The second cohort to study the Diploma in Creative Producing with The CGO Institute from April 2021 to July 2021, as the sector entered a short Covid-19 reprieve and in-person performances began taking place in the summer months.
Chloe Ashley (England)
Chloe Ashley is a freelance producer and stage manager with experience working on Regional, Off West-End and Fringe productions. Chloe is one of the co-founders of Undone Theatre, and is particularly passionate about creating and championing queer work. She works across a range of disciplines including theatre, musical theatre and opera. She is also a Stage One Bursary Recipient (Spring 2022).
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Lewis Forman (England/Scotland)
Lewis is an emerging producer and the creative director of theatre collective The Counterminers. They currently operate as the Marketing Manager for the Edinburgh University Theatre Company and the President of Theatre Paradok. Recently, they produced the Scottish Online Student Drama Festival. Lewis is also an independent reviewer, based in Edinburgh both during the Fringe and the rest of the year. Lewis has just accepted a new role as Rights and Contracts Coordinator at the National Theatre.
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Andy Grange (England)
Andy trained in Lighting Design at RADA. He is a London-based Production Manager and Lighting designer. Prior to becoming freelance, he was deputy head of lighting at RADA. Andy has lit and production-managed a number of UK tours over the past ten years for London Classic Theatre, most recently Absurd Person Singular, My Mother Said I Never Should and Private Lives. Andy has a long partnership working with RADA and Carnival UK on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, production-managing and lighting shows on board the ship. Recent production productions on board include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tram Track Tragedy and Pride & Prejudice.
Andy has also lit a number of pantomimes for Hertford Theatre and productions for The Musical Theatre Academy and productions of Don Giovanni and Henry V for the New Generation festival at the Palazzo Corsini, Florence. Most recently Andy lit immersive events for COW PR and Kraken Rum. He has a passion for musical theatre and aspires to develop and champion new musical theatre work.
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Edmund Ross William Hunt (Malaysia / UK)
Edmund is a proud aboriginal person from Peninsular Malaysia. His involvement in theatre production began in the first year of his bachelor’s degree where he was involved as a stage manager, producer, actor, acting trainer/coach and director. Previous working experience includes managing cultural and film events/festivals and dance groups. He also has experience as an instructor and facilitator for Theatre & Stage Drama, Event Management and Stage Management course at Malaysian public universities for over 10 years.
He aims to be the pioneer in developing the indigenous theatre in Malaysia and is committed to promoting and showcasing the arts and culture of the Malaysian Orang Asli community through performing arts, inspired by performances from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He is passionate about musical theatre, designs and performance making and likes integrating musical elements in theatrical performances.
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Camille Koosyial (UK)
Camille is British Guyanese Theatre Maker from South West London. After graduating from UEA in 2017 she has gone on to produce gig-theatre shows for Rose Eye Productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Camden People’s Theatre and recently directed the show Superman at the Vaults Festival 2020. She was also the Touring Stage Manager for LUNG’s 2019/2020 national tour of Trojan Horse. She is now producing for LUNG Theatre, Make It Beautiful Theatre Company as well as Associate Producer for Pig Foot Theatre’s Hot In Here and Barrel Organ and English Touring Theatre on their Tess Young Company project. When she’s not in a Luton van or lugging props round London, she is partial to a bit of arts and crafts and talking about the environment.
To contact Camille, please contact Chris here
Jasmine Kuti-Smith (UK)
Jasmine is a London based artist whose work spans across theatre, performance making, visual art, fashion, music, design, and creative production. She holds a foundation diploma in Art & Design at Camberwell College of Arts, BA (Hons) in Theatre Design Wimbledon College of Arts, and has trained with Central St Martins in Production Design for Film and Television. She holds a Diploma in Creative Producing with the CGO institute and is trained in Creative Practice & Facilitation. Her creative projects incorporate multidisciplinary artforms and have developed through performance, fashion, music, design, visual art, and production. Collaborations include work with London Contemporary Dance School at The Place, New Diorama Theatre at NDT Broadgate project supported by Jerwood Arts, Golden Globe and Bafta Award winning film company No.9, The School of Hope with The Paper Birds and Theatre Centre, Mountview Drama School MA Site-Specific Theatre course. She is interested in building communities and creative collaborations that challenge and provoke new conversations, impact change through performance making, theatre, film, art & design, and creative production, continuing to develop innovative concepts and work with other artists, performance-makers, and creative leaders. Jasmine is a member of The Society of British Theatre Designers and StageSight Offstage workforce.
Maris Meos (Estonia/South West England)
Maris is a creative professional committed to building in the Forest of Dean, introducing it as a viable location for producer-related activities, supporting artists and fellow producers, and spreading the beauty and necessity of holistic approaches to team building and producing. Maris works at The ASHA Centre – a holistic educational centre in the Forest of Dean – and is the Creative Producer of Eden’s Cave – a laboratory theatre company responding to the global questions of our time. Her previous working experience includes supporting conferences, theatre productions and festivals, including Estonian Music Days and Viru Folk.
Alongside her current projects with ASHA and Eden’s Cave, Maris dreams of creating a change programme consisting of annual retreats for theatre producers. She is dreaming of forming a Tribe of Heart Producers. Producers.
Allegra Nespoli (UK)
Allegra is Producer at Curious Monkey Theatre in Newcastle as well as a freelance theatre and live events producer. She has worked in a range of leading arts organisations including Raindance Film Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Roundhouse and the Old Vic Theatre, producing creative projects for young people.
Allegra is particularly passionate about human rights and audience development. Her theatre company, 1989 Productions, has commissioned and produced original work about social justice issues such as modern slavery, freedom of speech and women’s rights. (Hackney Showroom, Royal Court Theatre). Allegra is interested in international collaboration, supporting live artists and increasing accessibility in theatre and festivals. She is currently producing a verbatim play about the Grenfell Tower fire.
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