CURRENT:

Community Organiser: Sunday Assembly Manchester

Sunday Assembly is a secular congregation that celebrates life (a bit like Church but without the religion bit), bringing people together to Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More. Sunday Assembly Manchester is part of a radically inclusive global community that welcomes all who welcome all.  The Manchester chapter currently meet at Manchester Museum on the second Sunday of every month to listen to inspiring talks, poetry and belt out power-pop sing-alongs, all followed up by cake and conversation. They also meet for community activities and support local charities.

I support the growth of the community and help its members to lead on creating inspiring, inclusive events. Get involved on facebook, twitter, or via their website.

Local Engagement Representative: Clod Ensemble

Working with Clod Ensemble since January 2015 to engage local audiences in their performances in Salford, Lancaster and Edinburgh.  Currently supporting Clod Ensemble to involve medical professionals and local audiences with their Performing Medicine programme in Salford. For more details see Clod Ensemble and Performing Medicine. 

Board member: Independent Theatre Council

Member of the board since February 2017: ITC Website.

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Community Officer (Mcr): Arts Emergency (2017-2018).

A charity which operates as the alternative old boy network, connecting young people who are not privileged and are interested in arts and humanities to professional mentors/networks in their field of interest. Arts Emergency understand that learning to read poetry or philosophy or how to understand a painting or film are not elite pursuits, but now rising tuition fees and the withdrawal of public funding for the teaching of Arts and Humanities at university means they risk becoming so.  

I am from Wolverhampton and always felt like I fluked my way into university to study experimental theatre. It changed everything. I have been volunteering for Arts Emergency since 2015 and was employed on a short-term placement to help develop the Manchester based branch of the charity.  I continue to be an active supporter and volunteer. Join them at the Arts Emergency Website

Co-Founder & Executive Producer: Trans Creative/ Producer: Kate O’Donnell (2014-2017)

Trans positive, trans led, trans creative company, led by Artistic Director Kate O’Donnell.  Trans Creative increase visibility and positive representation of transgender people through performance, advocacy and education. I produced Kate’s work independently from 2014, securing almost £250,000 of Arts Council England funding to help us establish a new organisation (including ACE Elevate 2016-2019), create and tour award-winning performance and host events/workshops/discussions.  As a cisgender person, my role was to be an ally to create platforms for trans voices.

Producer: The Future (2012-2015)

Artist development collective. Creating events, supporting makers and producing artists including Lowri Evans, Rachael Young, Sara Cocker & Nicki Hobday, Façade Theatre, Sheep Knuckle and Quarantine.

Creative Producer: Lancashire Arts – Lancashire County Touring Projects (2012- 2014)

Touring contemporary performance/art to unusual settings across Lancashire, including libraries, Lifeboat Stations and disused houses. Artists included Amy Sharrocks, Talking Birds, Steve McWade and Ellie Harrison.  More info at the Lancaster Arts website.

Producer (interim): Quarantine (2014)

Supporting the performance of Summer. and strategic regional touring projects such as Soldier’s Song. More info at the Quarantine website.

Producer: Fergus Evans (2011-2013)

Fundraising/developing/touring: ‘my heart is hitchhiking down peachtree street’. 

Associate Producer: Chris Thorpe & Hannah Jane Walker (Producer Ric Watts) (2011-2013).

Supporting tour of ‘The Oh F**k Moment’ and ‘I Wish I Was Lonely’.

Producer: Re:Play Festival with The Library Theatre (now ‘HOME’) & The Lowry Studio (2012-2013).

Assistant Co-ordinator: Getting It Out There – conference with Lancaster Arts and hÅb (2012).

Co-founder, producer & programmer: Lost & Found Festival (2011 & 2012).

Co-founder and co-creator of Manchester citywide performance festival, featuring performances on trams, shopping centres and public spaces. 

Young Programmer and Producer: Contact – first year of ‘Re:Con’ scheme (2010-2011).

Previous work: (2009-2011) includes Flare International Festival, Stan’s Café and Proto-type.  I was also a children’s entertainer for Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester.  Roles included ‘Professor Brick’, ‘Lego Racer’ and ‘Master Model Builder’.  Costumes were involved.

University (2006-2009): First Class BA (Hons) Degree – Theatre Studies, Lancaster University.