James Tillitt is artistic director of The Astor Theatre, which he brought back into operation as a focal point for Deal and East Kent's artistic community 10 years ago.

Team

James Tillitt- Artistic Director

James Tillitt is artistic director of The Astor Theatre, which he brought back into operation as a focal point for Deal and East Kent's artistic community 10 years ago.

Simon Bullock- General Manager

Simon is the General Manager at The Astor

Lucia McAnespie- Events & Corporate Hire

Lucia handles all Events bookings at The Astor; from weddings to corporate hires.

Born and raised in Belfast, Lucia graduated from Queens’ University and, following a brief flirtation with journalism, she left Northern Ireland to begin her drama training at RADA in London. Lucia has worked extensively across the UK and Europe on stage and on screen; most recently in LINE OF DUTY and HOLBY CITY (BBC). After moving to Deal in 2017, Lucia joined James and the Astor team on a part-time basis to organise and private events, parties and weddings at The Astor Community Theatre.

Lucia also curated and runs the very successful StageDoor adult acting course at the Astor, which began in 2019.  Since moving to Kent, Lucia has also become a Registrar/Celebrant with KCC and so when she isn’t acting, teaching or bargaining with her toddler – she marries people in her spare time.

Leigh Everitt- Box Office Manager

Leigh is the Box Office Manager at The Astor, having joined us in March 2019 following a life long career spent in local estate agency.

She is thrilled to be part of the team at the Community Theatre – she feels it really it the heart of the town and particularly as a great meeting place for newcomers to Deal

and locals alike.

Leigh was born in Deal and is very passionate about the town and it’s history; helping with local charities that are close to her heart.

Leigh's role as Box Office Supervisor is a job she feels was made for her she loves meeting people and putting a smile on people's faces .