TAFF Committee 2020/21

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The TAFF committee offices are: President, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Secretary, Welfare Officer, Hires Manager, Other Societies Representative, Freshers and Training Representative, and Senior Member. The committee is assisted by a Webmaster/IT officer.


The TAFF committee are here to assist any member of the society with any shows or problems they are working on, please do email them if you would like any advice or assistance. If you are looking for guidance on a particular role please look at our role guides, or contact one of our role advisors.


We are also always grateful for suggestions of socials or workshops that you would like to be run, please contact the appropriate committee members if you have any ideas.


​Email addresses are in the form [office]@tabsareforflying.co.uk

The incumbent O'Reilly Theatre Technician, University Drama Officer, and Pilch Studio Manager are granted a standing invitation to attend committee meetings in an advisory capacity, but do not have voting rights. 

The Senior Member of TAFF is Prof. Kirsten Shephard-Barr.

President - Harvey Dovell (president@)

I’m a third year Chemistry student at New College. I have been involved in theatre for many years and have tried almost every role. Bringing a production from just an idea to a full show that people enjoy is one of the most rewarding things. At Oxford I have mainly been involved as a lighting designer, production manager and DSM. TAFF members have been some of the nicest and most creative people I have met and I have already made great friends through shows that I have done. I’d love to be a part of helping anyone, experienced or not, bring their ideas to a stage. As President I hope to continue the good work that TAFF does and help it to grow to reach and support more people.

Treasurer - Finley Bettsworth (treasurer@)

I’m a second year studying Medicine at Brasenose College, though sometimes I seem to be doing far more theatre than degree! I first got involved in theatre back in school, mainly doing sound and lighting design, and since then I’ve been hooked. Since coming to Oxford, TAFF has been a really big part of my time at uni, literally since Freshers’ Week. Since being here, I’ve mainly been doing lighting, but occasionally dabble in sound and other aspects too. I find the student theatre vibes here really lovely and fun, as well as being really rewarding so I’m excited to get more people (Freshers and everyone else too!!) involved over the next year. I was so lucky to quickly get to know (and learn tonnes from) so many TAFF members which has been awesome, and I really look forward to this continuing.

Secretary - Olivia Wheeler (secretary@)

Freshers' & Training - Aron West (freshers@)

Hi, I'm Annie and am in my first year doing E&M at Catz. I really love backstage theatre and am looking forward to getting as many other people as possible involved (not just Freshers'!). I'm hoping to make workshops/events as accessible as possible, regardless of experience. Please do drop me a message if you have any questions or suggestions.

Hires Manager - Nicola Wright (hires@)

Hi, I’m Nicola and I’m now in my third year at St Catz studying maths and philosophy. I’ve been involved in quite a few shows in Oxford, mainly as Stage Manager/ASM and Producer, so I have made good use of the TAFF store! It’s an amazing resource that makes putting on a show easier and more cost effective - if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a message (or any of the hires managers!).

Hires Manager - Natasha Squire (hires@)

Hiya, I’m Tash and I’m a 2nd Year geographer at Regent’s (yes we really exist). I have always loved theatre and being involved in TAFF is such an amazing way to collaborate and be inspired by all of the amazing people who bring a show to life. Costumes are my main interest and I have been involved in dressing people up both in Oxford and beyond. As a hires manager I encourage everyone to seek out the treasures of the TAFF store and I’m excited to be a friendly face in the store on those dreary Monday mornings.

Social Secretary - Nina Jurković (social@)

IT / Webmaster - Andrew Orr (it@)

I'm Andrew, a second year DPhil student in Engineering and Theoretical Physics (but this is my 6th year in Oxford). I've been doing shows (mostly Sound Design) in Oxford since I started my undergrad here and it's been a source of great friends and companionship. I really want to help improve theatre and stagecraft in Oxford by encouraging positive communication amongst TAFF members and shows, from large to small.

Welfare - Sebastien Roberts (welfare@)

Hi there! I’m Seb and I’m at Lincoln doing Philosophy and Spanish. I’ve been doing backstage for shows ever since I was 15 (usually in a stage management role) so I’m hoping to bring that with me to Oxford through TAFF. If you have any questions or concerns, drop me a message by email, or on FB.

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Role Advisors

The committee welcome queries of any sort relating to technical theatre and design. The following committee members have volunteered to be the point of contact for questions relating to specific departments. These contacts have been provided for your general information and should not be used to directly or indirectly find crew members for productions. If you are looking for someone to fill a certain role, please use the TAFF mailing list. For general queries, contact the current TAFF President, Harvey Dovell.

Lighting - Finley Bettsworth
Sound - Andrew Orr
Stage Management - Annie Porter
Set & Costume - Natasha Squire
Production Management - Harvey Dovell