Neil has been Director of our Theatre and Dance team since 2012. He is responsible for managing the team and leading the performing arts programme across the British Council's global network. He leads on the British Council’s partnership with Unlimited, the UK’s commissioning programme for disability arts. He is on the programming panel for the Made in Scotland showcase and chairs the panel for the biennial Edinburgh Showcase. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for the IETM International network for contemporary performing arts.
Previous roles with the British Council include the Arts Manager in Taipei, Director Arts for China and the Regional Arts Director for East Asia. Before joining the British Council, Neil worked for Visiting Arts, where he helped to organise the first Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) with an arts and cultural focus in London in 1998.
Neil is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Politics and Japanese) and City University in London (Arts and Cultural Management). He also trained in ballet and contemporary dance and is a 2006/7 Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme.
Andrew is the Theatre and Dance Programme Manager for Wider Europe. This includes former Soviet countries within the EU, and Scandinavia. He designs and delivers innovative performance, collaboration and professional development programmes across the region. He also leads on strategy development and operational support across the team. Andrew co-curates the British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase. He has participated as a curator, adviser and mentor on several external showcases and conferences. These include Caravan, Made in Scotland and IETM Glasgow. He also leads on the team’s engagement with the UK Cities of Culture programme.
After an inglorious career in punk bands and a more auspicious period in video production, Andrew co-founded the multi award-winning physical theatre company Volcano in 1987. He was responsible for the design, production and technical management of the company for 21 productions, all of which toured extensively in the UK and abroad, before his move to the British Council in 1998.
Still functioning as a lighting designer on occasion, Andrew also brings his extensive production expertise to bear as a health and safety adviser to the British Council’s Arts team.
Steven is the Theatre and Dance Programme Manager for the Americas and the EU countries in Europe. He has developed projects including UKMoves, a showcase for European programmers of Britain's most innovative dance makers in France. He also led on SPACE UK, a showcase of UK artists working in unusual spaces in Spain.
Steven danced for Nederlands Dans Theater II under Jiri Kylián and worked for Rambert Dance Company for 15 years, on both sides of the curtain. He became Rambert’s Rehearsal Director, and was later appointed Associate Artistic Director. As a dancer and a director Steven has worked with many luminaries of the contemporary dance world. Steven continues his role as Assistant Director to Christopher Bruce, setting his pieces on companies around the word.
In 2008 Steven was appointed Executive Producer of Pacitti Company and SPILL Festival of Performance. From 2010–15 he ran the Nightingale Theatre – a small artist development, residency and performance space in Brighton. He also freelances as a creative producer, mentor, teacher and consultant.
Cathy is the Theatre and Dance Programme Manager for India and leads on team communications, which includes editing this website.
She has a degree in Independent Study, focusing on dance and cultural studies, and an MA in Culture Industry. She previously worked in contemporary dance at the National Resource Centre for Dance and The Place, as well as placements at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (USA) and Tangente (Canada).
At the British Council she has edited theatre and dance publications, managed the Edinburgh Showcase and worked as Theatre and Dance Programme Manager for South Asia and the Gulf. As Special Projects Manager she worked with Arcola Theatre and Punchdrunk Enrichment to develop an international version of The Uncommercial Traveller – an immersive audio performance project that went to Pakistan, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.
She was an Executive Producer of Forward Motion, the British Council’s dance on screen programme co-produced with South East Dance, which toured to over 40 countries from 2008–12. She recently initiated the British Council's International Bursaries for Bloggers.
Becky is the Showcase Manager for our Theatre and Dance team. She leads on the project management and delivery of the Edinburgh Showcase, and manages relationships with other key performing arts showcases in the UK. This includes working with Unlimited to deliver the British Council’s programme for international delegates alongside the Unlimited Festival – a festival of creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies.
Becky studied at Trinity Laban and has a background in dance and theatre. Prior to joining the British Council she worked as Production Assistant and Stage Manager at organisations including Watermill Theatre and Corn Exchange, Newbury. She has also worked in events on a freelance basis, and she continues to work as a dance workshop leader.
Carole is the Programme Manager in the Theatre and Dance team responsible for programmes in east Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (with the exception of the Gulf countries).
Since 2004 she has led on the Royal Court’s ongoing New Writing for Playwrights programme across the Middle East and North Africa which has enriched the Arab theatre scene and enabled new Arab voices to be heard worldwide.
She led on the British Council’s international contribution to the Unlimited programme for D/deaf and disabled artists for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and introduction of international delegations to the Unlimited festivals in 2012 and 2014. She continues to take this agenda forward through involvement in the Unlimited programme and embedding inclusive practice into our arts programmes across the East Asia region.
She has worked for the British Council for over forty years in a variety of roles – ranging from coordinating international workshops for English language teachers to selecting British animation and short films on the international film festival circuit.
James is the Theatre and Dance Programme Manager responsible for South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Gulf States.
James works across many of the intersecting fields of performance, theatre, music, dance, visual art and literature. His work often involves questions of community and cultural histories. He is interested in re-thinking contemporary performing arts and its perception in different contexts. From 1999-2011 he was Head of Theatre/Theatre Programmer at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff where he initiated many local and international projects including festivals, commissions and participatory projects.
James has worked with choreographer Sarah Michelson in New York, creating a series of works for institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). He co-founded Intangible Studio as an evolving project, focusing on works created in Korea. He also organised the International Performance Festival Cardiff.
From 2014-17 he served on the advisory committee of the IETM international performing arts network. He has also worked as a visiting lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Laura is one of our Touring Co-ordinators, working to deliver tours and projects all over the world.
Laura has a BA in Arts and Events Management. Prior to joining the British Council, she worked with numerous arts organisations and assisted with the co-ordination of high profile events, including the reopening of the Royal Festival Hall. She project managed outdoor dance and theatre events as part of the London 2012 Festivals. She also produced and co-ordinated tours for a street theatre company.
Tom is one of our Touring Co-ordinators, working to deliver tours and projects all over the world. He is passionate about accessibility within the arts sector, and has a personal interest in the circus and outdoor arts sectors, and champions these artforms for the team.
Tom previously worked for Fuel, where he developed and toured a range of different performances and projects. Prior to this, he worked at Camden’s Roundhouse, helping to deliver summer installations, spoken word and circus festivals, and the venue’s 40th anniversary punk celebrations. He has also worked on a number of multidisciplinary projects, global digital broadcasts, and contemporary art exhibitions at National Theatre Live, the Unicorn Theatre and Jerwood Gallery.
Harriet leads on team communications, which includes editing this website and running the Theatre and Dance's social media channels and newsletter. Harriet joined the British Council from East London Dance, where she managed digital communications and supported events and participation work – everything from stage managing productions to delivering school projects.
Harriet studied Philosophy at King's College London before moving to Vancouver, Canada. She worked in finance and in higher education while volunteering as a dance teacher and choreographer for charities and student groups. Back in London, Harriet decided to turn her love for dance and theatre into her profession. She has a personal interest in universal access to the arts and youth participatory projects.
Asya helps to deliver showcases such as Unlimited and the Edinburgh Showcase. She previously worked at British Council Turkey, where she helped organise interesting projects in visual arts, performing arts and creative economy.
Asya studied Advertising and Communications in Turkey whilst also writing music reviews for a prominent Turkish newspaper and online magazine. She then went on to study dance at Gibney Dance Company in New York. She is now happily working in our Theatre and Dance team in the UK, being able to combine many of her interests in the job. She is in the meantime pursuing her love of writing by continuing to write frequent music reviews for magazines in Turkey.