On Tuesday 5th March (6.00-8.00pm), we will be hosting the 9th in our Women Mean Business series of online conferences, this time with a focus on Performing Arts.

We have another amazing panel of women ready to share their experience, wisdom and advice on what it takes to have a career in the Performing Arts.

Introducing our fabulous panel…

Hannah Tyrell-Pinder (SHS Alumna) – Joint Artistic Director, Box of Tricks Theatre (based in Manchester)

Hannah trained as a director at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and is Joint Artistic Director of Box of Tricks. Directing credits for Box of Tricks include: Winter Tales (Arden School of Theatre) Last Quiz Night on Earth (rural tour) SparkPlug (national tour, shortlisted for Alfred Fagon Award 2018, broadcast on Sky Arts 2021) Narvik (national tour, nominated Best New Play MTAs, winner Best New Play UK Theatre Awards 2017); In Doggerland (national tour); Word:Play/NWxSW (Regional Tour); Picture a City (Everyword 2012, Liverpool Playhouse); London Tales (Waterloo East and Nu:Write Festival, Zagreb); Head/Heart (national tour); Other directing includes: God Save My Northern Soul (53two)Macbeth (University of Staffordshire) Game (ALRA North).

Elen Rideal – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Co-Principal Second Violin

Born in Neath, South Wales, Elen Hâf Rideal played the piano, violin and harp from a young age. She accepted the Laura Ashley Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the guidance of Mateja Marinkovic and Mayumi Fujikawa, and was awarded a First Class Bmus(Hons) and PGDip. Elen received fantastic orchestral training in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales where she was Leader for numerous years, as well as in the European Union Youth Orchestra and LSO String Scheme.

Elen joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and currently holds the post of Co-Principal Second Violin. She has also been fortunate to broadcast and perform as Principal Second Violin of the National Symphony Orchestra, guest Principal Second Violin with Welsh National Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and guest Co-Leader and Principal Second Violin of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Whilst off stage, Elen enjoys drawing and painting and trying to keep up with her two sons!


Julie Cook – Royal Opera House, Music Library Manager

Julie is the Music Library Manager at the Royal Opera House where she has worked since 2005.  She manages a team of 6 who are responsible for preparing the music for both the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies.  She has also acted as Music Librarian for several conductors and organisations outside of the ROH such as Sir Mark Elder, Operalia, English National Opera, The Frederick Ashton Foundation, Welsh International Academy of Voice, and The Chamber Orchestra of Wales.  Julie is a member of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association and has previously spoken at their conferences.  Julie studied the French horn at Wells Cathedral School and is a graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London, gaining a BMus and a MMus.


Cat LaCohie – Actor, presenter and teacher of body confidence and circus skills (based in LA)

Cat LaCohie is a multi-talented LA based British actress, Speaker and award-winning International Variety Burlesque Performer and coach ‘Vixen DeVille’.​

In addition to multiple appearances on TV’s, “Masters Of Illusion”, her solo stage show “Vixen DeVille Revealed” toured the US in 2019 picking up multiple awards and is currently being produced as a TV special.

With a BA(hons) in Theatre Creation and Solo Performance, plus 15 years experience of performing and teaching burlesque in over 3 continents, Cat has learned how to step out into the world confidently, authentically and unapologetically – her mission is to help others to do the same.

In addition to performing for audiences, Cat also teaches her craft to students all over the world. Her unique training is designed for bodies of ALL ages, abilities, shapes and sizes, to break free of others’ restrictive and damaging labels and, to instead, rediscover and celebrate their inner badass, their inner goddess, their inner Vixen!

Whether gaining the confidence to step out onto the Burlesque stage, or out of your own front door, this work provides the individual a new found freedom of self-expression, without shame or judgement. It provides the ability to be seen, to eradicate insecurities and in some cases, even prove doctors wrong.

Jade Asha – Actor, producer and writer (based in London)

Jade is an award winning, Mauritian/English Actor and Filmmaker from London. She began her acting career in 2006 which has spanned TV, Film, Theatre and Voiceovers. Jade is most known for her role of Naeema in THE INTENT. She began creating her own work in 2009 due to the lack of auditions at the beginning of her career. Jade is now CEO of London Independent Pictures and has produced award winning films which she has both written and performed in. She also runs a successful voiceover company Jade Asha Voiceovers.

“When searching for a book on acting recently, I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted a modern, easy to read, how to book on the business of acting which incorporated social media and making your own work. I wanted it to be about the British industry which I have learnt to love and battle with myself, and I wanted it written by someone who I could relate to, who had endured the same battles that I had. Having been in the industry for over fifteen years, I often found myself giving advice to new actors on set or in audition rooms. Strangers often message me on social media and linked in asking advice for themselves, their friends or their children. Whether it’s to do with getting an agent, working with an agent, producing films, finding photographers, social media- the list goes on. I hear stories of actors getting ripped off all of the time and it breaks my heart. I would tell people all of the things that I wish someone had told me when I first started out. Then it struck me. Perhaps if I was looking for this book, then were would be other people looking for it too.”

To register for the event, please visit our events page.