Marc Brew (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer)
Internationally acclaimed choreographer Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 19 years as a director, choreographer, dancer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre, CandoCo Dance Company and as Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre and Guest Artistic Director with AXIS Dance Company. Since 2008 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and is currently Associate Artistic Director with Ballet Cymru in Wales and was Associate Artist in 2015 at Tramway Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland where he is now based. Recent choreographic commissions include Scottish Ballet, Ballet Cymru, AXIS Dance Company (USA), Candoco Dance Company (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (USA), GDance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Greewnwich & Docklands International Festival and City of London Festival (UK). Marc was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent and was presented with a Centenary Medal for Outstanding Contribution as a dancer and choreographer. His work Remember When was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Performance (individual) and his recent solo work For Now, I am… was listed in the Guardians Top 10 Dance Shows for 2016.
Marc has worked extensively with other integrated and non-integrated dance companies in New Zealand, Australia, America and Europe. Read more about Marc
Susan Hay (Producer/Rehearsal Director)
Susan is well respected in the Arts sector for supporting and managing artists, and has presented dance internationally, both as a producer and choreographer/dancer. She has diverse experience in project management and production and was Dance/Quality Officer for Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland. Susan trained as a dancer and has choreographed and toured internationally. She is also an experienced dance photographer.
Melanie Wilson (Marc’s P.A.)
Mel has been Marc’s PA/Support Worker for 7 years and ensures Marc’s access requirements are met while touring, checking the accessibility of accommodation, theatres, venues and transport. She also helps behind the scenes with props during performance and rehearsals and provides some administrative support for the company. Mel has previously worked in event management and occasionally performs with a fire and dance troupe.
Joe Hornsby (Lighting Designer/Technical Manager)
Joe provides production management and lighting design in collaboration with a collection of theatre and dance companies.
Recent production management credits include Without Stars & There We Have Been (James Cousins Company, UK & International tours), Varmints (Sadlers Wells/Traveling Light, UK tour). For Shams Theatre: Thin Ice (UK tour); Reykjavik (UK tour). For Company Chameleon: Pictures We Make & Eden (UK tour); Gameshow (UK tour). For Marc Brew Company: Fusional Fragments (Royal Opera House); Nocturne (UK tour). Also LIFT & In Control (Theatre Venture), Maggie’s End (Gut Reaction).
Recent lighting design credits include ‘K’ & Subliminal Effects (Pell Ensemble, The Place), Balloon (Carolyn Defryn, Chelsea Theatre), Nocturne & Remember When (Marc Brew Dance, UK tour), Jack and the Beanstalk (Shaw Theatre), Kerry Ellis – On The Edge (UK tour), Elegies (Shaw Theatre), Up and Over It (Puck, UK & European tour), The Joy of Politics (Black Sheep, UK tour), Heartbreak Beautiful (National Theatre Olivier).
Joe holds a first class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Jools Walls (Production Manager)
Jools graduated from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and has worked in theatre and events for over 20years. She has toured Britain extensively with various companies, such as Traverse Theatre, Borderline Theatre, Cumbernauld Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Visible Fictions, SNAP People’s Theatre, Red Ladder and TAG. She was Company Manager on the very first ‘Balamory Live!’ Arena Tour. Jools was also Production Manager for Fringe Sunday for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 7years. Event experience includes Edinburgh & Glasgow Hogmanay, BIG in Falkirk, Glasgow Art Fair and The Gathering Clan Pageant. Previously, Jools worked on ‘White Gold’ at the Sugar Sheds in Greenock for Iron Oxide and the Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Jools secretly wants to be a stunt driver!
Graeme Smillie (Lead Musician – BREWBAND)
Graeme Smillie has extensive touring and recording experience with acts including Arab Strap, Olympic Swimmers, Emma Pollock, The Vaselines, The Unwinding Hours, Karine Polwart, Inge Thomson’s Da Hands, Sons & Daughters, Idlewild, Lord Cut Glass, A Mote Of Dust and The Fruit Tree Foundation for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. He has also played for theatre and screen through Sigma Films, National Theatre of Scotland, Scottish Opera and Random Accomplice.
Peter Kelly (Drummer – BREWBAND)
Peter Kelly has been performing for roughly 13 years for various bands and acts, including Galchen, Union of knives, Moon Unit, Jonnie Common, Song of Return, Marnie, Owl John, Bdy_Prts and The Kills. He was also involved in Rapunzel at Citizen’s Theatre in 2016 and was a ‘sound carrier’ for Damo Suzukis (Can) improvisational project back in 2010.
Marta Masiero (Dancer – BREWBAND)
Marta, Italian-born professional dancer, trained at London Contemporary Dance School and joined Scottish Dance Theatre as an apprentice under the direction of Janet Smith. Since working as a freelancer Marta has been involved in a wide diversity of dance projects around the UK, performing nationally and internationally. Over the most recent years Marta has been dancing for Van Huynh Company, bgroup, Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew amongst other dance companies and artists in the UK and abroad. Marta is also a yoga teacher and she’s enjoying sharing the practice with the rest of the band!
