Artistic & Executive Team:

Tim Cook (Artistic & Executive Director)


After graduating as an actor from RADA, Tim founded Broken Silence Theatre in his hometown of Brighton. He has since been involved in new writing groups at the Royal Court Theatre, RADA and New Writing South, and was Literary Manager of the Drayton Arms Theatre. 

He is a multi-award-winning theatre producer, director and published playwright. 

Sophie Drake (Resident Director) 


Sophie trained at the University of Leeds and under Michael Grandage on his West End production of Red. She is Resident Director for Broken Silence Theatre, where she is a Hive Leader for the Playwright's Hive and directs work the company produces. She has worked as a freelance director for Guildhall School of Music & Drama and as a script reader and dramaturg for Paines Plough, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with James Grieve.   

Creative Team:

Ella Dorman-Gajic (Creative Associate) 

Ella is a spoken word poet, writer and actor from Brighton. She joined Broken Silence Theatre as the company's first Writer in Residence, before becoming Creative Associate. 


She is currently developing a number of projects, following the success of her short play Trust, which premiered as part of Voices From Home (Volume One) at the Old Red Lion Theatre.  

Paul Macauley (Hive Leader) 


Paul is a director and award-winning playwright from Brighton. He has an interest in supporting creative practice and personal development in writers and other artists. Currently he is developing a piece of autobiographical theatre and writing his first novel.

Alice Flynn (Writer in Residence) 


Alice is a recent graduate from University of Birmingham, now currently based in Reading. After completing her BA in Drama & English Literature, Flynn now writes reviews and features for Her first short play, We Need To Talk., was a solo show about menstrual blood, sex education, and Hollywood horror movies.

Mark Daniels (Writer in Residence) 


Mark aims to write scripts that tackle bigger topics through everyday, human stories – with a few laughs thrown in for good measure. Class and LGBT+ themes feature heavily. He’s had three full-length pieces produced on the London fringe scene: Tinderella (Canal Cafe Theatre), N89 (Matchstick Theatre) and The Institute of Nuts (Matchstick Theatre).

Lewis Wood (Script Reader) 


Lewis Wood is a playwright based in London, who focuses his work around mental health issues, using theatre and storytelling as a medium to talk about issues that are taboo elsewhere. He has had plays performed in London, Loughborough, the Edinburgh Fringe, and a transfer to Heidelberg in Germany.

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