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We provide a tailored programme of support over 18 months and are delighted to present the Generate Associate Artists:

Michaela Blackburn Michaela Blackburn 140 by 140 headshot

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 and March 2021. 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

 

Megan Lucas Megan Lucas 140 by 140 headshot

Megan Lucas is a lighting designer and technician, set designer and stage manager. She works for Royal & Derngate as a lighting technician and as a freelancer working currently across several theatrical productions. She is also a freelance Architectural Designer. Recently Megan has been engaged as a Lighting Designer for the Barbican, Lighting Designer for Royal & Derngate Musical Company and has developed and programmed the hard-of-hearing captioning system currently in use at Royal & Derngate, which was premiered at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End.

 

Scott Bradley Scott Bradley 140 headshot

Scott Bradley trained at Manchester School of Theatre and is a writer, actor and director currently based in Northampton. Scott has performed in many plays nationally, including: Further than the Furthest Thing; Spring Awakening; A House of Pomegranates; You Never Can Tell; An Inspector Calls; Hook, Line and Sinker; Emerge; Macbeth; The Tempest; Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry V; Vincent in Brixton; A Tale of Two Cities; Of Mice and Men; The Cherry Orchard; The 80’s Strike Back; Arthur and George and A View From the Bridge. Scott also spent some time working as a voiceover artist for ITV, starred in adverts during his time living in Mumbai, and has developed and starred in three short films: Penance; Nosehair and Under the Cherry Tree.

Scott has devised, written and directed two plays – Finding Scooby-Doo and Why Won’t You Shag Me?, performed at Taurus Theatre by Tip of the Tongue Productions. Scott has also written two plays for young people: A Horrible, Horrible Christmas and an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, and often indulges his passion for working with disadvantaged young people to run workshops and teach acting technique.

Scott is currently being supported by Royal & Derngate’s Generate program to write the show Quince, which follows the life and times of Peter Quince from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is supporting the development of Officer Knobbs and Tales from South Africa, and will be co-writing and supporting the development of Greyfriars Island in conjunction with Hummingbird Theatre. He is directing The Actors Company at Royal & Derngate, will be running workshops in conjunction with The National Theatre in Spring and continues to write, direct and act in short films and plays as part of Cobbled Together Collective.

 

Georgia Tillery Randak Georgia Tillery Randak 140 headshot

Georgia trained at LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) where she graduated with a first class hons in Community Drama. She then went on to a placement at ITI (International Theatre Institute) in Singapore where she discovered her passion for movement and ensemble work. On returning to her home town of Milton Keynes she started Black Sheep Collective CIC with fellow artists.

Over her time working with community ensembles, collaborative artists and young people, Georgia has adapted and developed her own style of ensemble led storytelling, exploring the dark realities of universal stories and themes. Her pieces invite an audience to question their current view points, inspiring new thoughts and outlooks on the world around us. Georgia writes, devices and directs most of her work in an organic and creative way. Many of the pieces she has created have appeared in festivals all over the country including Candy Cigarettes which she co-create and also performed in at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Georgia is currently supported by Royal & Derngate Generate and JMK Trust, where she had the opportunity to work closely with The Wardrobe Ensemble assisting the direction of their touring production of The Last of the Pelican Daughters.

Credits include original shows Who’s Alice?, Where’s Alice?, The Cagebirds, Ceasefire Babies, Grimms Fairytales, Gathering Dust, Our Town.

 

Helen Clifford Helen Clifford 140 headshot

Helen Clifford T/A Hummingbird Drama Productions is an actor, theatre maker, drama facilitator and up and coming producer. She trained on the Theatre Practice HND and Drama degree at the University of Northampton.

Acting credits include: Theatre: Antigone (Cockpit Theatre), Call Centre Blues (Tristan Bates Theatre) Colour Me Frances by Weekes Baptiste (Royal and Derngate), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Royal and Derngate).

Film: Flicker (Best Experimental Art Film award in The End of the Pier International Film Festival 2009), Patient X by Jimmy Cheng (nominee in the London Short Film festival 2010), Rose by Kemal Yildirim (winner of the Van Gogh Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2012), Surprise by Peter and Simon Hewitt and Prey by Giant Dwarf Ltd (nominated for an award in the Toronto Thriller/Suspense Feedback Film Festival 2018)

TV: Wind Up TV (BBC) Crimewatch (BBC)

Assistant Directing credits include: The Crucible directed by Fay Lomas (Royal and Derngate) Brainstorm directed by Erica Martin, Club Wonderland written and directed by Erica Martin (Royal and Derngate), A Midsummer Nights Dream directed by Erica Martin (Royal and Derngate).

 

Under The Bed Theatre (Beth Markey and Josh Baldwin) Beth Markey 140 headshot

Under The Bed Theatre create playful yet thought provoking children’s and family theatre. Combining live music, original songs, physical theatre and storytelling, Under The  Bed Theatre aim to make audiences smile and laugh, whilst also making them think about the world around them.

