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Adair, Christy Christy Adair, Professor Emerita, York St John University, has been involved in dance since the 1970s. Her writing has received international acclaim, particularly Women and Dance: sylphs and sirens (Macmillan, 1992) and Dancing the Black Question: the Phoenix Dance Company Phenomenon (Dance Books, 2007), which offers a significant critique of issues related to contemporary performance. She continues to focus on gender and ethnicity in relation to dance studies and performance and has conducted research into contemporary dance in East Africa. She has also been part of a British Council funded team delivering a programme for a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Kenya. Christy is on the editorial board of Choreographic Practices and Dancelines: Research in Dance Education. Her forthcoming book, co-edited with Ramsay Burt, British dance: Black routes (Routledge) was developed from an Arts and Humanities Research Council project British Dance and the African Diaspora 1946-20. Akerman, Jeremy Jeremy Akerman is an artist and freelance curator; he is co-director of akermandaly.com; an organisation that specialises in commissioning and publishing writing by artists. He is guest curator for HSBC’s art collection at Canary Wharf and teaches ‘An Introduction to Curating at Central St Martins’ college. Akerman Daly website hosts artist’s residencies and a library, runs courses teaching writing skills for artists and regularly posts out text based artworks free to subscribers. Akerman’s own artwork is painting and photographic collages, which he shows periodically; he also takes a keen interest in the work of other artists and anything to do with artist’s books. For his many curatorial projects he has included paintings, sculptures, photography, installation and performance art making exhibitions held both in the UK and in South Korea. Allen, Paul Paul Allen was the first non-London-based Critic of the Year in the British Press awards and has written on theatre for Morning Telegraph (Sheffield), The Guardian, Plays and Players, The Stage, Country Life and the New Statesman. He presented the BBC Radio 4 arts magazine Kaleidoscope until 1998 and subsequently Night Waves on BBC Radio 3 until 2006, when he became the first Fellow in Creativity and Performance at the CAPITAL Centre of the University of Warwick. Paul has chaired the Arts Council of England Drama Panel and Theatre Writing Committee. He has had some two dozen radio and stage plays produced professionally, including an adaptation of ‘Brassed Off’ seen at the National Theatre and from Norway to New Zealand. He currently chairs Music in the Round and is deputy chairman of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Anderson, Kate Kate Anderson is a creative producer and arts consultant. Director of Bloomsbury Festival and Co-Director of Ingenious Purpose, established in 2014, Kate also works with a wide range of theatre companies. Kate was joint Executive Director/CEO of the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton for twelve years where she produced and co-produced over a hundred plays, and programmed work in the theatre, studio and on tour. Kate co-established Art at the Heart, a cross-arts partnership that created inspirational projects in Southampton city centre, and worked with ZEPA partners to produce a four year programme of outdoor work. In 2008, Kate led the company to develop a successful tender to set up and run the performing arts in Southampton’s new arts complex. Earlier roles included working with Scarlet Theatre, Richmond Theatre and ENO. Kate is on the Board for Puppet Centre and National Centre for Circus Arts. Arthur, Jane Jane Arthur is a freelance consultant for the museums and heritage sector. She has over 30 years’ experience of working in museums with a background in standards, collections development and audience engagement. She started her career as Curator & Librarian of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum and has worked in the West Midlands since 1985. Firstly as Keeper of Decorative Art at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent, then as Assistant Director (Collections) at the West Midlands Regional Museums Council. From 1997 to 2007 she was Head of Collections and Deputy Director for Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery. She is a member of the Museum Accreditation Committee and a Mentor for the Heritage Lottery Fund. As a Trustee of the Birmingham Conservation Trust she is involved in the development of Newman Brothers Coffin Fitting Factory in Birmingham as a heritage attraction. She is currently developing her own creative practice through textile art and poetry. Attwood, Vince Vince is a co-director at Soft Touch Arts a participatory arts company based in the east midlands after an early career as an artist/ designer /performer in visual theatre in the North West, Holland and Belgium. Vince returned to England in the 80’s and co-founded Soft Touch as a co-operative. With Soft Touch he has been instrumental in developing the practice of participatory work particularly with disadvantaged young people both as a practitioner and strategically through national and regional working groups and networks. Vince has also developed work within youth justice and health settings often working beyond the arts to improve services for young people, for example sitting on the