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 2019

Theatre Bristol’s current Artist Support Associates are Caroline Williams, Alex Murdoch and Tom Marshman.

Previous Artist Support Associates include Karla Shacklock (2017-19), Ella Good (2018-19), 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.

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.

Alex Murdoch

Alex Murdoch is an actor, writer and improvisor and an Associate of Improbable Theatre. Her company Cartoon de Salvo toured theatre and lead workshops for 20 years nationally and internationally. As a writer she’s been commissioned by National Theatre Wales, is mentored by award-winning writer Chris Thorpe and is currently under commission to the RSC, with another seed-commission to NTW. She was awarded a place on 2017 Jerwood/Arvon scheme and was 2018 Writer in Residence at Theatr Clwyd. Beyond the Salvo’s she’s performed with Kneehigh, LIFT Festival, New International Encounter, Comedy Store Players, BBC and Young Vic. For Improbable she has improvised in AnimoLifegame and Permission Improbable. She co-led Improbable’s Generations project with Guy Dartnell, and she also facilitates for the Devoted and Disgruntled Open Space events. Her website is www.alexmurdoch.co.uk

Tom Marshman

Tom Marshman is a theatre maker whose practice honours the art of conversation and creates spaces that enable people to share their stories. He has been developing this process for twenty years through his practice as an artist, working in a wide range of media including performance, photography, installation, publication and film for theatres, museums and historic houses.

Tom creates safe spaces where people can open up and share thoughts and memories. Most significantly he works with LGBTQ+ communities to transform people’s thoughts and experiences into artistic experiences. The results give evocative, authentic glimpses into everyday things – addressing issues that are often considered mundane or commonplace, and exploring what is often taken for granted.

He is currently touring Kings Cross (REMIX) and A Haunted Existence, both shows focus on LGBTQ+ history.

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.”