Under The Bed Theatre comprises of Beth Markey and Josh Baldwin, both of whom are theatre-makers and performers based in the East Midlands. Their first show as a company, Where The Lost Socks Go, debuted at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre as part of Newvolutions Festival, in January 2020. They have since performed the show at Royal and Derngate’s online festival Gen Fest (2020), Brighton Fringe Festival 2021, Cherwell Theatre Company’s Tell Your Story Festival, and Warren on the Beach in BrightonJoshua Baldwin 140 headshot

They co-created the Sofa Festival Game Show as part of the online SO Festival in 2020. In December 2020 they filmed a live show of The Snow Hare in Winter, their  original  Christmas show, which was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. They have re-worked and developed this show, to be performed live for audiences this Christmas.

Under The Bed Theatre deliver theatre, devising, and music workshops for children. They have led workshops for The Royal and Derngate, and for Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. They also create original sing and dance along online educational resources for schools.

 

Chris Lowe Chris Lowe 140 Headshot

Chris has been working in the creative industries for nearly twenty years. A passion for learning and an insatiable curiosity has led him to gain experience in almost every creative discipline. Currently head of creative for Amplitude Media, a content marketing agency based in Northampton he also teaches photography at the University Of Northampton and has done so for the past seven years.

For the past three years his attention has been on creating work that is centered around writing for performance and research and has been working with Royal & Derngate and The National Theatre as a digital practitioner.

Chris’ current projects include: Development with movement director and performer Jennifer Kay on her solo piece Nothing Special. Collaboration with immersive specialists Hydrocracker Theatre Company on their new Royal & Derngate MIN production Who Cares and developing his own autobiographical piece focusing on racial identity This Is A Carton Of Orange Juice.

Parable Dance (Erica Moshman and Natasha Britton) Erica Moshman 140 headshot Natasha Britton 140 headshot

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.  We want everyone to have access to art, and to work inclusively. We 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 our dance workshops have the opportunity to be creative, active, and social. Everyone has a unique ability.

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.

Lauren Nicole Whitter 

Photo by David Wilson Clarke
Photo by David Wilson Clarke

Lauren Nicole Whitter is an actress, poet, physical theatre performer and lecturer based in Derby. Lauren studied drama at Manchester Metropolitan University.  She is a published poet and delivers drama and clown workshops around the East Midlands to various community groups, such as the Enabled Centre and Nottingham Refugee Forum.  In addition to being a part-time lecturer at Leicester College on the BA Acting Course, she is an associate artist of 1623 Theatre Company. Lauren is a freelance practitioner for the Nottingham Playhouse and Hubbub Theatre Company. And has received training from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance, Gecko Theatre Company and Tmesis Theatre Company. She is keen to make the arts accessible and inclusive as possible. Her new theatre company – Anansi Theatre Company, looks at theatre, wellbeing and new stories. As a newly qualified yoga teacher, Lauren uses movement and yoga in her work and in her practice.

 

Tristan Jackson-Pate Tristan Jackson-Pate 140 headshot

Tristan Jackson-Pate trained initially as an actor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He now produces work primarily for young audiences as a writer, director and composer. He is Artistic Director for Cherwell Theatre Company, is an Associate Artist of Birmingham Old Rep Theatre, and co-founder of new game theatre collective Butterfingers.

He lectures at the University of Northampton and has an additional specialism in music therapy. He is a trustee of Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund, a foundation providing support to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who wish to train in the performing arts.

Tristan became Artistic Director for Cherwell Theatre Company in 2015, for whom he has written and directed four original family theatre pieces (Robin Hood, Cinderella, Treasure Island and Myth), a Theatre in Education play The Web and devised many site specific works with young artists in venues as diverse as a decommissioned nuclear bunker, a dutch pancake house and a local castle. The company bring professional artists together with young people to make theatre on an equal footing.

Other writing credits include: Den (Pint Sized Plays festival- supported writer 2019), Much Ado About Muffins (Creation Theatre) and Game Show Shocker (Little Chico Productions).

Directing credits include: Robin Hood: A Musical Celebration (South Hill Park), The Wind in the Willows (Creation Theatre), The Fourth Dog (Human Story Theatre) and Holmes and Watson: The Farewell Tour (Edinburgh Fringe and UK Tour, David Adkin LTD).

Composition credits include: Vinegar Tom (Royal & Derngate, University of Northampton) and The Comedy of Errors (Red Rose Chain).

For more information on Tristan’s work, and full directing, writing and acting CV, please visit www.tristanjackson-pate.co.uk

 

“The sheer number of opportunities for learning and development have been staggering. Artists are very lucky to have a place with people that support with the passion and drive that the Generate programme does. Without it, my work would have remained another idea in a notebook.”  Chris Lowe – Generate Associate Artist