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Class Of

Class Of 2020

Class Of is an annual cohort of Greater Manchester-based artists looking to build their understanding of the business of theatre.

We are delighted to announce that we are now running the second year of our Class Of programme, a year-long scheme aimed at providing a deeper understanding of the performing arts – industry, production and general survival – for a select group of artists and producers.

Over the course of the year, the Class Of cohort will be taken on a dedicated learning path designed to dig deeper into their understanding of their practice, going beyond introductory workshops to look at topics such as:

  • How to think like a social entrepreneur
  • Tour booking and negotiating deals
  • Building your online brand on social media
  • Making accessible and inclusive work
  • Improving and maintaining your mental wellbeing
  • Looking after yourself and keeping the creatives you are working safe

As well as committing to monthly training sessions, the Class Of cohort will benefit from additional offers such as Class Trips to go see and discuss interesting new work, scratch opportunities and mentoring support from the Artist Development team at The Lowry. Class Of is also a fantastic opportunity to join a close-knit peer support group who can benefit from each other’s’ experience, develop new working partnerships and gain insight into people at a similar stage in their careers who work across different platforms and disciplines.

The cohort will graduate in Summer 2020 armed with all the tools needed to make a start in theatre production, whether that be producing their own work, organisational development, or freelance producing for other people.

To apply for Class Of 2021, please check back here in Spring 2020.

Meet The Class of 2020

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Amy Vreeke

Amy is a theatre and comedy artist based in Manchester. Amy’s work has been described as “likably down to earth” leaving “audiences splitting with laughter” (NorthWestend) allowing her to talk about taboo and highly personal subjects with charm, humour & frankness. Amy is now working on a solo show ‘The Year My Vagina Tried to Kill Me’ commissioned by Contact Theatre and SICK! Festival which is set to premier and tour in autumn 2019. Over the past four years Amy has also built a reputation as an up and coming stand-up comedian on the Northern circuit.


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Antonia Beck

Antonia is an award-winning artist, writer, director and creative producer with a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to making performance-based work. Antonia makes responsive, research-driven work that sits on the boundaries of contemporary, experimental theatre, performance and live art. Over the last 10 years Antonia has worked extensively in both practical and strategic roles across the creative sector; working with a wide range of nationally and internationally renowned artists and organisations.

Photo by Graeme Braidwood.


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Charlie Hammond

Charlie is a clown and maker of surreal DIY theatre-comedy, based in the North-West. He has performed throughout the UK and abroad, in theatres, live-art nights, and on the streets. His energetic, gloriously silly, work has been described as ‘uplifting and extremely original’ (About Manchester for Das Schwimmer), as well as being a ‘gifted physical comedian’ (The Scotsman for Clonely).

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Edwina McEachran

Edwina is a Creative Producer who currently enjoys supporting artists who create work that champion and/or interrogate the communities they live in. Also an Arts Marketer, Edwina has previously worked with organisations such as Abandon Normal Devices, Festival of Making & Manchester Folk Festival.


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Ellie Taylor

Ellie is a writer, and was a finalist for the 2016 Kenneth Branagh Award. She is a member of the Royal Court Writers Group, and currently working on her first feature film script, supported by BFI North.


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Ergon Theatre

Ergon Theatre are a Manchester based company, exploring climate conscious theatre-making that places the audience at the centre of its work. Robin, Noé, Sam and Associate Producer Catt, create interactive work with a focus on imaginative futures based on scientific research.

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Katherine Hollinson

Katherine is a performer, maker and teacher from Manchester. A common thread running throughout her practice is the need to challenge notions of who can and can’t dance, and to minimise the barriers to accessing dance as a watcher or mover.

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Lauren Tucker

Lauren is a millennial dance artist based in the UK. She has recently formed a new company, Tuckshop Dance Theatre in 2016, with an ambitious vision to create high quality dance theatre and digital exports for young audiences. She makes creative work, performs, facilitates learning to take place, and develops opportunities for dance and people in the Northwest.

