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Meet the Team

SeaChange Arts are a small dedicated team, based at the Drill House in Great Yarmouth.  With extensive experience in Circus and Street Arts, the organisation contracts in specialist freelancers for specific project and event support.

Joe Mackintosh

Chief Executive

Joe is Chief Executive for SeaChange Arts and Artistic Director of the Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.

He is responsible for overall organisational development, seeking out exciting and innovative new opportunities and building new relationships for SeaChange on a local, national and international basis.

Aside from building partnerships and identifying funding opportunities to ensure the organisation’s rapid growth, Joe scours the international festival circuit to identify dynamic new companies for SeaChange and the Out There Festival to work with.

Veronica Stephens

Senior Producer

Veronica is responsible for the overall project and programme delivery for SeaChange Arts and heads up the organisation of the Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.

Her work sees her regularly visiting festivals and partners around the UK and abroad. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth production and delivery of a diverse and dynamic programme in both Great Yarmouth and at a growing number other SeaChange organised events around the UK.

Veronica is also responsible for managing and developing Coasters, a three year project that brings world-class circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.

She has over 18 years’ experience working in the world of circus and street arts and expertise in developing strategic partnerships and audience development through working dynamically with communities.

Always one to keep busy, in her spare time she runs a voluntary community arts festival in Brighton & Hove, creates site-specific theatre as one half of InSite Arts and DJ’s music from the 50’s – 70’s at clubs around the country.


Darren Cross

Communications Director

Darren heads up all SeaChange’s marketing and communications activity, delivering strategic planning and output for projects, core programming and event activity.

He is oversees the marketing of the annual Out There Festival as well as communications with partners and stakeholders. He is also responsible for developing key contacts and partnerships nationally and locally and within the business sector.

Darren is also responsible for the development of the Drill House and helping shape a cohesive programme of activities there.

Emily Phillips

Business Development Manager

Emily is responsible for income-generating opportunities within existing areas of operations and events and developing the approach to new business development activity going forward.

Emily also works towards developing relationships within the local and regional businesses, including the tourism sector.

She is the first point of contact should you wish to work with the SeaChange team to produce fundraising events and activities in and around the Drill House and the borough of Great Yarmouth.

Becca Clayton

Producer/Event Manager

Becca supports the Senior Producer on a range of SeaChange’s projects and is responsible for leading on a number of initiatives.

One of these is the Drill House’s residency programme. She is the first point of contact for many of the national and international artists and companies that SeaChange work with each year and ensures a warm welcome for everyone at September’s Out There Festival.

Siobhan Johnson

Community Programme Coordinator

Siobhan is responsible for the delivery of SeaChange’s community programme, both at the Drill House and around the borough of Great Yarmouth.

Core to this is Seachange’s own Circus School, Drillaz on which Siobhan works closely with tutors and visiting artists.

Siobhan’s work sees her supporting many of the young people who attend classes at the Drill House and building partnerships with local schools, colleges and community groups.

Taraneh Jahanpour

Audience Development & Community Engagement Co-ordinator

Taraneh supports Veronica in the management of the national programme Coasters and leads on community development and engagement. This includes recruiting volunteers, working collaboratively with other local cultural and community organisations to develop community based activities and connecting with local residents and communities to involve them in our programme of activities.

Not content with working in a circus and street arts organisation by day, Taz can, of an evening, be found producing, directing, stage-managing and acting in amateur theatre productions, not all at the same time – yet!

Dizzy O'Dare

Resident Circus Artists

Dizzy O’Dare is a contemporary circus and outdoor theatre company producing a wide range of work, which has toured extensively across the globe.

The company directors, Mike and Alana have experience in many areas of devising and performance and are now resident artists at SeaChange Arts. Here they are helping to run the Drillaz Circus School; delivering a number of community outreach activities; assisting with the Out There Festival; supporting local artists to provide more creative and performance opportunities, and also expanding their own catalogue of work and future projects.

Sharon Sands


Sharon looks after the day to day management of SeaChange’s finances, ensuring suppliers are paid and customers invoiced. She keeps track of expenditure across a broad portfolio of SeaChange projects as well as crucially… sorting out the payroll!

Nikolay Atanasov


Nikolay has been involved with circus organisations for many years. He looks after the Drill House maintenance-wise and can usually turn his hand to just about any situation.