Artform Board

Sheila Arden (Artistic Director and Chair)


Chris Arden (Treasurer)

Over the years Chris has played many lead roles with several societies, mainly at the Churchill Theatre and Bob Hope Theatre, starting with romantic leads and then developing into the more mature roles. Recent favourites include Tevye (Fiddler), Emile (South Pacific), Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate), the Baker (The Baker’s Wife), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) and Molokov (Chess).

A long-time member of Artform, Chris is currently the Treasurer and is pivotal in co-ordinating all our productions. He also enjoys performing in them- most recently 'Assassins'. This is another Sondheim show to add to his list, having previously played leading roles in Company, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Side by Side by Sondheim.

Caroline Essenhigh

Caroline joined the Artform Board in January 2013. She is an experienced dancer, and has performed in numerous competitions and productions, including winning the Rhythm Section competition at Her Majesty's Theatre, and performing at the South Bank Centre, in Turned On Tap. Caroline has also choreographed 'Crazy for You', 'The Boy Friend', 'Hot Mikado' (which won a 2011 NODA Flame award for excellence in theatre) and co-choreographed 'Singin’ In The Rain', all for RLOS, and 'Chess', 'Lend Me a Tenor' and 'Hairspray' for Bromley Players.  As resident choreographer for Artform, she has choreographed 'A Little Night Music', 'Into The Woods', 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' and 'Assassins'.  Caroline also enjoys the 'behind the scenes' work involved in producing a play or musical, with her fellow board members. 

Jo Begley



Paul Stone

Ben Essenhigh

Ron Dixon