About Us

Established for over 35 years, Forest Forge Theatre holds community at the heart of our work: whether touring our own produced shows to venues across Hampshire and the New Forest or creating projects with local community groups and schools.

This is an exciting phase for Forest Forge as we develop our base in the heart of the New Forest into a Cultural Hub for local, regional and international artists to experiment and develop new work across all art forms – from new writing, poetry to dance. We’re passionate about forging new links with artists to form inspired collaborations.

Our Cultural Hub is also home to our well established Youth Theatre, where 150 young people create theatre every week, The Gap and our Act Your Age drama group.

Meet the Team

From our core team and board, our freelance theatre practitioners, workshop leaders, technical gurus, to our awesome ambassadors, and not forgetting our super talented interns and apprentices – everything we do at Forest Forge is created in collaboration with people who love working in the arts and making theatre.

Our core team at our Cultural Hub in Ringwood are:

Sharon Lawless – CEO / Creative Producer

Lucy Phillips – Creative Learning Director

Jo Billingham – Education and Participation Officer

Laura Bean – Marketing Manager

Sam Dennis – Administrator

Nicola Cartlidge – Business Administrator

Sharon Toft – Finance Manager


Colin Bull – Facilities Manager

Our team of brilliant outreach workshop leaders and technicians include:

Lisa Halpin, Carl Woodward, Megan Purdie, Dom Phillips, David Haworth, Anna Harriott, David Hunter, Stacey Burt, Stephanie Jalland, Claire Threadgold and many more…

Our Board:

Dr Miranda Whitehead (Chair), Deborah Edgington, Junior Jones, Sophy Robinson, Nicola Wilson, Brenda Smith.

Funding Representatives:

Cllr Michael Thierry (Hampshire County Council), Cllr Christine Ward (New Forest District Council), Gloria O’Reilly (Ringwood Town Council).



For young people looking to embark on a career in the arts, we’re also proud to provide internships and apprenticeships in partnership with the University of Southampton and Brockenhurst College.

Watch this space for recruitment opportunities!