It’s been an exciting time at New Perspectives HQ over the past few months, with our previous STEP UP initiatives developed and improved to form the new Emerging Perspectives schemes. We’ve been working hard to recruit a new cohort of talented East Midlands based artists and practitioners, and we’ll be keeping you posted on their work – but we’ll also be keeping you updated on what our previous Step-Uppers are up to – we’re hugely proud of the successes that our alumni often go on to have, and the 2012-2013 ensemble are no different.
Director Theresa Keogh headed up our street team in Edinburgh over the summer, and we’ve now taken her on as our Resident Trainee Director. She’ll be working with the Emerging Perspectives company, assistant directing on shows, and trying out some of her own ideas.
Jennifer Ellis is now working as Head of Education and Learning at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, and Emma Hayes is running the youth theatre at Mansfield Palace. And Jenn and Emma are working together on a new project for young people – keep your eyes peeled!
Sam Warren and Chris Walters have set up their own company: Fine Frenzy Theatre. They took a brand new show, Vessel, to Edinburgh – which had great responses from audiences and reviewers, and will be touring in the future. Chris has also been composing new music for performances and theatre trailers.
Designer Emma Pegg has just created the design for God of Carnage at Lace Market Theatre – with reviewers commenting that “the set deserves to win prizes”. Fellow designer Laura Burrows is working at the Junction in Cambridge, and as a studio assistant at a pottery cafe.
Dickie Garton has set up a new playwriting initiative called Act 2 which gives writers the chance to develop new work and submit it for rehearsed readings.
Charlotte Tomlinson is currently completing an internship in London with the Ambassadors Theatre Group. Deborah Carlin has been commissioned with her company Out of the Blue Arts to deliver workshops for young people in Selston. Ellen Hutchinson is continuing to study Theatre Studies at Rose Bruford, while holding down a new job with the ambulance service. Elanor Parker has been writing while she is looking for theatre work and recently had a poem published online.
What a talented bunch!
Tilly Branson, Associate Director, New Perspectives Theatre Company