Janine Waters – Artistic Director

Janine is a writer, director and facilitator. After working for five years at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, she set up the first Community Partnership programme at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2002, which she ran successfully until 2007. During that time, she founded the Muslim Jewish Youth Theatre and the Refugee Theatre Company (now the World Wide Workshop). She was Acting Head of Education at the Exchange in 2007, after which she left to set up Waters Edge.

Janine runs training events for teachers and presents at conferences, on the use of Drama to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Arts & Community Cohesion and the Arts and the Citizenship Curriculum. Janine is a Trustee of CAN (Community Arts North West). Janine wrote and directed Love Shift and Spinach at The Royal Exchange as well as a number of shows for conferences and training events.


Simon Waters – Musical Director

Simon is a composer, musical director and facilitator who ran a number of different prison bands at HMP Wormwood Scrubs and Springhill. Simon has since facilitated on projects with the Medical Foundation for the care of victims of torture, TIPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) on drugs projects such as LASH (Leigh), The Key Project (Wigan), and STASH (Salford), Moss Side and Cheetham Hill Probation, DTTO (Drug Treatment and Testing Order) Outlook (for drug and alcohol users) and on a number of projects for both children and vulnerable adults for the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Simon was the Musical Director for Theatretrain Manchester in which he wrote two full scale musicals, an adaptation of Great Expectations and A Kiss in the Sky, both for large casts of young people. Simon composed and musically directed Love Shift and Spinach at The Royal Exchange as well as a number of shows for conferences and training events.


Dom Waters – Centre Manager

Dom was the driving force behind G-Swing, a five piece Jazz group; touring pubs and clubs throughout the South of England from 1983-87. From ’89-’92 he studied at Liverpool Polytechnic gaining a BA (Hons) in Drama and Media & Cultural Studies. He then worked in theatre and later in film production in both commercial and guerilla projects in London. Dom returned to education gaining a PGCE in Drama and worked both in secondary schools and FE colleges, teaching basic literacy to adults.

For 8 yrs, he was the Co-Director / Centre Manager of Theatretrain (a performing arts organisation for 65 children and young people); who performed in local and national productions at venues including the Palace Theatre, Manchester and the Royal Albert Hall, London. Dom is an experienced singer and co-facilitator on Waters Edge productions.


Samuel – Technical Manager

Samuel has years of experience both in live music and theatre in technical and performance aspects. Before and after attaining a BSc(Hons) in Audio Technology he worked as a freelance sound engineer in studios and venues before working at The Edge as resident light and sound technician. Largely self-taught in these disciplines, he applies his skills to producing music as well as fixing acoustic and electric instruments, along with building his own when time permits.

Since the age of 14 he has composed music and performed in several bands. As a multi-instrumentalist, Samuel’s skills have been called upon for session work as well as performing with bands and for in-house productions at The Edge. On top of this Samuel also acts as assistant to the musical director and provides mentoring to volunteers at The Edge, providing guidance and support to the ever-expanding team of volunteers who help with the smooth-running of shows. Samuel is also an accomplished, award-winning hairdresser, which never fails to amuse people.