board of Healthwatch Leicestershire and the Leicester Childrens Trust board. Vince has also spent the past 30years being a pyrotechnician and a street musician just for the fun of it. Baber, Donna Donna Baber is CEO at Time2Share a small local charity working to support disabled children and young people and Project Manager for Liz Clarke & Co on the Re: Mapping Project which works across South Gloucestershire to brings arts and creative activity to people with experience of mental health conditions, and for people with dementia in their local library. She is also a freelance consultant for the arts, cultural and heritage sector. She has over 17 years’ experience of working in and with arts organisations, museums, heritage sites and the voluntary sector. She started her career as Development Co-ordinator at Arnolfini in Bristol. From 2004 – 2011 she was Director of Creative Learning Agency, an arts education agency which supported artists and educators to work together to enhance and enrich the curriculum. She was chair of trustees for Artists First, a group of practicing disabled artists for five years, and more recently, has been a board member for Drastic Productions, now Liz Clarke & Company; an organisation which works with those who have little access to the arts through participatory work in performance and live art. Since 2011 she has drawn on these experiences of fundraising, income generation, strategic business planning, leadership, change management and delivering creative education programmes to a broad range of audiences and now offers a range of consultancy services as well as interim leadership and management. Batstone, Chris Chris Batstone is artistic director of Juice, a children and young people’s festival delivered by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. Juice is a multi-arts festival that presents and champions arts and culture made and led by children and young people. Prior to that Chris worked as Combined arts relationship manager for Arts Council England in the north east, with particular expertise in festivals, outdoor arts and commissioning and programming for light festivals. He has worked extensively across the north of England as a director and drama practitioner for companies such as darts (Doncaster community arts), mind the…gap and Lawrence Batley Theatre. Chris has also been director of a Creative Partnerships programme in the East midlands and has a passion and commitment for raising young peoples, engagement, aspiration and skills through creativity. Chris is currently re-shaping the Juice festival programme to more strongly reflect and be shaped by young people’s culture, breaking and reshaping the boundaries between arts, science, technology and popular culture. Baxter, Fiona Fiona is the deputy director, arts at Farnham Maltings - an organisation that supports the artists, companies and audiences of South East England. Her role includes producing Little Bulb Theatre, Victoria Melody and caravan, a biennial three-day showcase of new English performance presented to an international audience, in partnership with Brighton Festival. She also works on house, an initiative that supports venues by improving the range, quality and scale of theatre presented across South East England. Prior to this she trained as a theatre designer before becoming the assistant producer for Mayfest, Bristol’s contemporary theatre festival. Bedford, Suzannah Suzannah Bedford is creative director of the Renewal Trust, a regeneration charity working with communities in Nottingham’s eastside. Beginning as administrator with Out of Joint Theatre Company, she has been general manager with Talawa Theatre Company, and with Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre. She also worked as dance officer with Arts Council East Midlands. With expertise in literature and visual arts, Suzannah worked with Backlit Studios through a period of change that saw them win Matt Collishaw as part of Connect 10. Her work has moved towards producing arts projects and opportunities of the highest calibre with communities. Recent projects include Nott Ballet with Birmingham Royal Ballet and 60 young people performing at Theatre Royal Nottingham as part of U.Dance2014, turning a community centre The Chase into a venue for the NEAT14 festival, and producing Rankin on St Ann’s Allotments, featured in the BBC2’s Museums at Night programme. Beecham, Richard Richard is a freelance theatre director who trained on a Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme bursary and at the National Theatre Studio. He works across the country and across the repertoire including classics, modern classics, new writing and international theatre. Recent productions include ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in Florida and Arthur Miller’s ‘Playing For Time’ at the Sheffield Crucible. He also curates major cultural events such as the National Commemorative Event for Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as directing at the leading London conservatoires and at universities in the UK and US. He is an Artistic Associate of the new writing company HighTide Festival Theatre and a Trustee of Ovalhouse Theatre in London. He is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme and a Facilitator and Coach on the Clore Short Course programme. Bernstein, Daniel Daniel Bernstein joined Emergency Exit Arts (one of the country’s leading outdoor arts companies) as Executive Director