SPILL 2016 WRITER IN RESIDENCE
Diana Damian-Martin is a London-based performance critic, writer and scholar. She is a Lecturer in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Contributing Editor for Exeunt Magazine and a member of practice-based research collective Generative Constraints. Diana is co-founder of Writingshop, an EU funded long-term collaborative criticism project, and Institute of Critical Practice, a nomadic organisation that explores the ways in which criticism manifests itself in contemporary performance as a mode of inquiry and production, strategy for visibility and practice of dissemination.
2016 SPILL WRITERS
Mark Aaron has over 30 years experience as a commercial designer, working primarily in Games and Television. His work has won awards for design including for interiors and game design. In 2015, Mark was one of the design guru’s on Season 10 of The Apprentice (BBC/ Freemantle). Aside from his commercial work, Mark possesses a passion for art and music that he continues to explore most recently through the completion of his MA in Art at University of Suffolk/University Campus Suffolk, UK. Mark’s current practice is to explore the future implications of the digital on art and culture. Mark is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors, and is currently one of the figures behind the project to create an Arts Centre for Ipswich in the UK.
Elisabeth Carlile’s main focus within her writing is to discover how female bodies are manipulated socially and physically within live performance. Whilst studying for an MA in Theatre & Performance, her critical research was based on the performative creation of a hybrid mother from female and cow, influenced by her own artistic process. Along side critical research and writing, Elisabeth regularly writes review style blog posts about contemporary artworks which can be found on the ART//BOOZE//CHATS blog. She has recently finished studying at Kings College London, and is a recent graduate from the University of Chichester, BA HONS in Performing Arts (Oct 2015).
Jackie Montague is a Londoner who has lived and worked in Suffolk for nearly 10 years. She has a Drama degree from Goldsmiths and contributes to Exeunt Magazine and East Anglian Daily Times. She has written lots of different things, including a play in verse, performed by school boys at Westminster Abbey to celebrate 1000 years of Edward the Confessor. But don’t get her wrong. She will always love the punky, campy, trashy stuff the best. She once impersonated Sonia on stage as a support act for Lily Savage, you know.
Phoebe Patey-Ferguson is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on International Festivals of Performance in the UK with an interest in their social and political possibilities. Previously she has worked as an assistant producer with In Between Time and LIFT. Phoebe currently teaches performance at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary and is a Study Room Ambassador for LADA. She is developing a love for artistic, subversive and provocative zine making, co-editing the first two issues of the Knickerbocker zine and secretly distributing antagonistic texts that attempt to challenge hegemonies.
Claire Ridge is an artist and writer whose practice explores the disruptive potentials of the image. She is currently researching the question – How can multiple screens, interruptions, anachronisms, loopings and jerks in live performance re-ignite queer, feminist and minor histories, and ways of seeing? Her practice fits within live performance, film, theatre and dance, and she negotiates this through a DIY, post-internet aesthetic. Claire has shown work at Art Licks Festival, London (2015), Arsenic Theatre, Lausanne (2015), Bonnie Bird Theatre (2012), among others. Her work has also featured in television programme Artbox Luxembourg RTL with collaborator Catherine Elsen. She has also performed for other artists, including participating in Bojana Cvejic and Christene De Smedt’s ‘Spatial Confessions’ for the BMW Tate Room Live Series (2014). In 2015 she graduated with an MA in The Body in Performance (Distinction) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2015). Recently Claire has worked as a choreographer for Nicolas Stuecklin’s ‘Palponait’, which received 2nd prize at Premio Prize for Theatre and Dance, Switzerland. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Dance Research, at Coventry University.
Michelle Sewell is an Australian writer based in Norwich. She graduated with a Distinction in her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is a winner of the Malcolm Bradbury Award for Scriptwriting. Her writing credits include: The Games We Played, Theatre 503 (2016); Love, Sex & Apps, The Bread & Roses Theatre (2016); Strings, Manipulate International Visual Theatre Festival (2016); The Coast, Arcola Theatre (2016); The Big Blue, Australian Theatre for Young People (2016); Border Control, INK Festival (2016); The Tinder Game, Menagerie Theatre Company (2015); and Write Into A War, Theatre 503 (2014). She has completed writing residencies at The North Wall; The Menagerie Theatre Company; Arcola Theatre; and Australian National Studio Residency. She is currently a writer on the BFI Talent Development Program, the SOHO young Writers’ Group.