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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; 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
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
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
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
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.