James Bierman is an independent Film and Theatre Producer and he recently produced the Tony and Olivier Award Winning 'Prima Facie'. The subsequent NTLive transmission has become the biggest grossing live event cinema title of all time in the UK.
His first feature film 'Genius' written by Academy Award Nominee John Logan and starring Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016. His most recent feature 'Ballywalter' written by Stacey Gregg and directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah will be on release from September 2023.
James is a Tony Award-winning producer of John Logan’s stage play ‘Red’. He has worked in professional theatre since 1992 enjoying success in both the commercial and subsidised sectors and is currently on the board of the Liverpool and Everyman Theatre Trust have recently served on the board of the Society of London Theatres and the Belarus Free Theatre. As Executive Producer of London’s Donmar Warehouse (2006 -11) he was involved in over 45 productions which won numerous awards including Tony, Drama Desk, Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics’ Circle and South Bank Awards. Alongside Michael Grandage he produced the Donmar West End Season at the Wyndham’s Theatre to both critical acclaim, and financial success. He produced a further two West End, and four Broadway, transfers of the company’s work. With Grandage he took the Donmar’s portfolio to a wider audience, touring nationally and internationally, with BBC radio broadcasts of ‘The Chalk Garden’ and ‘Othello’, as well as the cast recording of ‘Parade’, and the NT Live transmission of ‘King Lear’ in 2011 to over 350 cinemas worldwide. The culmination of this work at the Donmar came with the purchase of two properties: the theatre in Earlham Street; and a rehearsal, education and office space in Dryden Street.
As a producer at the Michael Grandage Company (MGC), which he founded with Grandage in 2011, he produced five hugely successful productions at the Noel Coward Theatre, in London’s West End: ‘Privates on Parade’ starring Simon Russell Beale; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ starring Sheridan Smith and David Walliams; a new play by Genius writer John Logan entitled ‘Peter and Alice’ starring Dame Judi Dench and Ben Wishaw; ‘Henry V’ starring Jude Law; and ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’, starring Daniel Radcliffe. The sell-out production of Martin McDonagh’s black comedy later transferred to Broadway with critical acclaim and Tony nominations both for the production and for Radcliffe in the lead role. This MGC season also broke new ground by reaching new audiences through competitive ticket pricing and access, with tickets available for as little as ten pounds. In 2015 the production ‘Photograph 51’, starring Nicole Kidman as DNA scientist Rosalind Franklin, opened in London for a limited run. The play, which welcomed Kidman back to the West End after a 17year absence, received rave reviews at the Noel Coward Theatre winning Kidman the Evening Standard and Whatsonstage Best Actress Awards and also Best New Play at the Whatsonstage Awards.
Prior to joining the Donmar, Bierman spent 8 years at the Aldwych Theatre working alongside legendary producer Sir Michael Codron
In 2015, Georgia attended the Stage One New Producers Workshop which engaged her to starting her own venture in theatre production. Working alongside stage management Georgia has engaged in multiple workshops, general management and producing roles.
Georgia’s personal focus on supporting and volunteering with charities has led her to expand her skills around mental health and is working to integrate this more into the arts.
Kerrise Stewart is a Creative Practitioner, with both UK and international experience; developing, delivering and managing creative programs.
Kerrise is an Alumni of the Michael Grandage Company (MGC) 2011, Futures Program. She participated as a member attached to five hugely successful productions, at the Noel Coward Theatre, in London’s West End: ‘Privates on Parade’; ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; ‘Peter and Alice’; ‘Henry V’; and ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’. Kerrise's Master's study of Applied Theatre and the Criminal Justice System, at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), sat alongside her work on the MGC Season, connecting with the incredible Belarus Free Theatre.
Kerrise has 15 years' experience using creative practices, in the London theatre community, some of which include being a Lead Facilitator at The Old Vic, the Assistant Researcher and Facilitator at Clean Break Theatre Company, the Marketing and Community Outreach Officer at SPID Theatre, and the Project Coordinator and Participation Facilitator at the Blue Elephant Theatre.
She has developed and maintained participatory pathways, in culturally diverse communities, to challenge, educate, and engage - using theatre for social justice. Kerrise continues to work resourcefully in New York City, to facilitate activities and lead on collaborative projects, that provide opportunities for transformative experiences and reflection.
In her Broadway debut, with Empire Street Productions (ESP), Kerrise worked as the US Associate Producer on the award-winning Prima Facie, which transferred to Broadway from London’s West End, in 2023.