Jessica Thanki

    • Stage Manager
    • Company Stage Manager

    Greater London

Reviews

YearReviewPublication
2019
John Murphy
thestage.co.uk
2013Site-specific drama can be a hit or miss experience and this production stage-managed by Jessica Thanki is a real hit.
Birmingham Post
birminghampost.co.uk
2013newworksofmeritplaywritingcontest.com

Credits

YearRole / TypeName of Production / DirectorCompany / Venue
2020Stage Manager
Theatre
PLANT (R&D)
Sarah Argent
B Team
Attenborough Arts Centre
2020Company Stage Manager
Theatre
The Gruffalo's ChildTall Stories Theatre Company
International Tour
2019 - 2020Company Stage Manager
Theatre
We're Going on a Bear HuntKenny Wax Family Entertainment
Birmingham Town Hall
2019 - 2020CSM and Lighting Design
Theatre
Makara and the Mountain Dragons
Christopher Davies
Bamboozle Theatre Company
2019Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Homing Birds
Helena Bell
Kali Theatre Copany
Tour
2018 - 2019Company Stage Manager
Theatre
We're Going on a Bear HuntKenny Wax Family Entertainment
Tour
2018Stage Manager
Theatre
The Muddy Choir
Natalie Wilson
Theatre Centre
Tour
2018Stage Manager
Theatre
Gentle GiantBamboozle/Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne school tour and Arts Centre Melbourne
2018Stage Manager
Theatre
Broken Dreams
Holly Race Roughan
Royal Court Theatre/Kestrel
Royal Court Theatre
2018Stage Manager
Theatre
Inside Bitch (R&D)
Deborah Pearson/Stacey Gregg
Royal Court Theatre/Clean Break
Royal Court Theatre
2018Stage Manager
Theatre
War Plays
Various
Kali Theatre Company
Tristan Bates Theatre
2018Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Cathy
Adrian Jackson
Cardboard Citizens
Tour
2018Stage Manager
Theatre
Clockwork Canaries
Luke Kernaghan
Theatre Royal Plymouth
The Drum
2017Stage Manager
Theatre
Typhoon
Various
Yellow Earth Theatre Company
Soho Theatre/RIch Mix
2017Production and Stage Manager
Theatre
Tales of Birbal
Trina Halder
Mashi Theatre Company
Tour
2017Stage Manager
Theatre
The Ruck
Joyce Branagh
Lawrence Batley Theatre wtih Creative Scene
Tour
2017Stage Manager Cover
Theatre
The Pulverised
Andy Salva
Changing Face Collective Arcola Theatre, York Theatre Royal
Arcola Theatre
2017Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Ready or Not
Helena Bell
Kali Theatre Company
Tour
2017Stage Manager
Theatre
Now You See, Now You Don't
Jo Carter
Immediate Theatre
School Tour
2016Stage Manager
Theatre
Tales From Old Japan
Kumiko Mendl
A Thousand Cranes
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry
2016Production and Stage Manager
Theatre
Marco Polo - An Untold Love Story
Preece Killick
Artists Theatre Company Limited
The Shaw Theatre
2016Stage Manager
Theatre
World Premier of Edward Bond's Dea
Edward Bond
Sutton Theatres
Secombe Theatre
2016Company Stage Manager
Theatre
The Dishonoured
Janet Steel
Kali Theatre Company
Tour
2016Stage Manager
Theatre
Kali Talkback Double Bill
Trilby James, Helena Bell
Kali Theatre Company
Tristan Bates
2014Venue Technician
Other
Mullion Holiday ParkParkdean Holidays
2014Stage Manager
Theatre
Only Our OwnCTCO
Arts Theatre West End
2013Stage Manager
Theatre
Sports PlayJust a Must
International Theatre Festival in Bejaia, Algeria
2013Venue Technician
Other
Cherry Tree Holiday ParkParkdean Holidays
2012Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Calcutta KosherKali Theatre Company
Arcola Theatre
2012Stage Manager
Tour
Sports PlayJust a Must
2012Stage Manager
Theatre
UprisingTara Arts
The Drum, Birmingham
2012Company Stage Manager
Theatre
MustafaKali Theatre Company with Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Studio Tour
2012Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Tagore's WomenKali Theatre Company
Southwark Playhouse
2011Stage Manager
Theatre
UprisingTara Arts
Studio Tour
2011Stage Manager
Tour
YAC - SQUIDTheatre Royal Stratford East
School Tour
2011Stage Manager
Tour
BehnaKali Theatre Company co-production with Birmingham Rep and Black Country Touring
2011Company Stage Manager
Tour
Gandhi and Coconuts TourKali Theatre Company
Tour
2010Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Gandhi and CoconutsKali Theatre Company
Arcola Theatre
2010Company Stage Manager
Theatre
Black-iKali Theatre Company in association with 3Fates
Oval House Theatre
2010Stage Manager
Theatre
It Hasn't Happened YetLiz Carr
Studio Tour
2010Stage Manager
Theatre
AD2050Kali Theatre Company
Young Vic
2010Stage Manager
Theatre
BehnaKali Theatre Company co-production with Birmingham Rep and Black Country Touring
Site Specific in Birmingham
2009Stage Manager
Theatre
Maybe FatherTalawa Theatre Company
Young Vic
2009Stage Manager
Theatre
Measure for MeasureBADA
Oval House Theatre
2009Stage Manager
Theatre
Double Dutch ExpressoTheatre Waah! In association with Kali
Tristan Bates
2009Stage Manager/Assistant Director
Theatre
The MaidOdd Man Out Productions
Rich Mix
2009Stage Manager
Theatre
Asian Women Talk BackKali Theatre Company
Rich Mix
2009Assistant Director/Assistant Stage Manager
Theatre
Another ParadiseKali Theatre Company
Mid Scale Tour
2008Assistant Stage Manager
Theatre
Beauty and the BeastWest Wing Arts Centre
2008Assistant Stage Manager
Theatre
Another ParadiseKali Thetare Company
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2008Production Assistant
Theatre
Worlds EndAndy Jordan Productions
Trafalgar Studios
2007 - 2008Assistant Stage Manager/ Carpenter
Theatre
AladdinWest Wing Arts Centre
West Wing Arts Centre
2007Literary Manager's Assistant
Theatre
New Works Reading Series13th Street Repertory Theatre, New York
13th Street Repertory Theatre, New York
  • Education

