COMPANY MANY - an artist collective dedicated to multi-art-form presentation – facilitating multiple artistic voices at once. We have bases in Glasgow, Birmingham and London and we have made works across the UK. We love big groups of people, balancing voices, showcasing seldom seen talent and giving voice to the overlooked... We sometimes facilitate projects over long periods of time, sometimes over short rehearsal periods – whatever incubation period suits the inquiry. We are not afraid of difficult and controversial topics or non-traditional theatrical forms – but our aim is always to engage and challenge our audience in warm creative environments.
COMPANY MANY was formed in early 2017 by theatre makers Drew Taylor, Lucy Wild and Stephanie Katie Hunter. It was formed from a need to facilitate the theatre productions of all core artists, creating a context for their future collaboration, and more specifically to create an environment to promote other unapologetically multi-art-form artists.
Since its inception, COMPANY MANY has grown to a collective of the following theatre makers:
Drew Taylor - Writer/Director/CM Lead Artist
Lucy Wild - Director/Movement Director/Choreographer
Stephanie Hunter - Multi-Art-Form Performance Producer
Eve Nicol - Writer/Director
Laurie Motherwell - Writer/Venue Manager
Sarah Rose Graber - Performer/Director/Teaching Artist
Lisa Keddie - Playwright/Arts Administrator
Rosanna Hall - Playwright/Cellist/Arts Administrator
Rose Ruane - Playwright/Novelist/Visual Artist
Jen McGinley - Multi-Art-Form Performance Designer
We believe the following guidelines are key to create successful and healthy COMPANY MANY productions:
...Warm, open collaborative environments must be created – especially as biographical material will be used
...Collaboration is key – but everyone is clear on their roles in the room to return to
...Sufficient associate artists are present to support a lead artists with a split focus [as a writer and director, for example]
...Underrepresented gender, sexuality and racial demographics will be represented in productions narratives
...Underrepresented gender, sexuality and racial demographics will be represented in production teams/casts
Company Many wishes to capitalise on the arts-in-education experience of its rosta and intends to pursue projects of this nature as well as professional productions, firmly believing that both avenues are crucial to the success of a contemporary artist, and worthy of true artistry in pursuit.
artist profile of co-founder DREW TAYLOR
Drew Taylor is an award winning theatre director, playwright and performance poet. He specialises in making cross-art-form performances delivered with athletic physicality, poetic text and black comedy. His theatre performances have been seen across the UK from BettyHill in the Highlands to the Barbican in London. He has been commissioned for the Brighton International Festival, the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival and the MadeInScotland showcase. 2017 credits include: writer and director for Lammergeier – Creative Scotland funded development with Callum Smith / Showroom in association with Dumfries Theatre Royal and Platform Glasgow, Avoidable Climbing [winner of the Somewhere New Award] Citizens Theatre as part of Take Me Somewhere – writer and director, artist in residence with Lyceum Youth Theatre / NT Connections festival Traverse Theatre and a development workshop of CAMP DAVID as the culmination of his New Playwright’s Award with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, directed by Joe Douglas.
artist profile of co-founder LUCY WILD
Lucy Wild is a Director, Choreographer and Drama and Dance Artist. She has worked throughout Scotland and London on a wide range of productions and projects. Companies she has worked with include Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Frantic Assembly, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Dance Base, Rambert, The Traverse Theatre, Solar Bear, Òran Mór (A Play, A Pie and A Pint), Indepen-dance, The Arches and King's/Theatre Royal Glasgow. She loves to present diverse stories and use the arts as a platform for people's voices to be heard. One of her most recent production as a Choreographer and Associate Director - Expensive Shit by Adura Onashile, won a Fringe First and the Scottish Arts Club Award for Theatre 2016 and was shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award. In 2017 it completed a Scottish Tour and a 3 week run at the Soho Theatre London. As well as her freelance work Lucy has been the Drama Artist at Macrobert Arts Centre since January 2015, working as a Director, Associate Director and delivering community/outreach work.
artist profile of co-founder Stephanie Katie Hunter
Stephanie holds a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS). She has collaborated with a range of national organisations including the National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the National Theatre and Turner Prize winning Jeremy Deller in 2016. In 2016 she worked as Assistant Producer for Pachamama Productions’ Glasgow Girls and on “Dream On!” – a large scale collaboration between the RCS, Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow and the BBC [directed by Graham McLaren]. She was the Production Manager for the On The Verge festival (RCS, 2016) before becoming the Associate Producer of the festival in 2017. She has recently tour booked for Indepen-dance, and was in receipt of FST’s Producer Bursary to work with choreographer Anna Krzystek. Recently Stephanie has been accepted onto the Stage One's New Producer's Workshop. http://stageone.uk.com/