We’re really excited to welcome a range of speakers for this year’s New Horizons: International Inspiration, looking at how international work can positively impact our practice, our organisations and our communities.

Speaker information and biographies can be found below:

Malú Ansaldo is an international programmer and producer; currently Head of Performing arts at London’s iconic Roundhouse, where she programmes and produces all the Performing Arts events and shows across all spaces and off site. She also leads on the Resident Artists and Associate Artists programmes and the Performing Arts and Street Circus Young People’s programmes. Malú focuses on long term strategy for the team and the artistic programme as well as developing international relationships; sector profile and co-producing and presentation opportunities.

Her major projects have been for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre: Globe to Globe Hamlet world tour (2014 – 2016) and the world famous Globe to Globe Festival in 2012, part of the Cultural Olympiad. She is now the Head of performing Arts at London’s iconic Roundhouse.

Malú has developed an impressive network of contacts all around the world, and has worked with a huge variety of stakeholders, from National Theatres, Cultural centres, Schools and Universities, to Embassies, NGO’s, governments, UN and UNHCR agencies and individuals in order to take shows to each and every single country in the world.

In recent years Malú has worked as Executive Producer at National Theatre Wales; developing site specific productions with different communities across Wales; and has also worked for Cirque du Soleil managing one of their big top tours in 2017. She has produced a series of international festivals in the UK and in Latinamerica (Such as the Norfolk and Norwich festival, GDIF and FIBA) and has advised and helped programme several organisations; Festivals and individual artists across all continents. She has become a bridge for many companies and organisations that otherwise would not be able to engage and collaborate.

Previously a theatre writer and performer, Malú also enjoys writing and working as a dramaturg on specific projects, working on several languages at the same time for multinational projects

Victoria Pratt, Creative Director, Invisible Flock.

Invisible Flock operates at the intersection of art and technology.

We believe that art today must have a positive impact on society and the world we live in and as artists we have a responsibility to open up collective thinking and to build space for critical inquiry.

We are an award winning interactive arts studio based in the UK, making innovative artworks to be experienced and participated in by thousands all over the world. Drawing directly from the world around us we aim to create art and foster relevant art practices that have a long lasting transformative effect and that sit across multiple contexts and adjacent sectors, allowing us to bring our creative thinking and unique ways of employing technology to bear in contexts such as education, design, the developing world, urban planning and healthcare.

The medium of technology has always been the best way for us to articulate new questions and generate alternative understandings of complex systems.

We create highly sensory installations and environments asking us to re-negotiate our emotional relationship to the natural world. Some examples of our practice include GPS powered AR art games, transformed discarded beach plastic into 3D printed artworks, large ambisonic sound installations as well as pioneering digital/physical installations that exist out at sea. Most recently we created Aurora, a multi sensory installation about climate change that re flooded a disused reservoir in Liverpool.

In the past 2 years Invisible Flock showcased work in Kazakhstan, Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia, Qatar, India and in galleries, museums and public spaces all over the UK proof of their truly global ambition to create art that matters.

Jenny Wangui, Youth Projects Coordinator, New Routes Integration

I work for New Routes Integration. We are a local charity whose mission is to support and empower refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Norwich, and promote cross-cultural integration and community.

Within this organisation, I am the Youth Projects Coordinator. I run multiple activities on a weekly basis for the youth and families who use our services. These include two Homework Clubs, a Mixed Martial Arts class and the International Families Club. In addition to this, I coordinate our youth Mentoring Programme whereby I partner our youth participants with local youths who help to speed up their integration into Norwich.

Kirsty Collander-Brown, Youth Programme Manager, The Albany

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Danny O’Hara 

I am a theatre maker, I am particularly passionate about the arts in the community. I have used the creative arts with refugees fleeing violence in Denmark, in health-care campaigns in Nicaragua, on local TV in the USA and as part of a national festival in Denmark, where I directed a group of adults with learning difficulties in Danish.

I am an experienced Director specialising in directing large-scale outside promenade pieces, in non-traditional theatrical spaces, where professional actors and members of the community perform together. I have been Artistic Director of Slow Theatre Company since 2011. I work freelance and am currently working remotely, with Performance Artist Louise Orwin.

I have worked in production with community TV in Denmark, the US and the UK. I have filmed and edited three short educational films in Central America, India and Pakistan.

