The SMA Board of Directors

The SMA is governed by a Board of  Directors who are all SMA Members. Additional co-opted Directors who are not SMA Members may be invited to serve at the discretion of the SMA Board. Directors' term of office is for three years, after which they may choose to stand again for election.

Remembering DAVID AYLIFF Honorary Life President & SMA Co-founder 1916 -2016  RIP


At the 2016 SMA AGM, the following board members were elected to the SMA Board for a term of three years each: Sarah Trim-West, Matthew Richard Smith and Adam Burns;  Sarah Yelland and Helen Clarkson were also confirmed on the board for a further period of three years.  The SMA welcomes them and looks forward to working with them over the coming years.

Area of work: Commercial & UK Touring
In Stage Management since: 2011

Matthew trained in Stage Management at Birmingham School of Acting. After graduating in 2011, he worked as Technical Stage Staff on board Brilliance of Seas for Royal Caribbean. Since then, he has gone on to work in commercial theatre on shows touring the UK including: Georges Marvellous Medicine, In the Night Garden Live, Blood Brothers, Top Hat and most recently The Rocky Horror Show as well as doing pantomimes for Qdos. 

Matthew is delighted to be a board member for the SMA and looks forward to meeting members around the country whilst I continuing to tour.


Adam specialises nowadays in work with young people, devising and site specific theatre, but has a background covering most areas of theatre.
Working in stage management since 1993.

Recent work includes ,People Show #131,  the SM team for the Almeida’s “Odyssey” live event, “The Afterlife of Cook and Moore” for Vadim Jean, David Schneider’s new play, “Making Stalin Laugh,” at JW3 for Matthew LLoyd & as PSM for Generation Arts’ productions of, “Half of Me,”Make Me Happy” and “Dirty Special Thing.

A committed Trade unionist and Equity’s Stage Management Councillor since 2012, Adam’s a well- known and respected campaigner against exploitative jobs and for theatre parents, having been on the small team that created Equity’s Professionally Made Professionally Paid. He sat on the launch panel for Parents in Performing Arts at the Young Vic as well as moving Equity’s motion on childcare at TUC 2015. Adam also brokered a successful deal with SJP that monitors and removes poor job postings. He’s committed to ending the inequities of Bad buyouts & ensuring extra duties, if totally necessary, are fair and well paid and ensuring unscrupulous producers are held to account. Adam has been a trustee of the Equity Charitable Trust since 2014.


Areas of work: Repertory, Commercial Theatre and Site Specific Shows
In Stage Management since: 2002

Helen trained at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh, studying Stage Management and Theatre Production, and started her professional career doing varied work with Edinburgh companies such as Grid Iron, also enjoying many happy years of casual work at The Edinburgh Playhouse.

Having spent two years as ASM at Pitlochry Festival Theatre working on straight repertoire plays she then embarked on several years of UK and international tours of large scale musicals. Now settled in London, Helen has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting productions, including musicals, plays and very unique site specific projects such as 'The Railway Children' at Waterloo Station and Punchdrunk's epic 'The Drowned Man'.

Helen's aims for the SMA are for us to continue to support Stage Managers and to encourage more networking amongst members who are spread across all of the UK.



Commercial & Repertory Theatre, Opera & Ballet
Working in stage management since 2006

Sarah started stage managing in her teens. She went on to train in stage management at the University of North Texas and Theatre Directing at EAST 15 Acting School. As a deaf stage manager she is passionate about spreading awareness and furthering opportunities for deaf and disabled people in the arts.  She hopes her time on the board of directors will allow her to achieve this.  Sarah joined the SMA Board in August 2016



Area of work: Repertory Theatre & Events
In Stage Management since: 2012

George trained on the Technical Theatre & Stage Management course at RADA. After graduating in the summer of 2012, he worked as an ASM on the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies. Since then, he has gone on to work in a wide variety of areas - from fringe to "one off" events and concerts, outdoor theatre and the West End. George is currently working as an ASM with the RSC.


Areas of work: Repertory & Independent; British Sign Language Interpretation
In Stage Management since: 1989

Alison trained in Stage Management at Rose Bruford College and, over 25 years, has enjoyed contracts for a wide range of companies including, recently, Theatre Royal Stratford East and Graeae Theatre Company. Alison is also a BSL/English interpreter and has been fortunate enough to be able to use this skill on a number of her Stage Management assignments. In 2012 she was awarded an Arts Council England Grant to research and develop a pilot glossary of technical theatre terms translated into BSL.

Alison was keen to join the SMA Board of Directors because she is interested in promoting Stage Management as a creative and fulfilling occupation, especially to groups of people who may never have thought of it as a career option.


Area of Work: Education - Teaches Stage Management & Technical Theatre at University of Derby
In Stage Management since: 1995

From the moment she was taken backstage and shown how 2 ASMs with flowerpots of dirt could make a dug out set look like it was falling down around everyone's ears, Rebecca was hooked on becoming a Stage Manager. Having completed a BTEC course in Portsmouth followed by training at Rose Bruford, one of her first jobs was as resident ASM at Norwich Playhouse for its opening season; a baptism of fire but thoroughly enjoyable! She then went on to work for Birmingham Rep, Derby Playhouse and the Watermill Theatre, both as resident and on tour.

It was through the SMA's Stage Managers for Managers scheme that Rebecca was first encouraged to serve on the SMA board of directors, and she thoroughly believes that Stage Managers are a group of people who can offer so much to many areas of business, not just within the realms of the theatre. She is thrilled to again be part of the body that represents our profession as she feels that the SMA is an essential voice in the theatre world; Rebecca believes that it is imperative that Stage Management are taken notice of, as even though they are often on the front line, if they do their jobs well they can be so easily overlooked. Now a senior lecturer at the University of Derby, she continues to work alongside students and professionals at Derby Theatre, creating the next generation of theatre makers and SMA members.


Areas of work: Commercial & Repetory Theatre, Opera & Ballet, Teaching & Mentoring in Drama Schools
In Stage Management since 2002

Having originally trained in music at the Welsh College of Music and Drama, followed by postgraduate studies in Stage Management & Production at ALRA, Sharon has been working in theatre for the past eleven years in a variety of stage management positions, both in London and on tour, gathering a wide range of experience from Shakespeare to Hip Hop, Noh Theatre to classical ballet.

In recent years she has been sharing the experience of her professional career by teaching at London’s leading drama schools, including RADA and Mountview, as well as occasional forays into teaching at BTEC level and private score reading lessons for DSMs. She worked with the SMA as Interim Executive Director in 2012, and is delighted to carry on her involvement by serving on the the board of directors. In 2013 Sharon won the London Cabaret Awards’ Unsung Hero title for her work in bringing professional stage management practice into cabaret.

Sharon is an established voice in the industry and writes for leading industry publications such as the SJP Careers Guide, ETC Publishing and The Stage.


Area of work: Repertory & Commerical Theatre
In Stage Management since: 1988

Anna trained at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and subsequently has gained nearly 30 years of experience in Stage Management, with her work including West End, commercial touring, the National Theatre & the Royal Shakespeare Company.  The third generation of her family to work in the business, she is currently a senior DSM at the National Theatre, where her work has included the live BBC2 broadcast of "National Theatre: Fifty Years On Stage" and the first ever NT Live cinema broadcast.

Having been a member of the SMA for over 20 years, Anna wanted to join the Board of Directors in order to give something back to the profession.  She is very keen to encourage more diversity and to promote Stage Management both within & outside the theatre industry.