Who We Are

Descent was founded and is run by actor Stephanie Lodge, writer Keziah Warner and director Faye Merralls.

Faye Merralls  |  Artistic Director
Faye oversees all aspects of the company with particular focus on the directors we choose for each piece.
Outside of Descent she is studying for an MA in Shakespeare Studies at King’s College London and the Globe Theatre and works freelance as a director.
Descent credits include: Hot Dog, by Sarah Kosar; The 9.15, by Chris Truscott; Holding on to Helen, by James King; 24 Hours, by Chloe Ewart; and Babies, by Ben Coren,
Other credits include: Perfect Now, by Jimmy Osborne for LPoG’s Festopia; The Door, by Cherise Cross (Rehearsed Reading) for 8fold Theatre; Five-One, by Tommy Kearney and The Chair, by James C Ferguson at the Union Theatre.
Assistant Directing credits include: Old Bomb Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night at The Nursery and Is there anything I could wear? by Tom Green at Theatre 503.

Steph Lodge  |  Producer
Steph deals with the production side of the company including liaising with venues, fundraising and casting for the shows.
She has a BA (Hons) in Acting from Italia Conti Academy and recently completed a course in Chekhov at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City and works freelance as an actor and producer.
Descent credits include: (as actor) Sometimes Looking Up, Many Happy Returns, Something Borrowed and Blind Date, (as director) Reaper’s Close and Swings and Roundabouts. (as producer) Descent Shorts at various venues since the company was founded in July 2010, Hot Dog (The Last Refuge)
Other credits include: Acting: Prose and Cons (Union Theatre), Mrs Affleck (National Theatre), The Single Utamaro (Carriageworks, Leeds), Pinocchio (Colourhouse Theatre), Session One (Theatre 503) Airport (Broadway Barking), The Door (The Warren). Producing: The Alchemist (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Early Days (Finborough Theatre)

Keziah Warner  |  Literary Manager
Keziah handles all script submissions and selection, as well as corresponding with the writers during rehearsals and post-performance.
Keziah works freelance as a producer and script reader and until recently Keziah worked as Literary and Programming Assistant at The Last Refuge. She is also a playwright and her new full length play Scandinavia is currently under development.
Descent credits include: Nothing Ever Happens, Together, Milkman, Thornaby and 13.
Other credits include: Everything She Ever Said To Me (The Basement, Auckland), Shanty (Short + Sweet Festival, NZ), Silk (The Basement), Friday (The Rose Theatre), Confidence (Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’11), Jockey For Position (Southwark Playhouse), The Rules of Gold (Edinburgh Fringe Festival ’10)

Martin Leonard  |  Resident Director
Martin brings his directing talent to Descent, choosing a range of pieces to showcase his skills – a firm favourite amongst our regulars.
Martin works freelance as a director and is also a co-producer with Silent Opera.
Descent credits include: It’s Bad News I’m Afraid by Angie Fullman, Imaginary Playtime by Andrew Maddock, Fitting Room by Mat Burt, Rat’s Nest by Michael Ross, and Just Google It by Vanessa Fergus.