FAITH MOTIVATED ARTS
Welcome to Saltmine!
Throughout history humanity has always loved a story. A story has the power to engage, equip and bring hope. Our aim is to inspire all generations through theatre, media and interactive teaching. We seek to tell God’s story and values with grace, truth and an inclusive heart to all.
Saltmine’s vision is to be a Centre of Excellence, Releasing, Empowering and Equipping Faith through the Creative Arts.
|DISTINCTIVE INCLUSIVE TRANSFORMATIONAL|
|SERVANT HEARTED INNOVATIVE|
These are our key value words, which we aspire to live by and see evident in all that we do whether here at our office base or out on the road. In just 12 months, Saltmine staged 460 performances of 18 different productions to around 82,000 children, young people and adults.
Rachael Orrell, CEO says “We aim to bring faith through the arts to life and we believe theatre is an incredible medium – both to creatively communicate God’s story and to spark hope and purpose. We aim for excellence and believe in the power of story, and use it to make a real difference for the good.”
We have a great team made up of 11 actors, 2 technicians and an office admin team of 7 people who want to grow in their gifting and be used to make a positive difference in our world today.
Rachael comes to us with a wealth of experience having worked in project management with Youth for Christ and at Spring Harvest, where she worked on the Executive Leadership Team for 12 years, having key responsibility for the children/family programmes and leaders. Rachael left Spring Harvest in May 2009 to embark on a study sabbatical working for an MA in Leadership and Applied Theology.
"My prayer for Saltmine is that we will "be the message" as well as "tell the message" and have ears to listen to God's instructions and courage to act in obedience, demonstrating and sharing God's hope and purpose for life."
Rachael is married to Mark and they have been blessed with three daughters, Bethany, Hannah and Lydia.
David joined Saltmine in January 2014 as our new Operations Manager and Company Secretary. He has held a number of roles in the charity and education sectors since retiring from his IT consultancy career.
David's heart is to serve the local community and support young people in today's society, and is excited to be able to bring his experience to support Saltmine. David is married to Janey, who teaches all aspects of sewing, knitting & crochet.
|Caroline Wilkes, Artistic Director
Joanna was born and raised in Bristol, where a love of theatre and drama in all forms was fostered from an early age. Joanna graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA in English and Drama in 2003.
Having worked as a carer for young people with epilepsy, at Playbox Theatre for Young People in Warwick and as an usher at the RSC's Courtyard Theatre in Stratford, Joanna started work as Saltmine's Creative Arts Coordinator in July 2008. This role allows her to make use of her administrative skills to support theatre work.
Phil joined Saltmine having retired from directing his own print and design business over many years. He looks after all aspects of Saltmine’s finances, and fulfils a vital role as part of the office team supporting the running of the charity.