Say hello to our team:
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.
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.
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 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.
Fran has a background in theatre and over fifteen years experience in Operations Management roles in both the Arts and Hospitality sectors. She has spent many years in forward-facing roles in community settings and specialises in people management and development with a focus on improving social inclusion and access to the arts. Fran’s most recent role was Head of Operations at Jacksons Lane art centre in London. Fran is new to Brighton and is looking forward to getting to know the city through its people and their stories.
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.
Marina has over 25 years of experience working in arts & culture, working across the public, not-for-profit and private sector. With her consultancy Cultural Baggage, she has led the re-design of national cultural programmes, led place-making initiatives, undertaken organisational reviews, and supported creative entrepreneurs and start-ups to get off the ground. She is an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths University for the Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship MA and a Director of Dixon De Jaeger, an agency recruiting for culture in The Netherlands. She is Co-Chair of What Next? in Brighton & Hove and a Trustee of Brighton Dome & Festival.
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 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 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.