Co-Founder & Creator
Theatre maker, Prison Officer and academic, Ella’s career has been dedicated to exposing the structural issues of the UK's Criminal Justice System. This has been the driving force behind the creation of Glasshouse Theatre. Whilst working as a Prison Officer Ella advocated for survivors of domestic abuse, completing her thesis on women's pathways into crime and the damaging cycles of abuse they face. She went on to implement the ‘Freedom Programme’, a trauma recovery group. Ella spoke at The House of Lords and at No.10 Downing Street on the continued abuse against women in prison and the dangers of burnout among prison staff.
Ella completed a placement with ‘Clean Break’ helping deliver trauma informed theatre workshops to women with lived experience. Ella now works for Solace Women's Aid and Luminary Enterprise. She holds an Enhanced DBS and is trauma informed ( One Small Thing Charity).
Co-Founder & Creator
Harriet Troup is a theatre-maker and workshop facilitator and ex-Prison Officer. She has co-founded Glasshouse Theatre with her partner Ella. She has worked for over 10 years facilitating theatre workshops, for young people, looked-after children, young carers and prisoners. She has worked with the theatre company Dragon Drama to form an outreach programme which provides free theatre workshops for children from low income families.
She has worked with Unlock Drama to facilitate theatre in prisons, leading workshops culminating in a devised performance and using theatre to explore issues of violence, drugs and mental health with prisoners. She has experience of script writing on the Bristol Old Vic writing programme under mentor Chino Odimba. She is the co-founder of Glasshouse Theatre and currently also works for Depaul Charity, supporting young people at risk of homelessness.
Director - Cell Outs
Grace Church is a theatre-maker, performer, director & workshop leader with 6 years experience. She is Brighton born and bred but trained at UEA & Jacques Lecoq. She co-runs Stumble Trip Theatre and Guttersnipe Theatre and collaborates with Frisky Arts. She works with London College of Fashion performing at venues incl. Sadler’s Wells, Park Theatre & The Garage. She recently directed Chris White’s ‘Moist, Moist, Moist’ and Freddie Van Der Velde’s award-winning ‘Trip’. These days Grace is London based and her shows are performed across the UK and internationally (and not just in front of her sisters in her bedroom.)
For more about Grace and her work visit her website and see examples of her previous work.
Laura Asare is an actress facilitor and mentor. After leaving drama school she worked with Clean Break on numerous plays and arts education programmes. Credits with Clean Break include Assistant Director on Joanne at the Soho Theatre, before taking over as Associate Director for the show at RSC Royal. As well as co facilitating collaborations with the Donmar Warehouse and CSSD.
She is also the co-founder of Blank Cheque (Arts in prison) which works with underrepresented and marginalised people to develop life skills, connect with communites and be creative.
Since lockdown she has been collaborating with Clean Break and Advanced Minerva, providing acting sessions for women online. She is currently writing a one-woman show and developing a short documentary on the experiences of Black women in the prison system.
Daisy is a freelance set and costume designer based in London. She's a founding member of the award winning theatre company Bleeding Nora; an associate artist of Pound Arts in Wiltshire and winner of the Les Enfants Terribles Greenwich Theatre Award 2020. Daisy also works as a scenic artist, costume supervisor, costume breakdown artist and prop-maker; she's am an experienced model-maker, assisting designers such as Jon Bausor, Merle Hensel and Lucy Osborne. For examples of her associate work visit her website.
Due to COVID-19 and the closure of theatres, she has been using her model-making skills as an art medium to talk about queer feminist life; introspection, intimacy and intimate space, queer agency and bodily remnants. Examples of her latest work can be found in Creatures Magazine and for sale at sicklovezine.
Composer & Sound Designer