People

Delia Barker

Trustee

Delia Barker is Programmes Director at The Roundhouse, having previously been the Director of the English National Ballet School. She has worked with a number of companies as an independent consultant specialising in business development within the performing arts sector including Drake Music and Boy Blue Entertainment and is a dance specialist previously holding the post of Senior Officer, Dance at Arts Council England.

Dr Philip Barnard

Research Associate

Cognitive psychologist Dr Philip Barnard researches choreographic cognition in collaboration with Company Wayne McGregor and documents how choreographic ideas evolve over the course of Wayne McGregor's creation processes. He first worked with Wayne and the company dancers on AtaXia in 2004, and has since been involved in the development of the Choreographic Thinking Tools, used for the first time in the creation of FAR in 2010, and contributed to the Thinking with the Body exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, London in 2013. He also provides scientific input for the development of the Mind and Movement resource. 

Rebecca Bassett-Graham

Company Wayne McGregor Dancer

Born in Ontario, Canada, Rebecca Bassett-Graham trained at the New Zealand School of Dance, graduating in 2011. Alongside internships with New Zealand Dance Company and DanceNorth, she performed in DanceNorth’s Townsville Queensland season and in The Australian Ballet's Melbourne season. Rebecca moved to London in 2013 where she worked with Lewis Major, performing at Sadler’s Wells and at a TEDx conference in London, and performed her first professional work at the Australia & NZ Festival of Literature & Arts. Rebecca joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2017.

Fatima Begum

Finance Manager

Fatima Begum is responsible for managing Studio Wayne McGregor's operational and future finances, ensuring effective and robust financial systems and procedures are in place.

Luca Braccia

Studio Team

Luca Braccia is part of our Studio Team, responsible for maintaining the upkeep of the studio at Here East, London, and overseeing the smooth running of all activity in the space. Luca is a London based dance artist and academic directing BARBERDANCE / lucabraccia&Co. Currently, he is a course leader at the University of Suffolk/DanceEast, and has previously worked for Trinity Laban, The Place, Dance City and Accademia Nazionale di Danza. Luca hosts and curates the first-ever Passing Through Jam series in London at Studio Wayne McGregor.

Jordan James Bridge

Company Wayne McGregor Dancer

After training at London Contemporary Dance School, Jordan James Bridge joined Alexander Whitley Dance Company performing The Measures Taken and The Grit In The Oyster. Jordan has also toured with Tavaziva Dance Company in 2015/16 and Spring 2017, in the evocative work Africarmen. In 2016 he joined Michael Clark Company, performing a featured role in LAND during the critically acclaimed To a Simple, Rock and Roll... Song tour, both nationally and internationally. Jordan is also Resident Choreographer for youth company Berkshire County Dance Company Youth and has taught extensively all over the UK. Jordan joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2017. 

Neil Fleming Brown

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Born in Glasgow, Neil Fleming Brown danced for Company Wayne McGregor from 2006 to 2010. He is now a Studio Wayne McGregor Artist, acting as rehearsal director for the company, a member of the Learning and Engagement team, and a restager of Wayne McGregor's works by dance schools and companies around the world. He has restaged Polar Sequences for Trinity Laban students in London; Chroma for Polish National Ballet and Dutch National Ballet; Infra for The Australian Ballet and Finnish National Ballet; and Obsidian Tear for Ballet National de Bordeaux.

Alessandra Calí

Artistic Co-ordinator

Alessandra Calí works closely with the Touring and Licensing Manager and the Director of Licensing and Legacy, as well as coordinating all the artistic activities undertaken by Studio Wayne McGregor.

Valeria Carrassa

Touring and Licensing Manager

Valeria Carrassa manages the work of Company Wayne McGregor in liaison with the Executive Director and the Associate Director and oversees the licensing of Studio Wayne McGregor, supporting the Director of Licensing and Legacy.

