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Karla Marie Sweet

Matthew James Morrison

Karla Marie Sweet

Artistic Director / Actor / Writer

@karlamsweet | @karlamsweet

Karla got her start as a professional writer after her six-part mystery thriller was optioned by ITV Studios and she was invited to co-develop a series for Lime Pictures. 

In 2017, Karla was one of ten writers shortlisted for Theatre503’s annual residency programme. Later that year, her Edinburgh Fringe show previewed at the theatre before completing a full run at Underbelly, where it was longlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.

In 2018, Karla completed a year's actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, after which she founded inclusive company Dead Good Theatre. She performed as the lead in a sold out run of The Thing That Came to Dinner at London’s Vault Festival, starred in RCSSD’s production of Alice Birch’s Astronauts and went on to perform in a self-penned short play in front of a sold out audience at Southwark Playhouse.

After returning to her beloved hometown of Manchester, she was part of the writers room for forthcoming Netflix series Get Even (March 2019). Karla recently filmed a supporting role in a feature film and has just begun a year's tenure as Playwright on Attachment at the Royal Exchange Theatre. She is currently under commission with Channel 4's Hollyoaks and is also working on a teen drama for the BBC.

Represented (as a writer) by Curtis Brown 

Spotlight PIN: 9813-5648-9349


Emily Joy

Matthew James Morrison

Karla Marie Sweet

Associate Director / Actor


Emily is a proud Northern actor from Hull. Her career started when she took part in a short film aired at a local cinema aged 14. 

Since then, she has performed at Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck and with touring shows. 

She trained at the National Youth Theatre and spent a year training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK. 

Emily is currently on the directors programme at the Young Vic, expanding her skills with a view to creating more of her own work. 

Emily also has an extensive background in dance, physical theatre and choreography, with experience of choreographic dance works for national competitions.

In 2018, Emily was awarded Middle Child’s first ever Career Kickstarter Fund and has just finished filming her first short film, written and produced by herself. 

Emily is so excited to be part of DGT and is looking forward to creating the stories she’s always wanted to hear.

Spotlight PIN: 9258-8975-5821


Matthew James Morrison

Matthew James Morrison

Matthew James Morrison

Social Media Manager / Actor

@matt_james_morr  | @matthew_james_morrison

Matthew James Morrison is a London-based actor and internationally published model from Nottinghamshire.

He began his career young, performing in the church, school productions, and as part of the Nottingham Playhouse Youth Theatre, before going on to National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Film Academy.

Matthew trained with NYT and took on a featured role in their 2011 production of Slick. He was then cast as an actor/singer in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcoming Ceremonies. He also trained with the NYFA and featured in short film 7 minutes.

In autumn 2012, Matthew attended Queen Mary, University of London and graduated with a BSc in Mathematics. He subsequently received a fully funded scholarship to complete an MSc in Mathematics.

Since graduating, Matthew has returned to the acting scene and gained an impressive portfolio in commercials, modelling, music videos, and short films. His recent credits include Walkers, Vogue Italia Online, Hyundai, Chelsea F.C., JLL, Hertz UK, and has worked with household names such as Guy Ritchie.

He is now in rehearsals for Silent Meat by David Levesley, which will be performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre this June.

Represented by BAME Management and Sandra Reynolds.

Spotlight PIN: 9376-9055-8093


Alex Farrell

Alex Farrell

Alex Farrell

Resident Tech / Stage Manager

Alex is a London based theatre technician, lighting designer and stage manager. 

After training as a performer they first discovered a love for the backstage side of theatre-making at Network Theatre in 2015 and have since worked in a multitude of London off-West End venues, including: the Arcola Theatre, Theatre503, Vault Festival, The Bridge Theatre and The Bunker.

As well as the technical side, Alex has continued to be involved in the creative processes of theatre-making as an assistant director and co-writer on a number of productions, the highlight of which is undoubtedly 'Ringmaster' , a devised piece about queer relationships that premiered at Vault Festival 2019 to critical acclaim. 

We met Alex when they were Stage Managing and running tech on Dead Good Theatre's performances of Leaving at The Bunker in December 2019 and were thrilled when they showed interest in joining the company. 

Alex comes with a wealth of experience and is excited to join DGT and continue making queer and political theatre that tells the stories we so often don't get to hear.


Rishi Soneji

Alex Farrell

Alex Farrell

Actor / Writer


Rishi is an actor and writer based in London. His interest in theatre came about due to the power of live art, both for the performer and the audience. 

He graduated from university with a degree in law but was thoroughly engaged in theatre while at the University of Warwick. His interest in devised work and new writing was formed there and he was a part of numerous productions, including Breaking The Code and Charlotte Paradise’s play Mess, performed at Warwick Arts Centre. He also acted in student short films and led screen-acting workshops. He is passionate about bringing complex, universal and current stories to life through play, physicality, and the spoken word.

