Bootworks theatre is made up of an eclectic bunch of peeps. See below for more info on us Bootworkians!
James is a theatre maker, academic and artist. He is also Co-Artistic Director and board member of Bootworks Theatre. Recent projects have been focusing upon the relationship between travel and performance; looking particularly at how the experience of travel can be documented through the act of performing. 30 Days to Space and 30 Days to Edinburgh have both been works that attempt to explore the conceptual nature of travel and present the beginning of a continued engagement with this research agenda. James is a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre Department at the University of Chichester. Previously he has taught on the undergraduate programme at The University of Portsmouth and guest lectured on the M.A in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Central School of Speech & Drama. He has been published in numerous publications and has won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation in 2010. His specialisms include: Travel in relation to performance, contemporary theatre practice, live art and site-specific theatre.
Robert is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. Robert took over and led Bootworks as Artistic Director in 2001 until 2010. First as an ‘independent’ artist, then as ‘cooperative’ (with Emily Coleman), and now as a ‘collective’ (with James Baker, Becki Haines and Andy Roberts). Independent projects include DIY, a book project, and Tiny Live Art, a documentation project, recreating performances in HO scale models. His first solo project; Playing with MySelf in 2003 was ACE funded and supported by The Battersea Arts Centre. scorezer0, its sequel was also funded by ACE and supported by RALP funded Choreographic Lab. Other work includes collaborations with Jane Bacon (and red leaf dance videos) on two entries for the Video Place’s One Minute Wander dance video competition (winners 2000), premiered at Cinemarket 2001 by the Danish film institute and Bodyworks 2001 festival in Melbourne, and various work and training with a number of artists, including Sally Dean, Trestle, New Art Club, Nicolas Nunez, The New World Performance Laboratory, Goat Island, Xavier Le Roy, and V-Tol dance. Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre, and Joint Programme Coordinator for the MA Performance (Theatre and Theatre Collectives) at the University of Chichester. His specialisms include: UK-centric Performance Studies, Practice as Research, Live Art, Interdisciplinary Performance, Dance Theatre, Street Theatre and Site Specific Art, and devised theatre performance.
Andy is a Theatre maker and one of the three Artistic Directors of Bootworks Theatre. He is also the lead programmer of the ShowRoom Theatre Chichester. Andy joined Bootworks Theatre in 2006 and became a joint Artistic Director of the company in 2011. Since 2006 Andy as contributed to all Bootworks projects in some shape or form and has had a great time doing it. Andy has created two solo works alongside the company, Predator; Finishing Off What I Started When I Was Five, and Now listen to me very carefully as well as leading on rural touring and intern projects with The Black Box project The Good, the Bad, and the Box. Andy is also founding member of Play Possum Theatre (2007) with Natalie Evans, and Pinchmil Theatre (2009) with Mark Newnham, and has occasionally written for Total theatre Magazine (2011) Andy has a BA Hons in Performing Arts as well as a Masters in Theatre Collectives. He currently resides in Chichester as he doesn’t feel he’s cool enough to live in Brighton or London, but enjoys a good visit from time to time.
Becki is the Producer for Bootworks and a Company Director. In another life she’s also Executive Producer and Joint Chief Executive for Coney and a Co-Producer for Total Theatre; an organisation celebrating risk and innovation in contemporary performance practice. She’s based at Toynbee Studios in London and has worked with some amazing artists and companies including Ridiculusmus, Blind Summit, Theatre Ad Infinitum, The Paper Birds and 19-27. She has also worked as the Associate Producer at the Roundhouse between 2013-14.
Natalie is a freelance writer, performer and workshop facilitator based in and around London, collaborating with companies including; Discover Children’s Story Centre, Debutots and recently joining Freshwater Theatre. Natalie is currently devising new material for MouldEd Theatre, as well as reviewing new work for BargainTheatreland.
Sophia is a performer, deviser and education coordinator for Bootworks. Sophia develops and facilitates workshops in schools for children and young people. Sophia has previously worked for Intrepid CIC, mentoring university students training in Primary teaching, and increasing creativity in their class models.
Daniel is a writer and workshop facilitator. Daniel has previously been a member of the Royal Court’s Studio Writers group, had work shown at the Soho Theatre and has written and performed for Yellow Earth Theatre. Daniel has worked at The Barbican Centre, the Battersea Arts Centre is now currently Programming and Participation Assistant at artsdepot.