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Joanna Read (President)

Alex Brayshaw (Chair)
Jane Shepperd

Dana-Leigh Strauss

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Sarah Gobran

Co-Founder & Producer

Matt Pinches

Co-Founder & Producer

Ant Stones

Education & Outreach


Sarah Gobran

First Shakespeare you saw: Romeo and Juliet
Favourite part you’ve played: Katherina (Kate)
Favourite play: Twelfth Night, Much Ado, King Lear...it’s an impossible decision..
Favourite place in Guildford: The River Wey Walk

Sarah's passion for theatre and performance began at the age of seven with her discovery of Pam Ayres, regularly subjecting her classmates to a rendition of the latest poems she had learnt that week!

Sarah moved to Guildford in 1995 to train at the Guildford School of Acting and since graduating has performed in a variety of theatre and film, including a spell at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Alan Ayckbourn's Sugar Daddies . Sarah has also worked for many local theatre companies including The Phoenix, in Bordon, playing Bathsheba in Far From The Madding Crowd, and for Proteus in Basingstoke, as Wendy in Peter Pan. For both companies she toured to local communities in Surrey and Hampshire.

Sarah is delighted to have set up Guildford Shakespeare Company and by the tremendous response that they have received from the community, who appear to be as passionate as she is about Open-Air Shakespeare coming to life in Guildford!

Matt Pinches

First Shakespeare you saw: The Taming of the Shrew
Favourite part you’ve played: Benedick
Favourite play: The Comedy of Errors (though always the one I'm working on!)
Favourite place in Guildford: The Mount, St Catherine's Hill

Originally from Worcester, Matt trained at University College Bretton Hall in West Yorkshire, graduating in 1998 with an honours degree in Dramatic Art. Open-air theatre gave him his first job, playing D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers in Manchester. Since then he has continued to work in all forms of theatre from panto to TIE, from national No.1 tours to village halls, as well TV commercials and short films.
It was in 2002 whilst playing the Emperor of Lilliput in Gulliver's Travels that he met Sarah, playing the Empress of Lilliput, with whom he co-founded GSC in 2006. Matt continues to act outside of the company and as well as acting and producing, leads talks and lectures on Shakespeare. He is also an Associate Tutor at the University of Surrey.
He’s extremely proud of GSC and all we have achieved. He lives just behind Holy Trinity Church on the High Street - not in the Royal Oak Pub (a convenient stop on the way home from rehearsals) - but on the other side!

Ant Stones

First Shakespeare you saw: Titus Andronicus
Favourite play you’ve directed: Much Ado About Nothing

Favourite play: Macbeth

Favourite place in Guildford: Mr Simm’s Old Sweet Shop

Ant studied English and Theatre at Warwick, before training on the Birkbeck Directing course in London. He feel in love with open-air theatre after performing The Capulets and Montagues (a take on the Shakespeare classic) with the RSC as part of their Complete Works Season. He has since directed his own productions throughout various public gardens in Cambridge. He also devises contemporary work through his new-writing company, Tea Fuelled.

Ant has been creating and running workshops for all over ten years. He travelled across the country as part of the Shakespeare for Schools Festival and enjoys working with children of all ages (5 to 85).

He currently lives in London with his wife Bella and is looking forward to swapping the city for the beautiful cathedral town of Guildford.