taking up space.

The focus of my career as a female cultural producer has been to galvanise black identity on stage, as well as supporting the growth of community theatre and its sustainable impact through the curation of masterclasses, productions and live/digital events.

My practice drives me to create work for and alongside artists from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Passionately resulting in projects that can create opportunities for different cultures to be brought together through the medium of art. As an intersectional feminist, it is vital for me as a theatre maker to produce authentic female stories collaborating with women from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

I drive to support the representation of black women within the creative industry; building on the movement which sees us excel.

  1. Emerging

    2017

    February: Leading Light Collective founded.
    June: Leading Light Collective showcase 3 productions for Bath Fringe 2017:
    Girls Like That by Evan Placey
    Heartbeat by Ryan Mellish
    Memories We Lost in the Fire by Belinda Clarke
    July: Graduated from Bath Spa University from Acting BA (Hons).
    December: Appointed Artistic Director of Leading Light Collective.

  2. Growing

    2018

    January - May: Leading Light Collective tours Memories We Lost in the Fire venues include; Centre17, Battersea Arts Centre, Theatre Full Stop’s Pub Theatre Festival and International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.
    May: Memories We Lost in the Fire awarded for Best New Writing from the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

  3. Learning

    2019

    February: Leading Light Collective’s Network and Chill: 3rd Birthday.
    February: Accepted onto MA Creative Producing for Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
    March: Directed for Global Voices Theatre at Arcola Theatre.
    April: Facilitator for Leading Light Collective’s CULTure R&D for Arcola Theatre’s ArcolaLab.
    June: Facilitator for Connecting Colours Theatre Company ‘Taking Up Space in the industry as a black artist’.
    July: Leading Light Collective’s Network and Chill: #WeCanDoBoth
    October: Leading Light Collective’s Network and Chill: How to Build a Theatre Company.
    October: Excellence Theatre’s Dear Black People Festival at The Pleasance Theatre.

  4. Adapting

    2020

    January: Appointed as PR & Outreach Coordinator for Catalyst in The Cloud Festival (June 2020).
    February: Leading Light Collective’s Illuminate Your Confidence masterclass facilitator with Hounslow Borough schools.
    February: Assistant Producer for Lagahoo Production’s Splintered at Vault Festival.
    February: Assistant Producer for THESE GIRLS’ Bible John at Vault Festival.
    February: Leading Light Collective’s Network and Chill: Mind Over Matter.
    June: Co-Producer for Festival Talk with Park Theatre, Blue Elephant, Mountview Academy and Theatre Peckham for Catalyst in the Cloud Festival.
    June: Lead Producer Posters by Tanya Loretta Dee for Catalyst in the Cloud Festival.
    September: Graduated from MA Creative Producing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts with Distinction.
    November: Leading Light Collective’s Dear Mother Nature Digital Series.
    December: Nominated by Mountview Academy for an Evening Standard Future Theatre Award for Theatre Making.

  5. Practicing

    2021

    January: Co-Speaker at ITC Conference ‘The Role of the Producer as a Leader’ with Pam Fraser Solomon and David Ralf.
    January: Freelance Programme Assistant for Fuel Theatre.
    January: Appointed Freelance Trainee Producer at Arch468.
    January: Joins Theatre Peckham’s Young Producer Cohort 2020.
    February: Leading Light Collective wins Emerging Company Award for The Bread and Roses Theatre.
    February: Facilitator for Bath Spa University ‘Taking Up Space as a Freelancer in the industry’.
    March: Leading Light Collective x Arts Radio Show Bath Takeover for International Women’s Day.
    March: Consultant Producer for Mia Jerome’s Fig & Oil.
    March: Leading Light Collective’s Dear Mother Nature R&D with The Bread and Roses Theatre.
    March: Appointed as Programme Assistant at Fuel Theatre.
    April: Facilitator for Bath Spa University ‘Taking Up Space as a Freelancer in the industry’.