Hi, I’m Jan (Janice Howard) and am delighted to be the Administration and Parent Liaison Manager at The Theatre Shed. I am responsible for much of the administrative work here so will be the first point of contact for most enquiries.

My background is quite varied which probably suits The Theatre Shed as requirements change on a daily basis! I have been a swimming teacher and swimming coach for a considerable number of years – many of the children I have taught are now grown-ups with families of their own. This is a job I still love (I currently work for Heatherton House Schools) and am pleased to combine it with my role at The Theatre Shed.

Before The Theatre Shed I also worked in Facilities Management at BBC Elstree where EastEnders, Holby City, Children in Need and a number of other programmes are filmed. This has given me some idea of the temperamental nature of performers as well as the need for efficiency on the admin front! I have also worked in media sales and conference and exhibition organizing.

I have two grown-up daughters – one a hairdresser and the other an actress –, a gorgeous grandson, two dogs and three cats. I have many outside interests which include tap dancing, going to the theatre to watch mostly Musicals, reading (avidly), long country walks (a necessity with the two dogs) and obviously swimming.