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Roger Lawrence [Administrator]

Port Talbot
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Roger Lawrence trained at Mountview Theatre School London where he gained
a diploma with distinction in Performing Arts. On gaining his equity card
as Swansea Grand Theatre as an Acting/ASM he then spent a period as
Assistant Administrator at The Grand where he supervised the theatres
stage refurbishment.
He then returned to London where he spent a period as Studio Manager at
Dance Works Dance Studio and later as an Event Producer for leading
Advertising Agency D?Arcy Masius Benton and BowleS.
Roger then became a Casting Director with Simone Reynolds Casting where he
work alongside directors such as Ken Loach/ Mike Figgis/ Mike Ockrent /
Stephen Frears and Michael Apted casting Film TV and theatre projects for
companies such as Hat Trick Productions/ Working Title Pictures/ BBC Films
/ Carnival Productions/ Central TV and most independent television
companies casting projects such as Capital City/ This is David Lander
starring Stephen Fry /Vicar of Dibley starring Dawn French /13 part series
Saracen and numerous TV commercials. After working with all the leading
casting directors both here and in the USA as an independent Casting
Director Roger worked on BBC TV Eastenders / Jeeves and Wooster starring
Hugh Laurie and plays for The Almeida Theatre plus TV commercials and West
End Musicals.
Roger Lawrence then joined Conway Van Gelder as an agent where he
represented and was responsible for new talent such as Nick Berry / John
Barrowman / Jason Flemyng/ Sean Pertwee/ Alan Cox. He also jointly
represented agency clients Zoe Wanamaker/ Prunella Scales/ Richard
Wilson/Sheila Hancock Anna Massey /Helena Bonham Carter/ Brian Cox /Claire
Higgins Fiona Shaw and Sir Anthony Hopkins negotiating contracts with
producers in London New York and Los Angeles and film companies such as
Universal and Disney
After several years as an agent he then joined The Noel Gay Organisation
as a General Manager where he was responsible for the supervision of their
hit musical Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre starring Les Dennis and
Gary Wilmot alongside other musicals such as Radio Times at the Queens
Theatre starring Tony Slattery and Kiss of The Spiderwoman starring Chita
River at the Shaftesbury Theatre. On the closing of the Noel Gay Org he
joined Producers Cole Kitchenn Ltd as an Associate Director/ General
Manager and Producer where he became the executive Producer and Head of
Casting on all projects including Kiss of The Spiderwoman for Garth
Drabinsky and The Live Entertainment Corporation of Canada/ Leonardo The
Musical at The Strand and Out Of The Blue at the Shaftesbury Theatre. He
was also involved in the initial management of Disney?s Beauty and The
Beast at The Dominion Theatre and Mack and Mabel at the Piccadilly Theatre
starring Caroline O?Connor and was responsible for supervising budgets of
up to 5,000,0000 and contracting of all creative and technical staff and
negotiating with theatre owners for hire of the theatre. He also cast and
produced many workshops of new musicals, sought investors, liaised with
co-producers and acquired sponsorship deals working with theatre
advertising companies such as Dewynters and McCabe?s.
On leaving to become one of London?s youngest producers he devised
co-directed and produced A Handful Of Keys directed by Julia Mckenzie
choreographed by Arlene Phillips and Stephen Mear and at the Prince Edward
Theatre for Crusaid starring Petula Clarke /John Barrowman/ Lily Savage/
Ronnie Corbett /Ned Sherrin /Sally Anne Howes / Sally Anne Triplet /Darren
Day with a forty piece orchestra and a cast of over 300 leading
performers.
He was also UK Creative Advisor and Producer for the Rock Theatre of
Budapest for founder Dr Edit Simon and Head of Casting for Jacaranda
Productions based in Portugal for their worldwide touring production of
Phantom of The Opera. He is also a supporter of new works and fresh talent
and has cast produced and funded many workshops of new musicals and plays.
He produced the British Premiere of Romance Romance at The Bridewell
Theatre starring Ria Jones which received rave reviews which later
transferred to The Geilgud Theatre in London?s West End starring Caroline
O?Connor and was the subject of The Making of a Musical for ITV.

Roger is a Media and Entertainment Producer/Broadcaster. He has co
produced several projects at Swansea Grand Theatre such as Talent Wales
and PopStarz The Show and dinner cabarets in the Depot Studio. Roger has
produced several live shows for Swansea Sound and live events for The
Wave. He hosted and produced his own mid morning lifestyle programme
10.00am to 2.00pm on RSL Swansea Local Radio and has been a reviewer for
The Western Mail / South Wales Evening Post and The Big Issue. He recently
directed a production of The Crucible for the Mark Jermin Stage School and
a St David?s Day special at The Dragon Hotel Swansea. He is founding
director of Swansea Film Festival and is a freelance tutor at StageCoach
Stage School and a lecturer in performing arts across the UK. He is
currently developing projects for ITV 1 Wales and digital channels and
theatre projects for the end of 2007. He will also be a regular presenter
on AfanFM 107 on its launch on April 12th

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