Creative people


208 Creative people in total


Martin McLean, project manager

Martin McLean is a project manager for Deafinitely Theatre, which produces plays in British Sign Language.


Hazel Marshall, story consultant

Hazel has been writing since the young age of 5. She set up her own story consultancy business to work with programme makers and production companies. She explains what her days as a writer and story consultant look like and offers 3 tips for becoming a writer.


Andrew Cochrane, programme coordinator for Shape

Andrew Cochrane is an artist and the programme coordinator for disability-led arts organisation Shape. He discusses his career journey and gives some pointers for getting into art.


Amy Backwell, industry liaison intern

Amy is the industry liaison intern for the Animation Subject Area at Arts University Bournemouth. Her employers have said that it’s difficult to see a category where she has not made an impact! For her hard work, Amy was awarded Intern of the Year at the 2017 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.


Tim Porter, creative producer intern

Tim had a wealth of experience as a director, writer and editor before he took on the role of creative producer intern at Project Phakama. He talks about getting trained up in backstage arts and offers advice for people who want to work their way into an arts career.


Luke Stubbins, Technical Theatre

Luke is a technical theatre apprentice working on lighting, rigging and sound at Birmingham Hippodrome.


Natalie's jewellery practice specialises in setting precious stones.

Natalie Harris, designer and gem setter

An opportunity to work with a jeweller who specialised in precious stones helped Natalie build up the skills she had always wanted to learn. She is now a self-employed jeweller and gem specialist.


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.



Christina Birt, head of creative learning

Christina has worked in arts education at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and aims to go freelance as an arts education consultant.


Callum McCaffrey, project joiner

Callum works for the National Trust, helping to maintain and restore historic properties. He has a passion for timber and his work brings him into contact with specialist materials that are not commonly found in less sensitive construction work.


Joe Barbe now works at Atlantic Records as an A/R Assistant.

Joe Barbe, Columbia Records apprentice

Music-loving Joe started out as an apprentice at Columbia Records. He discusses what he learned and gives his thoughts on apprenticeships.


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.


Anna Setchell, deputy technical manager

Anna worked her way up to being a deputy technical manager through being a stage manager with touring shows. She outlines her career journey and offers 3 top tips for getting into this area of backstage work.


Jo Davies, production coordinator

Jo Davies became interested in the backstage aspect of the theatre when she was a small child from watching pantomimes with her dad and brother. She explains her career journey, her role as production coordinator for Wales Millennium Centre and offers tips for getting into theatre. Jo won the Theatre Skills Award 2016 alongside Martin Hunt.


Steve recommends working with a local band as a way to gain production experience.

Steve Levine, record producer

Steve started out as a trainee tape operator in 1975. He went on to become an award-winning producer, working with the likes of the Beach Boys and Culture Club. He talks about his journey in production.


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.


Dan Twine, video producer

Dan Twine is the managing director of a video production company and works in a range of film and television roles on the side. He talks about how he got there, from filming stunts with his friends as a teenager to landing production contracts with big-name clients.


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.


Music management is a tough industry and you have to be committed to your artists.

Chris Collins, band manager

Chris Collins has a long background working with artists in roles that see him travelling the world. He shares what the music industry is really like and why it's a great place to be.


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