Female Arts Team


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Wendy Thomson @topgirls @femalearts Email editor@femalearts.com

London / Listings Editor
Michael Davis @Michael30517721 Email listings@femalearts.com

Interviews Editor
Amie Taylor @Amieamietay Email interviews@femalearts.com

Edinburgh Editor including Glasgow
Effie Samara @redwomentheatre

South West Editor includes Bristol and Bath
Samantha Coughlan @SamCee56

Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire Editor includes Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Bedford
Carly Halse @CarlyHalse

Berkshire and Oxfordshire Editor includes Reading, Oxford, Bracknell & Social Media
Wendy Thomson @femalearts @topgirls

Social Media co-Editor
Louise Quelch @lulovesmusicals @femalearts

REVIEW TEAM in alphabetical order

The Female Arts team are experts in our chosen fields with many of our writers holding postgraduate degrees. Our review team aims for intersectionality and comprises of men and women from all spectrums of society: we all support women in the arts and gender equality.

Alexandra Birchfield Actor / Writer
Kiwi living in London. BA Acting graduate from the Royal conservatoire of Scotland. Follow on Twitter @AMBirchfield

Samantha Coughlan South West Editor
I have always loved the theatre. In 2013 I started writing for theatre and this year I produced my first show. I love all things to do with theatre and creativity. Follow on Twitter @SamCee56

Rachel Creeger Writer (scripts & songs) / Director / Singer
Rachel Creeger is from the Orthodox Jewish Community, to her knowledge the only writer from her background creating mainstream theatre in London. Her production company Time2Shine helps community groups to devise original work. Personal credits include "An Insomniac's Guide To Ambulances" (Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Phoenix Theatre at the LJCC), “Staffroom” (Tristan Bates Theatre), “ESTHER! The Musical” (Artsdepot), plus many commissioned plays for children. She regularly directs new writing for MSFT, production manages DYSPLA festival and was part of the team behind the highly acclaimed Othello at the Bussey Building. She hosts comedy nights and writes for and performs with vocal harmony group Kol Sheva. Rachel is currently on an arts secondment at the LJCC, focussing on projects including the Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival, Poetry in the Park and the FUSION children’s programme. Follow on Twitter @Time2Shineprods

Michael Davis London and Listings Editor Works in media. Adopts many different roles, including writer and social media addict! Former actor and director. Passionate about fringe theatre and publicising shows that don’t necessarily receive mainstream attention. Interested and knowledgeable about all aspects of the Arts. Follow on Twitter @Michael30517721

Sarah Dosomah I'm a graduate of the visual arts, trained arts therapist and writer. I work therapeutically with children and homeless people in the city of Cardiff where I live with my partner and two children. I'm interested in both the visual and performing arts, particularly in relation to inequality, protest and social change. I’m interested in the dissonant voice and the rejection of the aggressive capitalism that dominates our world.

Gideon Hall Artist, Photographer and Writer
Gideon Hall reviews films, books, art exhibitions and theatre for Female Arts. I'm an artist and tutor interested in all areas of Culture and Science. I love writing about unusual things, as well as reviewing. www.gideonhall.co.uk Follow on Twitter @Gideonhall0

Carly Halse Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire Editor
I am a professional actor, presenter and performance artist working in London and the Three Counties area. My practice-based research is mainly focused on the female body in performance and autobiography. I'm a bit more fun than this profile suggests and have a penchant for biscuits, sci-fi and making up words. Follow on Twitter @CarlyHalse

Tessa Hart Artistic Director, Actress, Director, Producer. Artistic Director of The Bread & Roses Theatre and Goblin Baby Theatre Co. More details on my work at www.TessaHart.com. Follow on Twitter @GoblinBabyCo

Naia Headland-Vanni Writer, playwright, founder of SYS Theatre http://www.systheatre.co.uk Follow on twitter @systheatre

Katie Jackson Katie is a writer and theatre-maker based in rural Herefordshire. Having studied English and drama at Queen Mary University in London, she attempts to juggle her passion for literature as well as theatre, alongside her love for the countryside and the city.

Kate Massey-Chase Creative facilitator in the arts and education, writer, performer, teacher. RCSSD. I'm a freelance facilitator in a number of different sectors, either using the arts as a tool for social change and personal development, or working in schools to deliver Personal, Social, Health Education projects. I currently work with a diverse range of groups, including young refugees, recovering addicts, and mental health service users. I also edit a magazine on wellbeing called Equilibrium, produced by mental health service users in Haringey. I’m an alumuna from the University of Winchester and the Central School of Speech and Drama, where I studied for a Masters in Applied Theatre (Drama in the community and Drama education). Blog: www.katemasseychase.blogspot.co.uk. Follow on Twitter @KateMasseyChase.

