Lightwork: Image Performance

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Andy Lavender

Andy Lavender Andy is a director, writer and academic manager. He is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Dean of Research at Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London.

  • He has directed all Lightwork's productions to date.
  • Other productions, as director, include Borchert's The Man Outside (Manchester International Festival of Expressionism), the world premiere of Brecht and Auden's version of Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (The Chelsea Centre) and, for the London International Mime Festival, Beckett's Acts Without Words (BAC and Périgueux, France), The Singularity and Forget Me Not (both Albany Theatre).
  • His writing on theatre includes a book, Hamlet in Pieces (Nick Hern Books, 2001), on adaptations of Shakespeare's Hamlet by Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and Robert Wilson, and chapters and articles on new and experimental theatre. 'He is co-editor (with Jen Harvie) of Making Contemporary Theatre: international rehearsal practices (Manchester University Press, 2010) and (with Sarah Bay-Cheng, Chiel Kattenbelt and Robin Nelson) Mapping Intermediality in Performance (Amsterdam University Press, 2010).
  • He was contracted by The Times to write arts features and prior to that was the Editor of City Limits magazine.

Bridget Thornborrow

Bridget Thornborrow Bridget started her professional career in the theatre, initially as a performer and subsequently as a promoter and producer. She worked with Lynne Kirwin Associates for three years and in 1993 set up her own business as a theatre publicist. She worked with several emerging comedians of the 1990s such as Eddie Izzard and Lee Evans and then concentrated on theatre publicity, working extensively at the Edinburgh Festival, with independent producers and with Neil Bartlett at the Lyric Hammersmith until his departure in 2004. She has represented Shared Experience, Soho Theatre Company, Scarlet Theatre, Nigel Charnock, Stan Won't Dance, The Right Size, Tamasha, Clean Break, Forkbeard Fantasy, The National Youth Theatre and Birmingham Opera Company. Other clients include Peter Brook's Tierno Bokar, the National Theatre (Transformation season, 2002), Out of Joint, and in the West End, This is our Youth (Garrick Theatre) Damsels in Distress (Duchess Theatre), Auntie & Me (Wyndhams Theatre), and Trainspotting (New Ambassadors & Whitehall Theatre), plus several seasons at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival.
Bridget produced Lightwork's national tour of Here's What I Did with My Body One Day and Sarajevo Story at the Lyric Hammersmith.

In 2007 she retrained as a yoga and movement teacher with Chloe Fremantle on the London YTTC, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga, and since qualifying in 2008 has been teaching full time in East London, where she lives, and in Deal on the Kent coast. She specializes in teaching yoga and integrative movement to performers. Her teaching is rooted in the tradition of Vanda Scaravelli which is centred around the relationship between gravity, breath and the spine.

Sarah Gorman

Sarah GormanSarah is Principal Lecturer at Roehampton University. Her teaching and research interests include American and European experimental theatre, Live Art, New Media, cultural politics and feminist performance.

Sarah has published a number of essays about contemporary performance in: Performance and the Contemporary City, edited by Nicholas Whybrow, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Making Contemporary Theatre: International Rehearsal Processes, edited Harvie and Lavender (Manchester University Press 2009); A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama, edited by Nadine Holdsworth and Mary Luckhurst, (Blackwell Press 2008); Bobby Baker: Redeeming Features of Daily Life, edited by Bobby Baker and Michele Barrett, (Routledge 2007) and Contemporary Theatres in Europe, edited by Nick Ridout and Joe Kelleher, (Routledge 2006).

She is currently completing a book entitled The Theatre of Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players for Routledge Research.

Sarah has a background in arts administration, working at The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster and curating Roehampton@Riverside (May 2002) and Roehampton@Tara (May 2010).

Jeremy Johnston

Jeremy JohnstonJeremy Johnston is a public servant with 20 years of experience of strategic planning, project management, policy development and organisational change.