GDIF 2022 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 26 August-11 September 2022

Meet the FESTIVAL.ORG team

FESTIVAL.ORG is one of the UK’s most ambitious and prolific outdoor arts producing organisations. We set out to radically raise the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor performance produced in the UK.

Beyond our flagship annual festival Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, we manage the nationwide Global Streets network.

Meet the people who make up the FESTIVAL.ORG team.

Bradley Hemmings MBE

Artistic Director

Bradley founded Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) in 1996 and has directed the festival for the last 25 years, building the festival’s reputation for staging high quality outdoor productions, often at large scale, whilst prioritising access and participation by diverse audiences.

In 2012 Bradley was Co-Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Paralympic Games, watched by 11.5 million viewers in the UK (Channel 4’s largest ever audience). He is a member of the London Area Council of Arts Council England, was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to Culture and Disability Arts, and was granted the Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2017.

Toby Smith

Associate Director

Joining GDIF in 2018, Toby works across the full breadth of FESTIVAL.ORG’s activity, leading on strategic development, fundraising and managing specific projects that are developing the organisation’s national and international impact, profile and significance. He is currently managing the Global Streets programme, bringing international outdoor arts to eleven town and cities across the UK. Toby was previously Festival Director at the Salisbury International Arts Festival and Director of Performance and Programming for the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). Studying music at the University of York, he has also worked in programming at Barbican Centre and Cheltenham Arts Festivals, and founded the Early Opera Company.

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Ellie Harris

Executive Producer

Ellie Harris leads on the delivery of the flagship Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, and producing cultural events for Festival.org. Ellie moved to London in 2019 to join the team as Festival Producer, following her extensive work in the South West of the UK where she was a Producer and Events Manager for Strike A Light, Green Man Festival, Cheltenham Arts Festivals, Rugby World Cup 2015 Gloucester cultural programme, and the National Trust. She has also independently produced theatre, puppetry, opera, dance, and enabled artists and companies to make and tour their work. Ellie is interested in making extraordinary things happen in unusual public spaces.

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Alex Covell

Access Producer

A passionate advocate and ally of disabled and neurodivergent artists, Alex is skilled in developing bespoke inclusive and accessible practice for outdoor arts, theatre and events. Alex works part time at FESTIVAL.ORG as the Access Producer for events including Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and as lead Access Advisor for the Without Walls Network. She is also part time at Shakespeare’s Globe as co-Access Manager. Recently, she has offered inclusive practice consultancy for Greenwich Dance’s new ArtsUnboxed project and for B-Side Festival on the Isle of Portland.

Alex has worked in the disability arts sector for over 10 years, predominantly at Access All Areas Theatre, one of the UK’s leading learning-disabled theatre companies. She has also worked with Graeae, Diverse City and in SEN Schools.

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Marie Faucher

Administrative Producer

After finishing her Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, Marie moved to the UK from France in 2015. She has worked in the outdoor event sector for ten years. Her love of physical theatre, dance, contemporary circus and community engagement projects has developed at organisations in France, Canada and the UK, including Young Musicians of the World, Lieux publics (national centre of creation for outdoor arts in Marseille), NoFit State Circus and Bristol Circus City. She joined FESTIVAL.ORG in January 2018, leading on Artist Liaison, scheduling, accommodation bookings, visa applications, … and reminding everyone to recycle in the office & on site!

Joey Valiunas

Head of Production

Joey joined as the GDIF head of production in 2019, overseeing the site, technical and operational elements across the festival.  He has a passion for creative production and loves the challenges in delivering the spectacles that GDIF present.  He is also a founding member and production director of Brainchild Festival, an Arts Council supported arts organisation and annual 3 day festival.  When not working outdoors Joey has an eclectic events experience, having managed the production on a variety of large scale events for brand and agency clients.

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Shaun Evelyn

Head of Marketing

Shaun joins FESTIVAL.ORG after leading the international marketing campaign for Good Chance Theatre’s The Walk (2021), helping to engage over 875,000 people with Little Amal’s story in live audiences, in classrooms and on social media. Throughout Amal’s 8,000km route, Shaun collaborated with leading arts and humanitarian organisations in 7 countries to help build “a whole buzzing community” (Time Out) of followers, audiences and allies. Shaun has also worked with Omnibus Theatre, Nouveau Riché, A Younger Theatre and See Tickets.

A life-long resident in the borough of Greenwich, Shaun is thrilled to join FESTIVAL.ORG in celebrating the communities in South East London and beyond, bringing his passion for storytelling, data, and branding to communications for GDIF2022!