Becky Moore Blogger, Conference Producer, Actress
Becky's website http://breakingaleghurts.blogspot.co.uk and Follow on Twitter @BecksLM

Madelaine Moore I am a theatre practitioner specialising in work with marginalised young people, those involved in the criminal justice system and vulnerable adults. An alumna of Central School of Speech and Drama’s MA Applied Theatre course, I have worked with companies including Old Vic New Voices, Tricycle Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, Roundhouse, Only Connect, HMPYOI Feltham and HMP The Mount. Prior to this I completed my acting training at Arts Educational. Directing credits include Dropped Sequins (UK Centre for Carnival Arts) Alibi (Park Theatre), Superstar (Tristan Bates Theatre), One Step Forward (Goldsmith's), A Dream Deferred (HMPYOI Feltham), as Assistant Director, Fair Em (Union Theatre) & as Company Manager, Epidemic (Old Vic Tunnels). Graduate of RCSSD. Follow on Twitter @chunchilla

Sarah Myers Speaking and performance coach. Sarah Myers runs OutSpoken & Lipservice - intensive workshops and masterclasses for public speakers. Download a tips guide at https://lipservice.leadpages.co/lipservice/ Sarah Myers BA, MA, LGSM

Dale Neuringer Dale Neuringer is an American born writer for stage and screen whose sensibilities have skewed undoubtedly towards British. She has been living in the UK for five years and as such, has developed a taste for British drama, all the while writing, producing and directing her way across this small island. She has put on and had work put on in London and Edinburgh, and hopes to expand that scope even further over the coming year. She enjoys medium length walks on the beach, long walks in the trees, power tools, and pomegranates.

Steve Pomeroy Film critic based in Cardiff.

Louise Quelch Social Media co-Editor Business Analyst by day, member of amateur musical theatre group The Sainsbury Singers, and general social butterfly, by night. Follow on Twitter @lulovesmusicals

Hannah Roe Sometimes I write stuff. Winter Festival Assistant @southbankcentre. Theatre Reviewer. Crazy dog lady, artist, activist and adventurer. Follow on twitter @HannahRoe5

Jessica Ruano Director, producer and writer. Follow on twitter @JessicaRuano Venue Manager @TeaHouseTheatre Director/Producer. Canadian living in London, England. www.jessicaruano.com Follow on twitter @Sappho9fragment

Kate Saffin Boater, writer, performer in a one woman, solo sort of a way. Currently being writerly at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Follow on twitter @NB_MorningMist

Effie Samara Edinburgh Editor Edinburgh Editor for Female Arts. Effie Samara read Law and Creative writing at Cambridge. She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her work includes BABY (Hope Theatre), SARTRE (QUESTORS). She is currently under commission with two new projects, The Jew of Portingal, and GREXIT. Founder and curator of RED Women's Theatre Awards @redwomentheatre

Gina Smith Gina is a natural born creative and enjoys working this way. Gina is fairly new to writing, reviews and interviews. Gina's first reviews and interviews were for community urban magazine Boom. Gina has worked for Listening Books and RASP, performed with the African dancer Peter Badejo, fantastic collaborations with Joanna Marcella, Bob Johns - Photojournalist, Rosie Kaye Dance Company and Community Vibes CIC.

Gina started showing work on creative social media/networks since 2013. Gina has a degree in Fashion & Textiles. Gina's work is created from urban surroundings and nature. Hence the business name Electric Nature Designs. Images can be found on Pinterest, twitter @sureconnectmi, Society6, Talenthouse, Behance, Linkedin, etc. Gina exhibited at a Shoreditch art exhibition, Artrix Summer Art Exhibition 2015 and West Midlands based galleries. At present Gina does not have representation from agents or art gallery. But does take commissions.

Ashley Stein Freelance booking agent, Campaign Manager for Girls Rock School Edinburgh, #FeministFest blogger and all round music lady. I have a BA Honours in Music Business and a strong interest in feminism, gender equality and equal representation within the arts. Really excited to be part of the Female Arts team. Twitter @SmellsLikeWhat Blog at https://angryyoungfemale.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/reviews/

Amie Taylor Interviews Editor Freelance theatre maker, actor, director. See interview for more: http://www.femalearts.com/node/951 twitter @Amieamietay

