Bernadette Thomas is the co-founder of ArtsScape, a business affairs consultancy for the arts and entertainment sector. Having studied law at Oxford University, Bernadette was an intellectual property solicitor at Slaughter and May before becoming a media and entertainment specialist at Clintons and then Norton Rose, where she advised on projects such as The Graduate and the launch of Freeview. Bernadette was head of business affairs for 8 years at an award-winning film company and has also consulted to adidas on its film activities and to the RSC on the World Shakespeare Festival and its Event Cinema business.
Neil Adleman is a partner at Harbottle & Lewis LLP. He provides advice in connection with all aspects of theatre including rights acquisition and exploitation, commissioning, creative team arrangements, production arrangements, financing, theatre tax credit, overseas licensing and subsidised sector issues. Neil has advised on productions including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, War Horse, Billy Elliot, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Wicked and The Kenneth Branagh Season. He is former Chair of Sheffield Theatres and a trustee of West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Stage One supports new UK Theatre producers and productions, and is committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes. If you are an aspiring theatre producer, Stage One can help get you onto the first rung of your career ladder, and turn your entrepreneurial ideas and ambitions into reality. Stage One is a charity and our work would not be possible without the support of the Society of London Theatre and many generous individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations.