Artistic Director and Creative Producer
Bev enjoys creating outdoor and community engaged events along with non verbal, physical, visual outdoor performances often using mask and puppetry..
She grew up in South Africa and trained at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds, Middlesex University London and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (Gitis) in Moscow. She completed post-graduate Masters degree in Performance, Culture & Context from the University of Leeds in 2015.
Bev founded Faceless Arts in 1990 in Yorkshire, and remained its Artistic Director until its closure on 31 March 2017, where she performed, adapted and directed over 25 professional and community co-created outdoor performance productions.
She is also an experienced educator and project producer, having created and delivered numerous educational and community projects and workshops with children, young people and vulnerable adults throughout the UK and internationally. She taught Processes of Performance at Leeds University and outdoor puppetry skills to students and practitioners from across the EU in Turkey and Slovenia.
For eight years, Bev was on the Board Outdoor Arts UK, acting as Chair from 2016 to 2018. Besides being a member of Outdoor Arts UK, she is also a member of NASA (National Association of Street Artists UK), founder member of EFETSA (European Federation of Education and Training in Street Arts) and a member of numerous Wakefield networks.
Bev is a speaker at national and international conferences on community engaged outdoor arts practice, has published numerous project books as well a series of essays INQUEST: Outdoor Arts in Practice.
Bev is presently Festival Director (freelance) for Holmfirth Arts Festival. Formerly, she worked as Associate Producer - Festival and Events at Creative Scene, taught Theatre in Education at University of Leeds, was Development Worker for Cleckheaton Folk Festival; Festival Manager for DN Festival with Right up our Street and Production Manager for Ikebana at Billingham International Festival of Folklore and World Dance.
Bev is also co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of community arts organisation Edgelands Arts.