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 and serve as a lead consortium partner on Woolwich Cultural Destinations. The team grows every year in order to deliver GDIF; below is the core FESTIVAL.ORG team.

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

Festival 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 addition to GDIF, Bradley has also curated the Mayor of London’s Liberty festival since its inception in 2003, whilst also directing spectacular outdoor productions and ceremonies, with credits which include: The One Millionth Finish (Great North Run), The Four Fridas (celebrating the life and work of Frida Kahlo), The House (marking the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s House) and The Seeds of Diversity (Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony).

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, and the GDIF Festival HUB in association with Outdoor Arts 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.

toby (@)
+44(0)208 305 5028

Ellie Harris - Festival Producer

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 has 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.

eleanor (@)

+44 (0)20 8305 5025

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.

jessie (@)

+44 (0)7881 583 509


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. Since 2014, Alex has worked at the award- winning Access All Areas, one of the UK’s leading learning disabled theatre companies. As Projects Coordinator, she ran the pioneering Performance Making Diploma at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, a weekly community programme, annually opening Hackney Carnival and community engagement for site-specific productions. An experienced applied theatre practitioner and facilitator, Alex has also worked with a variety of community groups ranging from toddlers to elderly people.

alex (@)
+44(0)208 305 5021

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 having worked for organisations in France, Canada and the UK, including Young Musicians of the World, Lieux publics, NoFit State Circus and Bristol Circus City.

marie (@)
+44(0)208 305 5023

Joey Valiunas

Head of Production

joey (@)




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.

fae (@)

Media enquiries and press releases

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


Contact us

General enquiries
admin (@)
+44 2083051818

Access enquiries
alex (@)
+44 2083055021

Artist enquiries
admin (@)
+44 2083051818

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.

Find out more about opportunities for artists

Find us

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

Follow us

Follow @gdifestival on TwitterFacebook and Instagram

Join our mailing list for info, news and offers

Also tell me about
You can unsubscribe at any time
* indicates required