Who are we and what do we do?

We make learning fun through song.

Ensonglopedia create musical shows and videos, and run workshops, to inspire the next generation of artists, scientists and historians.

The first Ensonglopedia show was created in 2016, and we officially incorporated as a limited company in 2019. Here are some of the people who do stuff with us, either regularly or just from time to time:

JOHN HINTON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

John writes and performs our songs and shows. He set the company up in the first place.

John trained at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris, and has a degree in Drama from Hull.  Before founding Ensonglopedia, he wrote and starred in all three parts of Tangram Theatre Company’s award-winning ‘Scientrilogy’ of musical comedies about Darwin, Einstein and Curie. He is originally from Sweden, and now lives in Sussex.

MICHAEL HINTON

COMPOSER

Michael writes the orchestral backing to a lot of our music, and acts as a musical advisor on all our work.

Michael studied music at Oxford University. He is a professional pianist and composer. In the late-70s he programmed pioneering electronic music software at EMS in Stockholm.

SARAH WALPOLE

COSTUMIER & PROP-MAKER

Sarah makes all the costumes and props for our live shows.

Sarah is an artist, costume maker, wedding reception beautifier and apple-lover. www.sarahwalpole.co.uk

JO EAGLE

COMPANY MANAGER

Jo makes sure the company ticks over nicely, and occasionally writes and performs some of the music.

Jo has a degree in music from Leeds Uni, and has taken courses in arts management and teacher training. She is an accomplished accordionist, pianist and saxophonist. She lives in Sussex with John (because they’re married!).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

We have an active Board of Directors who meet at least four times a year. They are:

CAROLINE RIGGS

Science teacher at St Andrew’s CE School, Worthing

DANIEL GOLDMAN

Artistic Director of Tangram Theatre Company

DR DARREN BASKILL

Outreach Officer & Teaching Fellow at Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sussex

DR JENNY MANDER

Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

JO EAGLE

See above

JOHN HINTON

See above

JOLIE BOOTH

Artistic Director of Kriya Arts & Museum of Ordinary People

DR INÊS VARELA-SILVA

Senior Lecturer in Human Biology at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, University of Loughborough

CAROLINA ORTEGA

DIRECTOR / DRAMATURG

Carolina directed, and helped to write, our Ensonglopedias of British History and The Human.

Carolina is a Venezuelan director, dramaturg and performer. She studied at RADA and the University of London. She trained as a performer at City Lit, LISPA and SMASH (Berlin), as well as with John Mowat, Lee Delong, Lorna Marshall and Philippe Gaulier, and is currently studying Documentary and Biographic Theatre at UdK Berlin.

She has directed and acted as dramaturg for shows with Blauhauch, Alex Carrillo, Tangram Theatre Company, Spalien Acecraft, Scandimaniacs, Idreman, Enrico D. Wey, Jesper Pedersen and Nassim Soleimanpour .

VLAD SOKOLOV

MUSIC PRODUCER

Vlad records and mixes all our audio, and makes sure the music we use as backing tracks in live shows and in videos sounds great.

Vlad is a Serbian music producer, DJ and chef.