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Spaces of Joy: Meet the Producers

Nia Evans - Open Place

Nia is a Bristol-based freelance producer, working closely with artists and companies on projects that spotlight hidden histories, and present a new way of looking at the world.

She is currently working with artist and performer Tom Marshman on his touring work 'A Shining Intimacy', and with expanded cinema company Compass Presents on archive film exhibition.

Twitter: @niaeevans Instagram: @nia_evans

Meg Fozzard - Camden People’s Theatre Place

Meg is a freelance producer with a background in video production and writing and she's worked across a range of platforms including VR, AR, smart home devices, podcasts, theatre and social media video. Whatever the format, Meg's work tries to tell her own story about disability and the stories of others. She has recently worked on the XR project Museum of Austerity with the National Theatre and English Touring Theatre and she currently works for the inclusive circus company Extraordinary Bodies. She is also a journalist with her writing featured in Vice, Refinery 29, BBC Ouch and Stylist.


Mike Pony - Open Place

Mike Pony is Artistic Director of Submerge, a queer-led producing organisation and international festival of contemporary performance and music. Mike curated and delivered two Arts Council England funded editions of Submerge in Bristol (2016: Fathoms / 2019: Belonging) before heading North and re-homing the organisation in Manchester.

In March 2022 Submerge launched their first edition in Greater Manchester, in partnership with local venues and cultural organisations. Over 10 days a diverse group of UK and international artists presented radical art and performance straddling theatre, dance, liveart, visual art, installation, digital practice and music.

Submerge acts as a conduit between the underground and the mainstream, advocating for wild ideas, and amplifying marginalised perspectives within contemporary performance. We aim to develop expertise in working with artists with protected characteristics, advocate for these artists to be supported by institutions, and help institutions feel confident programming them. We think the arts should be less exclusive, and we want our work to be for everyone.

Instagram: @mikeisapony @submergefest / Twitter: @mikeponycurator @submergefest

Harriet Warnock - Unity Liverpool Place

Harriet is a producer from Liverpool who specialises in socially engaged and community theatre. Having returned to Liverpool 6 years ago she worked as the General Manager at Theatre for Social Change company Collective Encounters. Since going freelance she has produced and project managed various shows, tours, R&Ds and one conference. Her most recent projects include ADHD: The Musical (North West and London Tour), Deep Blue (The Unity Theatre), Measuring Up (Everyman and Playhouse) and Shielded (DaDa). She works regularly as a producer for One September Art, and is a visiting tutor and mentor at LIPA.

Twitter: @Harrietwarnock

Ailbhe Treacy - Open Place

I am an Irish producer and engagement specialist currently based in Manchester. My work is focused on bringing about positive, tangible social change for young people through the arts. I am particularly interested in creating opportunities for marginalised young people to engage with the arts as audiences, participants and artists. I am also currently undertaking a part-time MSc in International Development, in which I am learning how to design programmes for social change.


Lou Bartley Sophocleous - Open Place

Lou is a producer of performance, dance, spaces and events, with a focus around queer fun translated into communities. Her work can be found in church halls, night clubs or under flyovers. Lou is Creative Producer of Posh Club Dance Club (PC*DC) and Sourpuss.

@athenoulab on twitter / instagram

Steve Goatman - Cambridge Junction Place

I am an accredited independent coach and contemporary performance producer with over 10 years experience. Based in Colchester, Essex, I'm passionate about inventive performance of all kinds, and I spend my working life generating exciting new ideas with artists, and helping people and organisations live and work at their best. I often work with neurodivergent, LGBTQ+ and disabled artists, fundraising and producing their work, I'm nearing the end of an ACE DYCP research project into neurodivergence,

coaching and producing, and in 2020 I established Colchester Fringe Festival to bring a new platform for performance to the city.

FB @GoatmanCoaching / TW @stevegoatman

Valentina Vela - Artsadmin Place

I am a brown, queer, migrant producer and artist invested in building structures of support to nurture, push, and advocate for radical art. At Artsadmin, I look after our Artist Support Programme, always looking for accessible and sustainable ways to provide more time, space, and resources to artists making urgent work.


Lee Smith - Cambridge Junction Place

​​Lee Smith (they/them) is a trans and queer producer based in Worthing, West Sussex. They specialise in LGBTQIA+ arts projects and are most interested in supporting and working with multi-marginalised LGBTQIA+ artists. They currently work as a producer at Milk Presents and at Marlborough Productions on their New Queers on the Block artist and community development programme and Trans Pride Season. As well as producing for LGBTQIA+ organisations, Lee also produces for independent LGBTQIA+ artists including live performance and theatre artist Emma Frankland and spoken word artist and activist Subira Joy.

Twitter @theatrelee, Instagram @producerlee23

Moni Onojeruo - LIFT Place

My name is Moni Onojeruo, I’m a non-binary and from South East London, (I’m always making sure locals know I’m Lewisham native). I’ve been working in theatre since 2015 as a facilitator, youth theatre director, project manager, and audience development coordinator. Blessed with adhd and autism there has always been the concern I accidentally turned my hyperfixation into a career. I currently prefer to market myself as a community advocate as I transition into freelance work. I try to keep my work in community arts and organising direct actions symbiotic – by using the experiences I gain from grassroots actions to inform how to create work that is sustainable enough to be beneficial. My intention as a Community Advocate is to destabilise the status quo in arts management.

@Mygenou (Twitter) @Oghenemonet (insta)

Hart Fargo - Open Place

My name is Hart Fargo (he/him/his). I have a deep seated love for Donna Summer, words that sound like music, and peanut butter (salty, roasted, and crunchy, please and thank you). Black, Queer, and trying my best to keep my white trainers clean.

I work with Eleanor Lloyd at Eleanor Lloyd Productions, finding new voices to produce in the commercial theatre sector. Alongside producing, I write my own work as well. My artistic north star is to create stories that hold the lived truth of Black, and Brown, people. Our queerness, our complexity, and our fallibility.


Bernie Whittle - Fuel Place

As Development Producer I look after Fuel’s artistic development activity. Prior to joining Fuel, I worked in the Barbican’s Theatre & Dance team, producing and assisting on shows across the Theatre, the Pit, Silk Street Theatre, off-site, and online. I also worked in in the National Theatre’s New Work department, supporting the delivery of the department’s artistic programme, and was Trainee Assistant Producer at Liverpool’s Everyman & Playhouse Theatres.

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