in 2012. There he has successfully led the organisation through various strategic developments. His background is as a creative producer working in arts, education and event management. His primary artistic experience is with carnival and outdoor festivals and events. He spent 10 years performing in and developing Carnival Collective into one of the country’s leading carnival bands. As well as arts companies, Daniel has worked in many different types of organisations, including commercial (International Franchising for The Body Shop) and public sector (Arts Council England). Bettridge, Emma Emma Bettridge is a Producer, Dramaturg and Festival director. She is the Producer for Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Consultant producer for Hunt & Darton. Prior to this she ran Pulse festival at the New Wolsey Theatre for three years and was part of the curatorial group for Caravan2014 (Farnham Maltings/Brighton Festival). She was an associate reader for the Soho Theatre, a consultant for East to Edinburgh (ACE East initiative) and a peer reviewer for the Wellcome Trust from 2010-2013. In 2010 she managed Gecko's international tour of The Overcoat (China & UK), produced the national tour of My Name is Sue (Northern Stage, Queer Up North, Soho theatre) and worked on the NSDF festival in Scarborough. Between 2004 and 2009 she ran the Pleasance London and Edinburgh Programmes. Her passion lies in developing and commissioning new work. With a focus on creating and enabling artists to make the best work they can. Examples of this type of process are demonstrated in Stillhouse's Ours Was the Fen Country, The Bullet and the Bass Trombone (Sleepdogs), Exposure (Jo Bannon), Sue the Second Coming (Dafydd James & Co) and Hoke's Bluff (Action Hero). Birksted-Breen, Noah Noah Birksted-Breen is a director, playwright and translator. As a director, Noah has staged eight productions including In Blood: The Bacchae by Francis Viner at the Arcola Theatre (2009), with a cast including Greg Hicks and capoeira master Carlao. Noah was a recipient of a Channel 4 Theatre Directors’ Award, during which he was assistant director to Rupert Goold, Lucy Bailey and Polly Teale. In 2011, Noah co-authored his first play, On The Record, with Christine Bacon, produced by iceandfire theatre company at the Arcola. Noah is Artistic Director of Sputnik Theatre Company, which has premiered thirteen new Russian plays in the UK as productions and readings at Soho Theatre, the Battersea Arts Centre and the Old Red Lion. Noah started a PhD in 2012 on contemporary Russian playwriting at Queen Mary University of London, in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth. Bobrowicz, Ania Ania Bobrowicz is Senior Lecturer in Digital Arts at University of Kent, Canterbury, where she is Course Director for the undergraduate Digital Media degrees. She has worked with digital media since 1990s. Her research interests are interdisciplinary including digital media, cultural heritage, art history, human-computer interaction, health and wellbeing, with particular interest in dementia and autistic spectrum. She has industrial and public sector experience having worked for the BBC, British Telecom and Health Education Authority. In her academic role, she collaborated with local art galleries (Turner Contemporary), museums (PowellCotton museum), and festivals (Canterbury Festival). She has conducted and supervised research into visitor engagement with museum artefacts via digital technology, use of digital technology by Islamic artists as well as exploring the creativity of people with dementia through digital sculpture. She has postgraduate degrees in Applied Linguistics (English and Russian), Multimedia Systems and Art History. She is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. Bradley, Jack Jack Bradley began work as a playwright in 1975 (Stepping Stones, Royal Court, Young Writers’ Festival) and continued to do so throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, with 20 productions to his name. Over time, he became more involved in play development and literary management and worked at the Soho Theatre (1989-94) before joining the Royal National Theatre, where he was Literary Manager for 12 years, advising on the repertoire for Richard Eyre, Trevor Nunn and Nicholas Hytner, spearheading their new play policy. He has run workshops from Belfast to Buenos Aires, Oslo to Soweto and lectured on creative courses throughout Britain. He is now a freelance dramaturge and has resumed work as a playwright and translator. Jack is Literary Associate to Sonia Friedman Productions, Associate of the Tricycle Theatre, and adviser to the Scottish Arts Council. Earlier this year, he was Visiting Lecturer at Newcastle University and is currently writing a book on playwriting. Breakwell, Andrew Andrew Breakwell was Director of Roundabout & Education at Nottingham Playhouse from 1999-2012. He was previously Associate Director (Education) at the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and directed work for young people and adults at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell and York Theatre Royal. Prior to that he was an actor-teacher. Andrew is now a freelance director and theatre educator. Recently he directed Twelve Miles from Nowhere by Kevin Dyer for Karen Simpson Productions, and Rapunzle at Nottingham Playhouse. He directs a TIE project each year for the students on the Acting in Community Theatre