Trustee - Chair
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.
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.
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.
QuestLab Network Evaluator
Kyla Booth-Lucking is Co-Director at Clearcut, a dance specialist company offering a range of services. Kyla specialises in evaluation and has worked with Cowley Road Carnival, The Marlborough Theatre and Studio Wayne McGregor alongside independent artists. She was Head of Community & Learning at South East Dance, and then Acting Artistic Director. Since then she has worked as a Producer, Project Manager and Consultant with Pegasus Theatre, Old Vic Tunnels, Marlborough Theatre, Creative Junction, London Studio Centre and is part-time Relationship Manager for Dance, Arts Council England, South East. Kyla is also an accredited Relational Dynamics Life Coach.
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.
Valeria Carrassa provides support to the Executive Director across the full range of activity undertaken by Studio Wayne McGregor.
Izzac Carroll was born in New South Wales, Australia. At 14, he moved to Brisbane to pursue a career as a performing artist. He began a professional contract with Sydney Dance Company in 2016 and worked as a full time professional company member from 2017-2018, performing in repertory works such as 2 One Another and Full Moon. Izzac moved to London and joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2019.
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 1909, Future 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.
Head of Local Programme
Lily Dettmer is responsible for the development, management and delivery of Studio Wayne McGregor's local engagement programmes. She oversees activity across the studio’s neighbouring boroughs, delivering projects to diverse groups in community and education settings. Lily's previous work includes managing the learning and engagement programmes for companies including Rambert and Tavaziva Dance, and delivering education projects for The Place, The Royal Ballet and Dance East.
Originally from Colleferro, Rome, Davide Di Pretoro has worked across Europe as a dance artist and choreographer, with Thierry Smits, Cie THOR, Ballet Preljocaj, Itzik Galili-Krisztina DeChatel, Dansgroep, Andonis Foniadakis, and Sasha Waltz and Guests. He danced with Company Wayne McGregor from 2010 to 2013, touring in productions including FAR, UNDANCE and Rain Room, and continues his collaboration with McGregor as a rehearsal assistant, teacher and restager.
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 Cleansed, Dido and Aeneas, Kirikou et Karaba and Sweet Charity.
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 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.
Director of Development
Philippa Dunn leads on fundraising activity and philanthropic investments for Studio Wayne McGregor, and supports the organisation's wider strategic development.
Bethan Ecclestone manages the schedules for Company Wayne McGregor touring, and provides support to the Engagement Director.
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.
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.
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 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.
Director of Finance and Operations
Marcel Jenkins is responsible for managing Studio Wayne McGregor's operational and future finances, ensuring effective and robust financial systems and procedures are in place. He is also responsible for managing the operation of the building spaces, ensuring the safety of all staff and visitors.
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 leads on global initiatives and partnerships at Google Arts & Culture. Currently based in London, her work focuses on the nexus of art, culture, storytelling and technology. A long-time Googler, Suhair was previously based with Google out of both Singapore and Mountain View, California. She studied at Cornell and Harvard University.
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.
As well as a lifelong passion for dance, Dominique Laffy brings with her expertise in the areas of leadership and talent development. She spent the first ten years of her career in management consulting, before joining growth capital fund Global Retail Partners. Dominique is currently a partner at Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm, where she focuses on CEO and board appointments.
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.
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 supports the Director of Development and works across Studio Wayne McGregor's fundraising activity.
Rebecca Marshall provides the strategic lead for all Studio Wayne McGregor activity.
QuestLab Network Programme Curator
Emma McFarland is a producer, programme leader and researcher/evaluator spanning the arts, social inclusion and digital worlds. She gained MA Digital Management (Distinction) from digital school Hyper Island in 2017, and today works as an independent Innovation & Digital Producer with arts, cultural and not for profit organisations integrating human centered design and digital innovation processes, tools, technologies and mindsets into their programmes of work. Emma currently leads the digital transformation QuestLab Network programme at Studio Wayne McGregor.
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.
Trustee - Vice Chair
Caroline Miller is Interim CEO at Birmingham Royal Ballet. Previously she was Executive Director of Orlando Ballet in Florida, and Director of Dance UK, the national support body for the professional dance sector. Under Caroline's leadership Dance UK and industry partners launched the ground-breaking National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science for which she was recognized in the 2014 Evening Standard list of 1000 most influential Londoners. In 2015, Caroline was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.
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.
Anna Nowak danced with the Polish National Ballet before completing her MA in Art. She was a member of Company Wayne McGregor from 2008 to 2016 and was involved in the creations of Entity, FAR, Atomos, and Tree of Codes. Since then, Anna has choreographed works, including FLUX for the Malta Festival in Poland and V3 for Kings Place, London. After graduating from the Open University in Environment, International Development and Globalisation she still explores the role of arts cross-culturally in the globalised world, and teaches for companies and schools, including Studio Wayne McGregor's creative learning projects.
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.
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 is responsible for managing the Studio Wayne McGregor archive, organising the collection, processing acquisitions and preserving the physical and digital materials.
Hazel Singleton is responsible for Studio Wayne McGregor's administration and personnel matters.
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 manages the day-to-day running of the studios at Here East, London, including studio hires, events and visiting artists.
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 is the Principal Re-stager of 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.
Director of Engagement
Jasmine Wilson develops, produces and manages Studio Wayne McGregor's learning and engagement activity. After training as a dancer she found her passion in teaching dance and creativity, and set up the Learning and Engagement department at Studio Wayne McGregor in 1999.
Nicola Worrell oversees the finance activities of Studio Wayne McGregor and is responsible for maintaining accurate financial accounts of the organisation.
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.