A bit more about our team who have been working together on Fun Palaces since 2013
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 seventy short stories, fourteen plays (written and devised), and sixteen novels published in fifteen languages. Stella regularly writes and campaigns about the arts, women’s and LGBT issues, and increasingly writes and speaks about Fun Palaces and the campaign for community-led culture. She is an Associate Artist with Improbable. In 2016 she was awarded the OBE for Services to the Arts.
Fun Palaces Co-Director Sarah-Jane Rawlings’ 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 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/Evaluation Lead 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 Co-ordinator Ravina Bajwa has worked for 14 years in the Publishing industry, with recent work in the Museums and Heritage sector. She spent 9 years at Penguin Random House as Commissioner Editor, where she was responsible for the creation of the Penguin Audio imprint, as well as producing international audio productions for J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore. She has also worked as a co-ordinator of the Museums Association‘s Transformers programme, which supporting people seeking to make change in the UK museum sector. She is fascinated by heritage and storytelling, and the ways in which communities own and create these.
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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