Introducing the team

Artistic Director
Rosanna Sloan

Rosanna trained as an actress and director on Rose Brufords’ European Theatre Arts course, specialising in devising theatre.


She also trained in puppetry making and manipulation at D.A.M.U. in Prague, before working in arts administration and marketing for organisations such as the Barbican Centre and The Spark Arts for Children.

Rosanna has directed all of Unexpected Places performances alongside running a performing arts education company Light UP. Light UP is a not for profit organisation that supports young people to shine on and off the stage.

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Courtney Fayle
Education & Outreach Manager

Courtney studied a BFA in Theatre Management and Productions at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating with a Magna Cum Laude in 2009. She went on to become the Managing Director of SouthWisco KidStage, an after-school franchise where she worked as both a manager and teacher, before moving to England in 2014.  

Working as the General Manager of Unexpected Places, as well as managing their educational strand Light UP, makes Courtney instrumental in ensuring the delivery of inclusive, high-quality and unexpected performances.

Becky Mills

Becky trained on the APT course at Rose Bruford and with renowned acting coaches Bernard Hiller and Mark McGann. 

Becky has worked in the arts for the last 6 years- including General Manager and Stage Manager for Wet Picnic, Project Assistant for Bicycle Ballet, Development Officer for The Grange Festival as well as teaching for different youth theatres in Hampshire. 

Becky works as an actor and director for various companies across Hampshire. Becky is also the Artistic Director and Founder of Curious Pheasant Theatre, who specialise in exploring traditional pieces of theatre in non-traditional ways.

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Youth Theatre and Outreach Officer
Rosie Peters

Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Drama at the University of Exeter, Rosie has gone on to work with young people as a director, musical director and practitioner. She enjoys everything from creating large scale productions, to pretending to be a tree in a weekly session.

As Unexpected Places and Light UP's Youth Theatre and Outreach Officer, Rosie is dedicated to ensuring that every young person we work with gains invaluable skills and, most importantly, has a lot of fun!

Eloise Tong

Eloise is a highly creative, resilient and motivated Arts Manager with a background in dance, theatre and across live performance.

Collaboration is vital in all of her work, she is passionate about engaging more people in arts and culture and working in partnership across sectors to ensure that everyone has access to high quality performance.

She is currently the Theatre and Arts Service Manager at Caerphilly Council - managing the Blackwood Miners' Institute and the Council's Arts Development team.

‘I worked with Artistic Director, Rosanna Sloan, at the beginning of Unexpected Places' journey as the Creative Producer and hugely enjoyed my time with the company. I have followed their work ever since and was delighted when the opportunity arose to support them as a Trustee in October 2020. I value Rosie's commitment to making drama and the arts open and accessible to all as well as her talent and ambitious vision for the organisation. Working with Unexpected Places is incredibly inspiring and I am excited to support this next phase of their journey.’

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Youth Theatre Drama Teacher
Juli Richards

Juli has taught and run a number of theatre schools for more than twenty-five years. She offers private tutoring and LAMDA teaching as well as teaching our youth theatre, Light UP drama. 

Before teaching drama Juli was a qualified nurse. She has played a variety of roles, directed plays, was the artistic director of a theatre and has worked as a TV extra.

Little Lights Manager
Hayley Durrant

Little Lights is our series of creative and sensory play classes for toddlers and infants aged 0-3 years.

Hayley has been with us since our very first sessions in September 2021 and has a wealth of experience working in leadership roles with nurseries and preschools, as well as SENCO roles.

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Youth Theatre Teaching Assistant
Daisy Blatch
Youth Theatre Teaching Assistant
Lizzie Kane
Youth Theatre Teaching Assistant
Olivia Jacobs
Freelance Artists

Unexpected Places are lucky to work with a number of freelance actors, directors and creatives. Most recently we have been working with:


Troy Chessman an actor who has worked with us on Blighty One and Looking Down on Me. 

Amy Pattison an independent producer and practitioner. 

Corrinne Curtis an actress who has worked with us on Blighty One and From Scraps. 

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