Sally Taylor (Host)

Currently the Executive Director, The Culture Capital Exchange Sally’s previous roles include the London Director of Arts & Business, encouraging businesses to partner the arts in innovative ways, she raised funding from both the DCMS and SRB 6 for this work,  Senior Touring Officer for Arts Council England with particular responsibility for opera and contemporary music, General Manager of Pimlico Opera, an award winning touring opera company renowned for its prison work, working for Kallaway Sponsorship Consultants and advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, as well as running her own company.

Bretta Gerecke

Bretta is a Canadian Designer who works in Theatre and Opera. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design. Bretta is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, She is the recipient of over twenty Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, for Set, Lighting and Costume Design; The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; The Global Women of Vision Award. Bretta is currently designing Allavita for Cirque du Soleil and Nevermore for Radio Mouse Entertainment in New York.

Sacha Golob

Sacha is a Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College London. His central areas of interest are 19th and 20th century European Philosophy, especially Nietzsche, Heidegger,and Foucault, and the intersection between philosophy, literature and the visual arts. Prior to joining King's, he was a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge. 

Emma Redding

Dr Emma Redding is Head of Dance Science at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Emma originally trained as a dancer and performed with the company Tranz Danz, Hungary and for Rosalind Newman, Hong Kong. She teaches contemporary dance technique at Trinity Laban and lectures in physiology alongside her management and research work. She has been Principal Investigator for several large-scale research projects including a 3-year government funded study into dance talent identification and development as well as studies into the physical and mental demands of music playing and the role of mental imagery within creative practice. She has published her work in academic journals and is a member of the Board of Directors and a Past-President of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).

Emma Stenning

After reading History at Cambridge University, Emma initially worked with director, Simon Godwin, with whom she created the theatre company Straydogs. In 1999, the company transferred its production of Eurydice (which had previously enjoyed a successful run at BAC) to the Whitehall Theatre as part of a season with Oxford Stage Company (now Headlong). After a period working for Complicite, she took up the role of Executive Director at Battersea Arts Centre, working alongside Tom Morris, with whom she subsequently created the theatre production company Schtanhaus. Emma subsequently worked as Head of Theatre for Arts Council England London, Head of Producing for the Manchester International Festival and was a Clore Fellow. She is currently Executive Director and joint Chief Executive (with Tom Morris) of Bristol Old Vic. 

Joe Townsend

Joe’s is a violinist and a composer. He has created works for Opera North (The Gypsy Bible, Foiea Verde, St George), The National Theatre (Oresteia, Macbeth, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet) and has collaborated with a range of different artists: Gavin Bryars, Laurie Anderson, Roma musicians and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His work in Education has ranged from work with LPO, Welsh National Opera and Opera North in addition to running workshops in collaborative performance in Japan and the UK.

John Cumming

John is the Director of Serious, creators and producers of jazz, world & contemporary music concerts, shows and tours, working with artists and musicians from the UK

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