Artist as Entrepreneur Intensives

Artist as Entrepreneur Intensives are a series of events designed to connect artists and programmers, and give them the space to have open and honest conversations about touring dance in the UK. Taking place all over the country, Artist as Entrepreneur Intensives aim to reach across and beyond the creative industries for inspiration and discussion, and focus on four key themes:

  • Concept

  • Quality

  • Communication

  • Sustainability

Documenting Surf The Wave Intensives

We are working on a summary document that describes the outcomes of all of the intensives. In the mean time, if you would like to read the raw unedited documentation that has come out of the intensives so far, you can do so by downloading this document: Surf The Wave Intensives Documentation

If you have any feedback on the documentation or how you would like it presented in future, please contact Rosalind Conlon at

Nationwide Surf The Wave Artist as Entrepreneur Intensive participants

AAE Midlands

Artists / Producers

Igor & Moreno - Igor Urzelai and Producer Sarah Maguire

Alexander Whitley Company - Alexander Whitley and Producer Donna Meierdiercks

Neon Dance - Adrienne Hart and Producer Ian Abbott

Shane Shambhu Productions - Shane Shambhu and Producer Ginnie Wollaston

Lea Anderson - and Producer Katy Noakes

Hannah Buckley -

Gracefool Collective - Rachel Fullegar, Sofia Edstrand

Viv Gordon – and Producer Sarah Blowers

Light, Ladd & Emberton - Gwyn Emberton and Producer Laura Drane

Jaivant Patel -

Johnny Autin Dance Theatre - Johnny Autin

Marso Riviere

Joan Clevillé Dance – Producer Vicky Wilson

Rosie Kay Dance Company – Producer James Preston 

Renaud Wiser


Serendipity – Amy Grain, Administrator & Courtney Beadle, Administrator  

BE Festival – Atxarte Lopez de Munain,  Producer

Independent/Cloud Dance Festival – Chantal Guevara, Producer/Director

C-DaRE/Independent – Gustavo Fijakow, PhD Candidate/Curator & Producer

Attenborough Arts Centre – Louise Kay, Children in Need Coordinator

DanceXChange – Lucie Mirkova, Artistic Director

Dance Hub Birmingham – Monique Deletant, Deputy CEO/Director

Mercurial Dance - Oliver Scott, Director

Dance4 – Paul Russ, Director

Déda - Phil Hargreaves, Creative Producer

Newhampton Arts Centre – Trevelyan Wright, CEO

PDSW – Zannah Doan, Chief Executive

Warwick Arts Centre – Julia Carruthers, Programme Director

Buxton Opera House and Pavillion Arts Centre – Sarah Kell, Head of Programming

NLC Arts Development - Chelsea Everatt

Midlands Arts Centre - Jo Carr

One Dance UK - Helen Laws

2021 Visual Arts Centre - Michelle Lally

Nottingham Lakeside Arts - Shona Powell

AAE South East

Artists / Producers

Lost Dog - Ben Duke and Producer Tess Howell

Dance Art Foundation - Joe Moran

Humanhood - Julia Robert, Rudi Cole and Producer Rebekah jones

Lola Maury Producer Helen Goodman

ATMA Dance - Mayuri Boonham and Producer Ceri Brierley

Barrowland Ballet - Natasha Gilmore and Producer Belinda McElhinney

Moxie Brawl - Sarah Blanc

Seeta Patel – and Producer Sarah Shead

Uchenna Dance - Vicki Igbokwe and Producer Grace Okereke

IJAD Dance Company - Joumana Mourad

Nocturn - John Davell

Dancing Strong - Adesola Akinleye

Ensemble - Hayley Matthews

Holly Noble Dance - Holly Noble

Pagrav Dance - Creative Producer Nina Head


Dance East - Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director

The Mill Arts Centre - Georgia Geary, Director

Corn Exchange Newbury – Grant Brisland, Director

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts – Jane Corry, Artistic Director

Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre – Emma Boulting, Artistic Director

The Old Market – James Turnbull, Programmer

Bedford Creative Arts - Jih-Wen Yeh, Producer

Babylon Arts/The Library Presents… Arts Alive – Florence Tong, Director

Cambridge Junction – Daniel Kok, Arts Producer

South Hill Park Arts Centre - Craig Titley

Arts Council England - Kyla Booth Lucking

The Place - Amy Bell

AAE South West

Artists / Producers

Robert Clark – and Producer Iris Chan

South Paw Dance Company Robby Graham  and Producer Phil Hargreaves

Jo Fong -

Wayne Parsons Dance Wayne Parsons

Joli Vyann - Olivia Quayle, Jan Patzke and Producer Holly Cameron-Jennings

MYSTERYSKIN Roberta Jean and Producer Steve Goatman -

Dan Daw Creative Projects – Dan Daw

Avant Garde Dance Tony Adigun and Producer Rowan Rutter

Jane Mason - and Producer Lizzie Humber -

CScape – Sally Knight -


Octagon Theatre Adam Burgan, Arts & Entertainment Venue Manager

Take Art Alison Lord, Director of Dance

Strike a Light Emma-Jane Benning, Co-Director

Theatre Orchard Fiona Matthews, Executive Producer

Artsreach – Katherine Scott and Ian Scott, Board Members - NRTF Dance Ambassador, and Kerry Bartlett, Executive Co-Director,

