1. Network Curator, founder – The Fence – International network for playwrights and theatre makers: 250+ people across 50+ countries.
While 2020 Fence network meetings have not happened as planned (Guadeloupe, Graz, Mexico City and Rome), we are hopeful that Graz and La Charité-sur-Loire will happen in June 2021
The Fence, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom, and Dutch Performing Arts are together collaborating on Boom! a new project that explores the shared colonial heritage of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, while looking to the future. A diverse group of UK and Dutch playwrights / Theatre makers met together for 3 days in Rotterdam in December 2019, to learn more about their shared colonial history and begin to explore what might be interesting to each of them to write about. I am working as Producer /Dramaturg. Between December 2020 and March 2021 we ran a series of online Labs for each project., We still hope to stage readings of extracts in London, when we are able to later in 2021.
the Boom! Team
- Maaike Bergstra (NL)
- Neske Beks (NL)
- Jude Christian (UK)
- Enver Husicic (NL)
- Uma Nada-Rajah (UK)
- Chinonyerem Odimba (UK)
- Gable Roelofsen (NL)
The Fence network is delighted to be collaborating with Border Crossings (Sligo / London), Théâtre du Soleil (Paris), Teatro dell’Argine (Bologna) on CRE-ACTORS: Training intercultural theatre-makers for a diverse Europe, with support from EU Erasmus+.
Running from Winter 2020 for 2 years, the project will facilitate the exchange of best Vocational Educational Training practice between key organisations working in collectively created theatre that engages with social and cultural diversity, internationalism and minority communities.
International Dramaturgy Lab
The International Dramaturgy Lab (IDL) is an exciting experimental initiative developed in collaboration between an international array of dramaturgical organisations and networks, including The Dramaturgs’ Network UK; Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) USA, Canada, and Mexico; The Fence; STOD Finland; and the Danish Dramaturg Network.
The aim is to connect dramaturgs, directors, theatre makers, and thinkers around the topic: what does it mean to work dramaturgically across borders?
This project will culminate at the LMDA conference in Mexico City 2021.
2. Project Dramaturg – for the Crossing The Line partnership
- on the EU Erasmus+ funded Ogmius, launched in November 2018, which extends Crossing The Line, the 2014-17 EU Creative Europe funded international partnership programme with Mind The Gap (Bradford), Moomsteatern (Malmo) and Compagnie de l’Oiseau-Mouche (Roubaix) – exploring how three theatre companies make work with learning disabled professional theatre makers.
- on the EU Creative Europe funded Trasna Na Line, launched in September 2019, which further expands the partnership to also include Blue Teapot (Galway), Theatr 21 (Warsaw) and Theater Babel (Rotterdam)
Read the report on the original Crossing The Line project
Read my chapter on the original Crossing The Line project in Diversity, Inclusion, and Representation in Contemporary Dramaturgy
3. Lecturer (0.25) – Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths – MA Arts Administration & Cultural Policy – with Gerald Lidstone
also working on the MA in Cultural Relations & Diplomacy with Carla Figueira and co-supervising PhDs in Carnival renewal through education and The Voice of the artist in Socially Engaged Art; as well as periodic moonlighting on the MA in Disability Theatre with Danny Braverman in the Theatre and Performance Department.
Chair – Vital Xposure – with Julie McNamara – (and from 2021 Simon Startin)
Artistic Associate / Board Member – Az Theatre – with Jonathan Chadwick
Expert Advisor, Ambitious About Autism, (formerly Parent Trustee – Impact Committee, Post-19 Working Group, Youth Council)