Artistic Director and Board Member Naomi Alexander founded Brighton People’s Theatre in 2015. She is a creative producer and theatre-maker who lead the devising, writing and directing of our first show Tighten Our Belts. She has also set up Starboard Festival; a Children & Young People’s Festival of Outdoor Theatre which will next take place in July 2018 at the BOAT. Previously she has worked freelance for Battersea Arts Centre and Old Vic New Voices. She has a BA in Theatre Studies from Warwick University, an MA in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a Fellow of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.
Board Member Sarah Naomi Lee is a community activist, researcher, radio producer, playwright and creative producer. Sarah has written two radio plays for the BBC, which were broadcast on Radio 3 in 2007 and Radio 4 in 2009. She has also worked as a radio producer for BBC local radio, as a diversity consultant for Arts Council England and is the Co-Founder of Brighton and Hove Black History.
Board Member Curtis James runs an ethnographic research and storytelling company called Fieldwork. He specialises in research and telling stories about what it is like to live and work in a particular team, company, organisation or community. Curtis is in the middle of a research project that is taking him back to the Council Estate he grew up in East Brighton. He is training up residents to do their own ethnography and storytelling to see what impact this might have on their lives, the services that exist to support them, and broader policy.
Board Member Helen Rice is the Chief Executive of Advising Communities. She is currently the chair of the Migrant Resource Centre nationally and Chair of the Grace Eyre Foundation and was chair of Community Action Southwark for three years, and chair of the leading national women’s sector charity WRC for 4 years. Most recently Helen has become a fellow of the RSA and has joined the board of Worthing Homes. Helen is sessional lecturer at Birkbeck University in undergraduate and postgraduate studies of VCS management and has advised parliamentarians and think-tanks on issues relating to poverty, VCS insurance, workforce, governance and community regeneration.
Dramaturg Lou Cope is Brighton People’s Theatre’s dramaturg. She specialises in ‘being on the outside of the inside’ in collaborative practices, and offers Naomi critical support on both her process and her product. She has 15 years experience working as a dramaturg in dance and theatre with both high profile and emerging artists across Europe.
So far we have worked with some brilliant artists in creating our first show, Tighten Our Belts:
Gary Clarke Choreographer, is recognised as one of the UK’s leading and most prolific contemporary dance artists. His current multi-award winning show Coal, about the miner’s strike is on tour across the UK.
Kate Lodge Director, has been creating participatory performances and managing arts projects since 1991 with a range of groups including people with experience of the criminal justice system, sex work, homelessness and drug use and recovery.
Tanushka Marah, Director, winner of the Young Vic Young Director Award in 2002 has directed and toured extensively. She is also Company Director of Windmill Young Actors.