Dorchester Arts - Mark Tattersall, Artistic Director

Pound Arts - Martin Campbell, Venue & Programme Manager

Exeter Phoenix – Naomi Turnball, Live Programme Co-ordinator

Trinity Centre - Rhiannon Jones, Programme Manager

Trebah Garden – Sarah Waller, Creative Producer

Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, Falmouth University – Tamsin Godfrey, Producer

Helford Theatre, Truro College – Tanja Durrant, Arts Event Coordinator

The Point – Vicki Hargreaves, Creative Programme Producer

Tobacco Factory Theatres – Vic Hole, Assistant Producer

Carn to Cove Claire Marshall, Project Manager 

Strode Theatre - Farès K Moussa, Theatre Manager/Director

Bridgwater Arts Centre – Beccy Armory, Programme & Marketing Manager

Activate Performing Arts – Kate Wood, CEO & Artistic Director

AAE London

Artists / Producers

Encounter – Jen Malarkey and Producer Louise Blackwell

Laila Diallo   and Producer Katherine Hall

Heather Waldrond Company – Heather Waldrond and Producer June Gamble

Richard Chappell Dance – Richard Chappell 

Alleyne Dance – Kristina Alleyne and Sade Alleyene, and Producer Grace Okereke

The Hiccup Project – Cristina Mackerron and Chess Dillon-Reams

Spiltmilk Dance Company Adele Wragg and Sarah Boulter

Theo Clinkard and Producer Kat Bridge

Maiden Voyage Dance Nicola Curry and Producer Sandy Cuthbert

Vanessa Grasse -

Lea Tirabasso -

Kamala Devam Company Kamala Devam

Yukiko Masui - and Producer Sarah Maguire

Still House – Producer Kate Yedigaroff

Lila Dance – Carrie Whitaker and Producer Lou Rogers

Artists 4 Artists - Lee Griffiths & Producer Emily Crouch


Jacksons Lane – Adrian Berry, Artistic Director

Royal Opera House Adrienne Miller, Assistant to the Producers

Chisenhale Dance Space Daniel Pitt, Executive Producer

Wellcome Collection David Cahill-Roots, Head of Performance and Malavika Anderson, Head of Live Programme

Theatre Royal Winchester – Deryck Newland, Chief Executive

Watermans Arts Centre – Jan Lennox, Director

Siobhan Davies Dance Lauren Wright, Programme Director

Arts Council England Joe Bates, Senior Manager

Goethe-Institut London Steffi Bub, Project Coordinator for Theatre, Dance, Literature & Conferences - 

Horniman Museum and Gardens – Tim Corum, Director, Curatorial & Public Engagement

East London Dance - Amy Welch

Scanners Inc - Kate Scanlan

artsdepot - Louisa Bartlett-Pestell

The Albany - Rachel Nelken

Dance Woking - Sam McCaffrey

AAE North

Artists / Producers

Impermanence – Josh Ben-Tovim and Producer Roseanna Anderson -

Charlotte Spencer Projects – Charlotte Spencer and Producer Keren Kossow

Robbie Synge - and Producer Bush Hartshorn

Casson & Friends – Tim Casson

Lila Dance – Carrie Whitaker

Zoielogic Dance Theatre – Zoie Golding and Producer Vicky Thornton -

Made by Katie Green Katie Green and Producer Kate McStraw

Ieva Kuniskis - and Producer Rosie Watt

Kapow - Eithne Kane

Lizzie Klotz -

70/30 Split – Lydia Cottrell

Second Hand Dance - Producer Claire Summerfield

Kamala Devam Company – Kamala Devam


Crew Lyceum Theatre – Adam Knight, Theatre Director -

Kala Sangam – Alex Croft, Creative Producer  -

Square Chapel Arts Centre Alison Ford, Theatre Programming & Development -

Independent Dance Management – Chantel Guevara, Producer/Director

Kirkgate Arts/Arts Out West – Chris Bridgman, Artistic Director and Zoe Warren -

XTRAX/Without Walls – David Morgan, Project Manager

Cheshire Dance – Debbie Cowley, General Manager -

Barnsley Civic – Helen Ball, CEO -

Merseyside Dance Initiative – Karen Gallagher, Artistic Director

Laurence Sterne Trust/Shandy Hall – Patrick Wildgust, Curator-

Storyhouse – Sam Bain, Senior Programme Manager -

Tyne and Wear Archive and Museums – Virginia Wilkinson, Learning Officer

Dance City – Patricia Stead, Executive Producer

Moving Art Management Rachel Jean Birch, Creative Producer