Creative people


208 Creative people in total for


Live events and promotion apprentices

Boomsatsuma desribes itself as ‘the community interest company that's fueling the next creative generation’. Formed in 2009, they have created 13 apprenticeships and internships with funding from the Creative Employment Programme. We met with some of their young staff to talk about how they've found it.


Ed Cooper, electrician

Ed Cooper, from London, is a stage electrician. Trained in stage management, he has worked on several West End musical theatre shows.


Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr

Hywel Pontin, Cyfarwyddwr, Canolfan Gelfyddydau Llantarnam Grange.


Bev Paskell, technician

Bev started out helping in an orchestra pit and got hooked on the technical side of music. She's now a full time technician.


Sarah Stephenson, youth theatre director

Sarah Stephenson is Nottingham Playhouse's Youth Theatre Director. Her work involves running workshops and finding ways to engage students with theatre.


Harriet Vine (left) and Rosie Wolfendon (right) set up Tatty Devine together after meeting at art college.

Harriet Vine, Tatty Devine artistic director

Harriet co-founded Tatty Devine, now an acclaimed handmade fashion jewellery brand. Their laser-cut plastic collections have featured in a number of high fashion magazines and London Fashion Week.


Alexys Becerra, make-up artist

Hair and make-up specialist Alexys Becerra has helped create zombies for Thorpe Park and Circus of Horrors.


Sophie's work involves helping others to develop their career in digital creative industries

Sophie Hukin, POD Booking Agent

Sophie Hukin won the Apprentice of the Year Award at the 2019 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards for her work with SharpFutures. We spoke to her about her day to day work as an apprentice, and what it means to win the award.


Phil Gee, Royal Opera House admin support intern

Having previously worked in the construction industry, Phil hadn’t considered working in arts and culture. But since doing an admin support internship at the Royal Opera House through the Creative Employment Programme, he now can’t see himself doing anything else.


I got into my job by being on the road and meeting people.

Josh Rosen, stage manager

Stage manager Josh has worked at the O2 Academy Brixton for 21 years, but his history of backstage work goes back even further. He told us about his career, from touring with Motörhead to applying farming skills to festival work, and gave 3 tips for becoming a stage manager.


Lily's work covers an entire design process, from taking a brief from a client to launching a finished website.

Lily Dart, web designer

As a graphic and web designer for digital design company dxw, Lily works with clients from design brief to finished website.


Abi Horsfield, transitions outreach manager

Abi has over 25 years’ experience of theatre facilitation and her work with Collective Encounters sees her delivering workshops to those who have experienced homelessness, addiction and/or mental health problems. In 2017 she was jointly awarded the Creative Choices Award for promoting fair access to the creative industries.


Mike Benson's job as Director includes making sure everyone is working to their full capacity. Image: Mike Benson, Bede's World.

Mike Benson, museum director

Starting his career in the steel works, Mike Benson shares his journey into heritage management and gives his top 5 tips for becoming a director.


Amy Bonsall, assistant director

Amy Bonsall studied for a postgraduate degree in theatre directing. She now freelances in the profession.


Graham Coatman, musical director

Graham Coatman works as a composer, musical director and pianist. He also lectures and is artistic director of a music festival.


Ella won the award for her dedication and passion for transferring her craft skills.

Ella McIntosh, Pewtersmith

Ella McIntosh is a pewtersmith and owner of THIS IS PEWTER. She works out of the Manchester Craft and Design Centre and runs a workshop programme called ‘Give it a Bash!’. In 2018 she was awarded the Craft and Jewellery Skills Award at Creative & Cultural Skills’ annual awards ceremony.


Steven Wilkins, production carpenter

Steven "Wilky" Wilkins started out as a technician and now freelances in production carpentry. He has both a forklift truck licence and a diploma in stage make-up.


Lynton pursued an interest in art and design throughout his education, and learned software from an early age.

Lynton W Palmer, junior designer

Lynton landed a job as a junior designer soon after graduating in Graphic Communication. He works on branding and graphic design at Spring.


Steve Cheney, stage manager

Steve Cheney has managed the main stages at Glastonbury, Latitude, Big Chill and Leeds festivals.


Di Spalding, scenic artist

Di Spalding has been working as a scenic artist for 25 years. She is self-employed and works from her own studio, creating scenery for theatrical sets.


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