Musical Director/Composer


Hello and thanks so much for visiting my site!


I am a composer and musical director for theatre working predominantly in the actor-musician world. I trained on the Actor-Musicianship course at Rose Bruford where I discovered how exciting it can be to explore the place where musician becomes actor and actor becomes musician. 

I co-run and am the MD/composer of the actor-musician theatre company DumbWise. We make pieces of music theatre that use original music, songs and live musicianship as an integral and integrated part of our storytelling.  Our work has been seen across London in venues such as Wilton's Music Hall, The Bunker and Lost Theatre and has toured nationally. You can find out more about us here: www.dumbwise.co.uk


I love working with the next generation of aspiring theatre makers. I teach and direct a lot at Mountview, The Garage in Norwich, The Big Act in Bristol and Spirit Young Performers in London. 

I also write as a singer/songwriter under the moniker Man at Sea. My latest single 'The Only Constant' was recently played on BBC Introducing in the West. Head here to have a listen! www.manatsea.com

A few years ago I left London and moved to Bristol to find more space, time and air. It must have done the trick as since moving I have written three new musicals including new commissions for Mountview and British Youth Musical Theatre. I'm always loking for new writing collaboraters in the area so do get in touch if that's you! 



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Mary Nelson

 Nelson Browne Management

​020 7970 6010 - enquiries@nelsonbrowne.com