Diorama Arts Centre Ltd. was established as a charity in 1981. However it had been offering a home to established and emerging artists as a collective since the 70s whilst occupying Louis Daguerre's famous Diorama building overlooking Regents park. We now happily occupy a lovely modern glass building on the corner of Drummond Street as part of the Regent's Place complex.
The focus of Diorama's work since its inception has been to support the visual, performing and theraputic arts. Whilst we have moved many times in our history, this remains at the forefront of the charity's manifesto.
Jacob was born in Nottingham and has lived and worked in London since the year 2000. He received a BA in Fine Arts from Byam Shaw School of Art in 2003 and was one of the selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in his graduating year. He then began working as a volunteer for Old Diorama and has been with them ever since. Starting as Assistant Administrator he has risen through the ranks to become the charity's Senior Manager and Creative Director. Jacob is very passionate about visual, performing and therapeutic arts and is proud to curate a full program of creative activities for Old Diorama with the help of his excellent team.
Joe has been working at Old Diorama since 2015. He's the one on reception occasionally singing or winding up his colleagues... but he can also be very helpful if you need him! Joe is originally from Colwyn Bay, North Wales and is now an actor living in London. You can usually find him in the cinema, where he spends most of his time but other interests include photography, writing and getting knee deep fantasy novels (particularly by author Robin Hobb #ifyouknowyouknow).
Laura was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire. The Surrey hills soon called, however, and she answered. At aged 11-12 years she enrolled in Oxted County School, leaving 6ish years later with an 'A' in Theatre Studies and some other qualifications. Skipping ahead to present times, you'll find Laura making her way in the world as an artiiiste by day and an Old Diorama administrator by night. On a lighter note, Laura is incredibly proud to work at the Old Diorama Arts Centre, a second home for herself and those both local and international who continually return to sample the generosity, positivity and general good vibes forged by General Manager Jacob Stevens and his second Katherine Reilly.
Katherine joined Old Diorama on the admin team shortly after the new building was settling in but quickly became engaged with other roles, first with publicity for and then as Stage Manager on Old Diorama's In-House production of Henna Night. Her enthusiasm and passion for Old Diorama led to her becoming Assistant Manager and she now has such varied work as managing the accounts and the newly launched Associate Performers Scheme. Katherine is also a professional actress and currently working on acting and directing projects with the company Spark Assembly that she is a co-founder of.