About Us

Box Clever is an award-winning, writer-led theatre company dedicated to the creation of contemporary theatre for young people.

For over twenty seven years, Box Clever has reached thousands of young people across the UK and beyond with artistic productions and workshops that are imaginative, exciting, inspiring and which engage our young audiences fully. Our mission is to  bring exciting theatre to young people – the audiences of the future- and to involve  them in plays, both as audience members, participants and co-creators. We aim to bring vividly to life, through theatre, their world and issues that are completely relevant to them, whether it’s safety on the roads, relationships, bullying or subjects related to their education.

Box Clever is a registered company with charitable status. The company is a Living Wage Employer and a member of the Independent Theatre Council and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Box Clever is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation which means funding thanks to taxpayers and National Lottery players which plays a huge part in supporting our work.

We’re an Arts Council England [National Portfolio Organisation/Investment Principles Support] Organisation, which means funding thanks to [taxpayers/National Lottery players] plays a huge part in supporting our work
living wage employer

Patrons, Associate Directors and Trustees

Box Clever is privileged to have a Board of ten Trustees who bring expertise from a range of industries and backgrounds. We are very pleased to have two Patrons who are both extremely familiar with the company and highly valued by the industry for their skill as actors. 

Corinna Brown

*NEW* Patron

Corinna is a performer born and raised in East London.
Beginning her early career in dance, Corinna is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and HipHop. She then joined Saturday stage school, Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School – where she fell in love with acting and musical theatre and got her first taste of the industry at the age of 8 after joining the agency. Some early credits include: My Murder (2012 BBC3 – Nashuna), Even More Evermoor (2014 Disney Channel – Presenter).
Corinna’s most recent theatre credit was her performance in the New Vic’s Coppelia: A Mystery in which it was awarded 5* reviews from The Guardian , The West End Reviewer and The Stage. Corinna’s theatre credits also include – Susie McKenna’s adaptation of Macbeth (2016, Edinburgh Fringe- Fleaonce), The Tempest (2017, RADA – Ariel), Sleeping Beauty (2018, Hackney Empire – Ensmble)
Corinna graduated from the BA Acting and Stage Combat course, at East 15 Acting School in 2020. She has gone on to use her stunt training in both Mocap games, Film and tv as character stunt doubles. Credits include: Dashcam (2020, Shadowhouse Productions, LuckyAction13), The Kitchen (2022, Andy Godbold), Snow White (2022, Live Action, Adam Brashaw). She was also part of the fight team for Netflix’s:Vikings Valhalla S3.
Her acting skills have also been celebrated in Netflix’s new show Heartstopper, where she plays lead role Tara Jones in season 1 & 2 and looks forward to continuing her characters development in season 3.
Corinna has a love of facilitating and leads both acting and dance workshops for companies that include Hackney Empire, Diverse Voices and The Royal Court as she believes its important to pass on skills and creativity with fellow creatives, as we can all learn something from each other.

Joseph Mawle


We are thrilled to have a star of stage, TV and film as our Company Patron.  Joseph Mawle has been involved with Box Clever since 1996, performing in the original staging of Time for the Good Looking Boy. The actor, who has starred as Edward Judd in the 2011 remake of The Awakening, in the British classic Made in Dagenham and the TV series The Passion, where he took on the role of Jesus, has been a dedicated supporter of the company for many years.  He is a familiar face on television, taking lead roles in many TV series including Game of ThronesMerlin, Foyle’s War, Silent Witness and Ripper Street. He was cast as Odysseus in the BBC/Netflix epic drama Troy: Fall of a City and filmed the new Amazon fantasy series Lord of the Rings taking the part of the show’s lead villain.

Tom Burke


We were equally delighted when our second patron joined the company. Tom Burke is becoming a very familiar face both in film and on television.  His film credits include Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas, Third Star with Benedict Cumberbatch, JJ Feild and Hugh Bonneville, andChéri with Michelle Pfeiffer. On television he is well-known as Athos in BBC’s action drama based on Alexander Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers and more recently as Cormoran Strike, the private detective, in the adaptations of Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm.

