Artist Support Associates

Three members of Theatre Bristol’s team play a key role in supporting artists: all practising theatre makers working partly as mentors, partly as consultants, from sounding-boards one minute to creative counsellors the next, the Artist Support Associates are here to help you do what you want to do.

Artist Support Associates 2018-19

Theatre Bristol’s Artist Support Associates are currently Karla Shacklock, Ella Good and Caroline Williams (starting April 2018). Previous Artist Support Associates include Gemma Paintin (2016-18), Emma Williams (2017-18), Laura Dannequin (2016-17), Lucinka Eisler and Jo Bannon (2015-16) and Simon Day (2013-15).

Getting in touch

If you would like to meet with either of the associates, first have a good read about our Artist and Producer Support.
If you think that now is the right time to meet, drop them a line, or come to an Open Office.
If you would like to contact all our current Artist Support Associates, you can do so by emailing . Otherwise you will find their individual Theatre Bristol email addresses below. Please note that all our Artist Support Associates work part time.

Karla Shacklock

Since graduating with a 1st class BA (Hons) in 2002 and a PhD in dance in 2005, Karla has toured her own work extensively throughout Europe and performed internationally with various dance, circus and physical theatre companies. She has delivered masterclasses throughout Europe, held a senior lecturing post at Bath Spa University, had her book and numerous articles published and been commissioned to choreograph works for dance, theatre, opera, film and youth groups.

Karla was the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of multi-award winning physical theatre and multimedia company ‘Precarious’, which produced and toured works for five years and now runs the award-winning ‘Karla Shacklock Company’ based in Bristol. Karla regularly works as a Movement Director for other large-scale theatre productions – most recently she collaborated with Tom Morris (Warhorse) on ‘World Cup Final 1966’ and with Michael Oakley on ‘The Life and Times of Fanny Hill’, both at Bristol Old Vic.

Karla’s heart is well and truly in Bristol and over the past 12 years has committed much energy to the city and its artists. She is looking forward to continue to do this in her role as ASA at TB.

Ella Good

Ella Good creates socially engaged work that explores our relationship with space, Earth and the future, in collaboration with artist Nicki Kent. As part of community based project series A Decade With Mars, her work has ranged from sending weather balloons to film space, making a science fiction film with 8 year olds and working with scientists on a fake Mars outpost in Utah. Her work has been been shown at a symposium alongside Turner Prize winners Assemble, featured live on BBC News and internationally in Ireland, Japan and the USA.

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams is a director, dramaturge and participatory artist. She was one of the first artistic associates of The Yard Theatre and Somerset House Studios. Caroline’s work is multidisciplinary, often focusing on autobiography and current political issues. At the core of her work is a passion to give people who wouldn’t primarily consider themselves artists a platform to create great works of art. Projects include Can You Hear Me Now for MAYK, Make Yourself At Home at Nuit Blanche Bruxelles, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing at The Young Vic, Millions of Years for English National Opera, Dad Dancing with Second Hand Dance, Puffball at The Yard, Shadwell’s Tempest and Le Malade Imaginaire with OAE at Shakespeare’s Globe. Caroline is part of Pervasive Media Studios and Residence.

More about what we offer at Theatre Bristol.

“I’m a theatre maker (performer, director and writer) and Co-Artistic Director of Inspector Sands. We´ve been touring work in the UK and abroad for ten years,  to venues ranging from small village halls in Somerset to big auditoriums in Beijing – with BAC,  Almeida, Southbank Centre and Mayfest somewhere in between. We try to make work that can scale up or down for a range of contexts and more recently have started making outdoor work.  Our current show in development, The Lounge, was recently shown as work-in-progress at the National Theatre and will open in Edinburgh this summer.

I also work freelance as a performer and director and recently started developing some solo work through Ferment. One thing I love about Bristol is that it feels possible here to wear more than one hat.

My background is in devising, with an emphasis on collaboration with lighting and sound designers, and I´m especially interested in the role of writing within the devising process. I trained at the Lecoq school and as a Feldenkrais practitioner and my work is usually driven by an interest in movement – I’m fascinated by the way human beings can transform physically and by the emotional resonance movement can provoke in an audience.

I teach acting and devising at the Central School of Speech and Drama and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.”