Jo Byron - Founder & Producer
Jo Byron is a freelance producer, stage manager and facilitator. She has a BA in Drama with Creative Writing from University of the West of England and is currently studying her MA in Creative Producing at Bath Spa University. She founded Up The Ante in 2014.
Lucy Hannam - Composer & Vocal Coach
Lucy Hannam is a singer and composer who has a BMus Degree from Cardiff University. She studied classical singing and techniques. Lucy is the vocal coach for Up the Ante and incorporates voice techniques in the rehearsal processes. She focuses on safe technique to improve actor’s control and awareness of their own voices.
Kara Wheatley - Director & Actor
Kara is a versatile and intensely committed actor who graduated from Winchester University with a first Class BA Hons in Street Arts. Additionally, she studied for her FdA at Wessex Academy of Performing Arts with vigorous training in disciplines under numerous practitioners and genres. She is also the Artistic Director of Irrational Behaviour, an emerging company creating innovative work in Street Art and Theatre Performance.
Leanda Mochrie - Actor
The arts captured Leanda’s imagination from young age. As a child she studied ballet, several musical instruments and never passed on an opportunity to act on stage. Whilst studying Drama and Theatre (BA) at Royal Holloway she became fascinated with site specific performance, dance theatre and the multidisciplinary approach. In Bristol she has explored dramatherapy, improvisation and physical theatre. Leanda feels privileged to work with Up the Ante and leave every rehearsal full of new questions and knowledge about the potential relationship with oneself, others and the world outside. ‘Theatre reminds us of the preciousness of the body, that we have CHOICE in our lives no matter how stuck we feel, and ultimately we are all just children that want to play games’.
Georgie Fenwick - Actor & Administrator
Georgie is a versatile actor and writer with a penchant for the absurdist and satirical. After gaining a 2.1 BA in Drama and Criminology at UWE, Georgie has worked with several theatre companies across Bristol and Bath and has performed twice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is determined to work in creative industries in any capacity and believes performing arts to be liberating and vital to society. Georgie is proud to be a part of the Ante team collaborating with a pool of talent that continues to inspire her.