I’ve loved theatre, watching it and making it for as long as I can remember and I decided to become a producer whilst studying English at university. My route in was as marketing assistant at Warwick Arts Centre, then General Manager for a number of small companies including a national touring children’s theatre company which sparked my passion for work for young audiences. In 2003 I set up my own company, State of Play, and produced shows for festivals and theatres, established and programmed an annual festival of clown, mask and puppet theatre at the Buddle Arts Centre and started to support a number of emerging artists to create their own work.

In 2006 I found myself regularly drinking coffee with Caroline Routh whilst we bemoaned the lack of support for theatre makers in the north east and the consequent dearth of exciting new work. It turned out we had a very similar taste in theatre (if not coffee) as well as a shared love of the north east and desire to produce and support great work, and from these caffeine fuelled sessions The Empty Space was born. So far it’s been a blast and we’ve been able to make a real difference both to the artists we’ve worked with and, I believe, to the cultural landscape of the region.