The Live Art Development Agency is a small organisation with four permanent members of staff.
Lois Keidan 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 regularly gives talks and presentations on performance at festivals, colleges, venues and conferences in Britain and internationally.
CJ Mitchell joined the Agency as Deputy Director in May 2009. Most recently he has been Executive Director of the Links Hall performance space in Chicago. Previously, he was 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. 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.
Andrew Mitchelson joined the Live Art Development Agency as Company and Resource Manager in March 2006 and his post was redesignated as Projects Manager in April 2008. Andrew is currently also completing his MA in Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and also has a BA in Arts Management. Previously Andrew has worked freelance with Head for Business, the Royal National Theatre and Duckie.
Maria Agiomyrgiannaki joined the Agency as Administrator in July 2008. 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.
From time to time, the Agency works with Project Directors who lead a specific initiative or project. Current Project Directors are:
Adrian Heathfield is a writer and curator. He has written many essays on contemporary performance, art, theatre and dance. He is the editor of Live: Art and Performance (Tate Publishing and Routledge, 2004); Small Acts (Black Dog Publications, 2000); and the box publication Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance (Arnolfini, 1997). He has curated numerous performance events and was a co-curator of the Live Culture exhibition at Tate Modern, London, in 2003. He has also co-authored a series of dialogue performances with other writers and artists. He lectures and teaches performance workshops internationally. He is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at Roehampton University, London. www.adrianheathfield.co.uk
Rajni Shah's work as a producer and director challenge preconceptions about the audience-performer relationship. Each new piece of work is informed by the artists involved and uses different performance disciplines accordingly, drawing from Live Art, dance and theatre. She is committed to bringing diverse artists together to explore innovative ways of presenting work outside a conventional theatrical setting. Her most recent piece, 'Mr Quiver', has been shown at the National Review of Live Art, South Hill Park, Sprint, and will soon be showing at Coastal Currents and Southampton Live. Rajni is a Live Art Development Agency One to One bursary artist. www.rajnishah.com
The Live Art Development Agency was co-founded by Catherine Ugwu.
Catherine Ugwu who was Deputy Director of Live Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, from 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 the Agency in 2000 to work as an independent producer on major international events.
From 2001 to 2008 Daniel Brine was Associate Director of the Live Art Development Agency.
Daniel Brine joined the Live Art Development Agency as Associate Director in January 2001. 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. Daniel Brine is now artistic director of Performance Space in Sydney Australia. www.performancespace.com.au