Kenneth is a key figure in the UK arts and culture scene with over 40 years professional experience in the sector. He is currently working as a freelance consultant, as Interim Executive Director of Inc Arts and as Interim Joint CEO of Eclipse Theatre, a Black-led touring theatre and production company based in Leeds.
He began his career as a professional dancer; as one of the leading dance artists of his generation, he performed for 13 years with the internationally-acclaimed London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and then with other leading companies during a 25-year career as a performer, choreographer, teacher and director.
From 2007 to 2016, he headed The Place, the UK’s leading centre for contemporary dance development. As Chief Executive, Kenneth held responsibility for the overall leadership, strategy and management, acting as the public face of the organisation, and as an ambassador for The Place’s work.
From May 2018 to Sept 2020, he was Director of The Africa Centre, in its new home in Southwark. He was proud to have led such an iconic organisation, at a time when its role as a home for contemporary African and diaspora culture and heritage, is needed now, more than ever.
In 2020 he served as Chair of the judging panel for the prestigious AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.
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.
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.
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.
Sofia is a Greek born, London based Marketing and Communications Specialist working within the intersection of inclusion, equality and storytelling. As an avid internet enthusiast and visual storyteller, she greatly enjoys consuming culture and technology. She works exceptionally well with others (especially those of the canine variety) and thrives in a fast-paced, creative environment.
Ellen O'Donohue Oddy has worked in communications in the arts and public sector for 7 years, leading on projects for both audience-facing organisations and within artist support and production.
She has also produced live events, ran exhibition tours, is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and is a resident on Dublin Digital Radio.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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