Meet Our Creative Team!
The Jazz Behind AutinDT
Meet our creative team, without this bunch of wonderful people we couldn’t operate and continue to put on amazing performances for you. We are constantly updating this page with new additions to the team. Keep your eyes peeled!
Ben trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating he has worked for many theatre companies all over the country and in various parts of the world. He trained in puppetry with Blind Summit Theatre and toured with them for 3 years. Ben was in the National Theatre’s ‘War Horse’ for over a year puppeteering Joey the horse’s back legs and has recently finished working at the RSC in the new musical ‘The Boy in the Dress’. He has puppeteered many types of puppet including rod, bunraku, table top, multi-operator and animatronic all portraying a huge variety of characters and creatures from dogs, cats and falcons to elephants, ghosts and robots.
Bethan Laura Siddaway
Bethan trained in a plethora of dance styles whilst at De Montfort University where she achieved a First Class degree. She is now immersing herself in the dance scene in Birmingham as a professional dancer in Company Apidae who performed at the Birmingham Hippodrome as part of Breakin’ Convention in June 2022 and teaching freelance to deliver high quality dance to young people with a fresh skillset from achieving a dance PGCE earlier this year. Bethan’s desire to continually expand her knowledge and develop has seen her become a part of Elementz Ent Training Company and a RAD Step into Dance Practitioner in London.
Bruce is a director of Omeetoo Combined Arts CIC, and has a long history of working in disability arts, contemporary dance and physical theatre in the UK, North America and Europe. As a psycho-physical-environmental activist and creative thinker-doer, he is CEO of Aqueozone Solutions LTD, a UK eco-start up business. He also works as a free-lance Audio Describer specializing in Dance AD, and is the resident audio describer at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. He is pleased as punch to be collaborating with the breathtaking Autin Dance Company and lending his words and voice to the AD interpretation of Out of the Deep Blue.
Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School, Bun has worked with Vera Tussing, Pepa Ubera and Ben McEwen, across themes of touch, manipulation and autonomy in improvisation. While working with Theo Clinkard, she developed an interest in notating dance and bodies in movement, and practised experimenting with voice and text in rehearsals with Gracefool Collective. Most recently, Bun worked as a dancer and choreographic collaborator for George Fellows/Four Hands, performed as an understudy in Vera Tussing’s Tactile Quartet(s), and performed in Olive Hardy’s work at Sadler’s Wells as part of the Young Associates programme. Bun is a part of Cooperative Dance, SALVAGE collective and The Band That Dances, and has undertaken creative residencies with her peers at Wainsgate Chapel, Tripspace and Viljandi Teatrihoov.
Cameron joined ADT in 2022 as a dancer/ puppeteer and has been touring ‘Out of the Deep Blue’ bothnationally and internationally as part of Team Atlantic. In 2017, Cameron graduated from Trinity Laban, whereafter graduating joined the company of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake which also toured nationally/internationally.As well as working with the likes of Arielle Smith, Stefanos Dimoulas and Jennifer White, Cameron has alsobeen lucky enough to perform at The Royal Opera House in their new 2022/23 revival of ‘Aida’. Most recently,Cameron has been touring as a dancer with music artist ‘Lynks’ and can also be seen in upcoming musicvideos, feature films and TV series
Originally from Birmingham, Charlotte is afreelance dance artist based in East London. She trained for three years on theDanceXchange CAT Scheme; here is whereshe first connected with Autin DT and avariety of other choreographers.Charlotte graduated with First Class Honours fromTrinity Laban, where she worked with Lea Anderson, Sarah Golding, and CharlesLinehan. Since then, Charlotte joined Jasmin Vardimon Company 2 (JV2) touring worksby Mafalda Deville, Company Elelei and Jasmin Vardimon. Since graduating from JV2,Charlotte has worked freelance as a performer on projects with Highly Sprung andTough Boys Dance Collective; she also worked as a puppeteer onthe OpeningCeremony of the Commonwealth Games. She recently joined Avant Garde DanceCompany as a member of AG2. Shefacilitates workshops for West End in Schoolsand has worked on education and outreach projects with Jasmin VardimonCompany
I am Felix Fogg, a 20 year old performer, and have been practising various circus disciplines since 2015. Some of these include acrobatics, contemporary dance, object manipulation, hand balancing, and my specialism is Chinese pole. As a recent graduate from National Centre of Circus Arts, I have had the opportunity to work with multiple clients such as Secret Cinema. Throughout the duration of my work on various projects such as this, I have gained a number of skills. My love for improvisation and play leads my practice, maintaining a positive and malleable approach to new ideas. This is one of my greatest assets. Maintaining a DIY attitude and playful approach, I create and perform Contemporary Circus and beyond.
George is from Kent. He graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2020 and from JV2 in 2021. George Joined team Pacific for last year’s tour of Out Of The Deep Blue with Autin Dance Theatre! He has worked with choreographers such as Jasmin Vardimon, Sonia Sabri, MCDC, Southpaw dance company and the Royal Opera. George also performed in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Jasmine is a freelance dance artist, actor, maker, and writer based in London. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver BC, she’s moved through New York City to London working with the likes of Wayne McGregor, Akram Khan, Elisa Monte, Chase Brock, the Cohan Collective, and Turner Prize-nominated artist Anthea Hamilton. Jasmine played the leading role of ‘Little Phoenix’ in The Shed New York City’s kung fu musicalDragonSpring Phoenix Rise.She has been featured in the music videos of Biffy Clyro and Paul Weller, and is currently performing with Dresden-based multimedia artist Ulf Langheinrich in VORTEX. She holds a BFA Dance from The Boston Conservatory.
