In 2003 Jonathan set up, and continues to curate – The Fence – an international network of 250 playwrights and cultural operators from 50 countries.
He is, since 2013, Project Dramaturg to the Crossing The Line Partnership currently working on Ogmius, an Erasmus+ funded Vocational Training progamme with Mind The Gap (Bradford), Moomsteatern (Malmo) and Compagnie de L’Oisesau-Mouche (Roubaix); and Trasna Na Line an EU Creative Europe funded collaboration project, with these 3 companies, plus Theatr 21 (Warsaw), Theater Babel (Rotterdam) and Blue Teapot (Galway) – 6 of the world’s leading companies making theatre with professional, learning disabled theatre maker.
Jonathan teaches on the MAs in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy; Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy; Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship; and Disability Theatre at Goldsmiths, University of London and is a Visiting Fellow (2017-20) at the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading.
He was Director of writernet, previously New Playwrights Trust (1994-2009) He originally trained as a theatre director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Jonathan is an Expert Advisor to Ambitious about Autism where he was previously Trustee. He is Chair of Vital Xposure and on the board of Az Theatre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of The Arts.
Lara is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, with over 20 years experience working in criminal justice settings. She is currently one of the national clinical leads for domestic abuse programmes, within Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service.
In previous roles Lara has worked as a head of psychology, in large and complex prison. In this role she developed and led on a number of initiatives and was awarded a Butler Trust award in 2009 for her work with difficult to manage prisoners.
She has a keen interest in the arts, including theatre, literature and poetry. Lara has previously set up and run book clubs for work colleagues and friends, one of which has run for over 15 years. She routinely organises trips to the theatres amongst friends and colleagues. She is currently in the process of setting up a ‘theatre club’, which will aim to create an interest in fringe theatre performances in non-theatregoers.
Uchenna is an experienced and successful communications and content leader with an interest in the arts sector and, in particular, raising the profile of BME artists and productions. With strong media contacts and strategic management of B2B multi-million content portfolios, Uchenna’s achievements have resulted in her former employers’ growth and development. She has brokered new relationships and processes, expanded the talent pool, and led initiatives on diversity at the Royal Shakespeare Company, FT, BBC, Channel 4, ITN, and The Guardian. Uchenna is seeking roles on arts boards.
Lucy started her career as a newspaper journalist and a factual programmes producer for BBC Radio and TV. At BBC Drama she set up BBC Writers Room, a national development initiative for new writers.
She went on to specialise in working with less-heard writers and dramatists in the UK and overseas, including: Afghanistan, South Sudan, Chechnya, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. In 2011, she founded and led Commonwealth Writers. Responsive and proactive, it tackles the challenges faced by writers across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
She now works for a variety of national and international organisations, to develop and deliver creative initiatives worldwide. She is also on the board of the BOCAS Lit Fest in Trinidad. Find out more about her work here: https://lhannah.com/
Cristian comes from the financial sector. He has a degree in international trade and a Summa cum Laudae MBA in Finance. He did investment banking, international banking and cross border loan workout before settling at Ambac Assurance UK in 2007 where he is now a director in portfolio risk management.
In the arts sector, he has a full feature film scriptwriting credit for “Monies, cons and bones” (2010), two playwriting prizes in Romania, a play selected by the “Page to Stage” Liverpool festival in 2017 and a couple of short plays staged in London. He also sits on the Board of the Daisy Farris Dance Collective.
Rebecca O’Neill has held senior Communications roles across the financial services sector in listed, unlisted and trade association organisations for over twenty years. Having held senior roles with Fitch Group, ISDA, Credit Suisse and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Rebecca firmly believes in the importance of strong and effective Communications in achieving strategic business goals.
With a strong interest in theatre and the arts, Rebecca is a passionate advocate for the full inclusion and participation of all disabled members of society and wants to see platforms and opportunities created that secure the full participation and representation of all voices in society.
Rebecca is co-Head of Alumni with the non-for-profit membership organisation, Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF).