Matthew Austin

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Tel: 07989 500732,
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Website: http://mayk.org.uk (opens in new tab)

I’m a producer, arts marketer, and graphic designer based in Bristol, UK. I am co-Director of MAYK with Kate Yedigaroff.

While I now work primarily on MAYK projects, I am always happy to hear from artists, companies and organisations who may need consultation, marketing or design. I specialise in marketing and producing devised and experimental theatre and performance, and in digital marketing, although I prior to establishing MAYK, I had a broad client base. Previous clients have included Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Salisbury Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre, HighTide, Spike Island, Theatre Bristol, iShed/Watershed and lots of small companies and artists. I am co-Director of the annual theatre festival Mayfest in Bristol.

I’m a producer, arts marketer, and graphic designer based in Bristol, UK. I am currently on a placement through the Cultural Leadership Programme as Audiences Associate with Fuel.

I specialise in marketing and producing devised and experimental theatre and performance, and in digital marketing, although I have a broad client base. Previous clients have included Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory, Salisbury Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre, HighTide, Spike Island, Theatre Bristol, iShed/Watershed and lots of small companies and artists. I co-direct the annual theatre festival Mayfest in Bristol.

I am always on the lookout to meet exciting new clients, so if you’d like to talk to me about how I can help produce and market your work, drop me a line at

Mayfest

Mayfest is Bristol’s festival of contemporary theatre. I am co-director with Kate Yedigaroff. For further info on the festival, visit www.mayfestbristol.co.uk. “A mix of work so tasty it makes you want to up sticks and move to Bristol permanently” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Greyscale

Producing and marketing for this new theatre company made up of some very talented and experienced theatre makers. Greyscale make scripted work where the creative team is involved in the process from the outset.

The Choreographer’s Gallery

I am producing the first set of DVDs from this arts charity who commission dance studies from leading choreographers. I am working on the design and production of the first four DVDs and the design of their website.

Firebird Theatre

I worked on the press campaign for Firebird’s southwest Spring 2010 tour of their version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, which began with a sold-out run at Bristol Old Vic and will tour to Salisbury and Taunton.

Wales Millennium Centre: Blysh

Freelance marketing support alongside Rona Fineman for a new festival of cabaret, circus and carnival, Blysh in July 2009.

Residence

I am a member of Residence, an artist led organistion making space for artists to create performance, live art and theatre in Bristol. Current Artists involved include: Action Hero, Ed Rapley, Katie Keeler, Kate Yedigaroff, The Wonder Club, The Special Guests, Search Party, and Sita Calvert-Ennals, Tom Marshman, Tom Wainwright, Tinned Fingers, Folake Shoga, Liz Clarke.

Splice Productions

Marketing for Splice Productions production of SUS by Barry Keefe at Bridewell Island, July 2009.

New International Encounter

Consultancy for NIE on their marketing activity, January 2009.

Wales Millenium Centre

Marketing for Blysh festival, July 2009.

Institute of Contemporary Arts, Bath

Marketing and press for various shows including Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had it So Good) and Lone Twin’s Daniel Hit By a Train.

HighTide Festival

Marketing and Press for HighTide Festival at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk 2007 and 2008. Programme includes new writing, devised theatre and film. National and regional press campaign included pieces in Esquire, Financial Times, BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show and comprehensive local coverage.

Theatre Bristol

Interim cover for Theatre Bristol’s Web Editor in late 2007/early 2008. www.theatrebristol.net has become a vital portal for the theatre community in Bristol since its launch in 2005. The site provides up-to-date news, jobs, opportunities and a lively forum for artists and practitioners.

Tobacco Factory

I worked freelance for the Tobacco Factory as Press and Marketing Manager between September 2007 and January 2008. I led marketing and press campaigns for the theatre’s Autumn season, including shows from Gecko, Andrew Dawson and the Tobacco Factory’s Christmas show Treasure Island, directed by Dan Danson.

Bristol Old Vic

Interim cover with Sam McAuley after Bristol Old Vic’s Head of Marketing Matt Carwardine-Palmer left to set up MCP Arts Marketing. Campaign management for Bristol Old Vic’s Main House and Studio Spring Season, including a new version of Ibsen’s Ghosts by Frank McGuiness. I also recently ran the marketing campaign for Bristol Jam – the first festival of improvised performance.

Salisbury Playhouse

I worked with Matt Carwardine-Palmer again on Salisbury Playhouse’s Spring 2008 brochure, covering during recruitment of a new Head of Marketing.

Bristol ENT Partnership

I do regular graphic design work for Bristol ENT Partnership, and other consultants at BUPA, Bristol. This includes branding, stationery and other print.

Search Party

Flyer design for Search Party’s performance work The Long Walk To the Performance.

Tom Wainwright

Flyer design and tour pack for Everything is Mailer Daemon at Bristol Old Vic Studio.

The Special Guests

I was a founder member of Bristol-based theatre company The Special Guests. Formed in 2002, the company made contemporary performance for theatres, galleries and beyond. Alongside our performance work, we curated The Flaw Set, an alternative cabaret event mixing music and performance which has presented acts as diverse as Hot Club de Paris, Soeza, The Playwrights, Search Party, Pascale Straiton, Rachel Pantechnicon, Derehctub, Sleepy Ed Hicks and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolio

The Special Guests