Say hello to our team:

Naomi Alexander

Artistic Director and Board Member

Naomi started work on Brighton People’s Theatre in 2015 and established it as a Community Interest Company in 2017. She did this because she was fed up with how out of touch theatre often is and wanted to do something to change this. She has a background in both community development and theatre. She has worked for organisations such as the Hangleton and Knoll Project, Locality, Battersea Arts Centre and The Old Vic. She is a 2019/2020 Clore Leadership Fellow for Theatre and a member of Battersea Arts Centre’s Co-creating Change Network.

Louise Blackwell

Executive Producer

Louise is an independent arts producer based in Hove, working locally, nationally and internationally with artists including; Clod Ensemble, Fevered Sleep, Melanie Wilson, and Andy Smith. She co-founded Fuel in 2004 and was Co-Director until July 2017 when she became an independent producer. From 2001 – 2004 Louise was Senior Producer at Battersea Arts Centre, London. She is currently an Artist Fellow at Queen Mary University, London, on the Advisory Boards for the D’Oyly Carte Chair in Medicine and the Arts at King’s College London and COMMON, an arts organisation helping working-class artists to build sustainable careers in theatre. She is a Director of Marlborough Productions CIC who run the Marlborough Theatre, a home for queer performance in Brighton.

 

Bobby Brown

Board Member

Bobby has been working in the music industry for the last 6 years and more recently he’s been working locally with the Hangleton and Knoll Project, Our Future City and AudioActive to help with youth engagement in the Arts. His specific areas of interest are inclusivity, youth programming, cultural development, music and education. Through Brighton People’s Theatre, he’s had the opportunity to see White by Koko Brown this year, which he said was absolutely was amazing! As was Boys by The Pappy Show. Both gave Bobby the first glimmer of representation in a world he feels he’d only known through Shakespeare prior to that.

Emma Edwards

Emma Edwards

Theatre Workshop Facilitator

Emma writes, directs and performs as A&E comedy with long-term collaborator Abigail Dooley. Emma was joint Artistic Director of Facepack Theatre for twenty years, creating shows and education projects throughout Britain and Europe. She recently wrote and directed Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley, a unique interactive puppet show, commissioned by Moomin Characters and performed at The Southbank Imagine Festival and in residence at Kew Gardens. She is a freelance teacher, director and dramaturg specialising in a range of skills, particularly Clown, Commedia del Arte, Mask and script-writing. She trained in Clown at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. She also trained with Trestle, Commotion, Improbable, Theatre de Complicite, David Glass and Moving Picture Mime.

Tanushka Gill

Tanushka Gill

Theatre Workshop Facilitator

Tanushka was founder and Artistic Director of Collisions which toured for ten years in theatres and outdoors across the UK and abroad. She was a winner of The Genesis Young Vic Young Director Awards in 2002. Her production of Medea toured international festivals in Cyprus and Albania. Tanushka now works as a freelance director and movement coach and has directed many plays including Dracula, Beauty and the Beast, Macbeth, and Animal Farm. In 2017 she worked with Brighton People’s Theatre as a guest director on Tighten Our Belts. Tanushka runs a youth theatre company WYActors whose production of Berkoff’s Agamemnon won The Outstanding Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe 2017.

Niamh Hicks

Marketing Manager

Niamh has a background arts marketing and producing. Her interests lie in using arts for social change, and site-specific and outdoor performance. She specialises in working with vulnerable and underrepresented groups and has worked for Creative Future, Cardboard Citizens and Sussex Dance Network. Niamh has also delivered creative projects for Sussex Recovery College, Brighton Housing Trust and the YMCA, working with vulnerable adults using dance and drama as tools for creative expression and to build confidence.

 

Shonge Holdgate

Finance Manager

Elena Italia

Assistant Producer

Elena comes from a visual arts background and has an interest in socially and politically engaged art practice. Two years ago she went back to uni to complete an MA in Arts Management because she believes arts organisations should be owned and ran by artists and communities. She is interested in the ethics of participatory practice,  cultural democracy and the alternative funding and organisational models which facilitate it.

Curtis James

Board Member

Curtis specialises in research and telling stories about what it’s like to live and work in the UK. His research is delivered in non-traditional ways using film, audio documentary, podcasts and books. Curtis has just completed the first phase of a research project that took him back to the Council Estate he grew up in East Brighton. He supported residents in doing their own ethnography and storytelling to see what impact this might have on their lives, the services that exist to help them, and broader policy. Theatre, music and art played a big part in Curtis’s life and inspires the way he approaches all projects.

Jenni Lewin-Turner

Jenni Lewin-Turner

Board Member

Jenni Lewin-Turner has maintained a long portfolio career as an international creative producer, cultural broker, consultant and curator. She is also the founding director of Urbanflo Creative – a socially engaged collective of arts professionals who share a vision of equity and excellence. Her core practice involves developing innovative creative platforms to connect communities across traditional, geographical, cultural, generational, social and economic divides.

Helen Rice

Board Member

Helen is CEO of Age UK West Sussex, Board Member at Worthing Home, and Chair of Grace Eyre Foundation. She has worked for the Charity Commission and for national charities that advise the sector. Helen has spent large parts of her career as either a Director of income generation or as CEO. Helen loves to perform as a Jazz and Blues singer. To be a part of the BPT team means so much to Helen, not only because of the joy that the arts have bought to her own life but also how it encapsulates so many of her own values regarding social justice, community development and a chance to provide life-changing opportunities for people.

Jo Royce

Board Member

Jo is Executive Director at Candoco Dance Company. Prior to this, she was Executive Director at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill and Senior Corporate Development Manager at the National Theatre. She has extensive experience of strategy, financial planning, fundraising and project management. For Jo, theatre is a place where we share stories, experiences and connect in conversations that open our eyes to different perspectives. Jo feels strongly that theatre is for everyone and is hugely excited to be on the BPT Board, to help ensure every community in Brighton can be involved in the vibrant cultural life of the city and experience the transformational power of theatre.

Luan Taylor

Theatre Workshop Facilitator

Luan is a Theatre Director and Performance Maker specialising in creating site-responsive performances with an emphasis on community participation and personal involvement. She creates high-quality work through meaningful engagement with communities that have often never had any engagement with the arts. She is driven by finding new and dynamic ways of using personal testimonies within performance and telling unheard stories to new audiences. She has made work to tour dance halls, boxing clubs, youth clubs, factories and Mills, as well as special commissions for an ex Butlins holiday camp and a football stadium. She was the Artistic Director of Ragroof Theatre for over ten years, managing arts, heritage and theatre projects across the UK.