Meet The Founders

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Nicci has worked professionally in the theatre for over 20 years. After graduating from studying drama in Liverpool, Nicci has worked in children’s theatre creating, performing and teaching in the UK and is thrilled to be continuing this work with Chocolate Lantern.

  • Artistic director and founder of Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company

  • Creator of The Snot-Gobbler

  • Founding member of Bare Faced Cheek, a theatre company that specialised in movement based physical theatre.

  • MA Drama Studies, BA Hons Drama, PGDipEd Drama and Dance

  • Puppetry at The Little Angel in London.

  • Further Movement, Clowning and Mask Theatre training with Giovanni Fusseti


Dawn fell in love with Theatre at the age of 11 and hasn't ever looked back. In her 20 + years of participating and working in the Performing Arts she has always been involved with sharing her passion for the stage and film with children of all ages. 

  • Co-Founder of and Teacher/Actor at Chocolate Lantern Theatre Company

  • Creator of the Lil' Lantern's programme

  • Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Navi Collaborative

  • Acting Teacher/Coach at Kacie Stetson Studios

  • Professional Actor represented by Trio Arts

  • Post-Graduate of Purdue University (Master of Fine Arts)

  • Graduate of University of North Texas (Bachelors of Fine Arts)