Who we are
Russell Bender - Artistic Director
Russell is a theatre director, producer and dramaturg with a background in technology.His work as a director includes FAIR FIELD (Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall / Ledbury Poetry Festival), NO DOGS, NO INDIANS by Siddartha Bose (commissioned by Brighton Festival, Southbank Centre, Live Theatre, Newcastle), DARKNET by Rose Lewenstein (Southwark Playhouse), KISS OF THE EARTH (Concert Theatre, 25 venue UK tour), THE SHROUD by Siddartha Bose (Rich Mix / Norfolk and Norwich Festival), GAME OF LIFE by Rose Lewenstein (The Yard). As a technologist, Russell has ten years experience in web and mobile applications. He was a senior developer at leading arts ticketing and marketing providers Spektrix from 2008-2011 and continues to work as a freelance consultant and creative technologist. Russell is Creative Associate at multi award-winning arts producers Penned in the Margins.
Kendall Masson - Associate Producer
Kendall is a freelance theatre producer and arts fundraiser. She has been Associate Producer with Potential Difference since 2016. Kendall has worked with individual artists and organisations including Convergence (music + art + technology festival), Village Underground, Sophie Woolley, Di Mainstone and Tonic Theatre, Actors Touring Company and Told by an Idiot.
Rose Lewenstein - Associate Artist
Rose is a writer for stage and screen. She trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama and has participated in various Royal Court writers programmes, including the 2012 Supergroup. Plays include: ‘Darknet’ (Southwark Playhouse), ‘Now This Is Not The End’ (Arcola Theatre), ‘Psychoslut’ (Women @ RADA reading), ‘Game Of Life’ (The Yard), ‘Only Human’ (Theatre 503) and ‘Ain’t No Law Against Fish ‘n’ Chips’ (Royal Court Young Writers Festival reading). Short plays include: ‘Fucking Feminists’ (Hampstead Theatre/Theatre 503), ‘Brit-ish’ (Southwark Playhouse Young Company) and ‘Spunk’ (Arcola Theatre/Latitude Festival/Pleasance Edinburgh). Her play 'Cougar' will receive its world premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in February 2019, directed by Chelsea Walker. Rose is currently developing a number of TV projects including THE GENDER GAMES (Sunnymarch), which is an adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Juno Dawson, original series TROLLS (Hillbilly Films), SELF and 2121 (both with Kudos) and THE DROP (Red Production Company). She recently wrote THAT GIRL, a drama single that formed part of the Channel 4 new crime drama anthology ON THE EDGE.
Henry Garner - Associate Artist
Henry is a freelance web developer, data scientist and creative technologist with a background in fine arts. For 4 years he was director and chief technologist of his own medium-sized business providing marketing advice to multinational companies & government organisations based on crunching large quantities of user website data. He's currently a freelance consultant and has recently published a book on data science &machine learning. His background is in fine art however, and he also helps artists realise their creative visions with technology. He's done so in locations as diverse as the Tate Britain, Great Eastern Hotel and the Cicely Saunders Institute. For Potential Difference he was lead developer on Android based video streaming technology used for DARKNET, and on the cross platform mobile app developed for STILL. He has coached web development for software bootcamp “Makers’ Academy”.
Our board of trustees
James Baggaley (Chair)