Iqbal Khan

Associate Director

Iqbal trained at the National Studio, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Middlesex University and The Academy Drama School. Box Clever is delighted to welcome him in this capacity as he is a creative, versatile and dynamic director with critically acclaimed performances for both the National Theatre (Harold Pinter’s A Slight Ache and Landscape and Ayub Khan-Din’s Rafta, Rafta) and the RSC (Much Ado About NothingOthello and Tartuffe). Iqbal was Artistic Director on the 2022 Commonwealth Games

David Ajao

Deputy Artistic Director

Info coming soon…

Kate Jenkins


Kate is a practising barrister of 20 years standing, specialising in child protection work and a member of 1, Garden Court Chambers. Kate did her Masters at Manchester University before completing her BAR examinations in London.

Cath Smith


Cath is the Headteacher of The John Roan School in Greenwich, part of the United Learning Group of Schools. Previous roles have included the Executive Headteacher of Bow School in Tower Hamlets and Advisory Headteacher with the University Schools Trust. She was the first Executive Director of the Tower Hamlets Education Partnership, is a governor of a primary school in Tower Hamlets and a Trustee on the Board of Bow Arts Trust.

Richard Foley

Vice Chair

Richard is the Chief Executive of Sir John Cass’s Foundation and another grant making charity, the Aldgate & Allhallows Barking Exhibition Foundation. Richard gained a History/Geography degree from the University of Surrey in 1990 and a MSc in Management from the Cass Business School in 2008. He served on one of the Millennium Commission’s National Panels which distributed £2.4m of lottery funds between 1997 and 2001. He was also a Member of the Rotary Club of London, from 2000 to 2005 and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2002.

John Brown


John is a graduate of Oxford University and a qualified chartered accountant.  He worked for 20 years in the venture capital and private equity industry until 2001, holding the position of Deputy Managing Director of Cinven from 1988 to 2001.  He previously spent four years as a consultant with the Economist Intelligence Unit and two years as a financial analyst.  He has held non-executive board memberships for a wide range of companies.
Since 2001, he has helped a number of charities, acting as a trustee and often Treasurer.  These include UnLtd, The Reading Agency, First Rung, Box Clever Theatre, Islington Boat Club and Detention Action.

Tara Ahmed


Tara is a former consultant now working in casting. She aims to make the acting world more accessible by championing open auditions and trying to promote casting calls amongst actors of diverse backgrounds. Before that, she joined Boxclever as an actor, touring London primary schools. 

Jane Beacham


Jane is a qualified solicitor. After practising law for more than 25 years and having been the managing partner of a City law firm, she is now studying for an MA in Anthropology and Museum Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also a volunteer curator and archivist at a small museum in Devon

Mark Davies


Mark has over 20 years’ fundraising experience in the charity sector. He is currently Director of Income Generation at Contact. Mark was Director of Development at the London’s Air Ambulance Charity for six years before joining Contact, leading on income growth. Previous roles include Assistant Director at Centre of Cell, an education centre based at Queen Mary, University of London, and Development Manager at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Andrea Gillie


Andrea Gillie combines working as a teacher of Drama in the state sector with running Drama Workshops for community groups. Previously she was an actor, touring small and middle-scale theatre and a director and leader of various Youth Theatre groups. She has a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Goldsmiths College.

Marylka Gowlland


Marylka is an experienced charity fundraiser with a background in arts management. She has worked with companies as varied as Fairfield Halls, Box Clever Theatre Company, City of London Sinfonia and the Unicorn Theatre. She is currently Development Manager for a charity in her adopted home of Faversham, Kent.

Tara Parashar


Tara is the founder of Tara Maitrī, a social media consultancy that uses mindfulness to make social media a better place for young people. Previously she was the Social Media Content Editor at the National Theatre, where she oversaw all of the NT’s social media output. Her main brief in this role was to use digital marketing to help make the National Theatre more accessible to younger audiences. Prior to that she held a number of roles at the BBC, including Marketing Coordinator at BBC News where she created multiplatform marketing campaigns for the EU Referendum, 2016 US Elections and 2017 General Election.

Rob McCreath


Rob is an employment and workplace mediator, facilitator and adviser. He is a consultant to law firm Kingsley Napley LLP. He is also a trustee/non executive director of theatre company Told By An Idiot.


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Artistic Director – Michael Wicherek
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Deputy Artistic Director – David Ajao
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Associate Director (Engagement) –Leanne Marritt
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Finance Manager – Alison Sully 
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Director of Intelligence  Callie Brown
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Administrator – Jack Boal
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General Manager – Molly Hemsley
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HR Administrator – Kay Trayford
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Production Manager  Pip Thurlow
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Head of Development – Beth Troakes
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Social Media Strategists – Amber Lin & Kiara Nicole