    YearQualificationWhere
    2008BA Hons Theatre ProductionLondon South Bank University

    Additional Skills

    * Experienced in operating lighting, sound and projection

    * Rigging and focusing lights

    * Plotting on various lighting desks.

    * Creating and maintaining prompt book

    * Show calling

    * Re-lighting from a plan

    * Programming sound cues on to QLab with very good knowledge of the program.

    * Editing sound

    * Confident van driver

    * Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

    Additional Information

    Referees

    Available on request

    Industry Awards

    * SHORT-LISTED FOR STAGE MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD BY THE STAGE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION IN 2011. "....Jessica Thanki who received three independent nominations from three different companies, despite being barely a few years into the profession."

    www.etnow.com/news/2011/6/national-awards-for-stage-management-revealed

    * HIGHLY COMMENDED STAGE MANAGER BY STAGE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION IN 2018 (Extract from Andy Rowley's speech at the awards)

    "Our third Highly Commended nominee was nominated by two separate producing teams and casts for her work on each of their shows.

    One director wrote:

    She managed actors on tour (one that was very new to touring) with a calm and reliable manner, and also communicated with our audiences across the country, many of who spoke English as a second language. She invited them into a world that we had created in rehearsals and replicated this world with acute precision throughout the tour. I am extremely proud to have had her as part of our team

    The cast said:

    “Jess was amazing as our sole SM, running the show, including supervising get ins, get outs and driving set, equipment and props between venues. Professionally efficient, calm, always cheerful and smiling

    Jess was always positive and like an extra cast member whilst dealing - alone - with huge technical issues, get ins and get outs, long drives etc. Was always ready to go the extra mile and was a lovely person to have in the company “

    “She is always ready to help and manage each situation with a calm and respectful manner”.

    As you will hear more than once today, It is often when things aren’t going so well that we learn the true mettle of our staff:

    Jessica was a completely wonderful stage manager in every way given a particularly stressful time on this show. We lost a designer just prior to rehearsals and an actor during rehearsals both due to severe ill health. The

    show started to feel really jinxed when the director’s close family relative was diagnosed with a terminal illness during the tour. Jess kept the production afloat by covering for and liaising with myself, the director and looking out for the actors and as always consummately managing and overseeing the show.

    The judges were impressed with the impact that this nominee made on her cast- most of whom wrote to nominate her, and on her leadership of the company, having both a huge practical and notable creative influence on both shows."

    About me

    I love working as a Stage Manager and working in Theatre and take real pride in my work.

    I am happy to work on my own or as part of a large team; I can take the lead or be a team player as necessary. I have worked as a sole stage manager for many shows where I have had to prop, keep and maintain the prompt book, run the fit up and tech as well as operate the show by myself. This has enabled me to develop my time management and organisational skills.

    I have worked for the same companies over and over again, it has been an honour to be asked to come back to work on further projects which has kept me in constant work since graduating from University. I am now looking for new challenges and branching out.

    I am very confident in running fit ups, operating sound, lighting and AV, driving a van (up to 3.5t Luton) as well as relighting shows when on tour. I enjoy editing sound and have skilled knowledge of QLab.

    I am happy to work in difficult conditions and have experience of many different kinds of venue, from small studios to number 1 venues, site specific venues and outdoor theatre. I am extremely adaptable and have a can-do approach to my work.

  • Skills

    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Hindi
    Organisation Memberships
    • Equity
    • SMA (UK)
    Years in industry
    • 6+ years
    Company Experience
    • Children's Theatre
    • Cross Cultural Theatre
    • Educational Theatre
    • Forum Theatre
    • Inclusive Theatre
    • International Touring Theatre
    • Regional Theatre
    • Site Specific Theatre
    • UK Touring Theatre
    Experienced In
    • Comedy
    • Devised
    • Drama
    • Experimental
    • Fringe
    • Inclusive Theatre
    • Live Events
    • Musicals
    • New Writing
    • Pantomime
    • Shakespeare
    • Showcase
    Work Permits
    • EU
    Interested in
    • Cruises
    • Education
    • European Tour
    • Film / TV
    • Live Events
    • UK Tour
    • World Tour
    DBS checked
    • Yes
    Driving Licences
    • Standard
    Industry Training
    • First Aid (Any)