GRACE SMITH (FOUNDER/PRODUCER)
(Creative Ignition, ART/ist Tuesday’s, Headstart)
Grace Smith is a Freelance Producer and Practitioner, working on a variety of projects with a variety of organisations across Birmingham. Grace trained at Birmingham School of Acting on the Applied Performance (Community and Education) Course, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in 2017. In March 2017, she set up Graduates Unleashed, with the aim to support aspiring creative professionals in developing their skills and getting work. Some of her previous events include the YAY Launch Event and Closing Celebration, B- Side Hip- Hop Festival: New Street Takeover, Before the Edge, Birmingham Weekender: Culture Catwalk, BOA: Make it Digital, The (Not So) Mad Hatter’s Mindfulness Tea Party, and numerous events with Graduates Unleashed. Grace is passionate about inspiring people to get involved with the arts and giving people opportunities to put their skills into practice.
Fascinating Fact: Grace once ate a lightbulb.
HANNAH- LOUISE WILLIAMS (FOUNDER/FINANCE MANAGER)
Hannah Williams is a Freelance Producer and a recent graduate of the BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) course from Birmingham School of Acting. Hannah is passionate about producing arts-based events in the interest of specific target audiences. Within her degree, she has had experience in working collaboratively with fellow students and external companies. Hannah believes such events can influence young people in the arts and help build a strong network of up and coming new creatives and already well-established companies and freelancers. By setting no limitations to her work, Hannah always works until the task in hand is completed to an outstanding level. She wants to encourage confidence and growth of connections for creative young people and creative, Birmingham based organisations
ESTHER WATSON (PRODUCER)
(Headstart, Creative Ignition)
Esther Watson is a Freelance Creative Producer and has worked alongside Southside Producers, being involved with Music Menu, Before the Edge and B-Side Hip Hop Festival where she was Stage Manager. She has also been involved with Birmingham Weekender, the Commonwealth Games handover event and The Athletics Homecoming event as a Volunteer. Esther’s main focus is on the technical side of the events, specialising in ensuring that the technical side of events run smoothly. She has for two years been involved in the technical side of a number of large conferences, making sure that the equipment speakers use is working correctly. Recently she had the sole tech responsibility for a conference of over 300 delegates. Esther enjoys all aspects of operating, organising the nuts and bolts of events. She has produced and managed three AppChats as part of her involvement with Graduates Unleashed. She is hoping to hone her skills further as more events unfold.
ELLEN LICKMAN (PRODUCER)
(ART/ist Tuesday’s, Creative Ignition)
Ellen is an Applied Performance student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She is particularly interested in theatre and art that bridges communities and culture. After five years of teaching and travelling in East Asia, Ellen is committed to developing a creative career in the West Midlands. Experience includes: Educational Artistic Director of Beijing Playhouse, Assistant Producer of ‘Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night’, Assistant Producer of Fierce Festival, Lead Producer of Canvas Collective (Gallery 37 Showcase at Medicine Bakery) and creating theatre in her three homes of Northampton, Beijing and Birmingham. In late 2018, Ellen is excited join Hangyong Theatre Company in Seoul to document the bilingual production ‘Orange Polar Bear’ and continue to work on the exciting events Graduates Unleashed had planned.
FASCINATING FACT: Ellen went to China for 6 months and stayed for 5 years!
FAYE MEACHAM (PRODUCER)
(ART/ist Talks, Facilitation101)
23 years old and currently studying Applied Performance at university. I enjoy working with a range of people, bringing them together through theatre. Alongside producing and directing! I love being a part of Graduated Unleashed and believe what we provide is essential for young emerging creatives!
FASCINATING FACT: I visited India when I was 17 with a charity called Dalit Freedom Network and had the most amazing experience of my life!
MILLIE FARRELLY (PRODUCER)
SAM SPEED (PRODUCER)
Samuel is a Student and is going into his third year on the BA Applied Performance (Community and Education) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He has a passion and enthusiasm for working with younger children and adults. Delivery and inspiring them through the love of Drama and Performance. Alongside his studies he creates his own Educational and Storytelling workshops for Kids aged for 4 and above with Rokiel Entertainment, currently in works is one for Charlie and Chocolate Factory and the mystical world of Harry Potter. Sam has recently returned from his Internship in Hong Kong where he spent 6 weeks with Faust International Youth Theatre where he was an assistant on creative writing, Festivals, drama workshops and school programmes for English Speaking children aged 3 to 18. Samuel loves singing, script writing and is a big fan of Musicals and Doctor Who. Originally from Rotherham he hopes to pursue his passion into working with Early Years. On the team for Graduates Unleashed, Sam is Project Manager for our new event Facilitation 101.
LUCY BIRD (PRODUCER)
Lucy is a director, practitioner and producer based in the West Midlands, dedicated to promoting and helping to enrich regional theatre across the country. She is co-director of Paperback, producer for Quick Duck Theatre and a Creative Learning Associate for Stan’s Cafe. Lucy has a wide experience in theatre administration and education and has across a number of theatres from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Warwick Arts Centre and the Birmingham REP.
FASCINATING FACT: Lucy played trombone for 8 years before conceding to the fact she had no sense of rhythm or timing.