course at East 15 Drama School and will follow that up with a production of You Can Always Hand Them Back (by Roger Hall and Peter Skellern) for the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in summer 2014. He has directed a module with theatre design students at Nottingham Trent University for the last seven years and frequently contributes to the drama programme for English undergraduates at Nottingham University. He is particularly interested in new writing and has created the company New Writing Nottingham with Writer/Actor Nick Wood who is currently touring A Girl with a Book, (the story of Malala Yousafzai) to small scale venues across the country. Andrew is on the board of Red Earth Theatre, which is based in the East Midlands and specialises in creating productions that are accessible to all, with a particular reference to audiences that are deaf. Brien, Paulette Paulette graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1992 moving to Manchester in the same year. Since then she has been involved in the inception and delivery of a number of artist-led initiatives, most recently The International 3 of which she is co-founder and co-director. Recently relocated to Salford, The International 3 presents a year-round programme of exhibitions and events both on and off-site as well as representing artists and participating in national and international art fairs. The International 3 also undertakes consultancy, delivers professional development activities, is the curatorial coordinator for The Manchester Contemporary and is an invited member of NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance). Separately Paulette has worked part-time and freelance for organisations such as Arts Council England and Creative Industries Development Service. She is regularly invited to deliver presentations within education and professional development settings, has acted as a mentor for emerging artists’, writes articles, critical texts and catalogue essays and is an MPhil candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University. Brown, Helen Helen Brown is a freelance curator and museum consultant with curatorial expertise in fine and decorative art. She has strong interests in craft and contemporary art and in working with artists and makers to open up historic collections (working on projects with Neville and Joan Gabie and Edmund de Waal to achieve this). She is also interested in working internationally: currently working on an exhibition of contemporary Chinese ceramics and glass. Until 2013 she was a senior manager at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum where she also developed expertise in programming, audience development and museum interpretation. Helen has been a board member of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries and is currently a museum mentor and member of the Arts Council Accreditation Panel. Brown, Zerritha Zerritha Brown is Arts and Heritage Manager at the London Borough of Brent and is responsible for arts development across the borough. Her background is in performing arts of which she has 20 years’ experience as a performer, administrator and manager. She was the London 2012 Manager for Brent responsible for the development and delivery of the Cultural Olympiad programme which included devising the Olympic Torch relay route. Recently she was responsible for programming the boroughs outdoor festival ‘Glastonbury’ and lead on the commissioning and development of the boroughs first large scale site specific performance for the opening of the new Civic Centre. She previously spent seven years at Arts Council England where she worked on the flagship arts and creativity in education programme Creative Partnerships as a Development Officer in the national team and an Operations Manager and Operations Director at the London East, London South and London West offices. Bruce, Hannah Hannah Bruce is an independent producer for a range of dance, circus, physical theatre and non-text-based performance. She holds an MA (Distinction) from Laban Centre London. Her particular interests are in collaborative cross-artform work and site-specific work. Her portfolio encompasses a range of experience and roles, including tour producing, professional development, creative producing, research into artistic practice, and project management. Currently Hannah is working as the Circus Producer at The Roundhouse (London). She lectured in Event Management at Leeds Metropolitan University (2009/10), was Associate Producer at Crying Out Loud (2004–07), and worked at Dance Touring Partnership (2003–06). She has travelled extensively, and in 2007 spent a year in South Africa researching festivals, artists, companies and education/community arts projects. Other clients include Mark Murphy, Circolombia, Greenwich Dance, Candoco, Yorkshire Festivals Network, Circelation, The Southbank Centre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, ResCen (Middlesex University), Rosemary Lee and Akademi. Buckle, Sarah Sarah Buckle is an artist who has both autonomous and engaged strands of practice. She gained a BA in Drama at The University of Birmingham, an MA in Visual Theory and a PGDip Fine Art at UEL, and is pursuing a practice based Doctorate in Fine Art where her research is centered on exploration of the public and the private space with emphasis on the exposure of the hidden. With 30 years experience in the field of art and culture working with youth