Catarina Carvalho

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Born in Lisbon, Catarina Carvalho is a London-based dancer and choreographer. Catarina danced for Company Wayne McGregor from 2008 to 2017 and has toured nationally and internationally in various company productions including Entity, FAR, Atomos and Tree of Codes. During this time Catarina was also Rehearsal Assistant and assisted Wayne McGregor in the creation process of Dyad 1909Future Self and Company Wayne McGregor's restaging of Outlier in 2014. Catarina continues to collaborate with Studio Wayne McGregor, and often teaches workshops and masterclasses as part of the Learning and Engagement programme.

Sara Codrington

Studio Operations Co-ordinator

Sara Codrington is responsible for maintaining the upkeep of the studio at Here East, London, and overseeing the smooth running of all activity in the space.

Laïla Diallo

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Laïla Diallo is a dancer and choreographer, presenting work primarily in live performance in the UK and internationally. She is a recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers and was Associate Artist at ROH2. Laila danced with Company Wayne McGregor through the late 1990s to the early 2000s, and has and continues to assist Wayne McGregor in the choreographic process of various dance, opera and theatre works, including CleansedDido and AeneasKirikou et Karaba and Sweet Charity.

Stephanie Dittmer

Trustee

Since her arrival from the US in 2007, Stephanie Dittmer has worked across art forms as a philanthropy and cultural partnerships expert. After a decade with the Donmar Warehouse, she recently joined the Institute of Imagination as Campaign Director. In addition to serving on the Board of Studio Wayne McGregor, she is also a trustee of LGBTQ+ charity, AKT.

Sarah Dowling

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Sarah Dowling is a choreographer, movement director and performer. She has performed with Punchdrunk since 2002. Sarah was an Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House and during this time she was mentored by Wayne McGregor on several of her choreographic commissions. Since then, she has worked with Studio Wayne McGregor on Big Dance and delivering Mind and Movement workshops to the Centre for Advanced Training at Trinity Laban, London. She also worked alongside McGregor on choreographing movement for the Warner Bros. film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Philippa Dunn

Director of Strategic Development

Philippa Dunn works across Studio Wayne McGregor to support the organisation's strategic planning and development.

Amanda Eyles

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Amanda Eyles has worked as a Rehearsal Director, Ballet Mistress, Stager and Benesh choreologist for more than 30 years, both in the UK and internationally, and worked with a wide range of choreographers and directors on new creations and re-staging of existing productions. She has held full-time positions with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Scottish Ballet and now works freelance, teaching and staging the work of many different choreographers from Richard Alston to Frederick Ashton. She enjoys a close association with Wayne McGregor; notating and assisting on his creations with The Royal Ballet and staging his work internationally. 

Liam Freeman

Trustee

Liam Freeman studied classical ballet for a number of years and is currently the Senior Features Editor of Vogue Global Network. He has contributed to AnOther Magazine, Financial Times, i-D, The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Vice and W Magazine, among others. Liam’s writing has been shortlisted for a British Society of Magazine Editors award and he is a recipient of the Artists’ International Development Fund.

Odette Hughes

Associate Director

Odette Hughes re-stages Wayne McGregor's works on companies around the world, and assists him on a range of theatre, opera and film projects including as Assistant Choreographer on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005. She joined Company Wayne McGregor in 1997 as a dancer and was subsequently Rehearsal Director for the company many years before becoming Associate Director, managing the company's everyday artistic supervision, overseeing performances, directing rehearsals, and delivering many community and outreach projects.

Pete Kenyon

Trustee

Pete Kenyon is a solicitor and a partner at Cripps LLP. For over 17 years he has worked with technology companies and internet businesses, helping them to protect their intellectual property and commercialise their products. Pete's passion for Wayne McGregor's work coupled with his knowledge of the commercial world bring an additional perspective to the board.

