Michaela Blackburn is an actor and singer who graduated from the London College of Music in 2018. Since Graduating she has been in the Olivier nominated production of Our Lady of Kibeho (Royal & Derngate/ Theatre Royal Stratford East). She has also performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre, appeared in a Walkers commercial and presented Gen Fest in November 2020. Michaela is founder of Becoming Michaela, a lifestyle & mentorship blog and series of workshops supporting young black women. You can find her on Facebook @becomingmichaela and Instagram @becoming.michaela
Parable Dance provide a space for creativity, individuality, and opportunity for people with disabilities through dance, delivering classes across the South East of England and training nationwide. They want everyone to have access to art. They believe that dance has the ability to unite communities, develop confidence, and maximise mental and physical health and wellbeing. People of all ages with disabilities engaging in their dance workshops have the opportunity to be creative, active, and social. Everyone has a unique ability.
Natasha Britton & Erica Moshman
Natasha Britton and Erica Moshman are Artistic Directors of Parable Dance. With a combined 32 years experience in inclusive practice, they set up Parable to achieve their vision of expanding inclusive dance opportunities and training.
Parable Dance Associate Artist Kimberley Harvey established her own company; Subtle Kraft and is Director of the Youth Dance Programme for Candoco Dance Company.
Diane Alison-Mitchell is a movement director and theatre choreographer. She is Head of Movement at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and co-founded and co-leads the Movement Directors’ Association (MDA), the first industry body for professional movement directors.
Theatre credits include Our Lady of Kibeho and SOUL at Royal & Derngate. Diane recently co-directed her first theatre production, Bones by Tanika Gupta at the Courtyard Theatre, Royal Central.
Jo Meredith is a movement director, dance educator and choreographer.
As a movement director she has worked for companies including Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Royal Danish Opera, Icelandic Opera, Teatro Real Madrid and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
She has devised original work for British Youth Music Theatre and the third year acting students at Northampton University.
Sir Richard Alston
As founder of the renowned Richard Alston Dance Company and Artistic Director of The Place for the last 25 years, Sir Richard Alston is internationally recognised as one of the most inspiring and influential choreographers in dance. Over the past 50 years, he has played a major role in the world of contemporary dance, developing a unique and distinct dance language and shaping the art form in this country.
Jamie Beddard is Co-Artistic Director of Diverse City, Lead Artist for Extraordinary Bodies and Agent for Change at The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. He is on the Board of Metal, Collective Encounters and Level Playing Field, on the Core Team of What Next? and has written and advocated in many publications, including The Guardian and Arts Professional.
He is currently co-writing (with Hattie Naylor) Extraordinary Bodies’ new show, ‘Waldo’s Circus of Magic and Terror’, to be produced in 2021-22 in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic and Edinburgh Lyceum. Last year, he directed Splash!, the company’s outdoor, inclusive circus performance. Since lockdown he has been developing a number of shows and community projects through Diverse City and overseeing the Testing Ground commissioning programme for D/deaf and disabled artists at The New Wolsey.
Lauren Nicole Whitter
Lauren Nicole Whitter is an actress, poet, physical theatre performer and lecturer.
She has performed as part of Tmesis Theatre Company and is an associate artist of both Gecko Theatre Company and 1623 Theatre Company. She has a first class degree in drama and works as a professional clown and a part time lecturer of Leicester College teaching the Physicality in Theatre Module on the BA Acting course.
Wriggle Dance Theatre specialise in producing high quality dance performances for young children and their families, capturing the imagination of audiences by pushing the boundaries of performance to create playful interactive experiences combined with high quality contemporary dance theatre. Wriggle breaks down barriers to reach less engaged audiences by making work adaptable and accessible to all, inspiring and igniting imagination.