groups and developed funded projects with disengaged or marginalised sections of society. She was recently part of The Chinese New Year show in Soho and is currently artist in residence for The Drawing Shed. Sarah worked at Focal Point Gallery as CoCurator and founded Synchro Studios a multi-occupied studio space. She was freelance director at Signals Media Arts and was commissioned by Anglia TV First Take Film series to direct her script ‘Shaded from the Sun’, which was broadcast. She is committed to facilitating access to art for all and has secured funding for projects working with people unused to engagement, including Year of the Artist. She ran a community film making project ‘No Ball Games’, which was screened at Colchester Arts Centre. Sarah was involved in the development of TAP Southend and spent six months advising and devising means of increasing engagement. She co-founded Time Projects (Southend) Ltd and secured funding for a large scale sound and sculptural installation ‘chatterbox’. She devised a cross-generational project ‘Covered’, with teenage single mothers, their children and older people in residential care homes funded by Essex County Council. She is currently working on ‘environs’, a project which seeks to engage youth groups with art and museums. Calleja, Jennifer Jen Calleja is a writer, literary translator from German, editor, curator and musician. She is editor and curator of Anglo-German arts journal and event series Verfreundungseffekt and acting editor and editorial consultant for New Books in German. She is translator in residence and literary curator for the Austrian Cultural Forum London throughout 2015-2016. She has written reviews and articles on German culture, cross-cultural literary events and literature in translation for the TLS, Asymptote, Huck and Modern Poetry in Translation and she is columnist for literature in translation for The Quietus. She has translated fiction, non-fiction, poetry and YA literature from German for Bloomsbury, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Peirene Press, Asymptote, the Goethe-Institut and PEN International. She is also a quality assessor for English PEN’s PEN Translates! translation funding programme and has written reader reports for New Books in German and Granta/Portobello. She also works as an independent quality assessor for arts organisations, most recently Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts. Her own short fiction and poetry have been published by Ambit,The Quietus, Test Centre, Structo, HocTok (New York) among others and she has performed at the English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2016 and European Poetry Night 2016. Her poetry collection Serious Justice was published by Test Centre in 2016 and previously shortlisted for Eyewear Publishing’s Melita Hume Poetry Prize for an unpublished collection in 2015. She performs as a drummer and/or singer in the bands Sauna Youth, Gold Foil, Feature and Monotony. She has written articles and interviews on music - mostly at the intersection of gender identity - for platforms including Pitchfork and Maximum Rock and Roll and gives an annual guest lecture on gender and music at Goldsmiths College. Castle, Kate Kate Castle trained at the Royal Ballet School, and was a dancer with the Royal Ballet, before becoming one of the first dance animateurs. She established the Royal Opera House Education Unit, and has worked for Arts Council England as Dance Officer or Relationship Manager in three regions. As a consultant, she has worked with numerous organisations, local authorities, the Arts Council, and RESEO, The European Network of Education Units in Opera Houses. She also led the re-structuring of The Dancers’ Resettlement Fund and Trust as Dancers’ Career Development. Kate was the founder Director of Dance South West National Dance Agency, a post she held for eight years, successfully leading the capital and artistic development of the new dance house, Pavilion Dance. Most recently she was Associate Director of the Foundation for Community Dance, contributing to the relaunch as People Dancing and the international conference in Cardiff, November 2015. Chambers, Janys Is a freelance actor, writer and director, Associate (New Writing) at the Octagon Theatre Bolton, and Dramaturg for National Theatre Wales. She has written widely for regional, community and young people's theatre; and for Radio 4. Television work includes Holby, Children’s Ward, Engie Bengy, and Emmerdale. Her episode represented BBC's Belonging when it won Best Series. She’s been BAFTAnominated as Best New Writer for Television; nominated for Best Episode in a Soap; been Writers' Guild nominated for Best Radio Play for Children; and was runner-up in the Greenwich International Poetry Competition. Janys has directed for the New Vic (as Associate Artist), Theatr Clwyd, Oldham Coliseum, Theatre Centre, New Perspectives, Action Transport and many youth theatres. She has made specially commissioned pieces for Rural Touring Networks and NHS Wales. She has worked as a performer at York Royal, Manchester Library, Manchester Contact, Birmingham Rep, Northampton Royal, KneeHigh, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Chester Gateway and Dukes’ Lancaster. TV acting includes Coronation Street/ Brookside/ Hetty Wainthropp/ The Royal Today/ Courtroom/ Always and Everyone/ Dalziel and Pascoe/ Out of Hours and Butterfly Collector. Specialist interests include new