COMPANY MANY is an arts organisation dedicated to multi-art-form presentation – facilitating multiple artistic voices at once. 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 both artists, creating a context for their future collaboration, and more specifically to create an environment to promote other unapologetically multi-art-form artists.
Lucy and Drew have a wide experience within arts contexts and believe in the following guidelines 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
Drew and Lucy have worked together on several projects previously – a development project “South Cumburgh Green” with Choreographer Jack Webb, and “Just For One Day” with Vickie Beesley [Terra Incognita] / Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre. Notably they collaborated on the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival commission “44 STORIES” – Drew as writer/director and Lucy as associate artist. They have mirrored each other’s careers over the last few years working in directing, arts administration and a myriad of education/outreach settings with some of the UK’s most prestigious organisations. Over the past two years both artists have maintained their work in the aforementioned fields and chosen another specialism: Drew has specialised in playwriting [being awarded the 2015 New Playwright’s Award from Playwrights’ Studio Scotland] and Lucy has specialised more in Choreography and movement [enhanced by training with Frantic Assembly and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures]. These mirrored career paths have now converged and they are excited to move forward together as an organisation – creating socially reactive, cross-art-form theatre, working with experienced producer Stephanie Katie Hunter. Drew and Stephanie are working on several other ventures at present, including a multi-art-form festival for LGBTQ+ Young people in 2018.
Company Many wishes to capitalise on the arts-in-education experience of its founders and intend to pursue projects of this nature as well as professional productions.
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/
COMPANY MANY will be developing several new projects in 2017, and aspire to redevelop 44 Stories, their 2014 commission for the Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival. The project looked at the 44 Countries competing in the Games where homosexuality is still illegal... the redeveloped version of the project is about looking across the globe to all the countries where the lives of LGBT people are under threat - highlighting and celebrating their stories.