About Us

Scrawny Cat Company:

Charlotte Ive – Artistic Director

Founding member of Scrawny Cat,  Charlotte has directed The White House, What You Risk, This Could Be The Last Time, Unacknowledged Acts of Desire for the V&A Museum for Scrawny Cat Theatre Company.  Previous directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing at the Courtyard Theatre, The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, DNA by Dennis Kelly and Anna Weiss by Mike Cullen for Backpocket Productions.  Charlotte was Assistant Director on The Taming of the Shrew for Immersion Theatre Ltd and on Olly’s Prison by Edward Bond at The Cock Tavern Kilburn for Good Night Out Productions.

Whilst being Assistant Artistic Director at Putney Arts Theatre, Charlotte directed Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, Mammals by Amelia Bullmore, The Last Resort devised by PTC, Wonder of the World by David Lindsey Abaire, Death and the Maiden by Arial Dorfman, Knives in Hens by David Harrower and The Magic Stone of Saturnalia, which she co-wrote.  Charlotte also co-created and produced The Tales of Petrushka in collaboration with Roehampton University.  For Three Grace Productions she directed Playhouse Creatures by April De Angelis, The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, and We Are That Young.

Marisa Freyer – Creative Director / Writer / Producer

Marisa FreyerMarisa is founding member of Backpocket Productions which merged with Scrawny Cat in 2012. She produced The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, DNA by Dennis Kelly and Anna Weiss by Mike Cullen at The Courtyard Theatre. Following this she was assistant director to Charlotte Ive on The White House and then directed The Bear by Anton Chekhov at Studio 180. She co-wrote No Lone Zone with Charlotte Ive and Liza Graham which Scrawny Cat then staged at Studio 180, Lambeth.

In early 2013 Marisa wrote and directed her first short film, Falling and Loud Noises, which is currently in post production. This coincided with the launch of Scrawny Cat Films.

She is currently working on Three Blind Mice, an original play she wrote with fellow Scrawny Cat member Ciara Allen. Three Blind Mice has had a first rehearsed reading with the cast and will play in London later in 2013 following further workshopping and development. She is also producing a short film for film-maker Siobahn Tebbs-Wesley and producing Euripides’ The Phoenician Women. Marisa has further stage plays and screenplays in development.

Freya Finnerty – Actor

A founding member of Scrawny Cat, Freya graduated from The Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Classical Acting. She has trained at the Moscow Arts Theatre School in Russia specialising in the techniques of Stanislavski and Chekhov.

Her recent stage work includes The White House at the Courtyard Theatre, What You Risk for the Blue Elephant Theatre, This Could Be The Last Time at Camden Roundhouse, Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio at the Dell Theatre, Stratford and The Warehouse Theatre, Croydon and ‘The Duchess’ with innovative theatre company Dreamthinkspeak at the Royal Opera House.

Previous credits include Iphiginea in A Time Of War, Celeste in Unacknowledged Acts of Desire for the V&A Museum, Persephone/Porph in Airswimming, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, Lorna in Mammals, Patty in Dennis Potter’s Brimstone and Treacle, Lois in Wonder of the World, David Harrower’s Knives in Hens, Emily in Black Widow; she also co-created and directed The Tales of Petrushka in collaboration with Roehampton University.  Corporate portfolio includes commercials for Ubisoft Ltd, BBC Radio, British Gas and Prime Gaming.

Freya has recently taken the title role in award-winning artist, Helena Astbury’s film piece, For Claude; inspired by the work of Claude Cahun. She has also completed a number of short films including How to Shoot With an Unloaded Gun By Nicholas Villet which premiered this September.

Craig Jordan-Baker

Craig Jordan-BakerCraig writes drama, poetry and fiction. As well has having published reviews and articles on a variety of topics, his drama credits include: Troubadour Tales (Silent Announcement), The Monkey Train (Barely Human Puppets), The Tale of Tommy O’Quire (Wireless Theatre Company), Concerning Light (Marlborough Theatre) and Three Person’d God (The Grand Central). Currently, he is working on a puppet adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf with Brighton-based company Barely Human Puppets. In addition, Craig is a freelance script consultant and is writer-in-residence at Barely Human Puppets.

Craig studied Creative Writing at Luton University and has a Master’s degree in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex. He possesses a doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Sussex and lectures in the Arts and Humanities at Brighton and the Open University.

Ciara Allen – Actor/Writer/Producer
Ciara AllenIn 2010 Ciara graduated from Brian Timoney’s Actors Studio. Following this she became one of the founding members of Backpocket Productions ,which later merged with Scrawny Cat. Recent work includes: The short films The Visitor and Falconiformes; produced by Pacifistic Films. Previous stage work includes: Lynn in  Anna Weiss, Anna in Routes and Jenny in The Shape of Things.
Ciara also worked as producer on The Shape of Things by Neil Labute, DNA by Dennis Kelly and Anna Weiss by Mike Cullen at The Courtyard Theatre.
Recently she has moved into the forum of writing and is currently working on Three Blind Mice along with Marisa Freyer, which will see it’s release later this year, with future stage plays also in the pipeline. She will also produce on Euripides’ The Phoenician Women which will run at the London Fringe Festival in July 2013.
Angie Fullman – Actor/Writer

A founding member of Scrawny Cat, Angie has worked extensively with theatre companies in London and the South East.  

Previous work includes Diana Mosley in What You Risk at the Blue Elephant Theatre, Evelyn in The Shape of Things at the Courtyard Theatre, Venus in Dido and Aeneas: Silent Opera for the Old Vic Coming Up Festival, Betty in Bad News I’m Afraid at the Union Theatre (writing and performing), various roles in Graft Writing Collective Launch Night at the Pleasance Theatre, Helen in This Could Be The Last Time, Lily in Unacknowledged Acts of Desire for the V&A Museum, Dora/Dorph in Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, Marguerite in Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, Jess in Mammals, Beatrice in The Magic Stone of Saturnalia, various roles in Loveplay by Moira Buffini, Lorna in Cigarettes and Chocolate and various roles in Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire. Other theatre credits: Anglea in Abigail’s Party, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emma in Text Life by Nikki Atkin-Reeve and several touring productions around Kent and the South East with Changeling Theatre Company.

Writing credits include The White House, Bad News, I’m Afraid and Crayons and Batteries. Angie is a singer with band Columbus Giant and has completed work on a number of short films, including The Library of Burned Books and For Claude.

Darren Clark – Musical Director

Darren is a freelance composer living and working in London.  Recent work includes both This Could Be The Last Time and Raven Boy;  adapting a self-penned novel for the stage and composing an original score.

He has completed the scores for two short films, Musicians Think in Sound (2007) and Cut Out (2009) with award winning director Mike Travis. He has also worked as composer and producer for documentaries and several theatre scores including Beauty and the Beast (Group 64), Romeo and Juliet (Bounce Theatre) and the award-winning Airswimming (Putney Theatre Company) amongst others.

Darren has written the music and lyrics to two musicals produced in London, The Tales of Petrushka and The Magic Stone of Saturnalia and is currently writing and performing with folk pop group COLUMBUS GIANT, which has recently supported some of London’s best new musicians. Darren has written music for and performed with Quiksilver Theatre, Scrawny Cat Theatre and has toured New Zealand as part of the Improvisational Comedy Troupe Theatresports Raw.

Darren has run workshops for children in schools on the use of music in theatre and is currently involved in new projects as a composer and deviser withPaper Balloon, Scrawny Cat Theatre and Infectious Theatre Company.