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New Horizons  is an inclusive theatre company which is dedicated to working with young adults, 17-35 years, providing a creative and innovative working environment. New Horizons is committed to inspiring and developing artistic and imaginative performers both in main stream and with learning disabilities. 

The company’s work plays prominence to devising the classics, producing inspirational work, accessible to all.

The Team

Since graduating from university with a BA Hons in Dramatic Art and Dance, Cheryl has accumulated 30 years of performance and directing experience which has taken her around the UK and working in the USA. Today she resides in North London where she has established herself as a highly experienced theatre and dance practitioner working with young adults with learning difficulties.

Since becoming a Lecturer in Performing Arts 12 years ago, Cheryl launched the BTEC Performing Arts Course for Supported Learning at Barnet and Southgate College. Here she was to be awarded Most Inspirational Tutor for her work on this course, and most recently Personal Tutor of the Year.  Cheryl soon started to see some incredible talent emerging on her course and recognised the need to develop and encourage this further. Thus New Horizons Theatre Company was founded, and since it began 10 years ago it has grown from strength to strength. 



Cheryl Ferner-Reeves

Founder & Artistic Director


Clare Fairweather
 Clare has now been part of New Horizons Team for several years.

“I have been involved backstage for a couple of shows and have always admired the empathy, understanding and passion Cheryl gives to every individual company member and the hard work by all that goes into each show. I am looking forward to being part of the company”

She is very happy and excited to walk the boards of the stage encouraging and supporting the actors.


Tanya Porcaro
Since starting to work with Cheryl at New Horizons she has had the exciting opportunity to develop and share her creative skills with such a company of dedicated performers. Tanya's talent as a dancer elevates the work that the company continue to achieve. 

Thomas King
Thomas started at New Horizons in 2016 as a volunteer for the production of ‘Shakespeare for Supper’ and has gone on to be part of more productions such as ‘Summer Carol’ and ‘Knights of the Round Table’.  Today, Thomas is thrilled to be back with New Horizons as a part of our team of professional and creative practitioners, bringing his skills as an actor to share and encourage all our members on another exciting and challenging project.

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Jose Forni

Jose has been involved in several productions with New Horizons as Assistant Director, including The Merchant of VeniceWuthering Heights and King Arthur and the Knights of The Round Table. She has witnessed the company grow from strength to strength and has relished having such a great creative involvement in the company including all her stunning costumes. Even though Jose is not working directly with the company on a regular basis she is always there to give her incredible support for all our productions. 

Elsie Bridgwood
Elsie has a BA in Actor Musicianship from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts alongside her Advanced 1 Classical Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance. As an actor, she has worked with Directors Sean Mathias, Ridley Scott and Tim Burton and is keen to share knowledge gained from those experiences. She has 4 years experience of teaching ballet, tap and jazz to all ages, with over 20 years of dance training. She is thrilled to be working with New Horizons again after appearing in The Shakespeare Shuffle in 2014. The most important thing to Elsie is finding the joy in creating new pieces and that everyone has the opportunity to grow as a performer while exploring their strengths in a supportive and engaging environment.

Cheryl Ferner-Reeves

Founder and Director

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