Rishi performed in Ava Wong Davies's two hander Hear All About It at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. He is an associate artist for Reactivists Theatre Company and, in 2018, Rishi trained with the National Youth Theatre, completing the Epic Stages course at Rose Bruford. Since then, he has continued to work with NYT on various projects. 

He worked with Sante Theatre and Media Productions in Solihull, producing a new film Lost in Transit, an exploration of mental health in young people and the gaps in support. He is passionate about producing work approaching new and underrepresented voices and, as such, is extremely excited to be working with Dead Good Theatre. 


Tyler Conti

Alex Farrell

Tyler Conti

Actor / Director

@TylerConti1 | @tylerconti

Tyler is a London-based actor of Italian heritage, born and raised in Essex.

At the age of 18, Tyler moved to Manchester and began three years of full time actor training at Manchester School of Theatre drama school. 

Whilst training, he played such roles as Henry VIII in Brutopia by Howard Barker and Prince Tydeus in Welcome to Thebes by Moira Buffini. He also performed in Manchester School of Theatre's productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Lorca's Blood Wedding.

Tyler took to the stage at HOME Manchester for Blanche McIntyre’s professional production of The Ortesia, recently returning to the venue to perform in a rehearsed reading of Shakespearonomics.

In his final year of training, Tyler was selected to represent his school at The Sam Wanamaker Festival which led him to perform at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he played the part of DeFlores in David Shirley's production of The Changeling.

Tyler can currently be seen in Netflix and Studio Canal series SAFE alongside Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Michael C Hall and was recently seen on stage as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights for the Oxford Shakespeare Company.

Represented by Payne Management

Spotlight PIN: 2219-7830-8266


Jiyan Davé

Ciara Jane Fleming

Ciara Jane Fleming

Actor / Writer / Producer


Jiyan is a multi-skilled London and New York based actor, writer and producer. 

His interest in acting first started when he performed at the Kenneth More Theatre at the tender age of nine. This pushed him to pursue his interest throughout his secondary school education, as well as auditioning and acting during his teens. 

These industry experiences helped Jiyan realise the power of self-sufficiency and how important it can be to create your own work. With this in mind, he set out to learn all aspects of the creative process and undertook a BA in Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London. The degree enabled him to acquire a broad range of skills including directing screen fiction, video editing, film producing and screenwriting.

After graduating with a 2:1, Jiyan participated in the National Youth Film Academy Breakthrough course. He then went on to add to his skillset by completing a year's actor training at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where he further cemented his desire to develop as a young BAME actor on an International platform. 

Sharing his passion for Drama has always been important to Jiyan and, recognising the innate benefits the art form can bring to young people, he has taken on part time work as a Drama teacher in  a primary school and in youth centres across London.

Jiyan is also currently working on numerous projects that are set to be released next year and he looks forward to bringing his passion for telling captivating stories to his role as a Dead Good Theatre company member.


Ciara Jane Fleming

Ciara Jane Fleming

Ciara Jane Fleming

Actor / Writer

@_ciarafleming_  | @_ciarafleming

Ciara is the youngest member of DGT but already has a wealth of experience to her name. 

A Hertfordshire based actor, she got her start through her local drama school, The Vallé Academy. During the decade she spent at the school, she performed in various shows as part of their in house theatre company Studio Players. Productions have included a sketch show, an improv show based on Whose Line is it Anyway and multiple plays, including Sweeney Todd, in which she played the role of Mrs. Lovett.

She has also performed in short films and co-wrote and starred in a devised piece on the subject of OCD as part of Patchwork, a collection of devised, improvised and scripted pieces which opened at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub in Walthamstow in 2018. 

In 2018, Ciara also completed a year long diploma course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, at the end of which she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK. 

Most recently, Ciara was employed at Thorpe Park as a scare actor during their winter season in the Saw Alive Maze attraction as part of Fright Nights.

Find Ciara on Mandy Actors


Sumiti Bhamra

Ciara Jane Fleming

Sumiti Bhamra

Actor / Singer


Sumiti is a London-based actress from India.  

Having worked extensively in the food and beverage industry after gaining an MA in Hospitality Management from the University of West London, it was only in her late twenties that she realised what really excited her was being on stage.

Since then, she has trained at drama schools across London. She got her start in 2016 with a three week summer school at Mountview Academy. She subsequently trained at the Royal Central School of  Speech and Drama in 2018 for a year. At the end of the course, she performed in Alice Birch’s BLANK, taking on the role of a young mother who suffers a horrific trauma.

Shortly after her training at Central, Sumiti gained her foundation level in Stage Combat. The training included small sword and unarmed fighting techniques. 

Keen to diversify her skills portfolio, Sumiti then went on to train in Musical Theatre at City Academy, and took part  in a showcase event at the end of the course.

