Sisters Grimm is a dynamic and creative partnership between the founders, ex Royal Ballet ballerina Pietra Mello-Pittman MBE and Grammy-nominated composer Ella Spira MBE.
In 2009 they had a vision to create a theatre company that broke all the rules… Sisters Grimm was born.
With a combined 30 years of experience operating at the top level of the creative industry, they have the unique ability to weave stories, cultures, music and dance, that creates a spellbinding experience for audiences, one that is appealing to all ages, demographics and to the non-traditional theatre goer.
Ella and Pietra are the directors with a strong network connecting them to international markets. They have tour bookers and partners in each territory and their board is made up of creative industry, entertainment and business leaders.
Stephen is Chairman of the Sisters Grimm advisory board as well as the owner and founder of Stephen Kane & Company, a specialist advisor to the retail and leisure sectors, advising on the occupation and ownership of commercial real estate throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. He also is a Non-Executive Director of Brooks Brothers UK Ltd and Furla UK Ltd. Stephen is also a Governor, Trustee and Director of The Central School of ballet.
Colleen Jennings-Roggensack is Executive director of one of the top touring Broadway venues in America, ASU Gammage. She is an award-winning leader in the arts-presenting world and a Tony voter.
Mark Wagman is a Director of talent and was part of the BAFTA winning team behind Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration. More recently, Mark oversaw the talent for HRH The Prince of Wales’s 70th Birthday celebration.
Roy Luxford is currently the Planning and Operations Director at the Edinburgh International Festival, has run three of the UK’s most prominent production companies, has worked on many international productions and has collaborated with leading London and international venues.
Arlene Phillips CBE is now a household name, having choreographed hit West End and Broadway musicals like Starlight Express and was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.
Schools & Community Cohesion Programme Manager. Rafiya joined Sisters Grimm this year as the Social Impact Manager, inspired by our mission to make the arts accessible to all young people. Rafiya has worked in the education system for 13 years, teaching children in London and Gloucestershire. She has a great passion for innovation and a strong belief in justice for all, wanting change for people around the globe as well as in the local community. To this end, she is involving herself in like-minded businesses, and also charities which combat human trafficking, whilst seeinghow Sisters Grimm can open up the the world of performing arts to those in need.
Schools & Community Cohesion Programme Consultant. Eibhlish is an arts education, participation and outreach manager with a passion for the transformative power of theatre and performance. She currently works with a grant-making charity named Spirit of 2012, which was born from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. They fund arts and sports projects that foster greater community cohesion, empower young people and challenge perceptions of disability. Her previous managerial roles at Shakespeare Schools Festival, Shakespeare’s Globe and Children & the Arts have all been focussed on co-creating high-quality, curriculum-based creative programmes for use in the classroom. She has been working with Sisters Grimm for over a year, providing support to develop and deliver the company’s social impact and widening participation mission.
Sisters Grimm reporter. Keelan was born in London and grew up in Orpington and Brixton. An enthusiastic, persistent
and confident individual, Keelan became aware of INALA (and the show’s Producers) during a Prince’s Trust Team Programme he was taking part in. He is currently completing an apprenticeship in marketing and business and spends his free time writing music and producing tracks. Keelan says that ‘being a reporter for INALA at the Royal ALbert Hall is a massive and special occasion for me, I can see the shows direction and feel I can unlock my potential with the cast and much more. The future is yet to be told, but big things are ahead for INALA with inspiration from Soweto. All I can say is watch this space’.
Hícaro is from Minas Gerais, Brazil and has performed in both INALA and Voices of the Amazon for Sisters Grimm. In 2011 he was awarded Best Dancer in the Usiminas Sinparc Culture Award. With Ballet Jovem, he had the opportunity to work with some of Brazil’s best choreographers and with Adriaan Luteijn from Introdans, Netherlands. Hicaro continues to work on various projects for Sisters Grimm, leading workshops and castings and online content.
Sharia Johnson was born in London, trained at the BRIT school of performing arts for four years and during this time she accepted an offer onto the CAT (centre of advanced training) scheme at The Place. She graduated from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in 2015 and joined the INALA company for national and international tours before joining Michael Clark Company and Rambert where she particularly enjoyed her experience dancing in Tel Aviv, Israel Sharia was The Dancing Times ‘dancer of the month’ December 2018 issue.’ Following from performing INALA in 2019 in China, West End and Royal Albert Hall Sharia continues to workshops for Sisters Grimm and is interested in sales and digital marketing for Sisters Grimm.