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 unexpectedly in December 2019 and in her memory, Verona has taken the reins as Verona Martha Betty (VMB) / Martha Verona for short! From its inception in 2013 it has grown into a well regarded organisation within the industry and aims to continue that trend.
Verona (Martha) 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 was a visiting freelance singing tutor on the BA (Hons) Acting MT course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with Professor Wendy Gadian for 13 years until November 2022. She is the co-writer/producer of the Jungle Monkeyz Adventure with owner Nicolas Dasgupta MD and co-producer with owner Phil Childs and Andrew Fettes of shows at the Olde Watermill Experience and Artistic Director / Casting Director for Santa’s Grotto UK.
Verona has a passion for singing jazz and is a jazz/classical crossover artist. Prior to lockdown she ran a regular jazz night with visiting guests at the Wimbledon Theatre called ‘Jazz in a Broad Way’ and leads her bands Musical Balloon Band and STReampunkJazz3, a new experimental classical/jazz crossover band. Verona was one of the creatives as Artistic Associate for community events at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon until the pandemic hit in 2020.
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.
Keith Hopkins M.M.L.J, L.T.C.L, L.C.C.M.D
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.
Jackie joined us in 2022.
Our cat Oscar keep us on our toes!