GDIF 2020 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 28 August-12 September 2020

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 24 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

Festival Producer

Ellie Harris joined the FESTIVAL.ORG team in January 2019 as Festival Producer, leading on the delivery of the flagship Greenwich+Docklands International Festival.  Her background is in theatre, with a specific interest in outdoor spectacle events and festivals. Prior to moving to London, she worked extensively in the South West of the UK where she was a Producer and Events Manager for Strike A Light in Gloucester,  Green Man Festival in Wales, Cheltenham Arts Festivals, the National Trust, as well as independently producing theatre, puppetry, opera and dance artists/companies to make and tour their work.

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Jessie Acton

Marketing Manager

Jessie has an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Shakespeare’s Globe, and a background working in dance, education and research, including Sadler’s Wells, Entelechy Arts, and the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. She is passionate about engaging new audiences and making the arts and creative opportunities available to everyone, and has worked on projects with socially isolated older people, people with profound and complex disabilities, and young people interested in the arts. Jessie has managed campaigns for charities and NPOs for the last 3 years. She joined the FESTIVAL.ORG team in April 2019.

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Alex Covell

Engagement & Access Producer

A passionate advocate and ally of neurodivergent artists, Alex is skilled in devising political performance for non-theatre settings. Her 10 years experience working within disability and community arts has ranged from running immersive schools workshops with M-SET to access work with Graeae. Before joining GDIF, Alex worked at Access All Areas, one of the UK’s leading learning disabled theatre companies as Projects Coordinator. An experienced applied theatre practitioner and facilitator, Alex has also worked with a variety of community groups ranging from toddlers to elderly people.

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Marie Faucher

Festivals Administrator

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 five years. Her love of physical theatre, contemporary circus and community engagement projects has developed at organisations in France, Canada and the UK, including Young Musicians of the World, Lieux publics, NoFit State Circus and Bristol Circus City. She joined FESTIVAL.ORG in January 2018, leading on Artist Liaison, accommodation bookings, visa applications, writing licence applications, dealing with all food and bar providers … and reminding everyone to recycle in the office & on site!

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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 eclectic events experience, having managed the production on a variety of large scale events for brand and agency clients.

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Fae Fichtner

Artist Liaison Assistant

Fae moved to the UK in 2018 to establish her position as a freelance producer for contemporary circus. She did her BA in Cultural Management and Communication at Zeppelin University, Germany and is currently finishing her MFA in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her professional experience involves working for the Residenztheater Munich, the SpielArt Festival Munich, Cirque Shems’y in Morocco, Cirque du Soleil, Upswing Aerial, Certain Blacks, Out Of Order, Voices Across Time, Pinecone Performance Lab and now FESTIVAL.ORG.

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Georgia Clark

Volunteer Coordinator

Georgia joined GDIF in June 2020 after 3 years developing the volunteering programme and coordinating participatory projects at London Bubble Theatre. She enjoys working across disciplines, with a background in visual arts and a growing wealth of experience in performance, movement and multi-sensory practice. Georgia completed her Masters in Community Arts and Applied Anthropology at Goldsmiths after training as a Community Organiser with Locality in 2015. Passionate about facilitating people of all ages and abilities to create and get involved with their communities, she’s excited to work with the volunteers at this year’s festival.

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Max Campbell

Marketing Assistant

Max has a diverse background working in and around the arts. Graduating from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow with a Masters degree in Product Design Engineering, he is passionate about projects which stimulate creativity and freedom of expression. He has experience collaborating with a variety of user groups, from pre-school children to socially disadvantaged community members and the elderly. For the past three years, he has worked with charities, arts festivals and social enterprise groups to help bring their artistic vision to life through graphic design and marketing.

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Our Board of Trustees

Geoffrey Pine (Chair)
Bola Agbaje
Cllr Mufeedah Bustin
Paul Hanrahan
Josh Harsant
Fiona Hughes
Marcus Hughes
Oliver Hughes


Antony McBride
Rahee Nayar
Jenny Sealey
Dr Margaret Sheehy
Fayçal Tazi
Cllr Miranda Williams

GDIF 2020 Festival Credits

Click here to view our Festival Credits.

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. This list will continue to be updated as we gather more information.

If you are an artist or freelancer working for GDIF 2020 and would like to add to the list, please contact

Media enquiries and press releases

For PR enquiries please contact Kate Morley
+44 207 299 4300


Contact us

General enquiries
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Access enquiries
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Artist enquiries
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Unfortunately, due to the large volume we receive, we may be unable to respond to unsolicited enquiries from artists wishing to appear at the festival.

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