writing, Shakespeare and the classics, adaptations, work for and with young people, programmed work, and work using dance/circus skills. Chappell, Wayne Wayne Chappell is a freelance guitarist and teacher based in the south of England. He currently teaches students aged between 11 and 19 in secondary schools and FE colleges but has extensive experience at all key stages as well as in adult education. He has overseen or contributed to a number of community outreach projects as well as being employed to both deliver and consult on musical inclusion projects in line with the National Plan for Music Education. As a performer, Wayne is equally at home across a variety of genres from contemporary classical music to musical theatre. He is regularly engaged in pit bands along the south coast and can often be seen performing in big bands, world music groups and chamber ensembles. Clarke, Verity Verity Clarke has worked in the arts sector for over 25 years. Her career began in contemporary dance in the early 90s as Co-Artistic Director and performer with Whoopee Stomp Dance Theatre - a Sheffield based company making experimental, multi-disciplinary work using movement, theatre, live music, visual arts and digital technologies. Alongside this she had a wide portfolio of dance teaching work with children and adults in education and community settings. After 15 years she moved into project management roles developing new passions in socially engaged practice and digital arts, devising education programmes and commissioning new work in Barnsley. She was Creative Programmer, then Director of, Creative Partnerships South Yorkshire for 6yrs before moving into her current role. Verity is Cultural Education Manager for CapeUK. Through partnerships, networks, professional development and effective links into the education sector, her role is to support and encourage the arts and cultural sector in Yorkshire and Humber to increase and enhance their offer to children and young people. Clements, Sally Sally Clements is a consultant and facilitator who mostly works with adults to develop and improve their arts practice with children and young people. This year she is coordinating a broader adult and community education programme and, as such monitoring teaching and learning within courses to meet OFSTED and SFA requirements. She is based in the south west and has worked nationally with Trinity College London and Arts Council England to develop Arts Award and Artsmark for a number of years in senior moderation and validation roles. Sally has specific experience of working on programmes to engage 'at risk' young people, disadvantaged communities and delivering Family Learning. In the past she has worked for Arts Council England, Youth Music, Catch22, South West Music School and Bristol City Council. She regularly works with music education hubs, and with the two southern Bridge organisations (RIO and Artswork) as a trainer and facilitator, an adviser to smaller organisations and evaluator to shape future programming. She is contracted by smaller arts and cultural organisations to help them make sense of and build their participatory programmes, broker partnerships and build more sustainable futures. Sally brings experience of community education, youth justice, school and FE provision and family focused work that ensures a breadth of perspective to benefit the arts and cultural sector. Cole, Ina Ina Cole is a writer and contributing editor for a number of international arts publications. She has interviewed many of the UK’s best-known contemporary artists, most recently Bill Woodrow, Peter Randall-Page, Phyllida Barlow, Richard Wentworth and Richard Long. Ina also writes essays, artists’ texts and exhibition reviews. She has a particular interest in developments in Western art from 1914 onwards and holds an MA from Falmouth University. Ina has extensive experience of working in art galleries and was appointed for the launch of Tate St Ives in 1993 and Compton Verney in 2004. She has also worked in the higher education sector at the University of Warwick and Bath Spa University. In 2013 Ina became cofounder of ARTBAR; an initiative for the city of Bath where guest speakers are invited to contribute to regular debates on art. Participants have included curators, artists, gallerists, musicians, writers and art world leaders from across the UK. Collins, Stewart Stewart Collins is the Artistic Director of Henley and Petworth Festivals (UK), The Holders Season Barbados and Programme Director of the Stoke on Trent Literary Festival (Hot Air). He was awarded BAFA’s Outstanding Contribution to British Arts Festivals in 2012. A former writer and performer, Stewart has consulted for FEI (Festivals and Events International) and on the British Council’s performance programmes for the British Pavilion at the 2010 International Expo in Shanghai and the 2014 Anglo/Russian Festival in Moscow. Over the course of his career, he has commissioned over 100 pieces of new work across the genres, including music, music theatre, circus, outdoor theatre, dance, multi-media, art and sculpture and community projects. The most significant of these was the Olympic Festival project, The Tree of Light, involving 1500 plus participants in series of events across the Thames Valley working together with designers Block9, composer Orlando Gough and director Charlie Morrissey. Under Stewart’s guidance, the Henley Festival has developed a large-scale year-round