Institutions I have worked with

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For those who prefer lists

UK

   
ATC –

 

I was Vice Chair of ATC, and on the board 1999-2003

ATG

 

I was asked by ATG to be on the steering group for and co-Chair the first Autism & Theatre Industry day at the Unicorn in October 2011

Arts Council England

I wrote  Commissioning new work
A good practice guide for amateur
theatre companies and playwrights

 

I sat on the London Arts Board advisory group for the London Theatres Literary Director

Arts Council of Wales

I wrote Van or Tardis as an extended provocation on the state of new theatre writing in Wales in 2005

Apples and Snakes

writernet collaborated with Apples and Snakes on both a mentoring scheme for disabled writers and as part of the literaturetraining consortium

British Council

see international list below

Deutsche Bank

 

at writernet, I worked with Deutsche Bank to secure £120,000 sponsorship

Graeae

 

1998-2008 I worked at writernet on 4 separate playwrights development initiatives with Graeae to build a talent pool of disabled playwrights and embed that development work within the company.

Goldsmiths

 

I have worked on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy for ICCE  – The Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, since 1998.

I guest convened the MA in Writing for Performance & Dramaturgy for the Theatre & Performance Department 2013-15

Hampstead Theatre

 

With the support of Deutsche Bank, via writernet, we supported the production of Barbara Norden’s Meteorite, a play for children.

Jumped Up Theatre Company

I was on the board of Jumped-Up

Jonzi D Productions

I worked with Jonzi D as part of writernet’s Hydroponic project based st South Street in Reading

Junction, Cambridge

Theatre Is… production of The Element

K Korporation

I worked with Roni Fraser Munro as part of writernet’s Hydroponic project based st South Street in Reading

Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse

Mousetrap Theatre Projects

With support form Deutsche Bank, we developed Write Thinking to put playwrights in London schools and showcase pupils’ work at West End Theatres

Northampton Royal and Derngate,

Theatre Is… production of The Element

National Theatre Studio

With Jack Bradley (Literary Manager) I ran Developing Theatre Writing – a 4-day event in which around 100 practitioners either gave real time workshops or presented on their dramaturgical practice as a way of demystifying working processes

NALD

part of the literaturetraining consortium

NAWE

part of the literaturetraining consortium

New Writing South

Part of the original consultation on the establishment of NWS

I set up The Playwrights’ Network across each English region, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to link up playwright centred regional companies

 

I ran workshops and career development surgeries for NWS

North West Playwrights

Part of the ACE Review Team of NWP with Ian Tabbron

I set up The Playwrights’ Network across each English region, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to link up playwright centred regional companies

 

New writing North

Part of the original consultation on the establishment of NWN

I set up The Playwrights’ Network across each English region, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to link up playwright centred regional companies

writernet also collaborated with NWN on a mentoring scheme for disabled writers

National Theatre Education Dept

Part of the Transmission team working under Chrissie Tiller exploring, via 3 x EU funded projects, theatre artists working in Europe in applied contexts

 

Playwrights Studio, Scotland

I was Vice Chair and on the inaugural board of PSS

Royal Opera House

I built of a consortium of Theatre Is…, The Gateway Academy in Tilbury, Royal Opera House, Thurrock Music Services and Southend YMCA to work together with partners in Cambridge, Brighton and Northern France. Under the leadership of The Orchestre de Picardie, they then worked as A Common Territory (ACT) on a 30 month €2m programme of work with funding from the Interreg Channel EU Fund.

Soho Theatre Sgript Cymru
SOLT/TMA Menagerie
South West Theatre Writing Network South Street Reading
Theatres Trust Theatre Is…
The Royal Court Tinderbox, Belfast
The Red Room The Hat factory, Luton
UEA University of Hertfordshire
UK Centre for Carnival Arts West Yorkshire Playhouse
Writers Guild of Great Britain Yorkshire Playwrights

 

International

Fence Network Partners

The Fence has been privileged to work with:

7Stages Atlanta, USA

Were one of the key venues as part of Fence 28 in Atlanta

Afrodita Compagnia, Italy

Claudia dells Seta was our host for the Tuscan retreat part of Fence 16.

AFTEC, China

have collaborated with The Fence on 3 editions of the Plays for Young People project in Hong Kong

Allianz Kultur Stiftung, Germany

Supported Fence 22 in Istanbul through their small grants programme.

Arcola Theatre, London, UK

Mehmet Ergen was the host partner of Fence 9 in Istanbul at Talimhane Tiyatrosu, which was the cousin theatre of The Arcola. The Arcola is by affinity the natural base in London for The Fence.

Arte Urbana Collectif, Bulgaria

Hosted Fence 27 in Sofia.

