Hey hey! And welcome.
I'm a queer Warwickshire-based stage, screen and immersive director with a hidden disability and an irrepressible sense of creativity and humour. I'm Artistic Director of Liminal Stage Productions, Associate Learning Practitioner at the RSC, Development Researcher at Hat Trick Lab (2023), and a Transform Clore Fellow (2021).
I create formally ambitious stage, screen and immersive productions that explore the interplay between different media, genres & forms, and that interrogate alternative perspectives in order to tell urgent, powerful stories about what it means to be human.
ScreenSkills commissioned Liminal to deliver a 2-day Creative Convergence workshop training arts and culture professionals in virtual production techniques
Hat Trick Productions have employed me as part of their new Hat Trick Lab, generating innovative and disruptive ideas for the future
The Royal Shakespeare Company seed-commissioned my live multi-camera Virtual Production (VP) show, FLEX, a queer love story exploring disability as superpower
Industrial Light & Magic + Epic Games selected Liminal for a competitive 8-week VP training scheme funded by StoryFutures Academy
The Guardian hailed my ★★★★ “sharply directed and brilliantly eerie nailbiter”, GREY MAN: A Stage And Screen Experiment (commissioned by The Space and starring Kate O’Flynn), as the best digital theatre to stream in December 2022: https://www.liminalstage.com/greyman
In 2021 I undertook a year's Fellowship with the Clore Leadership Programme, investigating how to better join up the creative and digital industries. In 2019 I completed an Arts Council England-funded residency as 1st AD/2nd Unit Director on Katie Mitchell's live video production of ORLANDO adapted by Alice Birch at the Schaubuehne.
Previously, I trained at the RSC with Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, at Donmar Trafalgar, and at the Print Room with Lucy Bailey. My selection of award-nominated shows include my "exhilarating and provoking" & “technically inventive” (The Stage) HOWARD BARKER DOUBLE BILL at Arcola (2015), my ACE-funded centennial adaptation of WOYZECK launching Omnibus (2013), and my "shrewd, searching production" of LOT AND HIS GOD played at The Print Room (2012) to critical acclaim.
I was the youngest founding Board member of Stage Directors UK, have been a Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation, and regularly teach and direct at drama schools and universities across the UK.
FUNDRAISING & PRODUCING
I offer fundraising and producing consultancy services to individuals and organisations. I have 10 years' experience of fundraising for and producing small-to-medium-scale productions Off West End and on regional tour. My fundraising portfolio includes several grants of under £15k and over £15k from Arts Council England, over £52k from philanthropic sources across 3 years, £63k from Trusts & Foundations, and in excess of £22k from corporate and other sources. I have worked as a successful fundraiser for Chichester Festival Theatre (£39k), Stage Directors UK and the Directors Charitable Foundation (£7k), Omnibus Theatre (£30k), and my own company, Liminal Stage Productions (£182k).
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
I am an experienced workshop facilitator and education/community practitioner, with a vivid belief in the power of participation, active learning and practice as research. I am a long-term Education Associate Practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Workshop Facilitator/Stage Director with the Shakespeare Schools Festival. As Community & Education Officer at Chichester Festival Theatre, I designed and led workshops for a range of participants including: older adults in their 3rd and 4th ages, vulnerable adults (18-60+), HE students, FE students, secondary and primary pupils, young people who are NEET, international students, migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. I have also worked as a Widening Participation Officer and Resident Tutor at the University of Warwick.
LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
Having been the youngest founding Board member of pioneering membership organisation, Stage Directors UK between 2014 and 2017, I now maintain a close relationship with this organisation through my work as an elected member of the Equity Directors & Designers Committee. I am also a former Trustee of the Directors Charitable Foundation, the only UK charity dedicated to the welfare of directors in all media, through which I am especially passionate about widening access to, and the diversity of, the directing profession, and about promoting the exchange of skills, knowledge and contacts between stage and screen directors. I am interested in contributing to the governance and leadership of arts and culture organisations, and in contributing to interdisciplinary projects and centres.
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