I have years of experience as a support person, working with people with alcohol and drug addiction, mental health problems, homelessness and social anxiety, in the UK and Denmark. I regularly work with people living with dementia and bring all this experience to my theatre making process. I am also a professional Improviser.

Peggy Hughes, Programme Director, National Centre for Writing
Peggy Hughes has been the Programme Director at the National Centre for Writing since November 2017. The National Centre for Writing celebrates and explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation, with an on-going programme of innovative collaborations that engage writers, literary translators and readers, in person and online, in projects that support new voices and new stories, and respond to the rapidly changing world of writing. She is also Chair of Literature Alliance Scotland, and on the boards of publisher 404Ink and Open Book Reading, a charity bringing people and books together through shared reading. Peggy is from Northern Ireland, and before moving to Norwich worked in literature at the University of Dundee, Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust and the Scottish Poetry Library.

Hannah Slimmon is a theatre producer with 10 years’ experience of working with artists to create new theatre. She is currently International Projects Producer at Farnham Maltings and previously worked for producing organisations including Fuel, Artsadmin, LIFT and Bryony Kimmings Ltd. At Farnham Maltings’ Hannah leads the year-round caravan programme designed to support the independent theatre sector to develop the knowledge, connections and confidence to peruse their international ambitions.

Veronica Sekules has a background working in environmentalism and art galleries and has a doctorate in art-history. She was employed for over 30 years as curator and then head of education and deputy director at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia. She has worked freelance in education and heritage and joined with many national and international projects, currently as a judge for the International Children in Museums Award. She is a published author in art history, cookery and education. She founded and runs GroundWork Gallery in King’s Lynn, Britain’s only contemporary gallery dedicated to the environment.

Dr Steve Ball, CEO and Director, Culture Central and Associate Director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Dr Steve Ball, is CEO and Director of Culture Central and Associate Director at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre where he leads on learning and participation. He trained as a teacher and taught in Essex and Barcelona before training as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. He worked for a number of children’s theatre and theatre in education companies and moved to Birmingham in 1986 where he founded Language Alive! one of the region’s leading  educational theatre companies. He has also been employed  as a writer and producer for BBC Education, lectured at universities in the US and Australia and was Head of Arts for Birmingham City Council from 2001 to 2003. Steve has contributed to a number of journals and books, has an MA in Arts Management and a doctorate in Theatre in Health  Education.  Steve was the National Participation Co-ordinator  for  the award winning We Are Here Because We Are Here project with artist Jeremy Deller and the National Theatre and was Executive Producer of ON THE EDGE, the ASSITEJ World Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences, held in Birmingham in July 2016.

Dr Marisa Brugarolas PHD in Arts (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia), MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (San Francisco State University) Researcher, teacher, director and choreographer in inclusive dance. Artistic director Ruedapies Inclusive Dance since 2005 until now. This interdisciplinary-dance inclusive project, works with people with and without disabilities, developing art through workshops, conferences, training and performances. Her workshops present accessible proposals, which can be explored, played and danced by all participants. She likes to say that inclusion is a space where we all feel included, and that our dance is integrated when it manages to combine and enhance the best of our differences. Nowadays Marisa Brugarolas also works as inclusive and community dance teacher   in the Pedagogy Dance faculty of Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Alicante, contributing to disseminate inclusive dance pedagogy. The use of contemporary dance with a somatic approach in the teaching method helps students to have a better understanding of one’s body movement and to honor the uniqueness of each person. She has developed programs and actions in different countries as USA, Italy, Costa Rica, El Salvador, EEUU or the United Kingdom. Since 1997 until now she has directed and choreographed performing art works for different theatres and festival in the field of contemporary dance and theatre in Europe and USA, as well has directed numerous dance works  for Ruedapies Dance. Other plays directed: The re-enacted body, 2000, presented  at Zeum MOMA, San Francisco, Corpo in Divenire, 2013–15, The becoming body, inclusive dance in Rome supported by Royal Academy of Spain at Rome and  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain. Integradanza, a mayor project in inclusive dance supported by private and public institutions, 2009. International Inclusive Dance Conference, editions 2009 (Spain) and 2013 (Rome). As a researcher and teacher of dance and performing arts has worked since 2003 until now in Murcia University, Universidad de León, National University of Costa Rica, UCAM University, Murcia Drama Arts School and Miguel Hernández University.

