Amanda is the Founder and Chief Executive of Inc Arts. Before starting Inc Arts Amanda was Editor of Arts Professional, the news and features magazine for the UK’s arts workforce. She's a former Campaigns Manager and Development Producer for BBC Four and BBC2 arts programmes, and holds a clutch of industry awards including a Royal Television Award, MIND Mental Health in the Media award, CRE Race in the Media award and a couple of Webbys.
Amanda created the TV industry’s first report on gender diversity and employment of TV directors, leading to sector-wide training and recruitment change.
Deborah has been working in the performing arts for over 15 years. She began her career onstage as a dancer and classical musician before turning her hand to the business, financial and management side of the profession. Deborah has assisted and consulted on various campaigns that inform policy and best practice relating to the creative industries, is an Ambassador for the F-List UK, and worked with Parents and Carers in Performing Arts for several years. She has worked forThe Watermill, York Theatre Royal, Theatr Clwyd Cymru, Queens Theatre Hornchurch and Eastern Angles Theatre Company as well as at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in London’s West End.
Leah is a creative producer, specialising in film and moving image. Recent film projects include An Echo for my Father (Jamila Prowse, 2021), Animal Antics (Patrick Goddard, 2021), and MASS (Nadeem Din-Gabisi, 2020). MASS was selected for Minikino Film Week, Alchemy and Glasgow Short Film Festivals 2021, and Animal Antics will be premiering at British Art Show 9. She also has a focus on advocacy work, which includes her former roles as head of Curation for TEDxUCLWomen and programming for Fringe of Colour online arts festival.
Rey has been in the Arts for over 20 years and has worked for a wide range of organisations from large-scale venues to local mid-scale and small theatres. Her most recent role was as an Agent for Change with the Ramps on The Moon consortium which enabled theatres to break down barriers for people to access the arts safely, in a space that is inclusive for all.
Rey is an experienced trainer and facilitator having worked with marginalised people in the community to support them to access equal opportunities both professionally and personally.
Rey is passionate about ensuring inclusivity and diversity is at the heart of an organisation and believes strongly that the arts should be accessible to all, not to the few and is committed to making long-term, sustainable changes within the industry.
Julie Clare is Producer of Olivier Award-winning Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and Associate Producer of Baby Reindeer (Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre 2020). She has produced in the West End, Off West End and Off Broadway, including Lin Manuel Miranda’s Olivier award-winning In The Heights. Future productions include Raised Voices with Fresh Voices UK (where she is also Strategic Director), The Young Vic and the Bush Theatre promoting female playwrights of African and Caribbean descent, and Bollywood Rose with a creative team and cast of South Asian descent. She previously worked in PR, consulting, marketing and business development for a range of organisations and has been working on diversity related issues in the arts for over a decade.
Akinna Aquino is a British-Filipino Producer for film and events. As a former Festival Producer, she delivered the first virtual editions of both the London Short Film Festival and the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Akinna has also worked with Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity as a Production Manager in the Awards Department.
As a film producer, Akinna has worked on a number of projects including a digital campaign for Coloro + WGSN and a short film looking at the lives of the Filipino immigrant community which was screened at the Earls Court Film Festival.
Aneesa is a HR/Administrative professional with extensive experience in Recruitment, Diary Coordination, Managing Clerical Functions and Supporting Executive-Level Management.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Drama (Theatre & Media Performance) and spent two years studying at the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol.
Aneesa is currently working towards a MSc in Human Resource Management and is passionate about inclusion and diversity in the workplace.
As Administration Manager for Inc Arts she is responsible for co-ordinating our administration systems and operations.
Georgia trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and started her career teaching dance in inner city mainstream schools, special schools, youth centres and community provisions. She has planned and facilitated arts projects in many London Boroughs, where young people from challenging backgrounds struggled to access the arts. She further developed her expertise from facilitating arts projects to developing a career in events marketing. After completing a BA in Arts Management, Georgia went on to develop over 10 years of digital marketing experience across a wide range of corporate sectors in the EMEA territories.
Jessi Parrott is a performer, playwright and academic with Cerebral Palsy, and a powered wheelchair user. They recently completed their PhD at the University of Warwick, working between the School of Theatre Studies and Warwick Business School to position disability as an employment issue in UK theatre and television. These combined personal and professional perspectives mean they are passionate about Inc Arts' mission, and its commitment to intersectionality.
Sammy is a horror producer and curator in the Theatre and visual art industry. For Inc Arts she covers research, training and social media management.
Carol Russell is a consultant, screenwriter, actress, teacher and founder of Fresh Voices UK, a network which amplifies the work of ethnically diverse screenwriters in the television industry. For over 20 years she has worked in organisational change and EDI for consultancies such as Sparknow, Trans4mation and Taylor Stewart Associates.
As a screenwriter she has written for BAFTA-nominated drama Soon Gone: Windrush Chronicles (BBC), the BAFTA-nominated Story of Tracy Beaker,
House of Usher (short film for BBC), and two seasons of Comin' Atcha, a series based on the lives of English girl group Cleopatra. She recently co-wrote the book Invisible to Valuable with author and advertising professional Jane Evans.