Leanne is a Contemporary dancer and Movement therapist based in London. She attended LCDS (London Contemporary Dance School-2016), and thereafter joined Motionhouse Dance Company as their apprentice. This year, Leanne gained her MA in Dance movement psychotherapy. Through numerous projects as a freelance artist, creativity and holistic well-being underpinned her work as a therapist, dance teacher and dance artist.
Shaq’s training specialises primarily in the Hip Hop and street stylesinfused withContemporary movement.This includes,breakin’, house, popping, krump andtricking.Whileachievinga bachelor’s degree in Medical Science anda masters inPhysiotherapy, Shaq has performed with Wayward Threadat Curve TheatreinLeicesterand Theatre Deliin Sheffield,and hashigh quality choreography andteaching experience, evidenced in his work with Code Crew, BDO British Championsof 2019-2021.Shaq has ensured he is actively engagingand sharingin R&D withartistsacross themidlands, such asRoguePlay Theatre, Gerard Martin Dance,andTheO’DriscollCollective.Theseexperienceshave made him a strongco-Artist Director forCompany Apidae, who have performed as part of Breakin’ Convention, and the TILTfestival in the summer of ’22
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Oliver grew up in North Wales and graduated from Warwick University with a degree in Theatre & Performance Studies. He went on to work with Whole Hog Theatre, a company founded by Warwick graduates, and performed as Yakul in the world premiere theatre adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke in London and Tokyo. He has also trained and performed with The Birmingham REP Theatre, Puppet Centre, Little Angel Theatre, Motionhouse, Frantic Assembly, Gecko Theatre and The National Centre for Circus Arts. His recent credits include touring internationally with TNT Theatre’s Julius Caesar, Macbeth and A Christmas Carol, Night Light (Mandala Theatre) and On The Tracks (Brighton Fringe Festival). He is a keen traveller, currently learning Spanish, and is looking forward to hopefully being able to explore the world again soon.
Rebecca is a multidisciplinary aerialist, theatre maker, and specialist in authentic jazz era dances such as lindy-hop and Charleston. Since 2018, she has taken her bright eyes and big afro to teach internationally and tour with some of the UK’s leading aerial circus companies with theatre and outdoor shows with credits including Hive City Legacy (part of the Australian Brief factory collective), Mimbre’s Fierce Sisters and Sisterhood of the Ring, all shows focusing on identity. In 2019, she created her, Second-Hand Child integrating puppetry and aerial to weave personal experience exploring identity and history. She is a keen on storyteller and loves its integration within shows and working within fantastical narratives.
Richard is a performer and composer living in Birmingham, UK. Richard regularly composes music for film and composed the music for the opening of the Telford Southwater Development, set to Fireworks and watched by 10,000 people and music to celebrate the diversity of a UNESCO world heritage site in Ironbridge Gorge. Richard has collaborated with dance, visual artists and mixed media artists and was Musical Director for ‘Echo Eternal’ in 2019 and 2020. Richard has composed the scores for several Autin DT works; ‘Dystopia’, ‘Queer Words’ and ‘+Life’. Richard is passionate about creativity, music and the arts and their connection to social and cultural mobility. He enjoys working with technology as part of his artistic practice and relishes the challenge of composing music that relates to all kinds of audiences.
Sally ‘Pomme’ Clayton
Sally Pomme Clayton, please call her Pomme, is a pioneering writer and storyteller, author of 14 children’s books, and associate artist at Omnibus Theatre. Her latest books are: ‘The King with Dirty Feet’ (Otter-Barry Books 2021/ 2018) winner of The Oxford Book Award best picture book 2019. ‘The Phoenix of Persia’ (Tiny Owl Books 2019) nominated for the Greenaway Award 2020 and UKLA award 2020. She wrote five-star reviewed ‘The Little Prince’ (based on the book by Saint-Exupéry) for Omnibus Theatre (2019). She has created work for organizations across the UK: Tower of London; Thames Festival; London Philharmonic Orchestra; The Horniman Musuem; Royal Shakespeare Company; Swedenborg Society; The British Museum; Unicorn Theatre; Welsh National Opera; Chichester Festival Theatre; WOMAD. She performs stories for everyone, most recently: Cambridge Junction; Exeter Phoenix; King’s Place; Capstone Theatre; Edinburgh Literature Festival; Soho Theatre; Dhaka Lit Fest; The Cutty Sark; Hakaya Storytelling Festival, Jordan; Beyond the Border Festival, Wales.
Originally from Birmingham, Steph graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2016. She has worked with companies and choreographers such as Cindy Van Acker, Northern Rascals, English National Opera, Ascension Dance and Cie Utilité Publique. Steph can’t wait to start rehearsals and perform with Eko as part of Autin Dance Theatre this summer!