Deborah Warner CBE is an award-winning director working internationally in Theatre and Opera. She has directed work for a number of prestigious theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the English National Opera as well as on the West End and Broadway. Warner’s work has mainly focused on major classics including critically acclaimed productions of Titus Andronicus, King Lear, The Wasteland and Medea. She enjoys long-term creative collaborations – most notably her partnership with actor, Fiona Shaw, resulting in the ground-breaking casting of Shaw as Shakespeare’s Richard II. Deborah is currently the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Oxford University and is an Associate Artist of the Barbican Theatre.
Terri Paddock is a theatre influencer, event producer and content and social media marketing strategist with over 20 years’ experience. She co-founded and ran WhatsOnStage.com building it into the UK’s leading theatre website. Terri has hosted launch events, conferences and awards ceremonies, and chaired hundreds of panel discussions with actors and creatives at all levels. Prior to WhatsOnStage, she worked as a freelance journalist (with myriad credits including the Evening Standard, Independent, Daily Express and The Times).