Senior management team biographies
Ann Sholem, Artistic Director
Ann was born in London and from 1972 until 1975 trained at the Rambert School of Ballet where she met her partner Roy Campbell-Moore in 1973. She performed with Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet and in 1983 co-founded the Company (formerly Diversions) with Roy. She choreographed and designed many of the Company’s early works and continued to perform and teach until 1990. She ceased performing to start a family and became the Company’s Rehearsal Director, then Associate Director before being promoted to Artistic Director in 2007. She was awarded the Welsh Woman of the Year (Arts and Media) award in 2008 and in 2013 Ann received a Life-Time Achievement Award (shared with Roy) from the Theatre Critics of Wales.
David Wright, Deputy Director
Born in Neath, South Wales David moved to Australia as a child. He studied Drama, Film and English Literature at Macquarie University, and Arts Management at University of Technology, Sydney. Over the last 20 years he has worked predominantly in General/Financial Management with Toe Truck Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (both in Sydney), and London’s Bush Theatre. Most recently he was Executive Director of Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre in London, Executive Manager of Sydney Theatre, and General Manager of Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen, Scotland. David joined National Dance Company Wales in September 2011.
Joe Fletcher, Technical Director
Joe has been Technical Director & Resident Designer for National Dance Company Wales for the past seven years. During this time he has designed for choreographers Roy Campbell-Moore, Andonis Foniadakis, Eleesha Drennan, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano & Lee Johnston and taken the work to China, India, across Europe and the UK. He studied Theatre Design (MA) at Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, specialising in lighting and digital design, where he returns as a guest tutor for the BA and MA lighting courses. Joe has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Joe’s obsession with light has developed throughout a fifteen-year career in the arts; designing for theatre, dance, concerts, events and architecture. Design credits include Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Arad Goch, Sherman Cymru, The Guardian Hay Literature & Arts Festival, Slush Theatre Company, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Uman Zoo, National Youth Dance Wales & National Theatre Wales. In 2013 Joe’s lighting and animation design for Purlieus, in collaboration with choreographer Lee Johnston, was selected as a finalist at the World Stage Design Exhibition 2013.
Lee Johnston, Rehearsal Director
Originally from Sydney, Lee trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After dancing for LINK Dance Company she joined NDCWales in 2004. Highlights as a performer with the company include working with choreographers Ohad Naharin, Stephen Petronio, Christopher Bruce and Nigel Charnock. Since 2008 Lee has consistently choreographed for the company creating works including Calamine Joy, Pursuing Hidden Ends, Purlieus and They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem. In autumn 2013 Lee continues her work with NDCWales as choreographer and Rehearsal Director.