I am interested in longer-term producing relationships with artists or companies, including strategic planning, exploring and forming new partnerships, thinking about the impact of culture on place-making, and how to meaningfully include non-professionals within and around the creation of work. Related to my dramaturgy practice, I am also interested in how to encourage better critical engagement of audiences with dance.
My previous dance and arts management roles have spanned the gamut of producing expertise, including project dreaming, partnership-forming, writing funding applications, project management, community engagement, marketing, event support, and evaluation. I have particular expertise working within community or non-professional settings, integrated and inclusive dance work, artist professional development support and strategic business development.
Recent producing work includes Specialist Education Consultant for Scarabeus Aerial Dance Theatre; Project Co-ordinator for South East Dance on the regional dance networks development project; Business Development Consultant for Anjali Dance; Associate Producer for Dance Reading festival.
Within my role as Arts Development Officer at Cornerstone arts centre/South Oxfordshire District Council, I initiated and managed a number of participatory cultural projects across South Oxfordshire and within the venue, as well as programming the participation and visual arts programme at the venue. In my role at the University of Reading I have initiated and managed commissions with artists in different disciplines, interacting with a range of University and local partners.
Other highlights include producing Cecilia Macfarlane’s intergenerational, international and interdisciplinary project ‘Bridges’ in Oxford and Japan; producing The Impending Storm, a Cultural Olympiad Unlimited International project, led by David Toole and Remix Dance Company in South Africa, presented at International Dance Festival Birmingham and Unlimited Festival at the South Bank Centre; producing an outdoor performance of French aerial dance company Retouramont at Dancin’ Oxford festival.
I began my dance management career with a focus on education and youth dance, working with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s education department, Dance Umbrella, Youth Dance England and South East Dance. I have developed expertise in the inclusive dance sector, as Project Manager at DanceXchange in Birmingham and working with Anjali dance company. Through my role with Age UK Oxfordshire curating the Age of Creativity website I have developed my knowledge of arts and health based initiatives across the UK.
In Oxford, I was programme manager for Oxford Dance Forum, shaping and managing an Arts Council-funded programme of professional development for artists in Oxfordshire. My role as Dance Officer for Oxford City Council (maternity cover post) also involved artist development support for emerging and established artists.
I was a steering group member for the new umbrella dance organisation for Reading, Junction Dance and founder member of the Reading Dance Professionals Network, I am an independent member of the ‘Move South East’ dance strategy group. I was a board member for Hampshire Dance / Dance Up between 2009 and 2013. I am a member of Oxford Dance Forum.