Ink Asher Hemp, Toolkit Associate
Ink Asher Hemp (they/them) is a self taught queer, disabled, creator, facilitator, activist, theatre (trouble) maker.
They started devising street theatre as part of campaigns for social and climate justice in Edinburgh and since then have toured performances across Scotland, under the name Activising for Change, and in collaboration with others including Graeae, Creative Carbon Scotland, Birds of Paradise, and Jordan and Skinner. Until recently they held the role of Arts Practitioner: Climate Crisis at Eden Court Highlands where they directed community performances, developed staff training, and facilitated a Queer Youth Arts Collective. A core focus of their work is ensuring that accessibility is creatively integrated, practical, honest, and politically articulate.
Ink was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2020-22.
Lou Bartley Sophocleous, Toolkit Associate
Lou Bartley Sophocleous is a producer of performance, spaces, and events, with a focus around queer fun translated into communities. Her work largely exists outside of institutions and more often can be found in church halls, night clubs or under flyovers. Lou Bartley Sophocleous is currently based in York. Their interests are in performance-based events, accessibility, healing through art, performance in non-theatrical spaces, community work, outreach work and work with young people. Particularly in cabaret and live/performance art and with LGBTQ+ people. Lou’s work has a strong emphasis on working meaningfully in different communities, pushing for a more diverse arts landscape, and creating accessible, interesting spaces whilst championing under-represented voices.
Lou was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2017-19.
Jodie Cole, Toolkit Associate
Jodie Cole is a working class choreographer, movement director, facilitator, & performer, & is lead artist at Jodie Cole Dance. Inspired by the healing powers of movement to cross social divides, she celebrates difference, uses movement to unite experience & brings performance to unexpected places. She works internationally in communities, on large scale site specific projects, in theatre, & she has extensive experience teaching in SEND settings.
In 2021 Jodie was appointed as Weston Jerwood Creative Fellow at Extraordinary Bodies for her leadership potential as an inclusive practitioner, where she continues to work as co-evaluation producer.
Jodie was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2020-22.
Della Hill, Toolkit Associate
Della specialises in project management and business development to improve the strategic & operational direction of a range of organisations across the UK. She is currently the Operations & Social Impact Manager at National Theatre Wales and a Consultant and Speaker at people make it work. Della has used her previous experience of delivering large-scale initiatives to address structural inequalities alongside advocating for high-level social change within Creative, Arts & Culture, Education and Equalities Sectors to contribute to the development of the WJCB Programme and the (Team) Work in Practice Toolkit.
Della was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2017-19.
Louis Palfrey, Toolkit Associate
Louis Palfrey is an award-winning, Autistic composer and sound designer based in Margate, Kent.
He creates music and sound design for films, games, audiodramas and art installations, as well as releasing albums of varying genres under the name Mouthless. Separate (mostly) to his audio work, he delivers talks, workshops, and contributes to conversations around Neurodiversity and inclusion in creative educational and employment settings.
Louis was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2017-19.
Kyle Stead, Toolkit Associate
Kyle is a benefit class multidisciplinary artist from the South Wales Valleys. His practices include creative producing, performing, theatre making & facilitating.
He has a high interest in taking real life experiences to create work that offers audiences a raw, gritty and authentic insight into the world that is being created. Kyle is passionate about creating working environments that are trauma informed. This is important to boldly explore and be brave with creative choices. He wants to fight the underrepresentation of artists from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Kyle was a recipient of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary 2020-2022.