The Team

Meet the Team

The Guild is currently run by three part time staff; Jane Shields, Oriana Franceschi and Kate Wood, find out more about them below.


Jane Shields, Director

Originally from Sheffield, Jane moved to London to train as a theatre maker at Rose Bruford College. In 2010, after a few years in London, a stint training as an acrobat in Estonia and a year living on a farm in rural Wales, Jane moved back to Sheffield. Jane has been running the Guild since its inception in 2015.

As well as theatre, Jane is a big fan of gardening, audiobooks and hanging out with her toddler William.

Find out more about Jane here.

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Oriana Franceschi, Programming and Engagement Manager

Oriana originally came to live in Sheffield in 2017 to work with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cinema For All and she still sits on the programming and selection teams for Glasgow Short Film Festival and the Edinburgh Short Film Festival. Oriana also performs music as Shelley Byron and in 'pilgrim-pop' band Mother Night. 

As well as film, Oriana is a fan of making felt animals, Columbo and Lasagne. 

Find out more about Oriana here.

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Kate Wood, Communications & Development Officer

After almost ten years in Brighton, Kate moved to Sheffield in 2019, she joined the Guild in 2020. With her other hat on, she's a film programmer and still remotely programmes the cinema at Towner Eastbourne

As well as film, Kate enjoys reading, hanging out with her cat Peanut, and drinking coffee.