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Nikhil Vyas

Nikhil is a theatre maker from Croydon. He directs new plays, makes devised performance, works as a movement director, and facilitates. He is Artistic Director of Trip Hazards, recently named one of The Guardian’s Five Best Young Theatre Companies. He likes to make work that is physical, lo-fi, and which reimagines the relationship between spectator and performer. Nikhil has trained through the Young Vic Directors Program and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

@Nikhilv95/ Co-runs:

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Shelley Owen

Shelley is a performance artist creating and touring dance and interdisciplinary work. Researcher for the International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival and Masters alumni of LCDS, she creates work in response to her own lived experience. Her research interests include; gender and identity, womanhood, representation of body in performance, cognition, and contemporary performance making.

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Tania Camara

Tania Camara is an Interdisciplinary solo performance artist based in Manchester working across performance, installation, video, and photography. Tania creates work that challenges the concept of nationality, belonging and the black performing body. She takes her cultural heritage, personal experiences, research and the interdisciplinary structure of Batuku which includes singing, dancing, drums and spoken word, as a starting point. Tania holds an MA in Artistic Research from the University of Amsterdam.

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Tom Halls

Tom is a queer performance artist, writer and creator, originally from Melbourne. Creating original works, he focuses on queer experiences and disrupting mainstream narratives. Co-founder of TomYumSim, a new work performance company, Tom interrogates site-specific and unorthodox performance spaces. Most recently he has been a MIF Creative Lab artist, Co:Lab supported artist and presented solo work Rage Faceat The Yard Theatre.

Class Of Alumni

Amie George

Multi-talented Amie is a performer, writer and co-Artistic Director of Rogue Bones Theatre Company. A graduate of the Royal Court Writers programme her work has been performed at Paines Plough Roundabout, HOME and Oldham Coliseum!

Amy Hailwood

An emerging theatre director with a speciality in applied theatre facilitation, Amy’s focus is on directing powerful, imaginative, contemporary theatre and fusing it with community transformation, for positive social change.

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Brogen Campbell

Brogen is a theatre producer and actor who has already worked with 53two, Royal Exchange Theatre and Contact. She is currently the producer of the theatre collective SwitchMCR. 

Charlotte McShane

Charlotte is a performer working across stand-up, spoken-word, live art and even the odd dance party! Her work looks at gender expectations and is shambolic, creative, unpredictable but above all a damn good time…some of the time.

Coalesce Dance Theatre (Fern and Rachel)

As an all-female directed contemporary dance company, Fern and Rachel’s mission is to create exciting and provoking dance work that connects audiences with ideas about the world. They are currently artists in residence at University of Salford.

Dan Mawson

Dan Mawson is an instrumentalist, composer and curator, now spreading his wings as a creative producer. With a solid musical background, Dan is also the manager of musical theatre writing duo leoe&hyde. 

Ellen Rogerson

A performer and director, Ellen creates and devises her own work, engaging young adults and exploring Northern regional identities. She hopes to also gain experience and skills to produce her own and other artists work.

Eloise Bonney

Founder of the international Baobab Tree Theatre Company, Eloise has toured the world with her own play, whilst also finding spare time to perform in plays and immersive experiences across the North West.

Emily Edwards

A fresh graduate from Edge Hill University, Emily is passionate about the production side of theatre and has already started extending her experience across the North West through producing and stage managing.

Fine Comb Theatre (Rachel & Catherine)

A new-writing theatre company with a growing reputation, Rachel and Catherine (better known as Fine Comb Theatre) create issue-based theatre with the aim to provoke thought and stimulate conversation.

Green Carnation Company (Dan & Dan)

A fresh new theatre company from two people called Dan, Green Carnation Company are dedicated to producing high quality theatre addressing LGBTQ+ issues through a mixture of live performance, discussion and digital activity.

Lucy Padwick

Lucy is the creative mind behind Foxtail Theatre. A performer with a passion for making family theatre, Lucy is eager to develop Foxtail further in order to take the whole family into the theatre and on an adventure!

Stephen Davies

Stephen is a theatre and multimedia artist with a passion for bringing the possibilities and capabilities of video games into live performances spaces. Aside from that he is also one half of theatre and media company ‘Snapshot! M.T.C.’

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Rosalyn Norford

Rosalyn is a family arts practitioner specialising in outdoor and site specific circus based performances. Her experience stems from delivering and devising community projects for a wide variety of community groups.