Meet the Team...
We are Sarah Van Parys and Nancy Msiska, Artistic Director and Creative Producer of Falling Doors Theatre.
Falling Doors Theatre started in 2013 shortly after Sarah directed a production called The Morning After by Dave Cox as part of The Annexe Writers playwrights group at The Lantern Theatre in Liverpool, where a large piece of set (a door - who would have thought?!) collapsed towards the end of the play at a pivitol moment of the action. Luckily, no one was injured and the play carried on successfully - thus, Falling Doors Theatre was born.
We have been since creating work across Liverpool, working with brilliant local actors, creatives, writers and collaborators at various festivals and new work events. We both also work independently as freelancers whilst also working in full time employment in our day jobs.
Sarah is Artistic Director of Falling Doors Theatre and ran the company until Nancy joined in 2018. A LJMU Drama graduate, she then trained with the YEP Directors Course between 2013-2015, RTYDS Placement with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and English Touring Theatre assisting Nick Bagnall on the UK tour of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead by Simon Armitage, has completed the Young Vic Springboard Directors Program in 2019 and has assisted at The Hampstead Theatre, London on Genesis Inc, Miracle of 34th Street with Dir. Gemma Bodinetz at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and is soon to be assisted on a main house production at The Old Vic Theatre in London (sadly postponed due to COVID) alongside a year long residency at the theatre. Other theatre credits include the UK tour of New Dawn Fades: A Story of Joy Division and Manchester with All Roads Meet, The Road to Skibbereen by Angela Walsh (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Unity Theatre), Trolley Shaped Bruise by Laura Kate Barrow (Unity Theatre), Chair by Edward Bond and Forever and Anon as part of the Young Directors Course at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse in the Everyman Studio (Ev1).
Nancy began producing in 2016 for amateur drama groups before joining the Liverpool Young Everyman & Playhouse (YEP) producers scheme that same year. For two years she collaborated with a team of young creatives (including directors, writers, technicians and actors) to produce a range of plays and shows. Her final co-production under YEP, titled "The Way I See It" was funded by the Arts Council.
Following on from this she joined Falling Doors Theatre as a creative Producer, with her first production being The Nether in 2018. Amongst their other productions she has also been heavily involved in the devising process of their 2020 dark comedy "There's A Dead Body In My Baby's Sandpit". She is an alumni of the Stage One UK Bridge The Gap Scheme and Trainee Producer placement. Her other experience includes assistant production management and digital marketing/advertising.