Co-Founder, Artistic Director
Sophia writes, directs, produces and runs activist projects. Recently, she co-wrote and directed the devised musical Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Cockpit), and was Associate Director of Award-winning Funeral Flowers (The Bunker, Bernie Grant Arts Centre). She co-founded Brainstorm to investigate masculinity and mental health through visual and performing art, with multi-disciplinary events at the V&A and Copeland Galleries. She runs immersive, interactive events and workshops, recently collaborating on All Rise a two-day climate-change mock-trial at Tate Modern and currently running a series on climate and conflict for It's Freezing in LA. She has spoken on The Guilty Feminist and other platforms, and written articles for i-D, Arteviste, Hero, SAVAGE Journal and others.
Polly Creed is an award-winning young director, writer, and activist. Her work focuses on themes of gender, social justice, and climate change. She has directed and written work at the Pleasance Theatre, Duchess Theatre (West End), RADA Studios, and Bloomsbury Studios. Her writing has also been shortlisted for a Sit Up Award and won Best New Writing at LSDF 2018.She has recently founded True Name, a theatre company specialising in ecological and social theatre, and in 2019 led the production team on a immersive, forum piece exploring climate change that took place at the Tate Modern. Alongside her theatre work, Polly is is a feminist activist and in 2017, her petition to strip Harvey Weinstein of his honorary CBE reached over 50 000 signatures.
Roberto Valdo Cortese
Co-Founder, Head of Research
Roberto loves numbers as much as he loves stories. As Head of Research at Power Play, he devises strategies to mine and analyse data on gender in theatre, working as a project manager on these ventures. He ran the statistical study Women on The Fringes, and is project managing 50:50 Vision, the largest investigation in gender equality across theatre, film and TV, in a collaboration between Power Play and ERA50:50, as well as our 2019 study in class and race at the Edinburgh festival. In 2017, he founded an academic tutoring agency that helps to fund projects and support emerging creatives (focusing particularly on projects that promote access to theatre, and social justice). Power Play was the first project funded by this educational startup, and is now an autonomous entity. Today, he also runs the financial side of Power Play, and works as a co-producer and dramaturg on our theatre projects.
Louise is a theatre & cultural events producer, currently studying an MA in Creative Producing at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before that, she worked for two years across various producing roles in the creative sector: in the UK independently and with organisations such as Craftspace and BE FESTIVAL, and later in Mumbai (India) with Junoon Theatre. She is passionate about producing work with values of social change and artistic innovation at its core.