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Transform Symposium

21 April 2012

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A Free Event as part of Transform 12 Festival

No Booking Required

Starts at approximately 3.30pm

What does transformation mean to you? What is changing and how must theatre evolve to reflect those changes?

Join us front of house at WYP to hear 2 minute provocations from brilliant artists, thinkers, and members of the general public - and to take part in an interactive discussion about theatre and change.

Tea & coffee provided!

Speakers Include:

Maddy Costa

'I write about theatre and music for the Guardian, and keep a blog absurdly called States of Deliquescence - the name was inspired, like so much in life, by an obscure indie song - in which I also write about art and books and feminism and dancing and cake. For the past year I've been working closely with Chris Goode, documenting his process and generally feeling awestruck. I'm not a theatre-maker myself but I do perform with a 60s go-go dance troupe called the Actionettes, and am about to make my debut as a tap dancer (no, really) with the Mrs Mills Experience. On top of all this, I'm the mother of two small-ish children, which makes life very noisy indeed.'

Steve Dearden

Steve Dearden is Director of The Writing Squad, a programme for writers in the north ofEngland. He is also AssociateProducerfor imove, part ofYorkshire's Cultural Olympiad and OverWorlds & UnderWorlds the region's Artists taking the Lead project with the Brothers Quay.

As an independent he produces found reading projects such as www.light-transports.net and www.bradfordsquare.net. An ebook of his short stories will be published by Smith Doorstop next month. Freelance work ranges from from visioning and business planning with arts organisations to hosting readers days and writers events. Previously he was Literature Officer at Yorkshire Arts, Director of the Ilkley Literature Festival and Arts Officer at the University of Durham. He is on the board of New Writing North and Inpress. www.stevedearden.com

Chris Goode

Chris Goode makes theatre, live art, poetry and sound, and thinks out loud about the points at which they meet each other and the places where we meet them. His work happens across a wide variety of forms and contexts, appearing at venues ranging from Tate Modern and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden to Stoke Newington International Airport and The Situation Room in north London. He is currently working as lead artist on9for Chris Goode & Company and West Yorkshire Playhouse at Transform 12.

Invisible Flock

Invisible Flock (Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt, Richard Warburton) are an interactive arts trio based in West Yorkshire. Their work ranges from installations and games to performance and public art. They are interested in the subversion of social space and creating work for unusual locations.


RashDash Theatre formed in 2008 and are based at Slung Low's The Holbeck Underground Ballroom in Leeds. We make messy, noisy, playful and passionate theatre using dance, story, music and song. Previous shows include Another Someone (Fringe First winner 2010) and Scary Gorgeous (Fringe First winner 2011, and Musical Theatre Matters awards for Best Book and Innovation in Musical Theatre). We are currently working on a cabaret called The Ugly Sisters currently being developed in residence at West Yorkshire Playhouse, and an outdoor show 'SET FIRE TO EVERYTHING!!!' for Lyric Hammersmith, Watford Imagine, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Latitude.

Sheena Wrigley

Sheena studied Theatre & Performance atUniversityofWarwickand East 15, and spent 10 years inLondonworking as an actor, director and producer. She gradually moved into producing and managing other people, becoming the General Manager of national touring theatre company, Temba in 1990.

After working inCanada, where she was Co-Director for ESTC, a touring company attached to the Prairie Theatre Exchange inWinnipeg, she returned to theUKto work for the Arts Council of England (South) as Theatre Officer.

She first came toYorkshirein 1997 to take up the post of Chief Executive of Harrogate Theatre. Moving to Bradford in 2003 she became the Head of Theatres, Arts & Festivals with responsibility for Bradford Theatres (Alhambra &St Georges Hall), and the City's Festival and Events programme. This included acting as producer for the Bradford Mela, Bradford Festival and its errant offspring 'STIR', as well as overseeing city centre events such as the 2008 European Football Championships BBC Big screen events, several Christmas Light Switch On's and Remembrance Day Parades!

In 2007, she was awarded a place on the Clore Leadership Programme and was seconded to work with Rotterdam Festivals, theNetherlands.

Sheena joined the West Yorkshire Playhouse as General Director and Joint Chief Executive in September 2008 and is responsible, with the Artistic Director, for determining the strategic direction and vision of the theatre, and leading on the business operations of the Playhouse.

Matt Burman

Matt Burman is Head of Programme & Audiences at Warwick Arts Centre, leading on commissioning and programming new work across art form and developing audiences. He worked with Hannah Walker and Chris Thorpe on This is Just to Say…and The Oh Fuck Moment. Between 2008-2011, he was Executive Producerat the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, delivering the fourth largest event of its kind in the UK, presenting large-scale outdoor work, circus, dance, theatre and music. From 2003-2008, he was General Manager of Forced Entertainment, producing works including Bloody Mess, Exquisite Pain and The World in Pictures. He has worked for the British Council and the Big Chill, and began his career as a professional musician touring with orchestras including the Academyof Ancient Musicand the King's Consort. He is currently working on an independent project titled How to Start a Conversationas part of the 21st Century Leadership programme curated by BAC/Watershed/Sage Gateshead.


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