How We're Helping

Bringing Up The House is dedicated to changing lives. We will do this in two ways; theatre and housing. 


Theatre changes lives in a radical and tangible way, art feeds the soul and stimulates the mind, giving meaning and hope. We call this the “heart step”.


Being housed in a respectful and honorable way is essential. This is the base that everyone’s lives are built upon.  We call this the “nest step”. 


Step by step we combine art and homes to develop love, strength and stability.

Change, one person at a time, one animal at a time, one story at a time. 


The goals are two fold, one is to build our first tiny house in Massachusetts, where it will become home to a person in need, services will be provided to that person (local community college, social workers etc), they must either have or be prepared to foster or adopt an animal from a shelter (we have local vets on board too) so lives change in real tangible ways. 


Get Involved

Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!

Thank You

Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

FOUNDER

Wendy Payne

Wendy has been actively involved with both theatre and charities to combat homelessness for many years.

She currently serves as trustee for several different local and national charities. Her theatrical successes include acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, many New York, Boston and now London shows!

She believes that art and life are intrinsically linked after all 

As Winston Churchill said, without art… “then what are we fighting for”

RESIDENT DIRECTOR

Holly Payne-Strange

Holly Payne-Strange, is a director, writer and visual artist. She is proud to be a part of Bringing Up The House. She is the resident director of Fireside Mystery Theater, a podcast with over two million downloads. She is also one of World Ocean Art's "Stand out artists" of 2017. For her work on "Energy Tale" She was nominated for best director and the over all show was nominated for best production.  She also directed "The Other Side of the Sky" With Rising Sun Productions, which was selected for a short encore performance to showcase the best of their work that season. She is a published poet, children's author and reviewer. 

http://hollypstrange.wixsite.com/mysite

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

JOHN STEVENSON

John Stevenson has worked in strategy and daily management with several non profits in various locations across the globe since 2010. As Director of Operations he is responsible for regularly evaluating the efficiency of business procedures and ensuring that the company runs with legality and conformity to established regulations.

DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH - GLOBAL

Hallam Dean

Hi, my name is Hallam Dean. I’m currently studying a Marketing and Advertising Double Major at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. I’m interested in branding/brand management and the psychology behind what makes certain demographics attracted to trending products or services.

In my spare time I like participating sporting events and most of the time they are usually pretty extreme or dangerous!

DIRECTOR

KRISTAN PAYNE

Kristan, a retired Physics teacher has been involved with Charity work since childhood having started branches of several organisations she is currently the Chairman of a Foodbank which she helped to form five years ago. In that time they have supplies over 100,000 meals to local people who are struggling.

She lives with her much pampered cat and loves choral singing, Art and Crafts and entertaining.

TREASURER

NICK STRANGE

Nick has spent many years in the financial sector and is an Oracle expert.
He is delighted to be part of this radical new idea.
Nick is also a keen sailor and proud husband, father and uncle. 

Clerk

Dan Smith

Dan has been involved in organizing people and groups for decades, from his history as an Eagle Scout to his knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons.

Dan currently works in the IT industry and lives in NYC with his girlfriend and their two cats Gryfendor and Salizar. 

CIO/CISO

Joe Dacey

Joe is a polished, innovative Information Technology evangelist with more than 20 years of industry experience.  He has worked in a wide range of verticals, including Advertising, Consulting, Healthcare Research, Insurance, and Government.  Joe has a proven track record of completing difficult projects on schedule and within budget in challenging environments. He has demonstrated leadership skills that encompass assembling high-performance teams, establishing vision, settings goals, and motivating teams to achieve exceptional results. In addition, Joe possesses strong technical knowledge and hands-on ability across a wide array of platforms, solutions, and IT disciplines.  He is especially passionate about network security and compliance. 

DIRECTOR OF GSD

ALLISON MEACHAM

Allison Meacham has spent the last 15 years working in IT operations. Primarily focused on customer service and improving day to day efficiencies. Over the years she has taken on many roles ranging from running the IT departments finances, hardware & software deployments, to creating new in house tools that drive company efficiency. This flexibility and adaptive nature is why she has become known as someone who "GSD" (getting stuff done).