Trained at Drama Studio London and studied music at Manchester. Credits include a season with the RSC including Midsummer Night's Dream and Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (Arundel Festival/Orange Tree), Othello (Globe Education), Tonight We Fly (Trestle Theatre Co.), The Triumph of Love (Newbury Watermill), Tithe War! (Eastern Angles), The Tempest (Gloriana) and The Trial (Edinburgh, Won Total Theatre Best Newcomer Award). TV and film includes The Trouble with Love (BBC) and Eyeball Tennis (filmfour).  
Trained at Mountview Theatre School where he was awarded 'The Stage' Scholarship. He also represented Mountview at the 'William Pole Festival' at Shakespeare's Globe. Credits include Hamlet, The Tempest (Thelma Holt and Theatre Royal Plymouth), Futures (Theatre 503) and Skin Hunger (BAC, Time Out Critics Choice). Television includes: My Uncle Silas, Doctors, The Scattering, Hollyoaks and The Medal. Film includes: A New Dawn, Wish, Jump Start Heart and Life Lottery. He recently completed his first lead role in the feature film Changing Faces.
Credits include Habitat, The Candidate (Royal Exchange), Macbeth (Almeida), Becket (Haymarket), Three Women (Riverside), Maps of Desire (Wonderful Beast at Southwark Playhouse), Henry V, Comedy of Errors (RSC), Much Ado About Nothing (Cheek by Jowl), Hedda Gabler (English Touring Theatre/Donmar), Macbeth, A Working Woman, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Mary Stuart by Darcia Maraini (BAC), A Handful of Dust (Shared Experience), Celestina, Ion, Orpheus, The Belle Vue (Lyric Studio), God Say Amen (ESC), High Society (Victoria Palace), Julius Caesar, The York Mysteries (National Theatre), The Invisible Woman (Gate), Twelfth Night, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra (Stratford, Ontario), The Hollow Crown (RSC Aldwych/World tour), Their Very Own and Golden City, The Voysey Inheritance, The Pleasure Principle (Royal Court). TV and film includes Elizabeth I, Doctors, Heartbeat, Poirot, Kavanagh QC, Boon, Heart of the Country, Growing Rich, Mother Love, Flesh and Blood, Lillie, The Nearly Man, Persuasion, Hotel Du Lac, Crown Court, Emergency Ward 10, Kenilworth, Anna and the King, A Passage to India, Esther Kahn, Strapless, A Severed Head, Asylum, Accident, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Darling, The Servant and Carry on Nurse.  
 
 
Trained at Guildford School of Acting and studied Contemporary Performance Art at Nottingham Trent University. Theatre includes Clara in Clara (The Orange Tree), Zillah and Mrs Andrews in Lark Rise to Candleford (Time Out Critics Choice, Finborough Theatre), The Pupil in The Lesson (Corsham Jubilee Hall), Parizade in Arabian Nights (Key Theatre, Peterborough), Nora in Claw (Time Out Critics Choice, Greenwich Playhouse). Film and TV includes idents for Channel 5 Weather, Vikki in The Power of TV (Thinkbox), Nell in Butterfly and several pieces of corporate work for Vodafone. Voiceover work includes projects for Hellmann's, Vodafone and Purina and Speaking Books for the Blind. She is a classically trained musician, and plays the Tenor Horn, Trumpet and Piano. She is delighted to be working with Shapeshifter again.    
Credits include Habitat, The Candidate (Royal Exchange), Macbeth (Almeida), Becket (Haymarket), Three Women (Riverside), Maps of Desire (Wonderful Beast at Southwark Playhouse), Henry V, Comedy of Errors (RSC), Much Ado About Nothing (Cheek by Jowl), Hedda Gabler (English Touring Theatre/Donmar), Macbeth, A Working Woman, Tess of the D'Urbervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Mary Stuart by Darcia Maraini (BAC), A Handful of Dust (Shared Experience), Celestina, Ion, Orpheus, The Belle Vue (Lyric Studio), God Say Amen (ESC), High Society (Victoria Palace), Julius Caesar, The York Mysteries (National Theatre), The Invisible Woman (Gate), Twelfth Night, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra (Stratford, Ontario), The Hollow Crown (RSC Aldwych/World tour), Their Very Own and Golden City, The Voysey Inheritance, The Pleasure Principle (Royal Court). TV and film includes Elizabeth I, Doctors, Heartbeat, Poirot, Kavanagh QC, Boon, Heart of the Country, Growing Rich, Mother Love, Flesh and Blood, Lillie, The Nearly Man, Persuasion, Hotel Du Lac, Crown Court, Emergency Ward 10, Kenilworth, Anna and the King, A Passage to India, Esther Kahn, Strapless, A Severed Head, Asylum, Accident, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Darling, The Servant and Carry on Nurse.  
Credits include Décor Without Production (Royal Court), Ken Campbell's Impro (Inn on the Green), The True Story of Chameleon Boy (Camden People's Theatre), Aroused and Confused (Canal Cafe Theatre), Requiem For Tomorrow (Shaw Theatre), Calling On Angels (Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre), Mixt Nutz (The Etcetera; The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), and The Spontaneous Theatre Festival (Etcetera; Diorama). TV and film includes Library Majnu (BBC 2), It Could Be You (Feature), Living in Silence and Aisha & Nadeem. Radio includes Mixed Blood (winner of the Richard Imison award) and The Ghost and The Machine (BBC Radio 4). Shelley is also a regular voiceover artist for Macmillan Publishing. She is a classically trained musician and plays the saxophone, violin and piano.  
 
