The Wardrobe Ensemble met in September 2010 while training together on The Made in Bristol project at Bristol Old Vic. Since then they have been making shows and touring them nationally and internationally.
Tom Brennan is a director, performer and writer. He trained in American Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Tom directed RIOT, 33 and South Western and co-directed 1972: The Future of Sex and Eloise, The Last of The Pelican Daughters and The Curse of The Golden Whisk for The Wardrobe Ensemble. He was resident director at The Almeida where he was associate director on Mike Bartlett's Albion (dir. Rupert Goold) and assistant director on Anne Washburn's The Twilight Zone (dir. Richard Jones). Tom also co-wrote and directed The Rocky Shock and Drac and Jill for The Wardrobe Theatre. Tom founded Closer Each Day, a cult improvised soap opera at The Wardrobe Theatre. He also won the British Film Institute Award for Most Promising Young Talent for the short film Tracks (2009) which he co-wrote and co-directed.
Tom is an actor, facilitator, and project coordinator currently working on a number of diverse projects. In whatever form, Tom is keen to use the arts to engage, inspire and challenge communities and individuals across the UK and further afield.
As a Project Coordinator for the Imperial War Museum North, Tom runs a project called ‘Serving Stories’ which aims to foster mutual respect, empathy and understanding between intergenerational communities in the Trafford area. Using the medium of storytelling, the project takes veterans from conflicts spanning the last century in to schools and colleges to expose young people to the power of conflict.
On a related note, Tom works as both mentor and facilitator with the 225 Academy, a project that engages communities of young people across the world and encourages them to question and reframe notions of success and leadership in a shifting global climate.
Emily is a theatre maker, choreographer, and producer. She graduated from The University of Manchester with a First Class Honours in Drama and received a Postgraduate Certificate in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway University with the Jasmin Vardimon Company. For The Wardrobe Ensemble, Emily's most recent credits as deviser/performer include 1972: The Future of Sex (2015) and Education, Education, Education (2017). She also heads up the company's Education and Outreach department.
For the company, Jesse Jones co-directed Education Education Education, 1972: The Future of Sex, Edgar and The Land of Lost, and was Associate Director on 33. Other directing credits include Rorry Malarkey's THE GRANDFATHERS, winning National Theatre Connections 2012 and revived professionally at the NT Shed in 2013. Jesse has worked as Staff Director at the National Theatre, assisting on EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES 2013/14. He is an associate artist of Bristol Old Vic Outreach and founded the Wardrobe Theatre where he directed WILDBORE, GUTTERMOUTH and SCUMBAG. His adaptation of Sally Gardener's novel MAGGOT MOON is in development at the National Theatre Studio. In January 2015 he was appointed Resident Director of Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton as part of the Regional Theatre Young Director’s scheme.
For the company Kerry has devised and performed in Wind in the Willows, Education Education Education, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain, Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk, 1972: The Future of Sex, 33, Eliza and the Wild Swans, and RIOT. She is a graduate of Bath Spa University studying BA Drama Studies and specialising in Devising and Musical Theatre. Kerry has performed with Myrtle Theatre Company, Fairground Theatre Company and featured in Traces, a short dance theatre film with Twisted Theatre Company. She has worked extensively with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company, delivering workshops and assisting shows.
Jesse is a Bristol-based performer and theatre-maker. She graduated from University of Warwick with a BA First Class Honours in Theatre and Performance and has since been working extensively with FellSwoop Theatre and The Wardrobe Ensemble - of which she is a core member/founder and has toured with nationally and internationally. Jesse's other recent deviser/performer credits include Tea Time for Oxford Playhouse, and Winnie the Witch for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford. She is also Co-Artistic Director of The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol which reopened in Old Market in December 2015.
For the company Helena has co-directed Education Education Education, Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk and Edgar and the Land of Lost (Bike Shed Theatre), and directed Little Tim and the Brave Sea captain (Bristol Old Vic), The Time Seekers and The Star Seekers (Wardrobe Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse). Her recent directing credits include: Then Again (King's Head), Monkey Puzzle (Discover Children's story centre), The Assembly Women (VAULT festival), Islanders (Theatre West) and The Oil and the Shard (Camden People's Theatre). Helena has assistant directed productions at the Soho Theatre, The Cambridge Arts Theatre and Trafalgar Studios and was Assistant Director on Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall.
James is an actor, theatre maker, musician and facilitator with over a decade’s experience working in devised theatre. For The Wardrobe Ensemble, James’ credits as a performer/deviser include WINNERS (2021), The Last of the Pelican Daughters (2019), Education, Education, Education (2017) and 1972: The Future of Sex (2015). Outside of the company, James has been fortunate to work with theatre practitioners including Simon McBurney, Nigel and Louise and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, and in 2019 he appeared as Standish Treadwell in The Unicorn’s adaptation of Sally Gardner’s Maggot Moon. He is currently studying towards an MA in Anthropology (Material and Visual Culture) at UCL.
Ben is a theatre maker, performer, workshop facilitator and founding member of The Wardrobe Ensemble.
As a workshop facilitator Ben has worked with the Old Vic, Shakespeare's Schools Festival and the International Schools Theatre Association, and as a training consultant for environmental education charity, Action for Conservation.
Ben's directing credits include Philippe De Beranger (Battersea Arts Centre), Swarm (Camden People's Theatre) and Me (Pleasance Theatre, Islington). Ben has also written and performed a one-person show called ‘Pun World’, and is a qualified secondary school teacher.
Edythe Woolley is a performer, director and designer for The Wardrobe Ensemble. She studied in New York as part of her BA in Drama and English at Queen Mary University London. She also completed a foundation in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts. Edith also holds experience in physical theatre, starring in her first professional dance piece, Fallen, as well as Swarm, a dance film by Twisted Theatre. Her directing credits including the Foundation of Trust at the Theatre Rondo Bath.
Hannah is an independent theatre producer. She has been working with The Wardrobe Ensemble since 2013 and they are her faves. Before going freelance, Hannah worked at the Bush Theatre and at Fuel and in every library in the borough of Hounslow.