Shannon Sickels (Yee) is an award-winning playwright and producer, based in Northern Ireland. Shannon’s perspectives as an immigrant, ethnic minority, queer artist with a disability living in NI are deeply embedded in her work. In NI, she has worked with Replay Theatre Company, TheatreofplucK (Trouble, 4* Irish Times), Assault Events, Accidental Theatre, Agent 160, and Terra Nova Productions. She has received numerous awards and funding support from the Arts Council NI, Wellcome Trust, and Arts & Disability Award Ireland. Shannon was a HATCH resident artist at The Metropolitan Arts Centre (Belfast, 2014/15, and was the only NI participant on the Royal Court Theatre’s National Playwriting Group (2013). She is also a member of Agent 160, a UK-wide female playwright-led company that aims to rectify the gender imbalance in professional theatre productions. www.s-yee.co.uk
Anna Newell has been making theatre adventures for people of all ages to watch and to take part in since 1989 - in theatres of all sizes, in a disused police station, in a shopping centre, on a barge, in a sonic lab, in a hydropool and in a secret apartment - in various cities in the UK and Ireland and also in the US, South Africa and Bosnia. She created the world’s first BabyDay, introduced theatre for children and young people with PMLD into Ireland and helped start babytheatre in South Africa. She has been Artistic Director, Replay Theatre Co, Artistic Director CETL(NI), The Centre for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts (a practical interdisciplinary arts programme at Queens University Belfast) and Associate Director, Dundee Rep. Anna was one of 11 finalists for the International Ellen Stewart Award 2015. She is now beginning a new freelance practice across the UK, Ireland and beyond. www.annanewell.co.uk
Paul Stapleton is an improviser, sound artist and instrument designer originally from Southern California. Paul performs with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics and found objects. He is currently based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, where he teaches and supervises research in performance technologies, improvisation and site-specific sound art. Paul’s ongoing collaborations include his performance duo with saxophonist Simon Rose, the distributed instrument project Ambiguous Devices with Tom Davis, the Translating Improvisation research group co-directed with Sara Ramshaw, and the QUBe music collective co-directed with Steve Davis. www.paulstapleton.net
Hanna Slättne is one of the UK and Ireland’s most experienced dramaturgs and theatremakers, specialising in new work, new writing and cross artform collaboration. She has extensive experience in mentoring and facilitating artists in their development processes. Projects she has worked on have won numerous awards, including the Meyer Whitworth Award, Wyndham Campbell Prize, Stewart Parker Awards and The Irish Times Theatre Awards. With more than 25 years experience working in Sweden, UK and Ireland as a freelancer and over 10 years as the dramaturg for Tinderbox Theatre Company, her range of projects includes: A post apocalyptic experience in a large warehouse, an intimate sonic art experience in a hospital bed and currently in development; a polyvocal multilingual devised piece by Northern Irish and Croatian artists. With a regular output of new writing for large and small stages, programming and delivering festivals and through mentoring generations of upcoming artists the dramaturgical ripples of her expertise extends far and wide.
Stevie Prickett has been working as a freelance performer, choreographer and dance worker since 1994. Originally working in Scotland he choreographed and performed in work for Scottish Dance Theatre and Dundee Rep Theatre. Since leaving Scotland, he has worked as a performer and workshop leader for Assault Events since 2000. He moved to Northern Ireland in 2005 where he choreographed and performed in work for Tinderbox Theatre Company, The Lyric Theatre, Maiden Voyage Dance Company, OffTheRails Dance, Queens University and Kids in Control. He has also lectured on undergraduate degree courses for University of Ulster, Queens University and DeMontfort University. He has been creating work for his solo physical theatre company TrickyDisco (www.trickydisco.co.uk) since 2011. He moved to Cardiff in 2013 and most recently directed a show at Elsoms Seeds in Lincolshire.