Martyn Garside (Dancer – BREWBAND)
Martyn Is a multi-disciplinary artist from Yorkshire. Since Graduating from The Royal Ballet School Martyn has enjoyed a 14 year professional career in classical and contemporary dance as a member of San Francisco Ballet, Goteborg Dance Company and various other companies as a freelance artist. Now living in Edinburgh he teaches dance, performs, choreographs, makes art and works as a relief worker in mental health.
Jill O’Sullivan (Musician – BREWBAND)
Jill O’Sullivan (BDY_PRTS, Sparrow And The Workshop) is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based in Glasgow. Initially trained as a classical violinist, Jill was attracted to folk, rock and pop and joined her first band at age 19. She taught herself guitar and began writing her own songs shortly thereafter. She’s been in numerous bands and collaborated on a wide variety of projects in addition to teaching and mentoring young, aspiring musicians (Chen19’s SoundLan for young producers in 2013 & Beatroute Arts in Balarnock, Glasgow. She has written a song for “Sports Day”, a play that ran for two weeks at the Citizens Theatre in 2014 and was a contributor to 2010’s Fruit Tree Foundation.
Alice Sheppard (Dancer – BREWBAND)
Alice Sheppard was dared to dance. Her first dance class was with AXIS Dance Company in Oakland. She went on to study with Kitty Lunn in New York before making her dance debut with Infinity Dance Theater. She later joined AXIS Dance Company as a company member and teaching artist, where she met Marc Brew.
Alex McCabe (Assistant Director – BREWBAND)
Alex entered the dance industry initially as a collaborating professional musician (violin, percussion, piano, voice), before beginning full-time dance training in 2012. He was awarded Scotland’s competitive post-graduate DEBS (Dancers Emerging Bursary Scheme) through Dance Base (Edinburgh) 2013-5. Since this period Alex has worked nationally (dancing with Curious Seed, V/DA, Luke Pell, Merav Israel, Matthew Hawkins and others) and internationally, as a choreographer, assistant choreographer and dancer in numerous operatic productions (Wexford Festival Opera, Teatro Regio, Teatro del Maggio, where his dual understanding of both music and dance proves particularly productive. Since 2015, an ongoing choreographic collaboration with Riccardo Olivier has produced two multi-disciplinary works in progress, premiering winter 2017. Extensive long-term collaborations with broad-ranging inclusive community and education projects in both dance and music (notably with Paragon and Scottish Opera) inform all aspects of Alex’s practice. In 2016, Alex collaboratively instigated and secured funding for the Mirabilia Scotland Focus, which took a large convoy of Scottish-based artists and industry representatives to a prominent Italian festival to showcase work and exchange knowledge towards fostering connective cultures of interdisciplinarity and inclusion. Alex holds an MA and PhD from the University of Glasgow, specialising in intercultural cross-fertilisations and translations within the arts.
Yvonne Strain (BSL Interpreter/Consultant – BREWBAND)
Yvonne was born in Glasgow, Scotland and British Sign Language (BSL) has been her second language from a young age. After studying formally & registering as an interpreter, Yvonne gained experience in an agency, a television company, theatres and the Arts before becoming freelance. Yvonne’s first experience of theatre interpreting was at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1995. Since then she has interpreted over 400 different performances ranging from community theatre to full scale professional productions, nationally and internationally including Improv, Comedy, Dance, Classical, Pantomime etc.
Inspired by Deaf audience feedback Yvonne developed her interpreting style, integrating with performances and consulting on performance aesthetics and equity of experience. Yvonne works with dance, choreography and acting to integrate BSL and choreograph timing onstage as part of small or full scale multi-disciplinary productions.
While being kept busy with a young son, Yvonne continues to be committed to personal and professional development. Having worked in the development and ongoing support of the BA Performance (BSL/English) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she also continues to gain skills in International Sign and knowledge of Arts relating to the Deaf community Worldwide.
Jamie Wardrop (Visual Projections – For Now, I am… & BREWBAND)
Jamie is a multidisciplinary artist who draws on a wealth of experience from film to 3D animation, live projection mapping, installation, theatre and composing. In 2016, Jamie created video designs for Junction 25’s – Bit of Bite (Tramway/Battersea Arts Centre), 21st Century Challenges – 43% (Tramway), Suzie Birchwood’s A Conversation with Dystonia (Sadlers Wells, London), Unfix Festival (CCA, Glasgow) and toured his own show The Dwelling Place (Summerhall – Edinburgh Fringe/Cryptic Nights). He toured with Marc Brew Company to Poland and Palestine with ‘For Now I Am…’ and opened the main stage at T In The Park with a visual tribute to David Bowie.
Andy Hamer (Lighting Designer – For Now, I am…)
Training: BA Hons in Fine Art, Sculpture, Cheltenham College and The École des Beaux-Arts, Lyon.
MA Scenography, Central St Martins and at the avant-garde Czech Theatre & Opera Design School, Prague.
Hamer has established a distinctive style of working mostly within the genres of contemporary dance and site specific performance, creating architectural forms in space using light and projection.
Hamers practice stretches across a range of formats, and supports projects in the role of Scenographer, lighting designer and production management. Past work has included working with classical music, ballet, contemporary dance, theatre, contemporary circus theatre, inclusive dance companies, disabled dance companies, site specific and intergenerational work as well as youth theatre, children’s theatre and intergenerational work.
