The third DipCP Cohort finished their studies in March 2022. They are already producing a variety of theatre, events and community work. We look forward to sharing their successes as their careers progress.
Ellen Burgin (UK/AUS)
Ellen is an experienced arts marketer and theatre producer who specialises in the strategy and delivery of communications, marketing, and press, as well as specifically working across the creation and development of new musical theatre and female led work as a producer, general manager and project manager. She is the Memberships and Communications Manager at Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network, as well as part of the management team at Colchester Fringe Festival and at Prague Fringe Festival, and a freelance arts marketer with Emma Martin Arts Marketing. She completed the Stage One Producing programme in 2019, used to work for Arts Council England, and is an experienced grants writer, supporting a number of companies to successfully secure Cultural Recovery Fund funding across 2020/2021 and National Lottery Project Grant funding year round.
Email Ellen here
Finlay Carroll (London & South West)
Finlay is a theatre maker and producer specialising in musical theatre and creative work with queer and ecological themes. He has links to London and the South West, and recently studied with Exeter Decolonising Network to advance anti-racist practice in the arts. Since graduating with a CGO Diploma in Creative Producing, Finlay has been developing an ecological musical theatre collective called Scatter. He loves projects which push boundaries, cross art forms, theatre which is noisy, bold, and responsive. His work seeks to amplify lost voices, preserve neglected histories, and place care at the heart of creative action.
Patricia Dzigbordi Akoli – (London/UK)
Patricia is an artist, facilitator and producer who firmly believes in the sharing of experience through the arts, and in the richness of intergenerational and community focused work. She holds a BA in Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance (UEL) and is currently the part-time Assistant Producer for Young People at LIFT, who is helping to support her development in producing with this course. Some of her credits through the festival are the 81 Minutes of Exuberantly Defiant Young Activists (2021), Balthazar’s Treasure(2019), Alcohol, City Lights & Slow Songs R&D (2018), Nightwalks with Teenagers (2018) and the LIFT Artists Gathering (2015). Beyond LIFT she has had experience working at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, The Arcola Theatre, Produced Moon, Immediate Theatre, The London Bubble Theatre, N’DA Dance Company, University of Colorado Boulder’s Performers Without Borders, The Salmon Youth Club and the High Cross Youth Project.
Artistically Patricia is exploring the juxtaposition of skin, pigmentation and identity in relation to eczema and society. The output will be a visual and verbatim inspired piece that will develop in collaboration with participants.
To contact Patricia, please contact Chris here
Tori Jones (South East England)
Tori is a community theatre practitioner who is passionate about the arts; however, being from a working-class background has proven challenging throughout her career. Encountering discrimination drives her determination for change, giving communities and young people exposure and opportunities to express themselves creatively in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
Tori trained in Acting and Community Theatre and is a qualified primary teacher. She has vast experience as a facilitator and community theatre director, working for a range of theatre companies in the U.K with people of all ages from all walks of life. She’s produced education and participatory theatre projects in the U.K, Thailand and South Korea. Since 2019, she has taught as a visiting tutor at East 15 Acting School. She is also the LCEP (Local Cultural Education Partnership) Coordinator for Southend City Council.
After receiving Arts Council DYCP funding to complete the Creative Producing Diploma at CGO Institute, Tori is very excited to be launching her theatre company, Unpuzzled Theatre Company C.I.C in Southend-on-Sea with a fantastic team of practitioners.
For more information or to get in contact, email Tori here!
Caron Lyon (East Midlands / UK)
Caron is a Creative Producer with a career that spans 20 years as a theatre stage manager and 15 years as a social technologies entrepreneur. Caron has worked on productions for Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre. Digital consulting and streaming work has taken Caron from the East Midlands and London to Rotterdam, Rome and Reykjavik.
From Nov 2021 – Oct 2022 Caron is in receipt of a Arts Council England’s DYCP Developing Creative Practice grant to R&D an immersive theatre production engaging XR environments and meta-virtual audiences, while exploring an associated NFT smart contract component for the purposes of immutable legacy, asset ownership and a transactional project portfolio.
In March 2022 they spoke at Cybersalon’s Future of Money ‘Tales from the Cybersalon’ webinar series about “Proof for Talent” NFTs and the Entertainment Industry.
Caron’s mission is…to fund and champion emerging talent. Have a theatre venue or theatre company of their own providing a funding source to part finance emerging and mid career talent to make powerful theatre that audiences want to watch.
Charlotte Mafham (London / UK)
Charlotte is a performer and producer based in London. She is currently the Comms and Admin Coordinator for Creative Freelancers: Shaping London’s Recovery – in partnership with cultural organisations across London and supported by Fuel Theatre and the Mayor of London/ GLA. This summer she was Project Coordinator for If Not Here… Where?, a Little Angel Theatre production re-imagined as a covid-safe tour for children in hospital. She is also supported by LAT to upskill in producing and currently works part-time in their Development department.
A multi-instrumentalist actor-musician, Charlotte trained at Arts Ed and has performed on stages from the West End to the Sydney Opera House via Paris and Pakistan. Amongst new writing, devising/ composing and classic texts, she specialises in work for young people. Charlotte has worked with hundreds of young people including with Half Moon Theatre, East End Shed and was co director/ producer of BLT Youth. Also a trained puppeteer, Charlotte has worked with puppetry specialist companies including Little Angel Theatre, Strangeface and Smoking Apples. Collaborating on the majority of their shows to date, Charlotte is an Associate Artist for Certain Dark Things Theatre Company. Charlotte has a BA Philosophy & Politics from UEA and plays viola for the Whitehall Orchestra and the charity fundraising Amici Orchestra.