT. In school he has appeared in ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘We Will Rock You’, as Marius in ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Macbeth’. He is currently in Out of the Blue.
Edward is a second year undergraduate reading French and Italian at St Hugh's College. This term he has designed the lighting for ‘Angels in America’ and ‘Another Country’, both at the Oxford Playhouse, and ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ at the Simpkins Lee. He designed the lighting for ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ (Oxford Playhouse, TT’12), ‘After the Dance’ (Simpkins Lee, TT’12), ‘Bug’ (BT Studio, TT’12), ‘Closer’ (O’Reilly, TT’12), 'The Blind Spot' (Moser Theatre, HT'12), 'Lars Sørken: A Norwegian Noir' (Burton Taylor Studio, HT'12), and 'Out Through the In Door' (Burton Taylor Studio, HT'12). Edward also was Assistant Lighting Designer for 'Clytemnestra' (Oxford Playhouse, MT'11) and designed over fifteen plays whilst at school. He has also worked at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden.
Daniel is a second year undergraduate studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Brasenose College. At Oxford he has designed the sound for the major musicals A Theory of Justice the Musical (O’Reilly, HT’13) and Cabaret (O’Reilly, HT’12) as well as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Simpkin Lee, HT’13), After the Dance (Simpkins Lee, TT’12) and Bug (Burton Taylor Studio, TT’12). While at school in Boston, he ran the sound for ‘Hot Grog’, which was taken to the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as the PA announcements and the Battle of the Bands at school. He also coordinated the sound for Oxford’s Got Talent.
Tim is a third year student at the Guildhall school of music and drama. He has been the composer and sound designer for a number of professional film and theatre projects, including several films in the Barbican Silent film series in 2011 (three films including Fantasmagorie) and 2012 (George Melies’ The Eclipse), a Silk Street Theatre production Dear Brutus, and played in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
Tom Edkins is a second year undergraduate studying English at Magdalen College. Last year he set up Tom Edkins Films with which he has directed nearly every student drama trailer in Oxford, as well as making music videos for a number of local bands, and directing his own short film.
Chris is a graduate studying for a Dphil in Statistics at St John's College. He has taken the photographs for a large number of plays, films and fashion shoots.
Sophie graduated last year with a degree in Biological Sciences from New College. In her time at Oxford she has designed posters for over fifty student and professional productions, being stage manager for a similar number of shows. She was recently production manager on a new short film 'The Wishing Horse'.
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theatre. He also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs. His professional career lasted from the mid 1930s until his death in 1983, and saw the creation of many plays that are regarded as classics of the American stage. Williams adapted much of his best known work for the cinema. Williams received virtually all of the top theatrical awards for his works of drama, including several New York Drama Critics' Circle awards, a Tony Award for best play for The Rose Tattoo (1951) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire(1948) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). In 1980 he was honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter and is today acknowledged as one of the most accomplished playwrights in the history of English speaking theatre. Theatre scholar Charlotte Canning, of the University of Texas at Austin where Williams' archives are located, has said, "There is no more influential 20th-century American playwright than Tennessee Williams.”