programme of outreach work that has taken professional artists and companies into schools and special schools. As a writer he has written a series of music based plays and opera adaptations, his most recent project being The Petworth Plays a promenade style re-staging of a series of Jacobean Plays. Colthorpe, Martin Martin Colthorpe is a freelance literature and cultural programmer, and currently Programmer Director of the International Literature Festival Dublin. As Senior Literature Programmer at Southbank Centre he was responsible for the year round curation and delivery of literature, spoken word and debate, working with a range of high profile partners including The Economist, The Book People and Mastercard. He launched the London Literature Festival in 2007 and programmed bespoke festivals including Poetry International and Imagine Children’s Festival. In 2012 he set up his own company, Modern Culture, an agency for programming and commissioning events in literature, film and visual culture with high profile clients including Kings Place, Turner Contemporary and London Festival of Architecture. Cordova, Veronica Veronica Cordova de la Rosa is a contemporary artist, specialized in Participatory Arts and Live and Performance art with experience as artist, exhibitions organiser, and project manager. Since 2012 she has been working in Oxford University’s museums. She has exhibited nationally and internationally as an individual and with collaborative works at Ovada’s gallery, Pitt River’s museum, Reina Sofia’ museum. She has collaborated with other artists in different parts of the world such as the United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico City. She specializes in the new genre of public art defined by Suzanne Lazy. As an academic she has researched and identified modes of participatory work organized and designed by artists in collaboration with art platforms, councils, museums and art galleries in IberoAmerica and the United Kingdom. She is currently undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes University. Her research is based on performance art. Her research is currently dealing with symbolic gestures and actions that intersect with different western notions of the abject, the grotesque and the spectacular. Her work aims to contribute to socially engaged artistic practices that help to raise awareness of the undervaluing of human life. Crouch, Amelia Amelia Crouch is a visual artist who makes work both for a gallery environment and site specific public realm locations. Recent projects have included commissions for Coventry Artspace, Pavilion, Leeds and a residency with The Art House, Wakefield. Additionally she teaches part-time at Leeds College of Art. Over the past 10 years she has been involved in a number of arts organisations and artist led projects in and around Leeds. This has included working as Gallery and Programme Manager at PSL [Project Space Leeds] and project managing the Northern Art Prize from 2011-13. In 2009 she cofounded Leeds Art Walk and continued to co-lead this until 2014. She also works as part of the collaborative group Black Dogs who make participatory and relational projects. She holds a BA Fine Art from The University of Leeds and MA Fine Art from Manchester Metropolitan University. Crowley, Lauren Lauren Crowley is Artistic Director of Green Shoes Arts. She co-founded the organisation which is based in East London in 2009 after completing an MA in Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Green Shoes Arts creates theatre both with and for children, young people and families in community and education settings to enable individuals to realise their personal and creative potential. Both in her role with Green Shoes Arts and her work as a freelance drama practitioner, Lauren specialises in devised issue-based theatre. She also focuses on the development of inclusive creative programmes that provide access to disabled individuals specifically those with LDD and ASD. Cutter, Gareth Gareth Cutter is a freelance artist, producer and programmer in Manchester, UK, working in the fields of Live Art, contemporary theatre, cabaret and music. Between 2009 - 2011 he curated his own cabaret platform at Manchester's greenroom before going on to work with Mother's Ruin, an organisation supporting emerging and established North-West based LGBTQ artists between 2012 - 2015. In 2015 he acted as marketing producer for FLARE Festival Of New International Theatre and is currently part of the Quays Culture team based at The Lowry, Salford, supporting digital artists making work for the public realm. He is a practicing, commissioned artist who has shown his work nationally in theatrical, gallery, cabaret and club contexts since 2012, presenting work at Contact Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Outburst Festival and Beacons Festival. In addition to his solo performances, he has worked in collaboration with GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Kings Of England and Greg Wohead. His interests lie in alternative performance and underground cultures; identity, transformation and sexuality; and cross-disciplinary works. Delgado, Maria M Maria M Delgado is Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London. She has published widely in the area of European theatre, including Federico García Lorca (Routledge 2008), ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (MUP 2003), Contemporary European Theatre