Dead Good Theatre is a huge stepping stone for Sumiti. As the first female member of her family to tread the boards of the London stage, she looks forward to starring in DGT's first production as a company.


Chioma Nwalioba

Chioma Nwalioba

Chioma Nwalioba

Actor / Singer / Poet

@ChiomaNwalioba | @ChiomaNwalioba

Chioma is an actor based in London. Born in Nigeria, she discovered her love for acting in her late teens and began her journey by joining her local youth theatre in Lewisham. 

She trained with the National Youth Theatre, there she performed in Ripple and Besieged at The Arcola Theatre.

Recent Credits includes The Fields at Theatre 503, Moon-stained at Gerry's Stratford East, The Room of Possibilities at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Ripple at The Arcola Theatre. Amongst others, Chioma has performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Catford Broadway Theatre and Ovalhouse Theatre. She also recently contributed to short film on mental health, Spilt Milk. Chioma is an Alumni of The Actors Class and did The Actors class Showcase 2018 and is delighted to now be taking on new projects with Dead Good Theatre.

Represented by R. D Casting

Spotlight PIN: 7012-3498-0047


Sharita Oomeer

Chioma Nwalioba

Chioma Nwalioba

Actor / Director


Sharita Oomeer is a London based actor who began performing in community and fringe productions before embarking on a professional career. She has worked on a variety of projects, from ensemble-based physical theatre to podcasts and radio plays. Sharita is also a writer, director, puppeteer and drama workshop leader. 

Theatre includes Saint George and the Dragon (National Theatre), The Treatment (Almeida), The Divide (The Old Vic) and Masala Monologues (Loquitur Theatre). She has performed at other London venues including Southwark Playhouse and the Young Vic.

Television includes We Hunt Together (BBC), Miracle Workers (TBS) and Sparks (Mother’s Best Child for Channel 4).

Radio includes First Do No Harm (BBC) and Ordinary House (Ragged Scratch Productions).

Represented by Morwenna Preston Management

Spotlight PIN: 4217-7862-3940


Chloe Ewart

Joshua Oakes-Rogers

Joshua Oakes-Rogers

Actor / Writer

@chloeewart | @chloeewart

Chloe is a working class writer and actor of Chinese and British heritage. Originally from Leeds, she is now based in London and Zurich.

With a wide range of experience on both stage and screen, Chloe's credits include An Klondike (Netflix), Coronation Street and Emmerdale and she's performed at venues including the Rich Mix, Southwark Playhouse and Tristan Bates Theatre.

As a writer, Chloe most recently collaborated on James Graham’s Sketching. The play ran at Wilton’s Music Hall in October 2018 and was subsequently published by Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing).

In 2017, she was long-listed  for the Verity Bargate Award for her one-woman show, Things I Know. Prior to that she received funding from Film London for her short film, Cupidity, as part of the London Calling 2016 slate, which went on to win ‘Best Short’ at the Unrestricted View Film Festival. Her short story, Days of Apryl, was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian BAME award in 2016.  She has had several short plays produced including Penpals (Southwark Theatre), 24 Hours (Vaults Festival) and Shoes (Rich Mix).

Chloe is currently working on a project inspired by the poems and short stories of Tennessee Williams, leading to a three week run at Trafalgar Studios in spring 2020. 

Represented by International Artists Management

Spotlight PIN: 8458-9083-8543


Joshua Oakes-Rogers

Joshua Oakes-Rogers

Joshua Oakes-Rogers

Actor / Singer / Writer

@JoshuaOR | @joakesrogers

Joshua began acting young, using his flair for the dramatic to make his friends laugh and to turn mole hills into mountains at school. He also learned to sing from his grandad, starting with Irish folk songs and later developing his voice by perfecting covers of the entire Britney Spears back catalogue. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the BA: Acting course and has since worked in theatre and TV. 

Joshua has worked on stage in London and internationally, focussing on his passion for new writing. He most recently started as Josh in Vespertilio, directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson, which won ‘Play of the Week’ at VAULT Festival 2019, and transferred to Dublin. He received glowing reviews describing him has “a revelation”, “manic pixie bat-boy” and “Spike from Buffy, if Spike was doing Hamlet maybe.” He played the lead role in Roseline (a modern, immersive adaptation of Hamlet), directed by Ross Drury, which ran in Milan last year, and learned to speak broken Italian, with limited vocabulary and exclusively in the present tense. In 2017 he played Terrance Carleton in Lord Dismiss Us in Edinburgh and London directed by Glenn Chandler. His performance in this gained him an Offie nomination for Best Supporting Actor, which he still talks about at any opportunity. Screen credits include Paul in The Dead Room, written and directed by Mark Gatiss, and Teen Harry in Harry Hill‘s Little Cracker for Sky 1. His passions outside of the arts include being left handed, peanut butter and dogs. 

Represented by Simon & How Associates

Spotlight PIN: 5094-1270-5539