Selina Thompson: Artistic Director
The Company is led by Selina; an artist and writer whose work has been shown and praised internationally. Her practice is intimate, political and participatory with a strong emphasis on public engagement, which leads to provocative and highly visual work that seeks to connect with those historically excluded by the arts.
She was featured in The Stage 100 Most Influential Leaders 2018 and awarded the Forced Entertainment Award in 2019. Our credits include BBC Radio, the National Theatre Studio and The National Theatre of Scotland as well as theatres across the UK, Europe, Brazil, North America and Australia.
Selina has been described as ‘a force of nature’ (The Stage) and ‘an inspiration’ (The Independent). She believes in the power of art, though the industry is perhaps killing her slowly, and she is trying to build a life that feels like it embodies the changes she wants to make.
When she is not working, she is probably on the phone to her mum, in her quiet peaceful flat, surrounded by plants, her cat and mountains of books.
Toni Dee Paul: Associate Artist and Artist Access Assistant
Toni-Dee is performance artist, theatre maker, workshop leader, writer and occasional thinker-in-the-room. Her current body of work, made with ‘infectious warmth’ (Exeunt) is a series of performances & installations exploring identity politics. She makes works with children, messy food and sometimes with her dad. Since 2015 she has been commissioned by Fuel Theatre as part of The New Theatre In Your Neighbourhood project, been a contributing story group writer for climate change project Hello X, and presented work in Sick Festival, Queer Migrant Takeover, and Works Ahead as well as workshop facilitation around confidence building and performance skills with children and young people. Toni-Dee is currently working for Selina Thompson Ltd as Artist Access Assistant and Artist Associate.
Sarah Alice Cruickshank: General Manager
A lifelong generalist, Sarah has a wide variety of experience – from event co-ordination to TV & film R&D. After years spent acting, directing, and devising at a youth theatre, Sarah studied Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics at King’s College London, and subsequently went on to have all sorts of different roles in London and Birmingham. Alongside her work as our GM, Sarah manages a gallery space in South Birmingham.
Sarah produces music, some of which you can hear on Spotify, and plays in a covers band. She has also released a zine about endometriosis, and is developing a board game, which you can help crowdfund at some point soon!
Our Board is Amahra Spence, Clare Clarkson, Akwugo Emejulu, Tim Etchells, and Emma Frankland.
Amahra is an artist, cultural producer, and proud Brummie, whose practice is invested in aesthetics of equity, storytelling, found materials, and championing Black experiences. In 2013, she became founder/Creative Director of MAIA, an arts platform for investing in critical thinking, practice and building radical, regenerative infrastructure.
Clare is currently Deputy Director of Cast, a mid-scale theatre in Doncaster. She lives in West Yorkshire and or the last 25 years has had a career in the arts working in senior roles at organisations such as Opera North, Theatre Royal Wakefield, and Yorkshire Dance.
Tim is an artist and a writer based in the UK whose work shifts between performance, visual art, and fiction. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts, notably as the leader of the world-renowned Sheffield-based performance group Forced Entertainment, who were awarded the International Ibsen Award 2016 for their ground-breaking contribution to the field of contemporary theatre and performance prestigious Spalding Gray Award in February 2016.
Emma is a live performance and theatre artist. In recent years Emma’s work has been focussed on the None of Us is Yet a Robot project a series of performance pieces recently published by Oberon Books as “None of Us is Yet a Robot – Five Performances on Gender Identity and the Politics of Transition”.