Co-Artistic Director - Darren Pritchard
Darren has had a long and distinguished career so far: Artistic Director,
Company Fierce. Winner Arts Council North West Art 06 Award; frequent
Quarantine collaborator, commercial TV choreographer; House of Suarez
Vogue Ball project manager and choreographer; BAC/Sage Gateshead 21st
Century Leader; Susan and Darren, Best Production Dublin Festival [performer,
co deviser and producer Company Fierce/Quarantine].
He’s recently worked on movement for Keisha Thompson’s I Wish I Had A
Moustache [Contact Flying Solo, Black Gold Arts Festival and touring]
Chanje Kunda’s Amsterdam [Southbank Africa Utopia Festival, Contact Flying
Solo, Black Gold Arts Festival and touring]
Director/Deviser Alaska by Cheryl Martin [Contact Flying Solo, Domestic
Festival, A Nation’s Theatre, Black Gold Arts Festival, And What? Queer
Festival and touring].
Director/Deviser, Who Wants To Live Forever? by Cheryl Martin [PUSH
Festival, HOME, January 2017 and now touring].
Director/Deviser, Rent Party co-produced by Sheffield Theatres Dec 2017
In July 2017, Darren was assistant choreographer for Manchester International
Festival's opening show, 'What Is the City but the People
Co-Artistic Director - Cheryl Martin
Cheryl's Guest Curator, Liverpool’s Homotopia 2018 & Co-Artistic Director,Manchester’s Black Gold Arts festivals; former Associate Director, New Writing [Contact] & Director-in-Residence [Traverse]. Awards -- Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards [writer, Heart & Soul, Oldham Coliseum Theatre; director Iron, Rona Munro, Contact]; Edinburgh Fringe First, The World Is Too Much [Traverse, co-director]; Lloyd’s Regional Award [Rule 35, Z-arts]. Solo shows -- Alaska toured nationally including 2016’s A Nation’s Theatre; Who Wants To Live Forever?, 2018. Rent Party [Homotopia/Crucible 2017] 5-star reviews inc. The Stage, Gay Times, touring now. Her Contact show, I am because we are [writer], on HIV-positive Africans, Northwest tour 2018.
Producer - Jayne Compton
Jayne is an independent producer and dramataurg who has worked with some
of the UK's most experimental theatre-makers, performers and musicians.
She has produced touring theatre to major venues and festivals both in the UK
and across Europe. Jayne has a long-standing career in programming festivals,
venues, live art, music, dance, and theatre.
Marketer and moderator - Mandla Rae
Mandla-Rae is a poet and wordsmith who recently curated Outspoken, Queer Contact's annual poetry and spoken word event, having previously been a member of Re:Con, our Young Programming and Producing team.
Chair, Dr Senthorun (Sen) Raj is an academic lawyer who is passionate about glitter, pop culture, politics, and social justice. Sen’s academic and activist work takes an intersectional approach to addressing the ways law deals with the lives of LGBTIQ people. Sen is a Lecturer in Law at Keele University and serves on the board of Amnesty International UK. Prior to taking up a lectureship in the UK, Sen was a Scholar in Residence at NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and a Churchill Fellow. He has also worked as the Senior Policy Advisor for the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and served on the boards of Amnesty International Australia and ACON Health. Sen has published numerous articles and spoken at many events about topics ranging from refugee law to Grindr. Sen is also an advisory board member of the sexuality, gender and diversity studies journal Writing from Below and has been a guest editor of the lifestyle website SameSame.
Yvonne’s experience spans corporate, cultural, voluntary and higher education sectors – from large global corporations to small charities. She is currently a fundraising research specialist after 10+ years in fundraising. She has significant experience in trust and foundation fundraising, developing fundraising plans and strategies, managing board services, and is currently Chair of 20 Stories High. Her senior management experience includes organisational strategy, board development, developing new business partnerships, and funding relationships. For three years Yvonne travelled the UK, Brussels the Netherlands and Germany as a CRM database trainer and configuration specialist. For over 15 years she has worked in organisations that empower young people through providing opportunities for discovery, development, learning and sharing (Contact Theatre, OnSide Youth Zones, 20 Stories High and the University of Manchester.)
Rebecca is HR and OD Team Leader at Salford City Council in the HR and Organisation Development division managing a team of 20 people.
Rebecca is a trained drama teacher and has worked as an actor, spoken word artist and vocalist, performing in shows at Contact Theatre, Manchester Fridge Festival and Edinburgh Fringe 2014-2016.
RebeccaNeverBecky Event was set up in February 18 and specialises in events showcasing and celebrating Manchester creatives, artists and DJs.
Oskar has been involved as a performer, technician or advocate for theatre, film and dance since the 90's. Starting as a member of Ealing Young Peoples Theatre he had an opportunity to explore and train in a number of disciplines with teachers he would not of had access to. He has worked and trained in film making through ACAN a community film making project mainly focused in producing arts/performance films and then later taught other young people as a volunteer. Oskar continues to support and encourage arts projects which provide performers and communities with a space to imagine and explore beyond the boundaries that contain them.