A bit more about our team who have been working together on Fun Palaces since 2014:
Fun Palaces Co-Director Stella Duffy has worked in theatre for 35 years as a actor, director, playwright, improviser, deviser and workshop leader. She is an award-winning writer with over sixty short stories, eleven plays (written and devised), and fifteen novels published in sixteen languages. Stella regularly writes and campaigns about the arts, women’s, breast cancer, and LGBT issues, and increasingly writes about Fun Palaces and the campaign for grassroots culture for all. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable and also with Shaky Isles Theatre.
Fun Palaces Co-Director Sarah-Jane Rawlings’ recent work includes Meet Me at the Albany, a pioneering Creative Ageing initiative at the Albany, Deptford, in partnership with Entelechy Arts and Lewisham Council and a research project for the Lyric Hammersmith on data capture. She also produced Storm at the Lyric Hammersmith, (with Graeae and Push), a festival of training and participation for disabled, Deaf, and BME artists; designed and managed a series of networking events for Deaf and disabled artists, and spent time with Lisa Hammond and Rachel Spence developing their first show, No Idea. Sarah-Jane was General Manager at Improbable from 2007 – 2013. She also worked as a Theatre Officer at ACE London, with a responsibility for contemporary performance, at the Lyric Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, managing their Education Programmes.
Fun Palaces Producer Hannah Lambert has a background in event management in London and in Mumbai, India where she lived from 2008 – 2011. Whilst in India she worked for theatre production companies including Rage Productions and The Industrial Theatre Co. Hannah worked as Festival Producer for the 7 Bridges Project in South London in 2011 and in events for the London Indian Film Festival from 2011 – 2012. She managed the Secret Forum Fiction Tent at Wilderness Festival in 2013 & 2014. She is also Project Manager for What Next? on the BBC Get Creative campaign.
Fun Palaces Producer Kirsty Lothian worked for theatre company Improbable for the better part of a decade, organising their Open Space events supporting the theatre making community; for Axon Publishing, managing several magazines and catalogues; and as a digital library assistant for the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford. She has also directed operas for the Anghiari Festival, made and produced theatre with Jumbled, and served fried chicken in south London.
Fun Palaces Administrator Conni Rosewarne
Alongside her work at Fun Palaces Conni is currently studying for an MRES in Arts and Cultural Research at Brighton University which she is using to support the Fun Palaces Ambassador’s Action Research project with Eleonore Belfiore. Prior to Fun Palaces, Conni worked for a variety of projects including the Floating Cinema, Magic Adventure and Romford Contemporary Arts Programme, as well as acting as editorial and gallery assistant to Black Dog Publishing and WORK Gallery.
Daniel King Communications – Dan is a freelance marketing and PR project manager for arts and entertainment, his clients include: Battersea Arts Centre, Soho Theatre, Polka Theatre, Dartington Hall, East London Dance, Aesop Health, Dance to Health, Camden People’s Theatre and comedian Mae Martin. He was formerly Head of Marketing and Sales at The Invisible Dot, and has worked for the Albany, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, DreamWorks Animations, Seabright Productions, Ambassador Theatre Group amongst others.
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