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Fiona Bradley

Producer

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Fiona Bradley

Producer

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I am a Producer at China Plate which means I take the ideas for a production and make them happen. I support the whole life cycle of a production from when the work reaches China Plate through to the end of a tour or run and support the creative, technical and performing company through that process.

I enjoy discovering new and untold stories to give a platform to a wider range of voices and realising them with a team of creatives; my favourite moment of the production period is the development stage when all the ideas are out there and then I need to work out what is possible.

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Ed Collier

Co-Artistic Director

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Ed Collier

Co-Artistic Director

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Alongside Paul Warwick I co-founded China Plate in 2006.

We jointly share the artistic direction of China Plate and work closely with Executive Director Chloe Courtney on all aspects of leadership, management and strategy.

Paul or I usually act as Executive Producer on our productions, working with our producing team to support the artists making our shows as well as taking the lead on specific artist or sector development strands.

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Chloe Courtney

Executive Director

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Chloe Courtney

Executive Director

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I’m China Plate’s Executive Director. I joined the company in March 2022.

I support China Plate’s producers and everyone who works with us by making sure that our organisation is run well and with care. I look after our finances and policies, and work with our Artistic Directors, our Board, and our team to decide China Plate’s direction of travel. Day to day, I liaise with our bookkeeper, our accountant, our insurers, and our suppliers to keep things going smoothly.

It’s important to me to make sure that at China Plate we embed access, equity, and care into all our working practices – from our budgets to our live shows.

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Josie Lena Davies

Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award

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Josie Lena Davies

Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award

I am a Freelance Director and Facilitator with an interest in community co-creation. I have worked as Community and Learning Associate at Hull Truck Theatre and co-founder of Feat.Theatre.

Over the next few years, I will be researching China Plate’s new modes of practice to investigate the intersections between artistic interventions and social justice.

Until Josie starts in October 2024, please contact our Co-Artistic Director Ed Collier (PhD Co-Supervisor) if you have any questions regarding the PhD: [email protected]

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Andrea Pieri Gonzalez

Engagement and Participation Producer

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Andrea Pieri Gonzalez

Engagement and Participation Producer

I am China Plate’s Engagement and Participation Producer. I develop and deliver the strategy around our work with young people, schools and community groups.

This involves modelling our existing artist development work for Midlands based 16-21 year olds so that they receive similar opportunities as professionals. It also includes how we can engage with secondary schools through our touring productions and ways members of the public can be involved in the creation of our work. If you are interested in our work with schools, please get in touch on [email protected]

I also support the whole company to think about how all our projects are audience-focused. Whether the ‘audiences’ are our artists, participants or members of the public seeing our work.

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Kristina Hall

Training & Development Producer

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Kristina Hall

Training & Development Producer

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I am China Plate’s Training & Development Producer. In this new role, I will be nurturing people, relationships and ideas, alongside managing The Optimists and People-Focused Producing, as well as other training initiatives.

While supporting new arts producers, I’m looking to build and sustain connections with people and organisations in Birmingham and beyond, whilst looking for creative ideas that China Plate can help develop.

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Sarah Isaacs

Digital & Data Manager

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Sarah Isaacs

Digital & Data Manager

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I am China Plate’s Digital & Data Manager.

I am responsible for looking at how the organisation can best use digital tools and data – whether that be to communicate externally, evaluate our work, or support the team in producing and making creative projects happen.

I manage our online communications, including our website, social media, distribution platforms and monthly newsletter. I work closely with our Co-Artistic Directors, Executive Director and Engagement & Participation Producer, to develop and implement our Communications and Engagement Strategy.

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Nassy Konan

Associate Producer

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Nassy Konan

Associate Producer

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Formerly on China’s Plate’s Optimist Programme in 2016, I have continued to work with the company on evaluation and reporting, as well as being a guest speaker in Optimists sessions.

I’m now working with China Plate as a freelance Associate Producer to research and development Urielle Klein-Mekongo’s new show TRASH.

I’m also a freelancer creative producer working across Theatre, Dance and Live Art. A recipient of the Jerwood Arts Live Work Fund 2021 and an advocate for class diversity.

I specialise in producing new work and introducing it to diverse audiences. In addition to having extensive expertise in touring work to mid-scale venues and festivals around the UK and internationally.

Career highlights include the development and touring of the award-winning BAC Beatbox Academy production of Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster and the touring of Touretteshero’s Not I by Samuel Beckett.

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Zahra Meghji

Administrator

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Zahra Meghji

Administrator

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I am China Plate’s Administrator. Based in our Birmingham office, I work with our Executive Director to maintain and progress a varied range of administrative duties, including finance, processes and policy implementation, and environmental data reporting.

I also provide our larger team including Co-Artistic Directors and Producers with administrative and logistical support, alongside managing our Birmingham and London offices.

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Jade Samuels

Associate Producer

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Jade Samuels

Associate Producer

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I’m working with China Plate as an Associate Producer on Please Do Not Touch by Casey Bailey.

Previously I worked on Soho Settlers by Black Heritage Walks Network & Overhear and We Still Here by Jane Thakoordin – two of the co-designed community-led projects which ran alongside To The Streets! as part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

As a Birmingham based artist, I specialist in projects that get unknown, untold stories out there.

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Susan Wareham

Producer

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Susan Wareham

Producer

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I am a Producer at China Plate, working with a diverse range of artists across the entire process involved in realising and ultimately presenting their work; from exploration of the original concept, through R&D stages, into accessing funding and then touring booking through the UK and internationally. I am particularly interested in work that brings together artists and creatives to collaboratively share knowledge and expertise to create work.

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Paul Warwick

Co-Artistic Director

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Paul Warwick

Co-Artistic Director

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I am one of China Plate’s Co-Artistic Directors, having founded the company with Ed Collier in 2006.

Together we jointly share the artistic direction of China Plate, working closely with Executive Director Chloe Courtney on all aspects of leadership, management and strategy.

Ed or I usually act as Executive Producer on our productions, working with our Producing team to support the artists making our shows. I also lead on specific artist or sector development projects and occasionally even direct shows – most recently Romeo and Juliet – Mad Blood Rising.

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Abbie White

Producer

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Abbie White

Producer

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As a previous participant of the Optimists Programme in 2022, I have since continued to work with China Plate as an Associate Producer for the research and development of SpeakUp Theatre’s Our Skl Project, and as an Assistant Producer on A Family Business and Talking About the Fire by Chris Thorpe. I am now working as a Producer on Talking About the Fire and Musical Theatre Darkroom. 

As a Coventry-based freelance creative, I enjoy working with artists and companies to make creative projects happen, from conception through to production and touring. I have worked with a variety of artists and organisations to produce indoor and outdoor productions, as well as education and participatory events. I am particularly interested in work that uses creativity to inspire, celebrate and connect a wide range of communities.

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