Tessa is a theatre maker and freelance performer, puppeteer and puppetry director. Her company, Tessa Bide Productions, makes award-winning family theatre from original stories then tours it nationally and internationally. Tessa also offers consultancy for emerging artists and small-scale companies who wish to produce themselves.
I am a Theatre Maker, producer and performer specialising in puppetry, physical theatre and music. As well as freelancing for other companies, I make innovative theatre productions for family audiences with my own theatre company, Tessa Bide Productions. Our shows tell original stories, aimed at encouraging a dialogue between the generations. All of our productions have received funding from Arts Council England (12 successful grants to date) as well as other match funding.
I also consult emerging artists and companies who wish to produce themselves. I offer help and advice in writing funding applications, tour packs, building branding and successful tours. I aim to work with the ‘teach a man to fish…’ approach, helping artists to build valuable producing skills they can go on to use for many years to come, rather than working as a freelance producer and helping artists in the short term on a project-to-project basis. For more information on my consultancy, see my website: www.tessabideconsulting.uk.
As part of Bristol Refugee Festival 2020, Tessa Bide Productions presents award-winning show A Strange New Space, online for everyone to watch.