Tayo Olowo-Okere is a marketing assistant at the Albany in Deptford. In 2018 she graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies. She is also a writer and performer and initially became acquainted with the Albany via one of their youth programmes called ‘Albany Young Creatives’. This year she participated on another project with the Albany called ‘ID Babylon’ an international arts project that collaborated with 5 European partners from France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany and the UK.  She collaborated with other young creatives a spoken word theatre performance about belonging, borders and Britishness through a Black lens.


Professional dancer, choreographer, activist artist. After more than 13 years of training in academic classical dance she was the first dancer from Italy who in the early 90s continued her studies in London (“the Place”) then in Paris (” CND-center nacional de danse “and” menagerie de Verre “) to then be selected together with 80 other artists from around the world, from the Department for the Development of New Contemporary Dance, of the University of Performing Arts” Theaterschool “in Amsterdam as a member of a collective for an innovative and strongly political project associated with the collective of New York artists “Rio Grand Union” who invented contact improvisation and who began the path of renewal in the academic canons for the study of contemporary dance in Europe and in the world. In 2004 she opened and founded with the patronage and support of the Theaterschool University of Amsterdam (department of the New Dance “SNDO”) as a pioneering work, the first center o studies of the movement and school of innovative academic dance “Mi La Danse” -a.s.d. Ijshaamanka. Since 2015 to date he has won numerous regional and European calls for the organisation of festivals, workshops and cultural events in Italy and abroad

Huw Sayer – Director at Business Writers Ltd
Huw is a marketing professional and business writer with 25+ years’ experience, both client and agency side. He now runs his own communications consultancy and works with multinationals, government agencies and SMEs across various sectors, including manufacturing, financial services and tech. His purpose is to help clients engage audiences, build brands and drive growth, by improving their written communications.
Over the past 10-years, he has gained recognition as a passionate champion of cross-sector collaboration and innovation in the East of England. He hosted the Hot Source Meetup group for digital creative professionals in Norwich from 2015 to 2018 and transformed it into one of the largest, most popular groups in the region. He sits on the New Anglia LEP’s Creative Industries forum and serves as a non-executive director on the board of the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

Carrie Mansfield has a background in performance, education and arts management. Carrie has worked for The Garage for the past 7 years, she trail blazed the development of the participation programme growing a sustainable footprint of activity for the trust. Carrie trained at Dartington College of Arts, in Theatre and Arts Management and is a qualified teacher. In her early career Carrie worked as a performing artist – touring the UK and Europe. She settled in Norfolk in 2000 working as a delivery artist, project manager and programme designer for arts participation programmes until joining the Garage full time as Participation Manager. Carrie went on to work as Creative Director for the Trust and has recently taken on the role of Executive Producer.

Sarah Crompton-Howes, Senior Producer, New International Encounter

Sarah studied Drama at Manchester University and began producing work during her time there. She is currently based in the East of England where she works as Senior Producer at award-winning international theatre company, New International Encounter (NIE). She is also currently Senior Producer at Polka Theatre, All in Theatre (both London) and Flying Eye Performance Company (Brighton).

Awaiting imageMaya Sharma is The Audience Agency’s lead on diversity and inclusion. She works with cultural organisations to help them reach and engaging diverse audiences in meaningful ways, particularly those who are under-represented, marginalised or seldom heard. Her work involves research and consultation as well as strategic advice and guidance. Prior to this Maya worked for the National Lottery Heritage Fund in a developmental role, supporting potential applicants and taking NLHF funding to less-represented organisations.Before moving to the cultural sector Maya worked for over 20 years in the voluntary and community sector. During this time she worked with a range of different organisations and communities of interest – with refugees and asylum seekers, ESOL learners, women’s groups, BME communities and grassroots community organisations. Her focus has always been on supporting organisations to strengthen their capacity and voice and sees this as a two-way process – she feels that she has always learnt from each group or community she’s worked with.
Other Speakers 

Monia Mattoli, Creative Director, “Mi La Danse” Ijshaamanka
Marisa Brugarolas Alarcon , Creator and researcher in Inclusive Performing Arts Teacher at the Superior Conservatory of Dance of Alicante and Director of Ruedapies Danza
Annabel Carberry, Lost in Translation Circus
Hannah Slimmon, International Projects Producer, Farnham Maltings
Danny O’Hara, Founder and Artistic Director of Slow Theatre Company
Libby Battaglia Creative Director at Audacious CIC & Light Up Poole Festival
Veronica Sekules GroundWorks Gallery
David Hynes, Chief Executive, Norwich Charitable Trusts

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