Peter Barrow​ 
Peter Barrow was born in Canada where he gained a BA in History. He has lived in this country since 1973, recently moving to Norfolk. In London his interest in classical music and opera led to an interest in theatre. He trained at Mountview Theatre School and The Drama Studio. He has appeared in a variety of productions and projects in London and Edinburgh. Peter left the theatre temporarily but in 2010 he set up The PBSK Partnership with Stash Kirkbride in order to stage productions in Norfolk, notably The Hostry Festival, in which he appears as an actor himself. He is Executive Producer of The Arts Awards and is delighted to offer his new Peter Barrow Bursary to a young person aspiring to a career in theatre.

Rebecca Chapman 
A graduate with a BA Hons Performance Arts from Middlesex and a diploma in professional acting from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Rebecca has extensive experience in professional acting and contemporary dance, appearing in productions in London’s West End and all over the country. Most recently she worked for Curious Directive in “Spindrift” as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016 and at the Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth. She works as a freelance director and drama practitioner for several arts organisations in the Norwich area and is one of the producers that brings in the annual Hostry Festival, the county’s autumn arts festival celebrating artists based in Norwich & Norfolk.
Rebecca is the Artistic Director of Total Ensemble Theatre Company which she founded in 2011 – Total Ensemble brings together casts made up of disabled and non-disabled performers to produce and perform entirely original devised theatre.

Steve Forster
Steve co-runs arts PR and marketing company sfp communications, based in Norwich and representing clients from around the world for one-off events, tours, London runs and festival shows. Initially working mostly in the music industry Steve now has over 30 years’ varied experience in the arts encompassing theatre, live art, contemporary dance, poetry, circus and film. He has managed high profile venues in Manchester, London and Norwich and been involved with artist management; press, PR and marketing, print design and brokering, and journalism. Each August finds him in the hothouse environment of the Edinburgh Festivals where he is one of the best known publicists. He is also Chair of the board of Norwich Arts Centre.  

Caroline Jarrold
Caroline Jarrold is Community Affairs Adviser at Jarrold, Secretary and Trustee of the John Jarrold Trust and Chair of VisitNorwich. She will shortly step down as Chair of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, a role which she has held for the past nine years. She is also a Director of The Forum Trust. Earlier in her career she was Managing Director of Jarrold Publishing and Chair of the Independent Publishers Guild. She has been a judge for the East Anglian Book Awards since their inception nine years ago.

Pasco-Q Kevlin
Pasco-Q Kevlin has been Director at Norwich Arts Centre since January 2013, during which time the venue has successfully been nominated for three Peoples’ Choice Awards (winning best small Arts Organisation twice), and personally winning the Dr Frank Bates Musical Theatre and Dance Award. His commitment to developing the diverse talent in our region is widely recognised; producing KlangHaus and co-commissioning Luke Wright’s multiple awards winning play ‘What i Learned from Johnny Bevan’ (with Writers’ Centre Norwich) are two stand out moments in his relatively short time at the venue. When not working Pasco will be found at Eaton Skatepark or Norwich Rugby club enjoying a very public mid-life crisis.

Stash Kirkbride

Founder, Artistic Director and Producer of the Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral. Stash Kirkbride began his career here in Norfolk and after graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre he spent over 20 years in London as a professional actor and producer. He has appeared in the West End, on tour nationally, and has played numerous Rep theatres across the UK. On his return home to Norfolk in 2005 he joined Future Radio and took on their fledgling arts programme ‘Platform’ and turned it into one of the station’s flagship shows within a year. 
After three years he stepped down in order to pursue his interest in theatre once again, and with long term friend Peter Barrow he founded the PBSK Partnership in order to produce productions at The Hostry in Norwich. From May 2014 to May 2016 Stash Kirkbride and Peter Beck undertook a complete re-launch and modernisation of The Maddermarket Theatre Norwich. They project managed this over the two year period, re-connecting with local businesses and audiences, as well as securing the fabric of the building for many years to come. Stash directed four productions for the theatre during his time as Co-Creative Director as well as fundraising and securing sponsorship for all 12 in house productions each year, a first in the theatre’s history.

Stash is now working full time as Artistic Director at The Hostry Festival at Norwich Cathedral, the annual “Autumn Festival For The Arts”.

Professor John Last
Professor John Last, FRSA, Vice-Chancellor, Norwich University of the Arts.
John joined Norwich University of the Arts in 2009, having worked in art and design higher education since 1989.  He was awarded a Chair in art and design education in 2008.  His specific interests in the arts are around the visual arts, film and opera. He is currently a Board member and Vice Chair of GuildHE, the representative body for specialist Universities and Chair of the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (ukadia) and the immediate past Chair of the Group for Learning in Art and Design. Within the eastern region John is Chair of the New Anglia LEP Digital Creative Industries group, and a Committee member of the East Anglian Art Fund.

Richard Nobes –  Picture and profile to follow shortly.

Chris Rushby
Chris is Books Buyer Manager for Jarrolds. He has been a bookseller for thirty years including senior roles with WH Smith, Waterstones, Blackwells and with Norwich-based book wholesaler, Bertrams. He is the author of two books: Bob Dylan: The Illustrated Biography (2009) and Bruce Springsteen: The Illustrated Biography (2010). He has previously been a judge of the Costa First Novel prize and of the Romantic Novel Of The Year Award.