About Us Our People Ambassadors and Co-Founders Mary Ward MBE D.Univ (Middx) Mary started teaching in 1966. She was struck by how much better the children she taught could be reached through drama than any other subject. Those who struggled in other fields shone in an environment where the work was created to fit those taking part rather than vice-versa. Mary and Jo Collins have a rapport and shared love of the theatre that is compelling. As Chickenshed’s Artistic Director, Mary directed over 100 original productions ranging from small scale dramatic pieces to large scale musicals in the Royal Albert Hall.