 
Francis' credits include Three Sisters (Playhouse Theatre), Blue/Orange (Cockpit Theatre), The Rehearsal (Edinburgh Festival), The Crucible (Tour), In Lambeth (Etcetera Theatre). Film and TV includes C4's World in Arms, Absolution and Rocliffe.
Trained at Rose Bruford. Credits include Candy in Of Mice and Men (Fer'vent at the Gatehouse, Highgate), Christine, Israel Zangwill in The Crystal Den (both New End), Tarquinius Superbus in The Rape of Lucrece (St Bartholomew's church) and Beelzebub in 12th Night Mummers' Play outside the Globe (both the Lions part), Galileo in Galileo (jumped up), The Hardy Tree (Off The Cuff), if i were lifted up from earth (Lincoln's Inn Chapel, A&BC), Moll Flanders (Bristol Old Vic), Under Milk Wood, Early One Morning (Bolton Octagon), Arabian Nights, The Emperor and the Nightingale (Dukes Lancaster), Arabian Nights (Watermill), Oliver!, Annie (Lyric Belfast), Feste in Twelfth Night , Alice in the Park (Library, Manchester), Our Country's Good (Gateway, Chester), Macheath in Threepenny Opera (Northern Stage), Macbeth (Midsommer Actors), Turncoat (Theatre Centre), Poppies (Gay Sweatshop), Spend Spend Spend (Piccadilly Theatre) and a spell at the RNT. TV includes Rat Man in the recent Rat Man episode of Afterlife (ITV), Ferdie's priest in This Life (BBC), thebill@21 (UKGold), Hildegard (BBC), Crime Ltd (BBC), Off Limits (C4), and Sam Saturday (LWT). Film includes Gods, En Mi Corazon, My Father Sings Love Songs To Me, Match Report, Hell for Leather, Inside Looking Out and Psychi.
Trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre includes The Time of the Tortoise (Theatre 503), The Runaround (Camden People's Theatre), Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book (Soho Theatre); Sweetpeter (National Tour); Dazzling Medusa (Polka); The Jungle Book (Warwick Arts Centre); Bezjti (Arts Fest Birmingham Rep); Slave Teacher (Lyric Hammersmith); Our Country's Good (Grange Court Theatre). Television includes The Bill (ITV); New Tricks, Doctors, Maisie Raine and Crimewatch (BBC). Film includes Salomé 2005 and The Plague and Coffee. Commercials include work for Tesco, Guinness, Guardian Jesse Owens and Max Mini-Rom.
 
Matt trained at Drama Studio London. Theatre credits include Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (European tours), Macbeth - the Panto, Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night (all Oddsocks), Remember Remember and Fun of the Fair (Riding Lights Theatre Co.), Comedy of Errors and Romeo & Juliet (Cambridge Shakespeare Co.), The Second Shepherd's Paegeant and A Midsummer Night's Dream (the Lion's part), Northanger (Jackson's Lane/Old Vic New Voices), The Devil's Law Case (White Bear), Saint Joan (South Street Theatre), Copper Fingers (The Oddity) and That Other Now (Lacey Theatre Co.). Matt regularly performs in staged readings at Shakespeare's Globe and has recorded radio and voice-over for the BBC. Film work includes independent short films When it Falls and Crouch End Confidential, numerous commercials and most unfortunatley the music video for Urban Cookie Collective's single "I've got the Key, I've Got the Secret".
 
 
John and Mike continue working as co-directors following the success of Lark Rise to Candleford and Soldiers.

John's professional debut was the UK premiere of the Hungarian hit play Unsent Letters at the Orange Tree Theatre, where he also directed Don Taylor's The Road to the Sea and a school's tour of King Lear. As well as directing or co-directing all previous Shapeshifter work, he has directed productions at The Southwark Playhouse, The Courtyard Covent Garden, The Croydon Clocktower and National Tours. He has directed readings and workshops of new work at The National Theatre Studio, The Royal Court, The Hampstead Theatre and The Etcetera.