Directors (Routledge 2010), and eight further co-edited volumes. Since 1997 Maria has beemm a programme adviser on Spanish and Spanish-American cinema to the London Film Festival. She has curated work for Ciné Lumière, ICA and BFI Southbank. She writes on film and theatre for a range of publications including Sight and Sound, European Stages, and Plays International, and is a regular contributor to BBC radio. Maria has served on a range of juries and panels, including the Rolex 2001–02 Mentor and Protégé Nominating Panel and BE Festival Jury Panel (2015), and is currently Chair of the ATC Board. Denholm, Alison Alison Denholm has worked at Nottingham based City Arts since 2005. She is a arts and community engagement specialist, focusing on carnival and outdoor work specifically, but has experience of working on numerous festivals and events. These include the Cultural Olympiad Festival World Event Young Artists, and the South Asian Arts Festival with Nottingham Asian Arts Council. She works developmentally with artists in order for them to challenge and extend their practice, and through this enable exciting and innovative work to be created in partnership with communities. She is particularly interested in Carnival, processions and puppetry, and the music that underpins these kinds of events. de Swiet, Chas Chas is a creative producer and artist. He has worked in a variety of roles including General Manager, Head of Operations, Project Manager, Producer and Trustee; there has often been a specialism around disability arts and diversity. Since 2000 he has worked for a number of organisations including London Disability Arts Forum, Mental Health Media, The Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Audio Addiction Guy Bar-Amotz, Creative Routes, LOCOG (London 2012), Arts Council England, DaDaFest and Core Arts. Chas recently worked for Greenwich + Docklands Festivals as a Producer on outdoor arts festivals including four Liberty festivals. Chas is currently working as Executive Director at the theatre company Vital Xposure. As an artist Chas works primarily with sound and music. His progression has been from a classical violinist through to a world music and ambient DJ and then on to playing in bands and producing music for film, dance, theatre and events. Dorney, Kate Kate Dorney is senior lecturer in modern & contemporary performance at the University of Manchester where she teaches Shakespeare in performance, theatre history, performance documentation and curation and supervises modules on directing and playwriting. She is the co-editor of the journals Studies in Theatre and Performance and Studies in Costume and Performance and co-author of Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays. Kate joined the University in 2015 after spending 10 years as curator, then senior curator, of modern and contemporary performance at the V&A where she oversaw the redisplay of the Theatre & Performance galleries, the expansion of the National Video Archive of Performance (high quality recordings of live theatre for archival study and research purposes) and the acquisition of key contemporary performance collections. She has been an Artistic Assessor for the Arts Council since 2009. Drace-Francis, Teresa Teresa Drace-Francis has over 10 years’ experience in the visual arts sector. She has worked in museums, galleries and auction houses, running international residencies and exchanges at Visiting Arts, and at Arts Council England, London as Visual Arts Officer for four and a half years. During this time, Teresa initiated a London-wide audience benchmarking programme for galleries, led on issues facing the studios sector, initiated partnerships with Argent, facilitated projects with London Thames Gateway Development Authority, helped develop the Bank of America art prize, and was lead officer for over 16 regularly funded organisations in the visual arts portfolio. She currently manages Cubitt Gallery in London, part of an artist-led organisation incorporating a curatorial bursary, 32 artists’ studios and an education programme. A specialist in fine art, photography, artists’ film and moving image, and public art, Teresa studied Art History at Cambridge University. Dyer, Kevin Kevin Dyer is Associate Artist at The Dukes in Lancaster, Artistic Associate at Farnham Maltings and Associate Writer for Action Transport Theatre. He writes plays, directs plays, hosts writing sessions, works as a dramaturg and runs collective-writing processes. He has been commissioned to write over 50 plays for theatre companies and has worked as a professional theatre director for over 20 years, working on main stages, in studios, in young people’s theatre, participatory theatre and live literature/performance poetry. Kevin has been chair of judges for the Anne Pierson Award, is a published poet, an ex-journalist and an actor. He has received a Writers’ Guild Encouragement Award for his support of other writers. Kevin’s plays The Bomb (based on meetings with Jo Berry, whose father was killed in the Brighton bombing, and Pat Magee, who planted the bomb) The Monster Under the Bed and The Iranian Feast are published by Aurora books. He has won the Writers Guild Award for ‘Best Play for Children and Young People’ and been shortlisted for awards 8 other times. Areas of expertise: theatre, new writing, performance poetry, theatre made from real stories, cross-art performance, young people’s theatre, participatory theatre.