Our Creative Team
Carolyn Lloyd-Davies, Artistic Director
Carolyn is the founder of Living the Drama Ltd, and as a professional actor, playwright and experienced teacher, she brings a mix of knowledge and experience to all her projects. Working closely with her creative team, her role is to lead, manage and develop the company's vision and ensure its values are upheld.
Carolyn trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London, and is now a Trustee.She has written three full length plays (one in collaboration with Stephanie Connell) plus two short screenplays. In 2016/17 she was attached to the Oxford Playhouse for a year, and has published over 30 articles. Living in Oxford, she enjoys choral music, raucous family meals, and her pride and joy is her 1950’s jukebox.
Jo Boston, Production manager
Jo is our production manager and makes sure our productions run smoothly with minimal disruption! Jo originally trained as a dancer and clown, performing in the UK and France. She is now a Pilates teacher and lives with her husband in Oxford. She shames us all by walking or cycling everywhere, regardless of how many miles....
Stephanie Connell, is an actor, playwright, roleplayer and web designer and has played numerous theatrical roles such as Miss Erikson (Present Laughter), Elvira (Blithe Spirit), Mrs Puffin (Goodnight, Mrs. Puffin), Gymnasia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Miss Tipdale (Not Now, Darling!), Ruth (The Norman Conquest Trilogy), Marie (Bold Girls) and Madame de Volanges (Les Liaisons Dangereuses).
Other credits include Table Manners (Wycombe Swan), An Inspector Calls (Everyman Cheltenham & Oxford Playhouse), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Salisbury), The Song of the Shore and The Nearly Man (Windsor Festival), Best Laid Plans (Soho), Storyteller and The Merry Wives of Essex (Watermill) and William Langland, Poet & Dreamer (Malvern Festival) and more recently Gemma Briggs in Silent on the Matter (Old Fire Station, Oxford).
Film and television appearances include The Paradox Series, Rapture, Like a Rolling Stone, Isadora, Call of the Wild, Triple Zero, Angel Baby, GSOH, Shop Spank, National Trust Away Day, Halifax fp, Good Morning Australia, Oxy on the Spot and Living Dangerously.
Fran Godsal, Stage director.
Fran is a story magpie on a mission to bring untold odysseys to the world through theatre and puppetry. For the last ten years she has made great theatre in the guise of a Drama teacher, and is now pursuing a freelance career as facilitator and director.
After training with the National Youth Theatre, Fran directed and performed in numerous plays in Edinburgh,York and London whilst moonlighting as an English student. Fran then worked alongside refugee-run organisations on the Burmese border using theatre. She won an Arts and Humanities Research Board award to complete a Masters at the Central School of Speech and Drama where she studied with the likes of Alecky Blythe, Adrian Jackson and Jatinder Verma. She has lectured on the use of Applied Theatre in War and Conflict situations at Central. Most recently Fran’s play ‘Project Q’, has toured schools in Oxfordshire, and has been filmed for wider distribution and used by the charity Stonewall. Fran lives in Oxfordshire with her young family.