Some of these companies and choreographers have included: Louise Kateraga’s – Foot in Hand, (Place Prize semi finalist) commissions for The Royal Ballet; The BBC Elstree Concert Band; Adesola Akinleye, Hiromi Ishikawa; Chisato Minamimura; Daniel Vice; Sherman Cymru; National Theatre Wales; Citrus Arts; Sound Affairs, Oily Cart; Theatre Ffynnon; Bombastic; Sean Tuan John and an ongoing working practice with Sweetshop Revolution.
Hamer has previously worked with Marc Brew on a number of projects including the well reviewed work Fusional Fragments with Dame Evlyn Glenie
Claire McCue (Composer – For Now, I am…)
Born in Glasgow, Claire studied composition at Masters level, with Rory Boyle, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, thanks to two generous scholarships from RCS. She graduated in 2011 with MMus Composition, with distinction, and was also awarded 3 prizes. During her final year, Claire composed a piece for PLUG 2011 at BBC Hear & Now, which was conducted by Ilan Volkov and received a BBC Radio Three broadcast. In 2012 she won the West End Chamber Music Festival composition competition and compositions have been performed by, amongst others, The Fidelio Trio, Red Note Ensemble, Musiclab, Alba Brass, The Astrid Quartet, Flercussion, Flutes En Route and Northern lights. Recent commissions & performances include a piece for The Astrid quartet with guest RSNO principal trombone Davur Juul Magnussen for the Made-In-Scotland Edinburgh Festival Series, a song for soprano and voice for the composers concert at the International Kodaly Institute Symposium in Hungary, a Capella piece for children’s choir in Ohio and a commission for SATB with solo clarinet for Old St.Paul’s church in Edinburgh. Claire has worked on composition/choreography collaborations with dancers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dance School of Scotland. Forthcoming performances include a collaboration with London-based visual artist Rachel Gadsden, a short film and cellist for DaDaFest International, Liverpool. Claire previously composed the music for Cube Of Curiosity with Marc Brew.
Ruth Mills (Rehearsal Director – For Now, I am…)
Ruth Mills is one of Scotland’s leading dancers and an award winning choreographer and movement director, with over twenty years experience in contemporary dance. She trained at London contemporary dance school and has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Ruth is well known for her commitment to making dance and theatre an accessible, liberating and transformative experience for all. Ruth is on a mission to get the whole world dancing.
Rebecca Evans (Dancer – (i)land, Nocturne)
Rebecca began her dance training with Rochester City Ballet in Upstate New York. She then went on to complete a BFA in Dance at University of Iowa and a Post Graduate Degree in Dance from Laban Centre. For the last ten years Rebecca has been performing in London and Internationally with IJAD Dance Company, Ffin Dance, and Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. In 2011 Rebecca participated in Dancelines with Wayne McGregor. Rebecca is also a Founding Member of Arts Collective Europe and Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble. She is looking forward entering her 5th season with Marc Brew Company.
Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble: http://pellensemble.com
Founding Member of Arts Collective Europe: http://www.artscollectiveeurope.com/
Rob Heaslip (Dancer – (i)land)
Prior to beginning his contemporary training, Rob, as a professional Irish dancer, was a member of Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland and earned a BA in Languages and Cultural Studies as well as an MA in Contemporary Performance from The Irish World Music Academy of Music and Dance at The University of Limerick, Ireland. He later completed 3 years of professional training at The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee.
Throughout his career Rob has worked and toured both nationally and internationally with companies such as Irish Modern Dance Theatre, marc brew Company and David Hughes Dance Scotland. He has also performed in works by Flesh Collective, Oliver Hurley, Mary Nunan, Michael Scott, Charles Lenihan, Vanessa Haska, Cindy Cummings, Kylie Walters, Tanja Liedtke and Ian Spink. Collaborations he has been involved with include Marie Lidén, Keren Rosenberg, Laura Murphy, Ailish Claffey and Irene Buckley.
Rob is also a dance maker with works presented in Dublin Dance Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Merchant City Festival Glasgow, Dance Live Aberdeen and Resolution!2010 London.
Aaron Vickers (Dancer – (i)land)
Aaron started dancing at the age of 19 with all male youth dance company FuzzyLogic and Hampshire Youth Dance Company. He then went on to complete his dance training at Laban. During his time at Laban he performed works by many choreographers including Kerry Nichols, Marina Collard, Zoe Dimitrou and re-created works by Rudolf Laban. After completing his degree at Laban he then went on to complete his Ma in Dance Performance at Laban and tour internationally with Transitions Dance Company, performing works by Angela woodhouse, Cameron McMillan and Colin Poole, and worked with filmmaker Lucy Cash. Since training Aaron has gone on to work with Jean Abreu, Ashley Warren, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre on their tour of “ECHO”, Anthony Lo-Giudice and most recently James Cousins on the successful production of “Jealousy”. Aaron has taught extensively throughout his career both in education and to professionals and is currently teaching at The Place on their evening, youth and CAT satellite programs.