Arts Council England, UK

Supported Fence 20 in New York / New England through their Artists International Development Fund programme.

Supported Fence 8 in Leeds through their Grants for the Arts programme, via West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The Arvon Foundation, UK

Co-hosted the initial Fence meeting at John Osborne’s old house in Clun, Shropshire, thanks to Paul Warwick and Ed Collier.

Bazar Café, France

Our host partner at La Charité sur Loire for Fence 23 and 25. Also the French base of The Fence.

Belletrist Association, Hungary

Supported the participation in Fence meetings of Hungarian Fence members.

Border Crossings, Ireland-UK

Border Crossings (Sligo / London) are collaborating with The Fence on CRE-ACTORS: Training intercultural theatre-makers for a diverse Europe, (2021-22) with support from EU Erasmus+.

British Council, UK

Supported the establishment of the network by helping us with cash flow from our EQUAL funding. Supported Fence 4 in Belgrade, 8.5 in Paris, 15 in Rabat, 17 in Amsterdam, and 25 in Cairo with grants towards travel and accommodation.

The Danish Dramaturg Network, Denmark

Collaborated with The Fence on the International Dramaturgy Lab, 2020-21, featuring 93 dramaturgs across 5 partner organisations

D-CAF Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, Egypt

Thanks to Ahmed al Attar and his colleagues and via the co-ordinating skills of Sara Shaarawi, D-CAF were our hosts for Fence 26 in Cairo.

Drama Dept, National Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia

Were our hosts for Fence 4, where we completed the planning for the Janus project – Fence 5,6,7 & 8.

Dramacum, Bucharest, Romania

Dramacum were one of the co-ordinating partners of Fence 10 in Timisoara. Andrea Valeean and her colleagues were also part of Wonderland – a partnership bid we submitted to the EU Culture Programme. We didn’t get the bid away, but celebrate Andrea’s work with Dramacum in developing a generation of playwriting talent in Romania.

The Dramaturgs’ Network, Europe

The Dramaturgs’ Network collaborated with The Fence on the International Dramaturgy Lab, 2020-21, featuring 93 dramaturgs across 5 partner organisations

Dutch Performing Arts, Netherlands

Supported the Boom! Project with 3 UK and 4 Dutch playwrights and theatre makers

DutchCulture, Netherlands

Supported Fence 17 in Amsterdam

Embassy of the Netherlands in the UK, Netherlands

Supported the Boom! Project with 3 UK and 4 Dutch playwrights and theatre makers

Etc_Caraibe, Guadeloupe

Were our co-host partner for Fence 13 in Guadeloupe.

Ethnic Kitchen, Lithuania

Were the key brokering partner for Fence 24 in Rokiskis, Lithuania.

EU Culture 2000, Europe

Supported The Janus Project (Fence 5,6,7& 8).

EU Equal, Europe

Supported the creation and early incubation of the Fence (1,2,3 & 4) via the Creative Renewal initiative.

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, USA

Co-hosting partner for Fence 18 and Fence 20 in New England.

Eurodram, Europe

Script-in-translation network which through its language based committees focuses on the Mediterranean, Caucuses and minority European languages. Many F ence members are also part of Eurodram and we have held joint meetings at Fence 19 in Prishtina and Fence 22 in Istanbul.

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Co-Hosted us for the return leg of Acts Of Translation, a special London-Paris initiative (Fence 8.5) which ignited a Francophone Fence.

IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, International

The IETM were an important stimulus to the establishment of The Fence. Fence Meetings have been held as IETM satellites or parallel off-meetings. Fence 1 Birmingham, Fence 2 Budapest, Fence 4 Belgrade, Fence 6 Utrecht, Fence 12 Glasgow, Fence 26 Cairo.

Institut Francais, France

Supported Fence 8.5 and the creation of a Francophone Fence.

Institut Supérieur d’Art Dramatique et d’Animation Culturelle – I.S.A.D.A.C, Rabat, Morocco

Were the host partner for Fence 15 in Rabat, via Latefa Ahrrare and with the co-ordination of Mohammed el Hafi.

Istanbul Theatre Festival, Turkey

Thanks to Leman Yilmaz, and via the indefatigable Hakan Silahsizoglu, Istanbul Theatre Festival were our host partner for Fence 22 in Istanbul.

Jiwar Creation and Society, Barcelona, Spain

Ahmed Ghazali and his partner Mirella set up this wonderful artists’ residency in Barcelona. Ahmed was instrumental in initiating Fence 15 in Rabat, before it was taken over and led by Mohammed el Hafi – and contributed to the creation of the Francophone network.

Kings College London, UK

Partnered The Fence on Ireland has struck Oil as part of their Arts and Humanities Festival in London in 2017.

