Meet the Team
MLR, as it is now known, was co-founded in 1967 by Patricia Macnaughton and two others. It now comprises:
Rupert Lord - Managing Director and Agent
Rupert is the owner of MLR and has a small clutch of his own clients whilst working with his colleagues and their clients across business affairs, commercial, film and music deals.
Rupert joined MLR full time in 2006 before which he worked in the music industry in both marketing and A & R at a variety of major record labels and as co-founder of NewState Entertainment, a group of companies providing services into the record business including : artist management, graphic design, compilation consultancy and PR
In 2001, Rupert conceived and co-produced Olivier Award winning West End musical: OUR HOUSE.
Rupert is married to choreographer, Lynne Page and they have two children. In his spare time he cooks and avoids incoming missiles launched at him by his kids.
Little known fact: Rupert was bitten by a venomous snake as a child.
Helen Mumby - Agent
Helen studied Classics at King’s College, London, during which time she also enjoyed a sideline of producing, directing and acting in various plays and musicals, including a production of Euripides’ HIPPOLYTUS which was performed entirely in Ancient Greek. After graduating with her BA she moved on to Central School of Speech and Drama to study for an MA in Classical Acting.
Before joining the team at MLR, Helen worked front of house at the Royal Albert Hall both as a Chief Steward and a Senior Tour Guide (ask her anything about the RAH, she will know!). Helen has also had a long term involvement with the Pendley Shakespeare Festival - an annual open-air Festival that has been running in the grounds of the Pendley Manor Hotel, Hertfordshire, for over 60 years. She began acting in the Festival when she was 17, and ended up as the Festival Director for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. Helen would cite much of her enthusiasm for the theatre industry from those many summers spent reciting Shakespeare, producing and set building in the sun, wind and rain.
Helen is passionate about all types of theatre and performance, and particular favourites include most Greek tragedies and obscure forgotten musicals.
Davina Shah - Agent
Davina graduated with a degree in Psychology and a post graduate diploma in Work and Organisational Psychology from the University of Nottingham. Her passion to follow a career in the arts began there, where she was Production Co-ordinator of the student theatre. As a Manchester girl born and bred, however, the first professional opportunity to learn her craft came closer to home at the Royal Exchange Theatre where she was Trainee Producer/General Manager, and regular attendee of home games at the nearby Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford.
Davina spent the next few years working her way through successive roles in theatre administrative, planning, and producing departments for Hampstead Theatre, under Anthony Clark, and the Royal Court Theatre, under Dominic Cooke, where she further developed her keen interest in new writing. She has been a reader for the Bruntwood Prize and has sat on the board of directors of the Independent Theatre Council.
During this time, Davina also enjoyed the challenges of working as a freelance producer on occasion, for companies which include: Digital Theatre, DryWrite, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nabokov, Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Stratford East. As part of the Cultural Olympiad surrounding London 2012, Davina was Festival Producer for the Globe to Globe Season at Shakespeare's Globe, and working independently, Davina was the originating producer of Katori Hall's Olivier award winning play, THE MOUNTAINTOP.
Moving to Macnaughton Lord Representation was a natural progression for Davina and an opportunity to continue to employ her understanding of theatre-making to best support artists in their work, whilst overseeing strategy, negotiations and agreements.
Davina remains a loyal Manchester United fan and copes admirably with the seemingly requisite witticisms about her footballing allegiance vs current city of residence.
Johanna Clarke – Agency Assistant
Johanna graduated from The University of Birmingham with an English and Drama degree in 2012 and headed straight down to London to be immersed in all things theatre.
After completing an internship at The Booking Office (whilst working in Harrods Bookstore on the side!) Johanna was taken on full time as a Tour Booker and Production Assistant where she worked alongside Theatre Managers and Producers to construct mid to large-scale regional tours. She has been a Production Assistant on a variety of shows including The A-Z of Mrs P at Southwark Playhouse, Fings Aint Wot They Used T’be at Theatre Royal Stratford East and The London Festival of Cabaret, alongside new writing workshops and Gala events.
Johanna is excited to be joining the team at Macnaughton Lord and working alongside lots of talented and lovely people!