Core Creative Team
Steph drives the direction of the company. She sometimes composes the music, other times finds the composers and the musicians to inspire the team. She drives the team towards the shared goal.
Anna is a founding member of the company. Anna brings the body, somatic and communicty knowledge. She ensures the physical and sensory depth of our work.
Ashraf is a founding member of the company. Ashraf brings the narrative and thematic rigour. As a trained actor he understands narrative arcs like no other.
Eileih is a founding member of the company. A contemporary dancer for Wayne McGregor Company and independent choreographer, Eileih brings the rigour and choreographic detail.
Lizzie Vogler is a Producer and Executive Consultant with over 10 years' experience in the theatre industry. Lizzie is currently working in a freelance capacity with BitterSuite, Folio Theatre, Music and Theatre for All and November Club. Before establishing herself as a freelancer Lizzie was Executive Producer (maternity cover) at English Touring Theatre, whom she joined after 4 years as Executive Producer at Futures Theatre. As someone who started out in the industry without any existing connections or networks, Lizzie is committed to developing new work, from underrepresented communities, that can reach diverse audiences and support those looking to engage with an unfamiliar industry, just as she did in 2010.
Associate Producers: Eleni Kyriacou, Sara dos Santos, Mimi Poskitt
Associate Creative Producer / Facilitator / Participation
Linz is a founding member of the company. She dreams big, delivers our participaition programmes, produced our early concerts and performs in our work. She brings her training as a contemporary dancer and body practitioner. Linz brings her skills to. our participation and performances.
Alice is a community engagement practitioner specialising in SEN & PMLD groups. She has written original scores for the team as well as led & designed participation programmes with Linz Nakorn.
Associate Creative Producer / Facilitator
Marah is a founding member of the company. She is meticulous and detailed. Her training as a movement psychotherapist and her gifts as a performer merge to create her unique pathway with the company. She is the producer of HELD. Marah brings her skills to. our participation and performances.
Sarah makes the perfume, she designs and supports the team to think creatively about smell.www.4160tuesdays.com/sarahmccartney.html
Adam makes the food, and dreams up all the wild ideas that feature in the teams concerts.uk.linkedin.com/in/adam-thomason-455938130
Facilitator / Performer
Steph is a founding member of the company. A trained massage therapist and body practitioner. Working with therapy teams in hospitals as well as in community settings she brings depth, clarity and specialism in touch. Currently working with brain injury survivors at Headway East London, Steph brings knowledge in working with complex needs. Steph brings her skills to our participation and performances.
Auclair is a British-Rwandan music and sound artist. Her work explores rhythm, voice and electronica – treating everyday life like new mythologies and taking an embodied approach to exploring ideas with sound. She created the score for Sensory Score and features regularly in our workshops and bank of freelancers that we call open to open up the process & develop something new.auclairmusic.com
Valeria Tello Giusti
Associate Creative Producer
Valeria is a founding member of the company. A producer and performer Valeria brings experience in large scale immersive work with Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema & Lift Festival. She is also a body practitioner and combines those skills within the company. Valeria brings her skills to our performances.
Associate Artist / Rehearsal Director
Clementine is a founding member of the company. Her body knowledge and contemporary dance training make her a force to be reckoned with. Appearing mostly as a performer / devisor, Clem brings depth and clarity to our performances.
Violinist and founding member of Phaedra Ensemble, Phil brings his musical background in the classical world together with his professional career spanning many genres. He advises the company on musical direction and ideas, and then brings the musicians together to deliver the best performances.
Dr. Clare Jonas
Clare supports the team to evaluate every creative process & concert experience they have developed in a robust way that gives understanding about participant experience/
Kayo gets involved when there are words to make. A poet, thinker and writer Kayo has developed original language for a number of Bittersuite pieces.kayochingonyi.com/bio
Nwando worked with Steph & the BitterSuite team in R&D to develop Hildegard Visions her new multi-sensory music project.www.nwandoebizie.com
Shelley makes magic with light, interested and expert in it’s physical and sensory properties Shelley brings her sculptural skills together with light to make beautiful light objects and unique experiences.www.ageoflightinnovations.com
Chair of the board
Lucy Atkinson is an arts leader, creative producer, and consultant, currently interim CEO at Stratford Circus. At Stratford Circus Lucy is leading a process of change as the organisation transitions from a venue-based model to one that delivers socially engaged creative projects for and with its communities across Newham and East London.
With a track record in working alongside and leading companies and projects in the subsidised sector. Lucy has an exceptionally strong cross-sector network, skills in finance, strategic planning and fundraising, providing people focused leadership along the way. Lucy works with organisations to better connect with their communities, commissioning highly engaging and relevant work with an emphasis on an artist led approach and site-specific work.
Previously Lucy was Executive Producer for Dante or Die Theatre Company and a Senior Producer at Roundhouse London working with some of the UK’s most exciting artists and companies including Mark Storor, Ron Arad, Akram Khan Company, Studio Wayne McGregor, ZooNation, the RSC, the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and LIFT. As well as establishing the UK’s first festival dedicated to Spoken Word; The Last Word.
Josh McNorton is the Cultural Director of Wembley Park, Northwest London’s internationally renowned destination for music and sporting events. Josh leads on the cultural activities across the 85-acre estate, including bespoke art commissions and free, outdoor festivals, live music, and film screenings. Prior to Wembley Park, highlights of Josh’s career included producing international festivals and cultural events, collaborating with institutions such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Nesta, King’s College London, The Roundhouse, and The Barbican. Josh moved to the UK from his native Canada in 2012 to deliver the Olympic Park entertainment programme for the London Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Vikram Gudi is an award-winning music producer and entrepreneur based in London. He is the founder of The Elephant Group, consisting of Elephant Music, Mammoth Audio, Blue Pearl, Protege, Split Music and Mammoth Beer.
Aside from music, Vik is passionate about beer and has recently launched his own microbrewery Mammoth Beer, based in Hackney Wick. He is a dedicated philanthropist and donates 10% of the profits earned by Elephant Music and Mammoth Audio to charitable endeavours. He is also an active donor to the charities Reality Gives, The ACLU and The Woodland Trust.
Stephanie Tyrrell is currently ‘Head of Arts’ for the national disability charity Sense. Sense supports people with complex disabilities, including deaf blindness and believes that arts should be at heart of great care. Stephanie oversees a diverse national programme, supporting a range of artists & care staff to deliver work rooted in access for all. Prior to this role Stephanie worked as an inclusive theatre practitioner and manager for nine years, delivering and developing innovative arts projects and theatre for young people and adults with complex disabilities including those with Profound Multiple Learning Disabilities and Autistic spectrum disorder. During this time Stephanie managed, programmed, and collaborated on projects in a wide range of community settings, including museums, art galleries, schools, theatres, day care centres, academic institutions, and hospitals. Stephanie has an MA in Inclusive Arts Practice from Brighton University and enjoys yoga and true crime documentaries in her spare time.