Lark Play Development Center, New York, USA

John Eisner and his colleagues at The Lark were our co-hosts for Fence 18 and 20.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americas

The LMDA collaborated with The Fence on the International Dramaturgy Lab, 2020-21, featuring 93 dramaturgs across 5 partner organisations

LiteraturHaus, Graz, Austria

Co-hosted Fence 3 and Fence 7 in Graz.

National Theatre of Timisoara, Romania

Ada Hausvater and her colleagues at the National Theatre of Timsoara were hosts for Fence 10. Also with the support of Christian Modreanu and Andrea Valeean at Dramacum.

Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany

Thanks to Ulrike Syha, were one of the co-hosting partners for Fence 21 in Mannheim.

Nightswimming, Toronto, Canada

Brian Quirt and his colleagues were part of Wonderland – a partnership bid we submitted to the EU Culture Programme. We didn’t get the bid away, but celebrate Brian’s work both here and with the Banff Playwrights Colony.

Oyun Yaz, Talimhane Tiyatrosu, Istanbul, Turkey

Were our host partners for Fence 9, thanks to Mehmet Ergun and Secil Honeywill.

The Play Company, New York, USA

Thanks t o Melissa Hardy, One of the co-ordinating partners for Fence 18 and Fence 20 in New York / New England.

Playwrights Guild of Canada, Canada

Robin Morrow and her colleagues were part of Wonderland – a partnership bid we submitted to the EU Culture Programme. We didn’t get the bid away, but celebrate Robin’s work at PGC.

Playwrights Studio, Scotland, UK

Thanks to Julie Ellen, PSS were our hosts in Glasgow for Fence 12. Nicola Sturgeon Shea and her colleagues were subsequently part of Wonderland – a partnership bid we submitted to the EU Culture Programme. We didn’t get the bid away, but celebrate Nicola’s work at PSS.

Qendra Multimedia, Prishtina, Kosovo, Kosovo

Jeton Neziraj was our host for Fence 19 in Prishtina, in collaboration with Eurodram.

Quai Des Arts, Paris, France

Were, via Alain Foix, the brokering partner for Fence 13 Guadeloupe, Fence 14 Paris/Bondy, Fence 23 and Fence 25 La Charité sur Loire.

Rokiskis Cultural Centre, Lithuania

Were our hosts for Fe nce 24 in Rokiskis, Lithuania.

Schauspielhaus Graz, Austria

Hosted us for part of Fence 7 in Graz as part of the Janus project.

Schloß Rezhof, Graz, Austria

Hosted us for part of Fence 7 in Graz as part of the Janus project.

Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatique, Paris, France

Supported our work with grants towards Fence 8.5, Fence 14 and Fence 23.

Soho Theatre, London, UK

Co-Hosted us for the return leg of Acts Of Translation, a special London-Paris initiative (Fence 8.5) which ignited a Francophone Fence.

Steirische Herbst, Graz, Austria

Were one of the contributin g partners to Fence 7 in Graz as part of the Janus project.

STOD Finland, Finland

Collaborated with The Fence on the International Dramaturgy Lab, 2020-21, featuring 93 dramaturgs across 5 partner organisations

Tampere Theatre Festival, Finland

Hosted us for Fence 5 in Tampere as part of the Janus project.

Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna), Italy

Are collaborating with The Fence on CRE-ACTORS: Training intercultural theatre-makers for a diverse Europe, (2021-22) with support from EU Erasmus+.

Teatro valle occupato, Italy

Fence 16 in Rome was to support Laura Verga, Tony Alliota and colleagues with the occupation of Teatro valle in their 3-year attempt to prevent the municipal authorities selling this C18th theatre to a developer who planned to turn it into a themed restaurant…

Die Theater Chemnitz, Germany

Thanks to Esther Holland-Merten and Dieter Boyer, Die Theater Chemnitz were our hosts for Fence 11.

Théâtre du Soleil, Paris, France

Are collaborating with The Fence on CRE-ACTORS: Training intercultural theatre-makers for a diverse Europe, (2021-22) with support from EU Erasmus+.

Théâtre National Mohammed V, Morocco

Provided our working space for Fence 15 in Rabat.

TINFO Theater Info, Finland

Via Riitta Seppala, One of the co-ordinating partners of the Janus Project and co-ordinating partner for Fence 5 in Tampere.

Uni-T Graz, Austria

Edith Draxl was one of the co-ordinating partners of the Janus Project and Uni-T were our hosts for Fence 3 and 7 in Graz.

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, UK

Alex Chisholm was the The Lead co-ordinating partner of the Janus Project and WYP were our hosts for Fence 8 in Leeds.

 

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