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
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.
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 spent a year as Trainee Producer/General Manager.
Davina subsequently spent the next few years working her way through successive roles in Theatre Administration, Planning & Producing departments for: Hampstead Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. During this time, Davina also worked as a freelance producer on occasion, for companies which include: Digital Theatre, DryWrite, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nabokov, Paines Plough, Theatre Royal Stratford East & Shakespeare’s Globe. Working independently, Davina was the originating producer of Katori Hall's Olivier award winning play, THE MOUNTAINTOP.
Larah Simpson - Agency Assistant
Larah has worked as a theatre director and producer since graduating with a 1st Class degree in Performing Arts in 2014.
Before joining MLR, Larah worked with a number of production companies including Jamie Hendry Productions (working on The Wind in the Willows), Opera Holland Park (on their 2015 season and with Will Todd's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House), National Youth Music Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Ideas Test (on Operation Black Antler with Blast Theory).
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 enjoying learning all the ins and outs of agenting, and is thrilled to be supporting MLR's talented clients in creating exciting and important work.