Meet the Team

Alternative Voices Theatre Company Director

Madeleine Levy 

Beginning to act at the age of seven years Madeleine has always loved entertaining others. She began with school plays and oratory contests and then discovered musical theatre. Madeleine particularly enjoyed playing Widow Twankey in Oliver Twist and the Mother Superior in The Sound of music. Madeleine went on to do drama A level where she took an interest in using theatre to explore mental health concerns. Madeleine studied Drama and English literature at Queen Mary University of London gaining a 2:1 degree. During her Playwriting Masters degree, she became increasingly interested in mental health theatre and wrote a play called 'Choices: A play in 20 parts.' This play explored the effects of Dissociative identity disorder on those with the condition and their loved ones. Madeleine now works in partnership with Open Theatre Company Birmingham and has begun to see the value of using non-verbal physical theatre to communicate with those with complex needs.  

Natalie Bell - Associate Director

Associate Director 

Natalie Bell 

A keen dramatist since the age of seven Natalie opted to do A levels in art, theatre studies and performing arts. She then went on to do a Fine art degree at Birmingham University. Natalie has been part of many drama societies including The Midlands Art Centre (M.A.C) Youth theatre, Argosy Musical theatre, The Arcadians Musical Theatre Company,  Birmingham Repapatory Operactic Company and the University of Birmingham Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Natalie has a beautiful Soprano voice ranging from Opera to musical theatre numbers. Natalie also has estensive world knowledge as she travelled a fair bit of it whilst she was working as a performer on a popular cruise liner back in 2009. 

Natalie is a perfect fit for our company because she has lived experience of having chronic anxiety and Dyslexia so she understands the struggles that many of our participants face. You will often find her back stage supporting everyone, making sure that they have all of the props that they need for the show and that they are happy and ready to perfom. 

Grace Smith - Creative enabler and Funding bids writer

 

Grace is a Creative Producer with a particular focus on arts accessibility and youth engagement. She graduated in 2017 from Birmingham School of Acting, before joining Open Theatre Company as a Creative Enabler. Through this role, she has worked with many incredibly talented young people and artists. One of her first projects involved supporting Alternative Voices in their first piece of devised theatre 'Blank Canvas' in September 2018 at the Birmingham Hippodrome and more recently supporting them to create a radio play entitled 'The Party Animal.'