Meet our Associate Artists

Spiltmilk Dance
Ashley Jordan
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Matilda Rowland
Lucy Knight
David Mckenna
Tim Casson
Jenna Catton
Spiltmilk Dance
David Mckenna
Matilda Rowland
Ashley Jordan
Lucy Knight
Tim Casson
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Jenna Catton

Rosanna McGlone

Rosanna is a freelance writer who loves encouraging others to write. She runs a wide variety of courses including Creative Writing, Memory Writing Projects such as 'Lincolnshire Lives' and heritage projects including community plays, heritage trails and oral histories. Other roles include script reading for Hull Truck Theatre and a 1-1 mentor for Writing East Midlands. Rosanna was Lincolnshire’s first Writers’ Support Worker. Her book, 'The Process of Poetry' was number 1 on Amazon and featured on Radio 4.

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David Mckenna

David has over three decades of devising, choreography and performance with national and international touring companies including Janet Smith & Dancers, Motionhouse and Earthfall. David is a skilled and experienced project manager having worked freelance for many years and across professional dance/performing arts settings. He has delivered numerous regional and national arts projects, including working with young people, marginalised groups, vulnerable children and older people.

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Lucy Knight

Barefooted creates performances and participatory projects, alongside wonderful communities from all walks of life. Through dance, music and the wider creative arts, they weave brilliant joyful moments, share stories and connect communities, with wellbeing at the heart of their practice. They ignite the spirit of curiosity and exploration for all, from young children & families through to older communities.

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Jenna Catton

Jenna is based in Sutton Coldfield and has worked as a self-employed Illustrator since 2008. She has a BA in Illustration and an MA in Children’s Literature and Book Illustration. Jenna started storytelling in 2013. She worked at Birmingham Storytelling café and now runs a monthly club in Sutton Coldfield called “Royal Tales”, where storytellers can come and practice their stories in a friendly environment.

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Matilda Rowland

Matilda is a freelance dancer, choreographer, producer and dance facilitator in Derbyshire, and holds both a first-class honours BA Dance Degree and a MA Dance and Choreography Degree, both of which took place at professional dance house Déda (through the University of Derby).  Matilda then set up East Lab Dance Company and went on to successfully gain Arts Council England funding to create and perform a new children’s dance theatre production in 2023.

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Ashley Jordan

Ashley is dancer, performer and choreographer based in Coventry. Since graduating from University of Chichester he has travelled nationally performing in dance pieces & events with companies such as Motionhouse, Upswing Aerial, Highly Sprung Performance and Autin Dance Theatre.  He is the company director of Ascension Dance Company, who has developed work in partnership with Sky Arts, BBC Dance Passion, BBC contains strong languages as well as the outdoor art sector with their piece “The Other Side”. 

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Spiltmilk Dance

Spiltmilk have been sticking a big fat ray of sunshine into the world since 2006. We make shows that tour the UK and work in the heart of communities developing brilliant creative projects with people aged 1-101!  We blend together dance, theatre, sketch comedy and a fascination with pop culture and its ability to unite people from different walks of life. We are on a mission to bring intergenerational audiences together using common ground we all share for memorable, playful, joyful experiences.

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Tim Casson

Tim Casson is the director of record breaking dance & theatre company, Casson & Friends. The company create #PeoplePoweredPerformance: accessible, interactive and joyful dance projects that start with a conversation. Their projects and performances take place in a range of locations, from theatres to gardens, collaborating with a variety of people and communities from computer programmers to psychologists - inviting everybody to get involved with dance in creative and unexpected new ways.

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Pyn Stockman

Pyn is a performance storyteller who enjoys collaborating with communities and enabling people to develop, share and perform or record audio stories individually or as a group. She has a background in drama and theatre and often works with a wider team of musicians, sound designers and visual artists. Pyn offers playful, creative projects for adults, young people and children to become storytellers and shares stories to inspire performance making, creative writing/storymaking and wellbeing.

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Andrew McWilliam

Andrew has over twenty-three years’ experience in the delivery of professional theatre performance and arts activity, which has included working as a director, workshop facilitator and project manager. The work that Andrew undertakes with Chorus Theatre is about creating stories and encouraging others to be creative and to help bring their creativity to life. The three key words of Chorus Theatre are 'Imagine, Create and Experience'.

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Naomi Paul

Naomi Paul is a writer and performer of spoken word, songs, comedy and theatre. She enjoys finding the stories and connections between people and the places they live or work in. By talking to community members, running writing workshops and exploring the local area, she will bring the stories to life. Naomi has worked on 2 LivingRoom projects. She is currently touring her solo show with Live & Local and Rural Arts, and will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this Summer.

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The Gramophones Theatre Company

An established all-female company run by Co-Artistic Directors Hannah Stone and Ria Ashcroft. They create contemporary, playful, high quality theatre that centres female characters. They use circus, aerial, clowning and storytelling in their work. The company are currently Creative Residents at Curve in Leicester and were nominated for a Fantastic for Families Award in 2022. Upcoming: the company have a preview tour of their aerial show for babies, 'Take Flight' is in theatres in the Midlands in 2024

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Will Jackson

Will Jackson is a Birmingham-based writer, director and actor. He is the Artistic Director of Quick Duck Theatre, and his play ‘Clutch’ was programmed at the Bush Theatre for its 50th anniversary season (★★★★ The Observer). He was named a ‘Rising Comic Star’ by Attitude for his solo show ‘Yours Sincerely’, which toured over 100 performances across the UK, including through Live & Local. As a facilitator, Will has worked for Birmingham REP, Birmingham Opera Company, Told by an Idiot & National Youth Theatre.

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Harp & a Monkey Storytelling

Harp & a Monkey are a creative collective made up of musicians, storytellers and animators. They have completed community art films for small towns and villages, schools, TV companies, museums and art galleries. The trio love to bring local stories to life and the contributions of local people (of all ages) are always at the heart of their projects – encouraging people to provide photographs, paintings, drawings, recordings, written contributions and more.

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Martin Purdy (Sing Yourself To Better Health)

Martin is a member of the award-winning modern folk group Harp & a Monkey and has been a professional singer and storyteller for years. He first started his ‘Sing Yourself To Better Health’ groups as part of an NHS project aimed at using singing (scientifically proven to provide positive physical and mental health benefits) as a way of improving health and wellbeing. Martin’s groups are NOT choirs - no previous experience of singing with others is required.

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Tina Hofman

I am a performance maker, producer and researcher, born in ex-Yugoslavia (today Croatia), living in Birmingham. I am a co-founder of Notnow Collective & Migrants in Theatre, a Resident Creative of Leicester Curve, a PhD researcher at University of Birmingham, and an independent artist. I make performance, audio and situational experiences, support peers and their work, help develop ideas and things. I love people and what we can achieve together.

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Rachel Baker

Funny Women Finalist and as heard on BBC Radio 4, Rachel Baker is a comedian performer and community artist based in Birmingham. Her work centres around laughter. Rachel is keen to run projects in local communities built around no-waste crafting, audio podcasting and comedy performances. As a mental health advocate, she believes community projects can help to combat loneliness and promote community togetherness. Currently on the REP foundry scheme she enjoys facilitating comedy and improvisation workshops.

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