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

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.

Strategic Advice Donna Close provides Brighton People’s Theatre with strategic advice around it’s ongoing development. Donna has worked in the arts for 20 years in a number of different roles, including as Head of Arts for Brighton and Hove City Council and Artistic Director of White Night. She is also a Trustee for the Brighton Open Air Theatre.

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.

Kirsty Martin, Choral Director, is a composer, workshop leader and choral director. She runs several choirs, including Brighton’s Progressive Choir Tubthumpers.

We are proud to be supported by the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project and the Brighton Dome. They are working in partnership with us to support the creation of Tighten Our Belts.

We are also partnering with the Hangleton and Knoll Project, Due East and the Brighton Festival to realise Your Place as part of this year’s Brighton Festival.

 

Our thanks go to Greenhouse , The Unity Theatre Trust and Arts Council England for giving us seed funding to get started.