Cath originally trained in Music Theatre and gained a higher national diploma in 2002. After university she performed as a professional singer/actor in both the UK and abroad and appeared on various television programmes including Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks and as a finalist in the BBC show ‘I’d do anything.’
Cath went on to work as a Creative Practitioner and Drama Coach at various primary and secondary schools in the North West and ran her own stage school ‘Northern Stars’ from 2007-2011.
Cath’s passion for inclusive theatre originally began when she trained with Chickenshed Theatre Company in 2007. Since then she has worked for Cotton Shed Theatre Company, originally as an Artistic Leader and then progressing onto the role of Artistic Director since 2012.
Cath has helped Cotton Shed expand significantly over the past 10 years and has extensive experience in planning and delivering workshops and projects and overseeing the smooth operation of running an inclusive theatre company.
Cath’s role includes managing budgets, staff and volunteer recruitment, press and publicity, devising and leading workshops, outreach and performance, directing productions and updating policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone involved in the work.
Cath has experience of managing collaborative development projects at Cotton Shed with fixed deadlines and she has strong communication skills with a proven ability to work well creatively and under pressure.
Cath ensures with every project that Cotton Shed’s inclusive ethos is at the forefront of the work carried out.
Early Years Practitioner
Sammy Deas, Artistic Leader at Cotton Shed, is a highly experienced drama practitioner specialising in disability and inclusive theatre workshops and interactive performances.
Sammy is also an award winning director (Royal Television Society award for best short film 2011) and has won several short film festivals for work she has directed.
Sammy works alongside the AD to run various projects in the local community and she has a passion for inclusion and performance. Sammy has the ability to mix various styles and techniques to create inspirational theatre sessions and performances for all ages.
Sammy has previous experience of directing many performances with casts of up to 100 people. Her inclusivity is at the heart of all her work at Cotton Shed.
When not directing, Sammy is our in-house artist, IT technician, graphic designer, filmmaker and illustrator.