In September 2021 we bade goodbye to Lucy Hannah, who stepped down from the Board following three years of service. Lucy has been a stalwart ally of the company, the team and its work for many years. We are greatly thankful for her support and we wish her well with her future endeavours.

As we move forward to new chapters and following our recruitment campaign for a new chair, Jonathan Meth is passing the baton of the Chair to Sue Williams, an artist, equality policy professional and activist. Jonathan will remain on the board as Sue takes on the mantle of Chair.

“I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of Vital Xposure. Vital Xposure has much to contribute to the global arts and theatre ecology and I look forward forward to working with the fantastic staff team and Board on the next phase of the what looks to be an exciting journey”

Sue Williams, Chair


“Vital Xposure has benefited greatly from Jonathan’s commitment and engagement with the company as chair and critical friend over recent years. Sue William’s appointment as Chair is another exciting development for the company as it enters its second decade, and I look forward to working with Sue over the coming weeks and months.”

Theresa Veith, Executive Director

We are also delighted to welcome Kate Lovell on our Board. Kate is a disabled and neurodivergent writer, director, dramaturg, script-reader and theatre maker. Her background as an artist-activist, making and supporting work that pushes for social change chimes with our commitment at this pivotal time for the company.

“I am truly delighted to be welcoming both Sue and Kate as new trustees on our board. I worked with Kate at Theatre Royal Stratford East and know her utter commitment to disability arts and her extensive knowledge of theatre making. It is an outstanding coup for VX to entice Sue to be leading our board as Chair. She brings vital experience from her time as senior diversity officer at the Arts Council, and as a disabled artist and activist. I know these two disabled women are going to give us great strategic strength as we shape our mission for disabled people to not just be included in culture, but to lead culture.”

Simon Startin, Artistic Director

Read more about Vital Xposure’s Board of Trustees.

We are seeking a new Chair to support Artistic Director, Simon Startin, Vital Xposure’s Team and lead the Board of five committed Directors to oversee the growth of the Company through its next exciting decade.

We are interested in hearing from forward thinking individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly from people who identify as Deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent, who would like to play an important role in supporting Vital Xposure’s future direction.

Thank you for your interest in Vital Xposure. The deadline for this role has now passed. You can join our mailing list to receive updates on our productions and opportunities to work with us.

Collage of 8 photos from Vital Xposure's previous varied theatre and film work.

Photo collage of Vital Xposure’s previous productions

We are seeking a dynamic, creative leader with a strong artistic vision, to join this small, hard-working team and shape the future of Vital Xposure.

We are looking for an explorer, open to new adventures; someone with a passion for staging performances that challenge political injustice and social inequalities, who will deliver outstanding work for the company.

Are we looking for you?

Contract type: Permanent / part time: 0.6 of full time. Days /  hours to be agreed

Location: This post will commence on the basis of working remotely, in line with current government advice, and we can discuss suitable arrangements upon offer of employment


Thank you for your interest in Vital Xposure. The deadline for this position has now passed. You can join our mailing list to receive updates on our productions and opportunities to work with us. 


Photo description (clockwise from top left)

Caroline Parker as Maroula in The Knitting Circle. Tanaka Mhishi and Imogen Butler-Cole in This is How it Happens – R&D. Six actors from The Butch Monologues. Jacqui Beckford in The Called – R&D. Mary Silvani (L) and Jennifer Steward (R) featured in I dream, I dare, I do. A pair of hands in rehearsal, White Pariahs: Quiet Rebels – R&D. Poster from Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters.

Centre: Charlie Folorunsho and Fiona Whitelaw in White Pariahs: Quiet Rebels – R&D.


This page was updated on 1 November 2020.


We are seeking enthusiastic and dynamic individuals to join our Board of Trustees and support the company through the next stage of development.

We would like to recruit 2-3 new Trustees with a range of skills and experience that meet the organisation’s needs for strong governance and are able to devote the time required to play their role effectively. We are particularly interested to hear from people with knowledge and/or background in some of the following:

  • Financial Management
  • Arts, Innovation and Creativity
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Advocacy
  • Media and Communications

Interested individuals will be expected to submit a CV together with a supporting statement outlining their interest if the charity and how they believe their skills and experience match the requirements of the role by noon on Monday 16th September 2019 (extended deadline).

Interviews will be scheduled for late September / October 2019.

Please note these are voluntary positions to support our charitable activities and therefore they are unremunerated.


