MEET THE BML TEAM
Let us introduce the many people that make the BML workshop programme possible;
BML's Workshop Facilitators, Patrons, Management Team, and Board of Directors
The weekly BML workshops are led and maintained by a team of facilitators
BML's day-to-day operations are carried out by the management team
DAVID JAMES (BML Founder & Director) has worked in the professional theatre in New York, Los Angeles and London for 50 years. For many years a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York, his award-winning plays have been produced by the BBC World Services, Radio Four, and the South African Broadcasting Company. Modern Olympia had a reading at Manhattan Theatre Company.
He was Assistant Costume Designer on many Broadway musicals including Promises Promises, the original production of Grease, 70 Girls 70, Bob Fosse's Dancin', The Rothschilds and other productions on Broadway, at Lincoln Centre, and at the Metropolitan Opera. He has designed costumes for over thirty productions in New York, including Vanities, which ran off Broadway for seven years, as well as productions for Playwrights Horizons and the Lion Theatre, and dance companies including the Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey. He has styled over 600 TV adverts.
He has sat on the boards of United Scenic Artists local 829, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (where he was chair of the Theatre Committee for 11 years), and Mercury Musical Developments.
He has been a judge for the Tony Awards, the CLIO Awards, the London New Play Festival, The Writers' Guild Awards, and the John Whiting Award.
Recently, he has begun performing, appearing with Liz Carr in Assisted Suicide - the Musical at the Royal Festival Hall, in Glasgow and Liverpool and at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He also appears at Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and with Naked Boys Reading. He is a member of British Equity.
David founded BML in 2010.
NATASHA OCKRENT (BML Administrator) casting assistant credits include RESIDENT EVIL and BLACKHAWK DOWN. She was the administrator for Out of Joint; overseeing the education programme, national tours and international tours of productions including MACBETH for 3 years. Stage One Administrator for 3 years. Script Development Diploma at the NFTS, Script Reading for The Old Vic. Mother of 2.
a registered charity, BML is governed by an active Board of Directors
MARK ANNEAR has been Head of Outreach and Teacher Training at the Royal Ballet School since 2011. Previously, he held many posts with The Australian Ballet, as an artist, a teacher, and an administrator, before becoming Head of Teacher Training and Community Access. He holds a BE from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in School Leadership from Melbourne’s Monash University.
VINCENT GARAY-SPIEGEL has had a long business career working across the US, the UK, Europe and South America and has lived for the last 18 years in London. Originally from El Salvador, he studied Business Administration in Boston, Massachusetts. At BML he is focused on providing assistance in the areas of governance and long-term funding development.
WENDY GILL lives in Hertfordshire. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Middlesex University. She enjoys writing short stories. Arachne Press published her first; Moving Mike in their anthology Stations. Her story, The Deal, was selected for the inaugural anthology, Words and Women One, published by Unthank Books, which was shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for best anthology. A Little Favour is published in the most recent Arachne Press anthology; Shortest Day, Longest Night. She is working on a collection of stories, entitled The Female Condition. Wendy has been a member of BML since 2014: her musical That Man, which features the hit songs of recording star Caro Emerald, recently previewed in concert at the London Hippodrome performed by a full West End cast. She is currently working with record label Grandmono and Caro Emerald's songwriters Schreurs and Degiorgio on That Man's continuing development.
MICHAEL CONLEY is a musical theatre writer based in London. He joined BML as a librettist in 2010 and, as a lyricist, began his collaboration with composer Luke Bateman via BML in 2012. Their work together includes The Sorrows of Satan (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Little Beasts (The Other Palace) and Personality (from the novel by Andrew O’Hagan). With Richy Hughes and Joseph Finlay (whom he also met via BML) he has written Superhero (The Southwark Playhouse). He has adapted into English two of Vidal & Salvia’s award-winning musicals The Prince and the Pauper (Midtown International Theatre Festival NYC) and Matches (NY Theatre Barn). Before focusing on musical theatre, Michael also worked professionally in the fashion sector as a product development director, operations director and supplier compliance director for brands including Gap Inc, Banana Republic and Etam. Michael studied musical theatre at Abilene Christian University.
ADEY GRUMMET has been a professional vocal performer for over 30 years, both in Australia and Britain, with her work crossing over from musical theatre to opera to choral to jazz, including involvement in early workshops of Jerry Springer The Opera and Anna Nicole at the Royal Opera House. She is a mentor and vocal advisor for Music for Youth, and a workshop leader for family events for BBC Proms. She is a Patron for Spitalsfield Music and Tete a Tete, sat on the board of SPMN, and was co-ordinator and a team member for Tower Hamlets Street Pastors. She is the author of Suddenly He Thinks He’s a Sunbeam and A Short Anecdotal History of St Matthew’s Bethnal Green, and is currently proofreading her newest book. She holds a BMus from Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University. She joined BML as a librettist and lyricist in 2010, and "There Is a Princess in My Room" written with one of her BML writing partners, was a finalist for the 2015 Stiles and Drewe Competition.