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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.

Laurie Miller-Zutshi

Creative Producer

Laurie 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.

Laurie’s 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 in Great Yarmouth and at a growing number other SeaChange organised events.

Her endless enthusiasm is refreshed with a love of travel, hiking and sunbathing.

Brenda Seymour

Development Director

Brenda is responsible for growing organisational resource and infrastructure, with an emphasis on identifying and sourcing funding, developing key partnerships and stakeholder liaison.

Leading on a number of local strategic projects and initiatives, Brenda is also responsible for the organisational financial management, policies and HR.

She also provides wider organisational support around key SeaChange events including the Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts.

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.

Becca Clayton

Producer

Becca supports the Creative 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.

Veronica Stephens

Coasters Project Development Manager

Veronica is 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 15 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 Hove, creates site-specific theatre and DJ’s music from the 50’-60’s at clubs around the country.

Taraneh Jahanpour

Coasters Audience Development Assistant

Taraneh supports the Coasters Project Manager in running the national project, this includes reaching new local audiences by developing community-based activities.

Taraneh also works part-time in the community development team in Great Yarmouth and feeds that experience and local knowledge into the Coasters audience development work.

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.

Deanie Bridges-Lees

Bookkeeper

Deanie 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

Caretaker

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.