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Nassy Konan

Associate Producer

Nassy is a Creative Producer working across Theatre and Live Art.  At the heart of her practice, she specialises in producing new work and introducing it to diverse audiences.  She’s a recipient of Jerwood Arts Live Work Fund 2021. Nassy’s has extensive expertise in touring work to mid-scale venues and festivals around the UK and internationally.  She has produced work for Soho Theatre, The Old Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Young Vic, Brixton House (formerly Ovalhouse), Southwark Playhouse, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival. 

Career highlights include the development and touring of the award-winning BAC Beatbox Academy production of Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster and the touring of Touretteshero’s Not I by Samuel Beckett to international & UK festivals/venues.She is currently a producer for Dropped Tea Theatre – making work that celebrates and amplifies London’s lost voices through multidisciplinary forms of storytelling in gentrified communities. As well as, producer for Swiss Selection Edinburgh & Swiss Selection Live with Pro Helvetia

nassy (@) festival.org

Zoe Moody

UK Artist Liason Producer

zoe (@) festival.org

Caroline Francis

Assistant Producer

Caroline has experience in producing, community engagement and project management. She joined the GDIF team in 2021 as Production Assistant, and is excited to be back working within her new role as Assistant Producer.

Before joining GDIF, Caroline worked as a Community Engagement and Public Art associate at UCL Culture. Caroline’s event experience has seen her work with Applecart Arts, SMASHfest UK, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Emergency Exit Arts.

caroline (@) festival.org

Medea Manaz

Marketing Officer

Medea joins GDIF from Good Chance Theatre’s The Walk (2021), the large scale public art performance in aid of refugees, spanning across eight countries in four months, and the Stanley Kubrick Film Archives.

Medea takes a multidisciplinary approach to creating in the arts. Since graduating from King’s College London with a degree in Classics, where she specialised in the study of Greek and Roman theatre, she has been involved in live performance, whether that be acting, producing (Das Stuck theatre company) or marketing.

medea (@) festival.org

Meredith Foster

Access Assistant

Meredith is thrilled to be joining the GDIF 2022 team. A true festival enthusiast, she has worked in marketing and administration at arts festivals across the globe, including London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), True/False Film Fest and ReelAbilities New York. She has provided publicity and sales support for a variety of productions at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Adelaide Fringe. Meredith brings with her a passion for innovative theatre and devotion to making transformative arts experiences accessible for all. She works part time while pursuing her MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths, UoL.

meredith (@) festival.org

Adalmiina Erkkola

Volunteer Coordinator

Adalmiina is a curator and programmer with a passion for community organising. They graduated in 2021 from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a Master’s degree in Gender, Peace and Security. Since graduating, she has worked with Cinenova feminist film archives and at the Emerging Filmmakers Night Festival. She is also the founder of Queer Nordic Cinema, a film collective dedicated to increasing visibility for queer filmmaking from the region.

 

 

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Sharalee Medley

Marketing Assistant

Sharalee is delighted to be joining the GDIF team. She is passionate about creating new ways to work and engage diverse audiences. Sharalee worked as a multidisciplinary creative and marketer before joining GDIF, she has experience in a range of artistic mediums, including dance, theatre, and visual arts. She works part-time while studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Advertising at London South Bank University.

 

Marketing (@) festival.org

Carys Williams

Production Assistant

Carys has joined the GDIF team for 2022 as Production Assistant, looking after the logistics of the festival and assisting on production across all of the festival’s shows. Since graduating from The University of Sheffield in 2017 she has worked as a London based Stage Manager and Tour Manager primarily in theatre and comedy, and enjoys working on a variety of projects which engage and inspire.

(carys@festival.org)

Our Board of Trustees

Geoffrey Pine (Chair)
Cllr Mufeedah Bustin
Paul Hanrahan
Josh Harsant
Fiona Hughes
Marcus Hughes
Oliver Hughes
Antony McBride
Rahee Nayar
Dr Maxine Room
Jenny Sealey
Dr Margaret Sheehy
Fayçal Tazi
Cllr Miranda Williams

Media enquiries and press releases

For PR enquiries please contact Diana Whitehead
diana@fourthwallpr.co.uk
079391491887
www.fourthwallpr.co.uk

Freelancers

Click here to view our Festival Credits for GDIF 2021.

We’re extremely grateful to all our freelance staff without whom GDIF would not be possible. We have credited as many possible here in recognition of the huge amount of behind-the-scenes work which takes place every year.

 

 

 

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Old Royal Naval College, Pepys Building, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, SE10 9LW

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