Jessica has worked in arts administration for the last five years; working with key organisations across the sector such as the Liverpool Biennial, Tyneside Cinema, Open Clasp Theatre Company and Northumbria University. Jessica is also a freelance art curator and Co-Director for PINK; a new artist-led space based in Manchester.
Ailin is a Japanese-American director with a passion for daring new works of theatre that engage audiences with untold and under-told stories in a visual, visceral way. Her Colchester-based physical company, Theatre Témoin, is a 1ºEast Portfolio, Lowry ‘Developed With’, and Without Walls Portfolio company, and has worked in collaboration with The Salisbury Playhouse, Ovalhouse, Roundhouse, GDIF, and others.
Ailin is a board member of Stage Directors UK and the Directors Charitable Foundation, a delegate member of Artistic Directors of the Future, and a core member of Migrants in Theatre.
Anand Bhatt is a dance enthusiast and producer from Leicester . With an interest in all things Michael Jackson and Bollywood, he stumbled upon contemporary dance in 2007 when he was dancing in a Kathak show along with dancer Aakash Odedra. As Aakash and Anand found their creative talks and dreams aligned, the clearer it also became that Anand was not in fact a dancer. He started to help out Aakash with his shows, and ended up as his producer. Their first project ‘Rising’ featured commissions by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Russell Maliphant.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Anand developed the Shiamak UK operations to 14 sites across 6 English regions with 1000-people attending per week. At Dance City Anand became Artistic Director and Chief Executive in 2020. Anand was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in 2021 for services to Dance and Community.
Ayesha Casely-Hayford is an Offies Award nominated actress, and award-winning voice artist. She is also a solicitor specialising in employment and discrimination law and former chair of the board of trustees of The Act For Change Project (which campaigns for greater diversity in the live and recorded arts).
Over the last decade, Jiten's work has focussed on pioneering new ground-breaking arts festivals and cultural interventions. As a Director of a small social enterprise, he has had the opportunity to work across a breadth of roles, namely, a Creative Producer, Strategic Partnerships Manager and Festival Director.
He started his journey in 2011 when establishing Inspirate. Since then, he has led one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary South Asian arts festivals, An Indian Summer, established Bring The Paint festival with Graffwerk, and is now working towards cementing Inspirate’s position as a pioneering cultural beacon in the Midlands.
He is also a Clore graduate having completed the Short Course. These experiences in particular have helped him to propel his aspirations as a young South Asian cultural entrepreneur.
Leo Wan is an actor and arts campaigner. As an actor, he has worked with The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare's Globe and New Earth Theatre. He works with a number of campaigns to ensure the performing arts is diverse, equitable and accessible. He sits on Equity's Race Equality Committee and the Board of Northern Broadsides.
Matthew Xia is a self-taught theatre director, DJ, composer, broadcaster and journalist with a focus on using theatre as a platform to promote inclusion, activism and social change.
Matthew has served as Associate Director at Stratford East, Director in Residence at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Associate Artist at the Nottingham Playhouse and as Associate Artistic Director at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Matthew is a founding member of Act for Change, which is a registered charity with the mission of strengthening diversity in the arts. He is also a trustee of Cardboard Citizens, the UK's only homeless people's professional theatre company, as well as a trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future. 2020 has seen him join the Everyman and Playhouse Diversity Action Group as well as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's Equity Committee.
Omeima is a British-Sudanese combined textile artist, Crafts Maker and Independent Curator who has exhibited both nationally and internationally and received the runner-up prize for the Arab British Centre Award for Culture 2019 (individual award).
In 2018 Omeima was commissioned by Artichoke to work with local communities in Brighton bringing deaf and hearing women together to create a banner that took part in the PROCESSIONS event to mark the centenary of women's right to vote in the UK.
Omeima is a 2019/20 Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, Creative Consultant, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility Consultant and Trainer and a leader in creating Deaf and Hard of Hearing integrated activities that promotes both equity and professional development opportunities.
Paula Gazzard has worked in academia, media and digital industries before founding Fossbox in 2005 to translate collaborative research into real-world impacts working with universities, civil society, and creative industries.
Paula has a PhD in Culture & Communication from the University of Sussex and has been a partner/co-investigator in numerous research collaborations funded by Research Councils UK/EU. Paula was also Director of Policy & External Relations at the Council for Higher Education in Art & Design, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group, Creative Industries Federation Higher Education Working Group, and Director of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network.
A keen advocate for neurodiversity in creative and digital industries, Paula is also currently a member of the research advisory group for Autistica and founded Neurodissident Cafe, a national network for autistic women
Tigho Feldman has worked in the arts sector for over twelve years and the charity sector for over twenty years. She has been working in HR and EDI for over five years and is qualified as a Chartered Member of the CIPD. As an ethnically diverse woman she is passionate about the arts being more diverse and inclusive, allowing everyone who wants to participate to have access and to have a voice and be heard.
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