Suhair Khan

Trustee - Chair

Based in London, Suhair Khan is a technology executive and consultant. In over a decade at Google, Suhair has been a leader on numerous global initiatives in early stage product design, arts & culture and sustainability. Most recently she led on EMEA-focused business strategy and ops. Prior to that she led Google Arts & Culture global initiatives. She is the founder of the Open/Ended Design platform and is currently a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins in London. She is a graduate of Cornell and Harvard University.

Aleks Krotoski

Trustee

Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity. She presents BBC Radio 4's award-winning science series The Digital Human. Her book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You looks at the psychology research behind the claims about the positive and negative forces of the digital age.

James Leach

Social Anthropologist

James Leachis a social anthropologist engaged by the creative processes of Studio Wayne McGregor. He first worked with Wayne McGregor and the company dancers in 2004 on the work AtaXia. James also contributes an informed perspective on the organisation of Studio Wayne McGregor, its hive of individuals and collaborative partners.

Chien-Shun Liao

Company Wayne McGregor Dancer

Born in Taiwan Taichung, Chien-Shun Liao studied Dance at Taipei National University of the Arts. He has performed in Gala by Jérôme Bel and worked with Danish choreographer Simone Wierød and Tim Panduro. In 2017 he worked with Need company for the Taipei International Festival for the Arts. Chien-Shun moved to London and joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2019.

Leigh Mac Laughlin

Digital Projects Manager

Rebecca Marshall

Executive Director

Rebecca Marshall provides the strategic lead for all Studio Wayne McGregor activity.

Louis McMiller

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Louis McMiller is a dancer and model, who performed with Company Wayne McGregor from 2010 to 2018 after graduating from The Royal Ballet School. He is represented by First Model Management and has been featured in editorials and commercials including Charlotte Tilbury, NOWNESS, 'What Lies Beneath' by Rick Guest and album artwork for FKA Twigs. His work also includes campaigns for Patrik Ervell, Westfield Shopping Centre and Uniqlo. Louis continues his collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor as a restager.

Eileih Muir

Company Wayne McGregor Dancer

Born in Derby, Eileih Muir trained at London Studio Centre before completing a Masters at The London Contemporary Dance School. After graduating she became an apprentice with NDCWales before joining the Richard Alston Dance Company. Eileih has since worked as a freelance artist with Joss Arnott, Itzik Galili and Shobana Jeyasingh as well as guesting with companies in the UK and Europe. Alongside her work as a dancer, Eileih co-founded multidisciplinary company Flavour&Some and works alongside her partner, choreographing and directing immersive experiences. Eileih joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2019.

Mthuthuzeli November

Trustee

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mthuthuzeli November is an award-winning choreographer and dancer. Since 2015, Mthuthuzeli has been a member of Ballet Black, dancing with and creating four works for the company including INTERRUPTED, WASHA, INGOMA and The Waiting Game. He has also created works for Northern Ballet, Cape Dance Company, The Grange Festival, the English National Ballet Emerging Dancer competition, and a work for rapper Stormzy which was performed as part of his set at Glastonbury in 2019.

Jacob O'Connell

Company Wayne McGregor Dancer

Born in Swindon, of Irish and Jamaican descent, Jacob O'Connell studied at Swindon Dance (CAT scheme), and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. In 2015, Jacob was awarded the BBC Young Dancer title in the contemporary category performing solos by Amanda Britton and Alexander Whitley at Sadler’s Wells and broadcast on BBC2. He performed with Rambert Company as an apprentice while completing his BA(Hons) degree at Rambert School. Jacob joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2017.

Tam Paul-Worika

Studio Team

Tam Paul-Worika is part of our Studio Team, responsible for maintaining the upkeep of the studio at Here East, London, and overseeing the smooth running of all activity in the space.

