Heidi Vaughan announced as new Artistic Producer for Travelling Light

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Award winning Bristol based theatre company TRAVELLING LIGHT are delighted to welcome Heidi Vaughan as their new Artistic Producer.

Heidi joins Travelling Light with a wealth of experience making theatre with and for young people.  Currently Artistic Director for Kazzum, her previous roles include Artistic Director at Dot and Ethel theatre company, Head of Learning at Oxford Playhouse, Director of Young People’s Theatre at The Point, Eastleigh and creative roles at the Egg, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Bristol Old Vic.

Heidi has been instrumental in creating an exciting, innovative and diverse landscape for family theatre in the UK, and will commence work with Travelling Light in June of this year. She will deliver her paper on inclusive practice in the industry at the ASSITEJ International Theatre for Young Audiences Festival in Cape Town in May and is currently working with writer Mike Akers to devise an immersive site specific quest for young audiences at Shoreditch Town Hall with Kazzum.

Heidi says ‘Travelling Light have always made adventurous, creative and ground-breaking theatre for young audiences, made with great craft and care. And I’m excited to continue the company’s commitment to making really dynamic theatrical experiences on a local, national and international level.

Travelling Light are a team of people whose collective talents are astonishing; a company of storytellers who shine a light even in these uncertain times and I’m thrilled to be joining them at such an exciting time for the company, with tours to Shanghai and New York and an Offie nomination in the pipeline and our local Barton Hill community arts festival just around the corner.’

Alongside shaping Travelling Light’s work at the forefront of the TYA industry, Heidi will continue to ensure the company’s excellent work is experienced by those who have the least opportunity to engage in the arts, and will grow and develop the company’s investment in emerging artists in the city of Bristol and beyond.

As Travelling Light welcome Heidi in her new role they will also be saying goodbye to Jude Merrill who is retiring after over 30 years working for the company. Over the years Jude has grown Travelling Light from a small team who toured local schools to a company whose award-winning work tours nationally and internationally and never compromises on quality while always retaining a strong commitment to the young people of Bristol. She has received an MBE for services to children and young people’s theatre and this year is nominated for the inaugural ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by ASSITEJ.

 ‘Jude has left some very lovely big boots to fill and we are delighted to have appointed the perfect fit in Heidi Vaughan. Her vast experience in and commitment to high quality theatre for young audiences will inspire and shape the next generation of Travelling Light work and the TYA sector as a whole and I wish her the very best of luck on her adventures as Artistic Producer.’ – Ian Reid, Chair of the Board.