Martha Philbey aka Betty May Chard
Betty established the agency with her daughter Verona initially to support the careers of her family members. Sadly Betty died in December 2019 and in her memory, Verona has taken the reins as Verona Martha Betty (VMB). From its inception in 2013 it has grown into a well regarded organisation within the industry and aims to continue that trend.
Verona has taken over as Managing Director at MP and is the ‘face’ of Martha Philbey attending meetings, performances and liaising with industry professionals. She has worked for a number of agencies and a well known co-op as an agent’s assistant and her specialisms are variety, musical theatre, theatre, production and entertainment.
In 2018-19 she was appointed as Head of Singing at BRICTT in Brighton; a wonderful institution now rebranded as the Institute of Contemporary Theatre (ICTheatre).
Verona has been a visiting freelance singing tutor on a highly successful BA (Hons) Acting MT course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with Professor Wendy Gadian for 11 years. She is the co-writer/producer of the Jungle Monkeyz Adventure for Nicolas Dasgupta and also for VampReVamp events.
Verona has a passion for singing jazz and is a jazz/classical crossover artist. She runs a regular jazz night with visiting guests at the Wimbledon Library called ‘Jazz in a Broad Way’ and leads her bands Musical Balloon Band and STReampunkJazz3, a new experimental classical/jazz crossover band. From September 2019, Verona is one of the creative and artistic associates for community events at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
Verona combines her many skills as an agent, performer, writer, producer and educator to full effect and has an insatiable energy and self-motivation. She is married to actor, director, writer and producer Andrew Fettes.
Ray is a consultant at MP and he specialises in stage, television and film. Ray has over 35 years experience in the industry.
JT is our font of knowledge in all things administration and IT. We are delighted to welcome her to the MP team. JT has been working in the industry alongside production companies and performers for a number of years as a PA and also in hospitality and FOH. She regularly attends theatre shows and loves international travel.