Jaimie Persson

Trustee

Jaimie Persson is an Organisational Psychologist and Coach and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of the Shoreditch Trust in January 2019. She has previously managed projects for the Trust related to Health, Wellbeing and Community Engagement, including the Trust’s Community Champions and Bump Buddies projects. In addition to her role at the Trust, Jaimie is Co-Founder of ACT3 Psychology, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Psychological Wellbeing and Neuroscience at City, University of London. Jaimie has lived in East London for 16 years and is proud to be part of Shoreditch Trust’s inspiring work in Hackney and neighbouring boroughs.

Chelsea Reeves

Archivist

Chelsea Reeves is responsible for managing the Studio Wayne McGregor archive, organising the collection, processing acquisitions and preserving the physical and digital materials.

Salvatore De Simone

Company Wayne McGregor Dancer

Born in Calabria, Italy, Salvatore De Simone trained in Rome at the National Academy of Dance before graduating at Teatro Carcano School in Milano. Following his graduation, he worked with companies and projects across Italy, and later moved to Germany to work for a State Theatre as well as freelancing in Berlin. Salvatore joined the Biennale Danza College in Venice dancing works from Wayne McGregor and Crystal Pite’s repertoire. In November 2021 he joined Company Wayne McGregor.

Catherine Smith

Design Associate

Catherine Smith is involved in every area of design for Studio Wayne McGregor including new productions and overseeing the set design and costumes for re-stagings.

Kathryn Stephens

Studio Manager

Kathryn Stephens manages the day-to-day running of the studios at Here East, London, including studio hires, events and visiting artists.

Jenny Tattersall

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

Jenny Tattersall trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with The Royal Ballet from 1993 to 2002. She then became a freelance contemporary dancer for six years before becoming rehearsal director with the Bern Ballet until 2015. Jenny has assisted many leading choreographers over the years, and now mainly works with Wayne McGregor and Cathy Marston. Of Wayne's works, Jenny has restaged Carbon Life (The Royal Ballet), Woolf Works (The Royal Ballet), Infra (The Royal Danish Ballet) and Borderlands (Bayerisches Staatsballett) and assisted him on AfteRite, created on American Ballet Theatre in 2018. 

Antoine Vereecken

Director of Licensing and Legacy

Antoine Vereecken is Director of Licensing and Legacy, overseeing Wayne McGregor's ballet work nationally and internationally. He also assists Wayne on special projects and collaborates on major education initiatives with the Learning and Engagement team. Antoine also often acts as deputy Rehearsal Director for Company Wayne McGregor on tour.

Louise Verrill

Trustee

Louise Verrill is a leading international expert in legal, specialising in restructuring and capital markets. Her numerous roles within the profession include former President of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and Chair of the Insolvency Lawyers Association. In addition to serving on the Board of Studio Wayne McGregor, Louise is also a member of the Advisory Board of Christof Industries GmbH, GDA Luma Capital Management LLC, and Chair of the Board of Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Mil Vukovic-Smart

Director of Development

Mil Vukovic-Smart leads on all aspects of fundraising for Studio Wayne McGregor across public, trusts and foundations, individual and corporate giving.  

Nicola Worrell

Finance Administrator

Nicola Worrell oversees the finance activities of Studio Wayne McGregor and is responsible for maintaining accurate financial accounts of the organisation.

Jessica Wright

Studio Wayne McGregor Artist

After training at Central School of Ballet, Jessica Wright joined D.A.N.C.E. in 2007, directed by Wayne McGregor, William Forsythe, Frederic Flamand and Angelin Preljocaj. Since then, she has performed with the Forsythe Company in Human Writes and Ballet Preljocaj at the Centre Pompidou. Jessica danced with Company Wayne McGregor from 2008 to 2019, and now regularly teaches nationally and internationally. She also creates dance films with Morgann Runacre-Temple, which have been shown at FIFA, Cinedans, Agite y Sirva, Sadler's Wells, the South Bank and in Trafalgar Square with commissions from Channel 4, TATE Liverpool and Scottish Ballet. Jessica continues her collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor as a restager.