Who We Are

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: Director of Business Development
: Administrator


: Artist Support Associate
: Artist Support Associate
: Artist Support Associate

You can contact all ASAs by emailing – whoever is available first will respond. Please be aware all our Artist Support Associates work part time, roughly one day a week, around their existing work schedules, and so may not get back to you immediately.

For website enquiries email


Laura H Drane: Catalyst
Katy Noakes: Interim Dance Futures Co-Ordinator
Sarah Bentley: Marketing and Communications


Theatre Bristol is governed by a board of directors, currently:

Nick Sweeting (Producer, Improbable Theatre)
Joanna Brown (MD Illyria Consulting and Associate Fellow, Cambridge)
Laila Diallo (Choreographer)
Sarah Dickenson (Dramaturg and Project Manager)
Tim Lo (filmmaker, theatre-maker, Rife Magazine content creator)
Claire Reddington (CEO and Creative Director, Watershed)
James Stenhouse (Artistic Director, Action Hero)


CEO: Mel Scaffold

I love experiments, particularly ones with explosions. As CEO I help design and shape new ideas that we think could make large-scale change in the arts. Part of my role is being out and about developing relationships and partnerships that will bring new opportunities to the sector. And a lot of it is about working out how these experiments can benefit the most people, connect beyond our existing boundaries and create a healthy environment where more people can participate in and make a living from brilliant art.

Before this role as Company Producer I gave senior producing support to a number of artists of proven excellence, resulting in new national and international commissions, new partnerships and better company infrastructures. In addition to business development, I also scavenged props from charity shops and wrestled with the vagaries of international taxation systems.

Until 2015 I was also Development Facilitator for Create Gloucestershire, an organisation instigating change in the arts sector through collective thinking and working.

Previous incarnations include producing live art and dance at Arnolfini, spoken word at Apples & Snakes and new writing inspired by biomedical science at Theatrescience. I also squeezed in an MA in Performance Research to develop my own practice around the interplay of different performance languages, and am particularly interested in creating high quality work and experiences for and with young people, which I’ve pursued with Travelling Light, Real Ideas Organisation and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

I’m Chair of Trustees for Firebird Theatre, a company of disabled actors, and I love a good horizon.

Director of Business Development: Sarah Kingswell

(Biog to follow)

Administrator: Ella Best

Ella joined Team TB in 2018 as Administrator having been passionate about theatre and dance since she was four, many, many years ago! Having spent the last 13 years in the education sector, Ella decided it was time for a change and is thrilled to be plunged into the performing arts world once again. She has lived in Bristol, on, then off, then on again, since 2008, and adores it’s independent and creative spirit.



Artist Support Associate: 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 new role as ASA at TB.

Artist Support Associate: Ella Good

Ella 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.

Artist Support Associate: Caroline Williams

Caroline 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.



Laura Street (Cultural Curriculum for Bristol – dance lead)

Laura Street trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has been a Bristol based Dance Artist for the past 10 years. She has worked as a performer, choreographer and teacher on a wide range of projects, productions and tours for some exciting and brilliant organisations and companies. These include Dance South Gloucestershire, Oily Cart Theatre Company, the egg, Edge Arts and Travelling Light Theatre Company, of whom is she an associate artist. She is the Artist Director of aboutNOWish who make immersive and interactive work for young people and who are associate artists of the egg, Bath.

Ruth Hecht (Dance Futures Advocate)

I’ve been embedded in the arts since the early ‘80s when I started my career by working for a community theatre and publishing company in Dorset. Since then I’ve always focused on working with artists to produce high quality experiences for people who traditionally don’t access the arts. I have always flitted between being self-employed as a producer / arts manager and being employed. Some of the organisations I’ve worked with and for are: Arts and Health South West, Knowle West Media Centre, Community at Heart, Dorchester Arts Centre, Bristol Culture, St. Paul’s Carnival, the Misfits, Desperate Men, Avon Community Arts Network, Arts Council England, at- Bristol, and City of Bath College.


Victoria Jones

Victoria is an Independent Producer who loves helping creative people do what they do best. She is currently studying an MA in Creative Producing at UWE, working closely with Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio. Over the past 12 months she has worked with a range of organisations and artists including MAYK, Hellion Trace, Submerge Festival, Rik Lander and Rachel Rose Reid.