Meet the team

Lizzie Stables - Artistic Director

Lizzie Stables trained as an actor and then director at Central before founding Folio in 2014. Born and raised in Wiltshire, Lizzie is acutely aware of the gap in provision of theatre in rural parts of the county and the impact this has on its communities and young people growing up there. She founded Folio in a bid to change this. Lizzie ran and built the company single handedly from 2014-20 until appointing Liz Vogler as Exec Producer. Lizzie has extensive knowledge of the theatre ecology in the county and across the UK thanks to her freelance work outside Folio as a director, actor, producer and as a previous Trustee of Wassail Theatre Company. Her work as an AD was recognised by Clore in 2019 and she undertook meaningful leadership training as part of their pulse programme.

Liz Vogler - Executive Producer

Liz Vogler is a Producer and Executive Consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the theatre industry. Alongside working with Folio Theatre, Liz freelances with other organisations such as BitterSuite, November Club and A New Direction. Before establishing herself as a freelancer, Liz was Executive Producer at English Touring Theatre, whom she joined after 4 years as Executive Producer at Futures Theatre. As someone who started out in the industry without any existing connections or networks, Liz is committed to developing new work, from underrepresented communities, that can reach diverse audiences and support those looking to engage with an unfamiliar industry, just as she did in 2010. Liz is also Chair of Roots, Yorkshire’s queer touring company. 

Patrons

April De Angelis - Patron

April De Angelis’s plays include Jumpy (Royal Court and West End), Wild East (Royal Court), A Laughing Matter (Out of Joint/NT/tour), The Warwickshire Testimony (RSC), The Positive Hour(Out of Joint/Hampstead/Old Vic; Sphinx), Headstrong (NT Shell Connections), Playhouse Creatures (Sphinx Theatre Company), Hush (Royal Court), Soft Vengeance (Graeae Theatre Company), Amongst Friends (Hampstead), The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (adapted from the James Cleland novel), Ironmistress (ReSisters Theatre Company) and Wuthering Heights(adapted from Emily Brontë’s novel for Birmingham Rep). Her work for BBC Radio includes Visitants, The Outlander, which won the Writers’ Guild Award 1992, and Cash Cows for the Woman’s Hour serial. For opera: Flight with composer Jonathan Dove (Glyndebourne), and the libretto for Silent Twins (Almeida).

Trustees

Charlotte Geeves - Chair of Trustees

Charlotte Geeves is the Executive Director at Bristol Old Vic. Since taking up the post in 2019, Charlotte has successfully championed the cultural strength of Bristol in the region and UK arts sector. She has steered the organisation through the pandemic, and change of artistic leadership, while maintaining BOVs commitment to creativity and producing new work in a challenging financial climate. She has also spearheaded the organisations environmental transformation, including the first UK arts sector carbon literacy training programme and worked alongside Aisha Thomas at Representation Matters on the development of EDI training for the organisation. Alongside her Chief Executive role she shares with Nancy Medina she is chair of Folio theatre company, co-chair of Bristol City Councils Culture Board, is on the WECA Cultural Compact board and most recently has become the chair of Cerebra. 

 

In her spare time she helps Bradford-on-Avon RFC U11’s team with fundraising for the club and is a keen, but slow runner.  

 

Charlotte has a deep knowledge of producing theatre beginning her career in stage management, rising to the role of Company Manager for both The Young Vic under David Lan and Shakespeare’s Globe under Dominic Dromgoole.  From there she developed her producing skills working as Projects Manager for Alistair Spalding at Sadler’s Wells and then as General Manager at Salisbury International Arts Festival before working as Festivals Manager for Wildscreen in Bristol. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of the annual Henley Festival.

Nik Partridge - Trustee

Nik is a Bristol-based director, who has worked extensively within the South-West. His practice lies in the development of new work (both devised and new writing), adaptation, engagement and the reimagining of classic plays for contemporary audiences. He has collaborated and produced work with organisations like Bristol Old Vic, Watermill Theatre, MAYK, The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath, Strike-A-Light, Travelling Light, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Further afield he has made work for the Royal Court, Traverse and Galway International Arts Festival.

Nik has held a number of building-based and organisational roles with the JMK (Director Practitioner), The Egg (Creative Associate and Creative Producer), Theatre Royal Plymouth (Staff Associate Director) and Tobacco Factory Theatres (Director-in-Residence), working extensively both as a director and as a mentor, producer and facilitator. He trained on the National Theatre Studio Directors Course and at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Nik was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow and is a recipient of the Equity John Fernald Award.

Jen Wagner - Trustee

​​Jen is founder and CEO of LAYBL, an environmental technology company that is focused on reducing the volume of clothes that end up in landfill and helping the retail / apparel sector – and consumers – achieve net zero targets.

Jen has more than 25 years business leadership experience within technology, brand development, marketing and ecommerce. She managed a highly successful ecommerce agency, building online stores for clients such as Dyson, and also led marketing teams within the publishing and charity sectors, working with clients such as Apple and Adobe

“Seeing the incredible passion, dedication and work that Lizzie and Liz are doing to bring the arts to rural and regional communities, is inspiring. Being from Wiltshire myself, and also a woman in business, I feel honoured to be part of something so rewarding and am fully committed to supporting both Lizzie and Liz in making Folio the success it deserves to be.”

Nilesh Patel - Trustee

Nilesh joined in 2022 as a Trustee. He is Head of Business Affairs at ITV.