Charlotte Vincent formed Vincent Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1994 and has directed all the company’s work to date. VDT is an international ensemble devising collaborative, interdisciplinary performance work that challenges conventional values in dance and gender politics. Vincent devised and performed in all VDT’s work until 2002 and has designed the company’s work since 2005. VDT allies the collaborative approach in the studio to the ethos and structure of the company, placing importance on equality for women, providing supportive conditions for parents to return to work and employing mature, experienced practitioners, giving value to the experience they bring to a creative process.Charlotte is committed to raising the profile of female-led arts practice in the UK and her distinctive voice acts as a mentor, teacher, facilitator, writer, provocateur and catalyst for critical debate and social change.
Jamie Roberts is a multi-instrumentalist with many years of musical experience havingperformed with many varied ensembles. From playing trombone for brass bandand orchestral work, right through to playing drums in rock bands. Sincegraduating in 2007 from Leeds College of Music with a degree in MusicProduction, he has primarily worked as a guitarist / singer on the folk musiccircuit as part of an acclaimed duo withfiddle player Katriona Gilmore. This hasled to many prestigious performances and accolades, most notably touring with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, appearances at Cambridge and Cropredy folk festivals and two BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations. He also played as
part of traditional folk band Kerfuffle, with performances spanning the UK,Sardinia, Germany and Normandy and is currently working in a new traditionalEnglish group – The Dovetail Trio. On top of his performance work, Jamie has done extensive educational work with a broad range of people and age groups.This has involved leading Samba projects with primary schools, team building workshops with young offenders, singing with nursery children, music and movement workshops with elderly people and much more.
Sarah Shead is an established Creative Producer based in Barnsley, Yorkshire. Her previous employment was with organisations such as Dance 4, Creative Partnerships, Yorkshire Dance and Cida Co. In 2011 Sarah founded Spin Arts Management – an independent producing company that supports artists to realise their creative ambitions. Clients have included; BalletLORENT, Hagit Yakira Dance, Wayne Sables Project, Joelene English Dance Theatre, Douglas Thorpe – Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Rationale Hip Hop Productions, Tell Tale Hearts, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Dance City, Dance UK, Freedom Studios, The Civic – Barnsley and The Good Enough Mums Club, to name a few.In addition to producing Sarah has initiated a number of CPD initiatives; CARP – The Civic Artist Residency Programme, CATAPULT – The Northern School of Contemporary Dance associate artist scheme and ACCENT – A South Yorkshire wide dance CPD programme. Each year Sarah is invited to deliver fundraising training for The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, York St John’s University and Dance UK.Since setting up Spin Arts Management, Sarah has raised over a million pounds for artistic projects with which she has produced numerous staged and outdoor touring works featuring theatre, dance, circus and musical theatre. Sarah is currently an associate producer with Dance City and an Associate Coach with PANDA.
Ryan Laight is a designer for performance. His credits include set and costume design for: ‘HMS Pinafore’ at the Union Theatre; ‘Henry V’ at Oxford Castle; ‘Chess’ at the Union Theatre; ‘IN DRAG’ at the Purcell Rooms/Southbank Centre; ‘Good Morning Midnight’ at the Jermyn Street Theatre; Le Gateau Chocolat at the Menier Chocolate Factory; ‘Starting Line’ for the Paralymic Games (for which he was also Artistic Director); Drew McOnie’s ‘Drunk’ at the Bridewell Theatre; ‘HMS Pinafore’ for the Union Theatre’s national tour; ‘BLACK’ at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool and the Soho Theatre in London; ‘Coal’, a new dance piece with Gary Clarke; ‘Not the End of the World’ for Youth Music Theatre UK at the Edinburgh Festival. Ryan is currently designing ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the Chichester Festival Theatre.