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Artistic Director and Creative Producer

Wakefield

Bev Adams

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I create and produce art in the outdoors and with communities. I create outdoor arts productions, inclusive festivals and community events with an emphasis on social purpose, diversity and community participation. My projects engage people from all walks of life, helping them to connect with each other and to explore the worlds in which they live.

I have over 30 years' expertise in creative practice and performance making, using visual theatre (masks, puppets and objects), intercultural and applied theatre in a variety of professional, community and youth settings.

As Bev Adams Arts, I work throughout the UK and internationally on a project basis with local authorities, festivals, communities and individuals offering my skills as a director, producer, performer, educator, researcher and consultant. I am also Director of Holmfirth Arts Festival, Co-Director of Edgelands Arts and presently funded by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds to research Sustainable Puppetry Practices: Exploring the Communicative Efficacy of a Climate Change Themed Giant Puppet in Public Space.

Between January and April 2022, I was awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from Arts Council England to travel to the world-renowned University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program in the USA. I studied global forms of rod, shadow and marionette puppetry and explored the work of radical puppet theatre/parade/pageant company, Bread and Puppet Theater, culminating in a performance of The Persians with the company, directed by Peter Schumann, founding artistic director 1962-present.

I occasionally teach and mentor undergraduates, post graduates and my
international artist peers at the University of Leeds, at LIPA in Liverpool, for Bradford Producing Hub as well as for Anadolu University in Turkey and Sugla School for Street Theatre in Slovenia.

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