Staff

Lois Keidan is a co-founder and the Director of the Live Art Development Agency. She was Director of Live Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London from 1992 to 1997 where she devised a year round programme of new performance and initiated numerous new ventures for established and emerging artists. Prior to the ICA, she was responsible for national policy and provision for Performance Art and interdisciplinary practices at the Arts Council of Great Britain. She contributes articles on performance to a range of journals and publications and gives talks and presentations on performance at festivals, colleges, venues and conferences in Britain and internationally. She sits on a number of Boards and Advisory Panels, including Artsadmin (London) and Performa (New York). In 1999, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Dartington College of Arts, and in 2009, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Queen Mary, University of London.

CJ Mitchell joined LADA as Deputy Director in May 2009, and became Director in March 2012. Previously, CJ was Executive Director of the Links Hall performance space in Chicago; Managing Director of Performing Arts Chicago; Administrative Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration programme at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; an Associate/fundraising member and Company Manager of Goat Island Performance Group; and General Manager of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. CJ is a member of the Board of Directors of The Longplayer Trust and Curious. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and holds a Masters in Cultural Studies and a Bachelor of Accountancy, both from the University of Glasgow.

Alex Eisenberg joined LADA as Digital Manager in May 2012 where he leads on digital projects and initatives. Alex works as a curator and producer on projects with artists, young people and independent organsiations with a focus on the intersection between performance and digital technology. He also works as an artist making performance, video and digital work in a series of collaborations. He has a BA in History from the University of Nottingham and and MA in Contemprary Performance from Royal Centrel School of Speech and Drama.  

Megan Vaughan joined LADA as Programmes Manager in April 2016. Megan previously worked in administration and project support for a number of arts organisations, including Manchester Opera House, Metro-Boulot-Dodo, Fierce Festival and Company of Angels, where she was General Manager. Megan has a BA in Arts Management from De Montfort University and an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory from the University of Brighton. Alongside her work at LADA, Megan is a blogger and arts journalist, mentoring on several programmes for young and aspiring critics.

Amy Poole joined LADA as Marketing Coordinator in April 2016. Amy has a BA in a Performing Arts from the University of Chichester. While there Amy began to make installations and interventions for meditation and personal reflection, which she has carried on creating for BEYOND Church in Brighton. Amy has previously worked in Live Art events and communications for a number of arts organisations and festivals including Siobhan Davies Dance, the City of London Festival, Greenbelt Festival and Artsadmin.

Finn Love joined LADA as Coordinator in January 2017. Finn graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2015 with a BA in Drama, and in 2016 with an MA in Theatre and Performance. They have worked with several arts organisations including LIFT, In-Between Time and SPILL, both in production and administration. Finn also works freelance as a producer and has performed as a drag artist across the UK and internationally.

 

Past staff:

Catherine Ugwu, MBE co-founded the Live Art Development Agency. Catherine was Deputy Director of Live Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1991-1997, holding programming, curatorial and commissioning responsibilities. She compiled and edited Let's Get It On - the politics of black performance and has contributed chapters to publications including, Mirage: Enigmas of Race, Difference and Desire, Global Encounters In The World of Arts, Collisions of Tradition and Modernity, and The Project Papers, a Dublin Theatre Festival Publication. She has contributed to numerous publications nationally and internationally. She was formerly Chair of Talawa Theatre Company and The Showroom Gallery Board's. Catherine Ugwu left LADA in 2000 to work as an independent producer on major international events. She was Producer of Ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games (2002), the Asian Games (2006), and the London Olympic and Para Olympic Games (2012).

Daniel Brine was Associate Director of LADA from 2001 to 2008. After training as an architect he worked with the Visual Arts/Craft Unit of the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts advisory and funding body. On the completion of his Masters of Arts Administration he worked as a curator including projects with Tamworth City Gallery and the Centre for Contemporary Craft. Between 1996 and 2000 he was a Combined Arts Officer and then Visual Arts Officer; Live Art at the Arts Council of England. As a freelance arts manager Daniel has worked with Andrew Caleya Chetty as Co-Director of the NOW Festival, DA2 (Digital Arts Development Agency) and London Arts. Since leaving LADA, Daniel Brine has been Artistic Director of Performance Space (Sydney, Australia), and is now Director of Cambridge Junction.

Andrew Mitchelson joined LADA as Company and Resource Manager in March 2006 and his post was redesignated as Projects Manager in April 2008, responsible for developing areas of LADA's projects and initiatives, professional development programmes and overseeing Unbound. Andrew is also a practising artist making solo work, and collaborative works as Mitch & Parry, and he also has an MA in Performance from Queen Mary, University of London. Andrew also has a BA in Arts Management and has previously worked with Head for Business, the Royal National Theatre and Duckie. Andrew left LADA in April 2012, and now works as Mitchmaker, an independent arts producer and curator.

Season Butler was Administrator at LADA from 2010 to 2011. Season completed an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University in 2007 and spent the following year as a freelance writer and performance artist. She has also held positions in arts and education administration at Shunt and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.



Maria Agiomyrgiannaki was Administrator at LADA from 2008 to 2009. Maria graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BA Degree in German and Hispanic Studies (European Studies). Over the years she became increasingly interested in Live Art and Performance and involved in the support infrastructures and the curatorial framework around the sector as well as its relationship with Creative and Cultural Industries. Since 2005, she has worked directly with/provided direct support to chief executives, directors, project co-ordinators, producers, curators and artists in organisations ranging from the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, New Work Network, the Athens Biennial, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and Chisenhale Dance Space. Maria continues working within and contributing to the Live Art and performance sector.

Aaron Wright joined LADA as Programme Coordinator in November 2010, and became Programmes Manager in March 2012. Aaron has previously worked with a number of organisations including Fierce Festival, Capsule, the BBC and Maverick Television. Aaron also works with the artist The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein most recently producing her show Splat! which opened at the Barbican as part of SPILL Festival 2013. Aaron is also a trustee of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Fierce Festival. He has an MA in Film and a BA in English and Drama from the University of Birmingham. Aaron left LADA in April 2016 to become Artistic Director at Fierce Festival.

Katy Baird joined LADA as Coordinator in 2012, and left in 2017. Katy graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Theatre and Sociology and is a co-founder of the art activist collective Monkey United Freedom Force. In 2010, she graduated from Goldsmiths University of London with a Masters degree in Performance Making and has performed her solo work at a variety of Live Art festivals and venues throughout the UK and internationally. Katy curates the Live Art and performance festival Steakhouse Live.