Kate is based in Gateshead, and works as Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at Northumbria University. Over the past few years she has been lucky enough to take part in a number of international theatre festivals in various parts of the world, and it was largely through these experiences that she decided that Gateshead and the North East deserved one too. So in 2011, Kate founded GIFT. As a theatre maker, Kate has performed her one-woman show Hand me down at venues nationally and internationally, and is currently creating a new one woman show: The GB Project for performances throughout summer 2013. Kate is co-founder and co-director of mouth to mouth| international performance collective, and has performed at BAC, LIFT, Whitechapel Gallery, Northern Stage and Dublin Fringe Festival. Kate is proud to be on the Board of Directors of ARC, Stockton Arts Centre, and of award winning theatre company The Paper Birds. In 2010 Kate completed a PhD exploring concepts of collaboration in performance practice, and Kate sees GIFT as one of the major outcomes of this research.
Jenny is a theatre maker based in Newcastle - Upon - Tyne. Jenny graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA Hons in Art, Event, Performance in 2011. She then went on to study a practice-led Arts MRes in the Department of Art at Northumbria University, where she is now undertaking a practice-led PhD investigating notions of participation in contemporary performance practice.
Throughout her studies Jenny has collaborated in devising, producing and performing work at international theatre festivals including ACT Festival, Bilbao 2010 and Dionysus Festival, Dakovo, Croatia 2012. As a solo artist her show This One's For You had a two-week run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012.
She is an Associate Artist of Bristol based Theatre Company: Massive Owl. Massive Owl performed as part of the inaugural GIFTed programme last year, since then Jenny has worked closely with the company collaborating on their new show: We Used To Wait. The company are very excited to be performing the show as part of the GIFT 2013 launch night!