Wendy Thomson Editor-In-Chief. Berkshire and Oxfordshire Editor. Social Media.
Wendy is the founder and editor-in-chief of Female Arts magazine and was nominated for the George Orwell Prize in Journalism for her writing for Female Arts. Female Arts are producing the inaugural RED Women's Theatre Awards; an annual award for female playwrights. Masters graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and founding member of the Reading Berks comedy sketch group her writing has been staged at venues including the Royal Festival Hall (Women of the World festival) Henley Fringe Festival and Reading Comedy Festival. Wendy is an activist for women's rights and she is the Reading Area branch leader of the Women's Equality Party. Her writers page on Facebook. @topgirls Email editor@femalearts.com


Jade Allen Actor and practitoner.
"I am an actor and avid theatre goer. I teach acting at Rose Bruford College and I am a supervisor of the London Dungeon cast. I help write, promote and rehearse the new scripts for the London Dungeon. I am Artistic Director of The Raven Theatre Company, and have performed in and produced shows for the Brighton, Camden and Edinburgh fringe festivals. I am particularly interested in theatre from the feminine perspective." RCSSD graduate. Follow on Twitter @jadetheallen

Carmen Ali Stand up Comedian and Writer
I'm a stand up comedian and writer; passionate about feminism, good grammar and 90s music. I write jokes, poems, articles and reviews. My twitter handle is @CarmenAli

Harriet Baker Writer and photographer Harriet blogs at Tuesday Reviews http://tuesdayreviews.wordpress.com Follow on Twitter @harrietbaker91

Catherine Bennett Writer
"A graduate of English Literature from the University of York, I have had a lot of journalistic experience, particularly in arts reviewing. Having produced, directed and performed in a variety of different productions - from dance to musicals to straight drama - I've got a bank of knowledge about drama which I'm always looking to add to! Theatre and writing are both passions of mine and I relish the opportunity to see as many different types of drama as I can. On a permanent hunt for the next theatrical experience that will surprise and amaze!" http://cbennettwrite.wordpress.com Follow on Twitter @cfbennett2

Kathy Cakebread Beauty blogger Follow on Twitter @kathcake

Emer Clark-Ward Versatile Retired "I am in my early seventies, cycle regularly and live on the outskirts of a lovely market town." Emer blogs on gadgets and tips.

Susan Crothers - Director, Actor, Co-founder of GAP Salon Gender and Performance @SusanCrothers @GAPsalon http://gapsalon.wordpress.com/

Katie Davison
Writer, Stand-up, Sketch Comedian. Graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, with MA in Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media in 2012. I am a writer and stand-up and sketch comedian. Follow on Twitter @KatieEDavison

Kay Dixon Fashion Stylist & Make Up artist - Kay reviewed music for Female Arts.

Kayleigh Donaldson Reviewer, blogger, student-in-waiting "I'm a graduate of Celtic & English literature and will be returning to university to do my Masters in theatre & performance studies this year. My main interests are performance art, political drama, gender issues and feminism, and childrens/teenage literature. I review books and discuss young adult literature on my website The Book Lantern, and I write about American politics once a week for The Backbencher." Follow on Twitter @Ceilidhann

Luisa Guerreiro Actress. RCSSD. Luisa studied Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, and then furthered her training at Central School of Speech and Drama, achieving a distinction in Postgraduate Acting Musical Theatre. Luisa is a professional actress, dividing her time performing in productions and, writing and filming her own comedy sketches/material. She also currently works as a professional stage combatant for Impact and ID - Independent Drama Fight Unit; she performs for corporate functions and in stage fight presentations for film and other screen projects. She frequently performs within the Role-Play sector; both medical and social Role-Play. Her website is www.LuisaGuerreiro.co.uk Follow on Twitter @LuisaGuerreiro4

Rochelle Harvey Scriptwriter, Actor, Hockey player. RCSSD. "Love the theatre, love film, love the arts in general. Helping champion women and our fantastic work!" Follow on Twitter @Roshee88

Amy HS Playwright, Producer, and PhD Student RCSSD. "I'm a playwright and theatre producer from New York, currently living in London where I'm doing PhD study." Twitter @AmyHS

Pamela Jikiemi Writer/Actor/Research Assistant. RCSSD.

Teri Levett Principal of PQA Wickford Performing Arts Academy; writer and performer; parent. RCSSD http://www.act-ed.co.uk/withoutwalls/teri.html Follow on Twitter @TeriLevett

Bianca Lorena Actress and Model "I am an experienced actress and model. I have a passion for the creative arts and love to perform! I also like to travel and experience new cultures! I practice yoga and like to keep fit and healthy! I hope one day to be successful in the creative industries."

