Meet the Leicester Theatre Group Team

Karl Strickland is the founder of Leicester Theatre Group, his personal introduction to theatre was refusing to go on stage at 10 and being told to stage manage.

He then started work at 16 in community theatre before going to ALRA graduating from their technical theatre course. He worked in the West End for many years including a lengthy stay at the Queens theatre, now the home to Les Mis.

Karl had the pleasure of working on a huge variety of theatre styles including the honour of working with Vanessa, Lynn and Gemma Redgrave on Three Sisters and the fun and insanity that was Starlight Express.

As Trustee and Producer of LTG, Karl is now devoting an increasing amount of his time to helping young people enjoy theatre in all of it’s styles by setting up affordable yet very high quality tuition and professional standard shows.

Lee has been involved in theatre, both on and off the stage, since 2002. He studied Drama and Education Studies at DeMontfort University, before working in various capacities at Curve for 6 years, before furthering his education and shifting his career to teaching performing arts at secondary level.

Lee started directing with Rule63 Theatre Company, where he directed a female only version of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. From there, Lee joined Leicester Theatre Group, and has directed various shows for them like Aladdin Jr, Blue Remebered Hills, and Seussical Jr, as well as performing in Urinetown, before becoming a trustee of Leicester Theatre Group in January this year.

Leicester Theatre Group gave Lee free reign to choose a musical, and Lee selected Our House, hoping to marry the high levels of energy and talent of LTG’s members with the bonkers energy and talent of Madness.

Upon leaving college, Zoë appeared in Aladdin at the prestigious Players Theatre London. She then went on to appear with Anthony Newley in the UK tour of Scrooge.

Since then Zoë has played in the West End as Cosette in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre) and as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. This is a show Zoë has been associated with for several years, having played the role of Christine in the UK and Ireland tour and she was also invited to sing the part for the Queen’s gala performance at the Liverpool Empire.

Zoe has also played the part of Jellylorum in the UK and European tour of Cats.

Other credits include Sally Whittle in a revival of Zip Goes a Million (Covent Garden Festival), Julie Jordan in Carousel (St David’s Cardiff), La Rapina in L’Opera Seria (Batignano Opera Festival), Polly Browne in Sandy Wilson’s The Boyfriend (UK Tour), Cassandra in The Balance of Power, The Jack Tinker Tribute (London Palladium), South Pacific (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and the title role in David Croft’s musical Ann Veronica (Covent Garden Theatre Museum).

Recordings include Oliver, Carousel, South Pacific, Follies and Zip Goes a Million.

Zoe recently took part in the 25th Anniversary  Concert performance of Les Miserables  at the O2 arena and the 2010 Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium.

Hannah is a professional director and playwright, and Associate Artist of Attenborough Arts Centre. She has directed shows with Leicester Theatre Group since the beginning, from musicals including Les Miserables (twice!) and Into the Woods, to gritty drama’s including DNA and Girls Like That.

Hannah started teaching drama at thirteen, assisting at a local drama group and since then creating theatre with young people has been her passion. After graduating from Central School of Speech and Drama she has worked at Curve, Young Vic and Big Foot Theatre Company to name a few.  She was one of six playwrights selected for Graeae Theatre Company’s Write to Play programme that saw her work performed at Curve, Coventry Belgrade and Birmingham Rep.