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Meet the team

Lily McLeish - Artistic Director 

Lily McLeish is a British-German director working in theatre, dance, opera, film, video-installation & podcast. She is the artistic director of Fizzy Sherbet, a creative fellow of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and associate director to Katie Mitchell.

As Director her work includes The Yellow Wallpaper after Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels by Athena Stevens; White Tuesday by Eve Leigh; Special Occasions by Amy Ng; Killing It by Josephine Starte; Scrounger by Athena Stevens nominated for 6 Off West End Awards including Best Director; dance-theatre piece While You Are Here written by Eve Leigh and choreographed by Jonathan Goddard; Schism by Athena Stevens nominated for an Olivier Award; The White Bike by Tamara von Werthern; A Colder Water Than Here by Matthew Jones, which was awarded the Origins Award For Outstanding New Work.
As Associate Director, her recent work includes Norma Jeane Baker of Troy by Anne Carson, a melologue, starring Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming for The Shed, New York; Orlando by Virginia Woolf for the Schaubühne, Berlin; Bluets by Maggie Nelson for the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg; Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch for The Royal Court.

Tamara von Werthern - Co-Artistic Director

Tamara von Werthern is a writer, primarily working for stage and screen. She set up Fizzy Sherbet as producer together with artistic director Lily McLeish in January 2017.

As a playwright, her work includes The White Bike (The Space, London, 2017). Her work has been shown at the Royal Court, the Arcola Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London, The White Bear Theatre, London, and the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, as well as a number of site-specific performances with her own theatre company Para-Site Productions and Plays Rough London.
Her writing has been long-listed for the Papatango Prize and BBC Writersroom Drama Room.
For screen, her film I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire (an Elias Production, adapted from the stage play Sharks Are Terrorists) won the Best Screenplay Lift-Off Season Award 2019, a Lift-Off London Special Mention Award, Best Original Story (Honorary Mention) at LA Independent Film Awards and Best Short Film (Comedy) at Kosice Film Festival.

Tamara holds a BA in English & Drama from Queen Mary University of London and an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has been a member of the team at independent theatre publisher Nick Hern Books since 2003.

Ameena Hamid - Producer

Ameena is a creative producer based in London and company director of Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd. Her work focuses on putting underrepresented voices are centre stage and she is particularly passionate about increasing inclusivity and representation in theatre. She was one of the EdFringe and British Council’s Emerging Producers for 2019 and is currently on Stage One’s Bridge the Gap Programme.  Ameena has produced work at VAULT Festival, the Old Red Lion, Battersea Arts Centre amongst other venues as well as touring work across the UK. She is currently curating The Graduate Festival at The Actor’s Centre and producing ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’ a podcast adaptation of the P.G. Wodehouse classic.


Sandra Theresa Buch - Dramaturg + Director

Sandra Theresa Buch works with a passion for new writing as a mentor, dramaturg, reader and director. The last five years she has been head of BA in Playwriting at The Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her artistic research projects at DASPA explores frontiers of new writing with projects such as ‘performative text creation strategies’ and ‘how to write for humans and robots’. Sandra lives in Denmark and lived in London for more than 10 years. She studied drama and rhetoric at Copenhagen University, writing and directing at RADA/Kings College, and has a diploma in script development from NFTS.

Josephine Starte - Writer-Performer + Host 

Josephine is an award-winning writer-performer. Also an improv comic she’s an associate of Live Beasts (‘A reason to be cheerful’, Tim Crouch), and co-founder of GUM Improv (nominated for Phoenix Remix’s Best Comedy Group 2019). As a writer she’s been long-listed for the Bruntwood and the BAFTA Rocliffe award amongst other prizes, and was an invited writer at the Alpine Fellowship’s Venice 2018 Symposium alongside Polly Stenham and Emma Watson. Her most recent play, KILLING IT, was at VAULT Festival 2020, starring Janet Henfrey (Wolf Hall, The Crown) and Doña Croll (Eastern Promises, Doctor Who); 'Truly breathtaking and beautiful theatre that cannot be missed … a prescient and hilarious script. One to watch’ (A Younger Theatre).  As an actor she's won Best Actress in the NoBudge Independent Film Awards for BLUE MONDAY (dir. Charles Chintzer Lai), and Best Duo in the LA Independent Short Awards for I DON’T WANT TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE (dir. Marcus Liversedge).

Anna Girvan - Director 

Anna Girvan is a London based director. She is originally from Newcastle and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for an MA in Directing. Anna is passionate about giving platforms to under-represented voices and her proudest moment was working with Young Vic Taking Part creating a piece of theatre with a company of 30 homeless people called Go Between.
As a director her work in theatre includes Our Country’s Good at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Twelfth Night at the Southwark Playhouse; Rudolf at the Midlands Arts Centre; The Internet Was Made For Adults at the Vaults Festival; Go Between, Someone Else and Room 504 at the Young Vic. She will next be directing The Invisible Man for Northern Stage.

Assistant and associate director work includes Leopoldstadt at The Wyndham; Noises Off! at The Garrick; Exit the King, The Red Lion and The Beaux’ Stratagem at the National; People, Places and Things on UK tour; Hamlet and King Lear for the RSC and on UK and US tour; Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe and Happy Days at the Young Vic.