Becky Moore Blogger, Conference Producer, Actress
Becky's website http://breakingaleghurts.blogspot.co.uk and Follow on Twitter @BecksLM

Ness Lyons Playwright @lyonsness

Laura Macdougall Writer, reader, editor
By day I work as an editor in the fiction department at Hodder & Stoughton, one of the UK's largest publishing houses. In the evening I can invariably be found at the theatre, seeing comedy or live music, or at a museum or exhibition. I write for various online publications including Litro, Exeunt and Polari, and also sometimes review productions on the weekly LGBT radio show Out in South London on Resonance FM. I'm particularly interested in new writing and work by emerging female artists across all art forms. " Follow on Twitter @L_Macdougall Blog http://outandaboutinlondon.wordpress.com/

Sara McCallum Writer
I currently work for UCL, and mainly write political articles, pseudo-poems, and short stories. I am also working on a project about conscientious objectors in WW2. I enjoy comedy, cheese, and existentialism. Blog: http://nonchalantly-devastated.blogspot.co.uk .On twitter @Sar_balls

Sophie Porter Script Writer, @CSSDLondon MA Graduate, Deputy Editor of @femalearts, disabled artist, single Mother, founding member @MintyCrimples, PR Officer @TVBAwards. Blogs at http://sophiewho.wordpress.com Follow on Twitter @sophiewho1988

Katie Richardson Actor, comedy performer, theatre maker www.katielovestheatre.com Graduate of RCSSD. Follow on twitter @ktlovestheatre

Nataylia Roni Actor, Singer and Writer "I am a freelance writer for Female Arts. It's a great opportunity. Female Arts is another avenue another venture another platform to be seen and heard. // Past Credit's include: The Stage & Television Today Newspaper and now Female Arts." Follow on Twitter @NATAYLIARONI

Georgia Rose Graduate of Bristol University, Editorial Intern at Vice, Follow on Twitter @georgia_c_rose

Ally Temple Writer. Graduate of RCSSD.

Sita Thomas Actor, Dancer, Movement Director, Writer RCSSD Follow on Twitter @SitaThomas90

Helen True Helen is a freelance journalist who specialises in music, theatre, art and film reviews, feminism and mental health. She's also a digital communications professional with significant experience in the not for profit sector. She's passionate about social justice, great art and people. Helen has a BA in English Literature and a Masters in Shakespeare from Roayl Holloway, University of London. www.helentrue.com @helentrue

Adele Williams Scriptwriter and actor

Heather Violanti Dramaturg and playwright. RCSSD. 'I am a dramaturg and playwright temporarily based in London.'

Rosemary Waugh Reviews Editor for @theatremagazine. Likes theatre and growing things. Part of @LucianWaugh. Eater. Feminist. Lover. http://bubbleandbooks.wordpress.com Follow on Twitter @RoseEllenCherry

Guest writers

Sarah Berger - Director, So and So Arts club http://femalearts.com/node/1497

Laura Crampsie - Furious Theatre http://femalearts.com/node/1428

Lucy Danser - Playwright http://www.lucydanser.co.uk http://www.femalearts.com/node/1004

Sarah Evans - Artist http://artwithheartuk.wordpress.com http://www.femalearts.com/node/509 @artwith_heart

Sarah Grange - Sound performance and writing twitter @mollfrith http://slgrange.wordpress.com www.devotedanddisgruntled.com www.improbable.co.uk

Lyndall Grant - Fight Director, dramatic combat teacher and fight performer http://femalearts.com/node/1453

Rebecca Hill - Unbound Theatre http://femalearts.com/node/1149

Jane Hobson - Photographer http://janehobson.photoshelter.com/ http://www.femalearts.com/node/969

Melissa Johnson-Peters - TV producer www.missingsomething.tv http://www.femalearts.com/node/1035

Kelsey Jones - Just Like This productions http://femalearts.com/node/1560

Rhiannon Kelly - producer http://femalearts.com/node/1300

Stelena Kliris - Film director http://www.committedmovie.com http://www.femalearts.com/node/851

David Loyn - BBC Afghanistan Correspondent http://femalearts.com/node/1176

Rhonda Merrick - Musician http://RhondasSongs.com http://www.femalearts.com/node/729

Sara Naqvi - Artist http://femalearts.com/node/1377

Lindsey Nicholas - Playwright conducting gender audits of UK theatres http://magicpool.wordpress.com http://www.femalearts.com/node/713

Anna Reid - costume and set designer http://femalearts.com/node/1459

Duncan Robertson and Amy Clamp - Producers, Jackdaw theatre http://femalearts.com/node/1607

Jean Rogers - Equity council http://femalearts.com/node/1529

Velenzia Spearpoint - Get Over It Productions http://femalearts.com/node/1375