If you would like an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Theresa Veith, Executive Director, via email on

For full information, please download the Trustee Pack by clicking the link below:

Vital Xposure Trustee pack – September 2019 (PDF)

Vital Xposure Trustee pack September 2019 (WORD)


If you require the Trustee Pack in an alternative format, please contact Foteini Galanopoulou, General Manager, on 020 8123 9945 or

We look forward to receiving your application.


Vital Xposure is in the process of developing an application for Arts Council England’s Change Makers Fund. If our funding application is successful we will be offering a senior leadership training and development programme which will offer mentoring in a professional role, on the job training, ‘go-and-see’ visits and the exploration of a range of models of best practice in disability-led theatre. A paid bursary would be available for the programme which would aim to start in November 2016.

The successful candidate would work closely with our Artistic Director Julie McNamara and would play a key role in shaping the future artistic programme and creative partnerships of the organisation.

This opportunity is open to Black, minority ethnic and / or disabled people as the purpose of the Change Makers Fund is to develop the leadership skills and experience of Black, Minority and disabled potential leaders.

The first part of the role is to work with Vital Xposure to develop a very short expression of interest for Arts Council England by 28th April 2016.

For further information please contact Vital Xposure’s Producer, Chas de Swiet. If you want an informal conversation to discuss your application please also contact Chas at / 0208 123 9945

Interested individuals will be expected to submit a CV together with a short covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role by 10 am on 15th February 2016.


We are seeking enthusiastic and dynamic individuals to join our Board of Directors and support the company through the next stage of development. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals who have, although not exclusively, some of the following skills and experiences:

– Finance

– Fundraising

– Communications

– Chairing not for profit organisations


For full information and a Board recruitment pack please contact Emilia Teglia. If you want an informal conversation with Vital Xposure’s Interim Chair to discuss your application please also contact Emilia. / 0208 123 9945


Interested individuals will be expected to submit a CV together with a short covering letter by 10 am on 9th February 2016.



Julie McNamara talks about the tour that put ‘Let Me Stay’ front page on Brazilian national papers earlier this year.

Going to Pernambuco with ‘Let Me Stay’ was one of the most extraordinary adventures of my career so far. It has genuinely changed the direction of my working practices. For example, we are currently looking to build a touring model of an Audio Description booth that we toured with across NE Brazil. I was so impressed with the one we worked with.

The tour presented me with fresh challenges – I don’t speak Portuguese but I was playing my Mother with Alzheimer’s. She has no social brakes, no boundaries. She will talk to anyone and everyone, so I had to swiftly learn a few key phrases of Portuguese so that the character – my Mother, could wander through her audiences and make genuine contact with her ‘family in the house’. I became briefly immersed in Brazilian popular culture via people’s loves and hates of television stars. I had to find well known characters to throw at the audience that would immeditaely connect us. I discovered Pedro Baiao, a Reality Television star who it was felt had ‘let the side down’; I fell for the charismatic Tony Tornado not ever to be confused with Tony Ramos (the hairy one – a delight to ‘sign’ across any culture!)

I was so impressed with the creativity of the team touring with us and the dedication to detail in reproducing the design on our behalf. My grateful thanks to Producers Marisa Riccitelli and Paula Lopez!

We made front page news and that came as a surprise. I suspect the show was so very well received because of our universal human connection with grief and loss. Those of us blessed to have a Mother, whether good enough or not, will always secretly harbour the terror of losing her. I work with my grief on stage. Naked and afraid, the fear of losing my Mother is laid bare. Let Me Stay presents the audience with the reality of that long goodbye that Alzheimer’s so cruelly throws at us. But what the audiences did not expect was the great sense of celebration my Mother presents us with. She is living well with her dementia. And so her story is full of joy and great vivacity. She dances with life. My Mother Shirley, affectionately known as ‘The Queen of the Mersey’ attracts new friends and new adventures everywhere we go. Connection is crucial. Whilst her energy and her heart is at the core of this creative work, that is true of the way that this production has been received. The work itself attracts new partnerships, new adventures everywhere we go.

The show is built with love, with comedy and compassion. This is what I found in the people who welcomed me to the many places we visited in Pernambuco, to Olinda, Recife, Goiana, Caruaru. We had good audience numbers wherever we went. But I will never forget the audience on the last night of our tour standing and yelling her name in celebration: ‘Shirley, Shirley, Shirley!’.

I do believe that the after show Q and A was as long as the show itself. We didn’t want to say goodbye.