ACT Origins and Legal Status

The Actors Creative Team was founded in June 2001 by 4 Directors:

  • Dawn Rhodes-Shaw 2001 – present
  • Robert Reina 2001 – 2008
  • Adam Shaw 2001 – present
  • Anna James 2001 – 2003

The Company was incorporated as a:

Company Limited by Guarantee and Not Having Share Capital


The Company as a Legal Entity is owned by the two remaining Directors:

  • Dawn Rhodes-Shaw
  • Adam Shaw

ACT was set up to trade as a Co-operative Theatrical Agency, with actors being the ‘members’ or ‘clients’ who man the office on a rota basis.


The objective of the business is to promote actors within the acting profession.

Bank Accounts

Two Business Bank Accounts were set up in 2001 with Abbey National, which was has now been taken over by Santander.

  • The Current Account is used to receive actor subscriptions and training fees, and to pay bills and expenses.
  • The Client Account receives all actor payments, and is the account from which actors fees are paid out.

Both bank accounts are owned by Dawn Rhodes-Shaw, with Annekoos Arlman named on the accounts in an account viewee capacity. Dawn has run the bank accounts since they were originally set up in 2001.

In the event of an emergency and Dawn is unable to operate the bank accounts Annekoos has a password protected document with the account log on details for internet banking. Annekoos will need to contact Jon Hewines, an ex ACT member and accounting helper who holds the password to the document.

Dawn is also responsible for doing the yearly accounts for Companies House and HM Revenue & Customs, and payroll. As she is no longer a working actor Dawn takes a wage of £12.50 per hour for 15 hours work per month for doing the Finances, and over seeing the Invoice Team.