As well as directing with Shapeshifter, Mike is an experienced playwright for the stage and radio, where his work includes Stuff I Buried in a Small Town (Hampstead Theatre), Not Talking (BBC Radio3), Comfort (Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour plays), Fearing (Script-in-hand performances, Finborough Theatre). He is a member of the Royal Court Young Writer's Programme Invitation Group and Short But Sweet at Theatre 503.
 
Alex has designed over forty productions, and is Associate Designer at the Finborough Theatre and for Shapeshifter. At the Finborough Theatre, his designs have included Eden's Empire, The Representative, Red Night, Lark Rise to Candleford, Albert's Boy, Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams, Trelawny of the 'Wells', Happy Family, Soldiers, How I Got That Story, and The Women's War - a Centenary Celebration. Other Designs include Cooking With Elvis, Gym and Tonic, The Opposite Sex and Inside Job (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe) Oklahoma! (New Wimbledon Theatre), Hush (The Pleasance, Edinburgh and Arcola, London), Marat/Sade (University College Northampton), Twelfth Night and Been So Long (Broadway Theatre, Catford), Marília Pêra Sings Ary Barroso (Bloomsbury Theatre), Oedipus, Agamemnon and Androcles and the Lion (The Scoop, City Hall, London. He is a part time lecturer in Theatre Design and related subjects at Kingston College and is Director of the Questors Youth Theatre, one of the largest in London.
 
Nell trained in Fine Art at the Art College of Bergen, and in Costume for the Screen and Stage at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth. She is Associate Costume Designer of the Finborough Theatre where she designed costumes for I Wish to Die Singing, Freedom of the City, Florodora, Blackwater Angel, Loyalties, Our Miss Gibbs and Edens Empire, and was Costume Assistant for Lark Rise to Candleford. Other Costume Design credits include Immortal (Courtyard Theatre, Covent Garden), Anatol (Arcola), Guadeasmus or a Very Liberal Education (Arcola) and A Devilish Exercise, Conjuring Marlowe at the Rose (The Rose Theatre, London) and six short films, including Monicha Guildheart and the Mysterious Pencil (which won the Royal Television Award for Short Film 2004). Work as a maker and costume assistant includes with The National Theatre of Norway, Kings Head Theatre and UConn in Connecticut, The Linbury/Royal Opera House and the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.
 
Kitty trained at Laban and on the MA Movement Studies programme at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Movement Directing credits include: Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep (Paddock Productions) Teddy in his Rucksack (Quicksilver Theatre), Taikonaut! (BAC), Lark Rise to Candleford (Shapeshifter/ Finborough Theatre), Goblin Market (Southwark Playhouse) and Physick Lies-A-Bleeding (Concordance/Apothecaries' Hall) and additional work for Birmingham Stage Company and Polka Theatre. Credits as Choreographer include: The Canterville Ghost (Southwark Playhouse) Music Hall Madness (tour) and Falling Angel, Rising Ape, (C Venues, Edinburgh) winner of the Fringe Report award for best dance work.
 
Haruka trained at Guildford School of Acting. She is a BADC trained stage fight instructor and her fight direction credit include: POWER (short film), For the Love of Mary (Edinburgh Festival), Passing Out Parade (Mountview Theatre School), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Illyria)and King Lear (Orange Tree) Her acting credit include: For theatre- Around the World in 80 Days (Liverpool Playhouse), Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Illyria) and The Nightingale (Yellow Earth Theare). For TV&Film- Ideal-series 1,2 &Xmas special, Broken Grass, Hiroshima Jonathan Creek, Grass (all for BBC), The Bill (ITV), One Minute Past Midnight (Interpido Film), IRIS (Fox) and Team One (Imaginary Film). Haruka has provided the voice of Noodle of the internationally acclaimed band Gorillaz since 2000 and also works extensively as a voice over artist. For more information: www.harukakurod.com
 
Trained at LAMDA, previous lighting designs include: Peer Gynt, Macbeth, A Midsummer nights Dream, The Night Just Before the Forest, Tartuffe, Through a Cloud (Arcola Theatre), Missing, The Curious Case of Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde..., The Pimp (White Bear Theatre), Dutchman (Etcetera Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe), Blue Jam (Etcetera Theatre and Riverside Studios), The Al-Hamlet Summit (Edinburgh Fringe and international tour), The Fighter (St Pauls Church, Covent Garden), Best Friends (New End), And in the End (Edinburgh Fringe), Crossing the line (Baltimore college, USA), Onysos the Wild (Theatre 503 and Traverse Theatre), Summer Begins (Southwark Playhouse), The Librarians Joke (Tour). Other work includes Associate Lighting Designer for Mrs Warren's Profession (Strand Theatre London and National Tour) and Assistant Lighting Designer for Elmina's Kitchen (National Tour and West End). Richard is also Production Manager for C venues at the Edinburgh Festival.