Producer (Creative People)
Amy is an independent producer and curator based in Leeds. She is Creative Director of Transform, taking responsibility for the organisation artistically and strategically.
Amy was previously Associate Producer at Leeds Playhouse, one of the largest producing theatres in the North of England, for four years. During her time at the Playhouse, she established the artist development programme, produced special projects and shows, and led on Transform as a venue based festival. She left the Playhouse in 2014 to focus on developing Transform as an independent, citywide and international organisation. Amy has curated and produced eight festival editions, alongside curating Spirit of Change for the Barbican, London and a guest programme for Battersea Arts Centre. Her commissioning and production credits include the UK Theatre award winning Three Sisters by RashDash, and the Fringe First award winning The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor. She has participated in the European Festivals Association Atelier for Young Festival Managers, and has been a recipient of the Artists International Development Award on two occasions. Amy is a mentor to a number of artists and producers, and lectures on producing and festival management at University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.
Amy originally trained with Fuel, London Artists Projects, HERE Arts Centre (NYC) and studied BA Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Ali is Producer at Transform, taking responsibility for the producing and delivery of our projects and festivals.
She is a producer, programmer and practitioner specialising in multi-disciplinary devised work, socially engaged practice and non-traditional, site-responsive experiences. Excited by bold, innovative, politically-charged performance on a local and international level, she is passionate about bringing communities together, developing creative people/projects and reimagining what theatre can look like and who gets to make it.
As an independent producer, Ali has worked with political site-specific theatre company Common Wealth (I Have Met the Enemy (and the enemy is us)), award-winning performance storyteller Debs Newbold (Outrageous Fortune) and the Nesta-awarded ‘Democracy Pioneers’ TheatreState (Say Yes to Tess), of which she is a Co-Director alongside partner in crime Tess Seddon. Ali was previously Programmer and Producer at Square Chapel Arts Centre (Halifax) where she led on the programme of new work, artist development, co-production and commissioning.
After graduating from the University of Leeds with a Theatre and Performance BA in 2011 and spending the first summer of many at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ali went on to train at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as a Young Leader, where she gained professional development, expert mentoring and hands-on experience in producing, directing and facilitating.
Lily is Producer (Creative People) at Transform, taking responsibility for supporting artists and creative people across the region.
Lily is a producer and socially engaged artist based in Leeds. Driven by embedding well-being, access and care throughout her projects, Lily is passionate about working with people and the transformative affect that live art and culture can have on individuals and communities. Over the last year as Programme and Marketing Coordinator at Yorkshire Sculpture International (YSI) she has supported the delivery of multiple community engagement and artist development projects.
After graduating with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Leeds in 2019, Lily completed an internship with YSI during their inaugural festival. During this time, she developed her skills as an arts practitioner through mentoring and hands-on delivery. Following this she developed a body of work during a graduate residency at The Art House in Wakefield.
As an independent artist she co-founded Party Mom Society (PMS) in 2018. PMS create opportunities for togetherness, kinship and self-expression through community events that centre LGBTQIA+ performance art and question the established norms of how we experience culture. Currently she is establishing a Social Art Network in Leeds with another artist.
Jay is new to the producing space, though she has long been excited by community led performance that seeks to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts. She is motivated by radical local initiatives (specifically those that are driven by young people) and looks forward to gaining the relevant experience to contribute more meaningfully to efforts within the arts to address inequalities of opportunity.
As a student, Jay gained festivals experience working as a duty manager for Art Night and the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, having previously worked front of house at the London Stadium and Edinburgh Playhouse.
Jay is a graduate of the University of Leeds and the University of Edinburgh where she studied music.
Edwina is Communications Co-ordinator at Transform, supporting on creating and delivering the festival identity of Transform 21-22. Edwina is an arts marketer based in Manchester, working across the North West and Yorkshire region. Their interests lie within the intersection of accessibility, care, and inclusivity, continually learning how those ideas can be incorporated into everyday working practices. With a focus on festivals, Edwina has previously enjoyed working with HOME, Abandon Normal Devices, National Festival of Making, Vintage by the Sea, and Manchester Folk Festival in recent years. Outside of marketing, Edwina works with artists to champion and challenge the communities they exist within. As a producer, recent collaborators include choreographer and artist Amy Lawrence, writer Nikki Mailer and theatre-makers Caitlin Gleeson and Ross McCaffrey (Powder Keg).
Tshayi is Project Manager for Transform’s work with young people. She is specifically working on a stand of activity called ‘the collective’ focused on in engaging 16-21’s across the Leeds City Region as creatives, curators and change-makers. Previously, Tshayi oversaw ‘Future Radicals’, a project exploring how young people might have creativity agency at Transform, which culminated as part of Transform 19. Tshayi is a senior youth worker at Getaway girls with over 10 years’ experience of supporting young people through varied capacities such as voice and influence, child exploitation and facilitating high level group work programmes in schools across Leeds that centre on healthy relationships. Tshayi combines both her love of working with young people along with her passion for the arts and performance, this is something Tshayi not only has personal experience as an artist herself but also used creative arts in dance and drama in her work with young people and adults across Leeds. Tshayi has previously been involved in Leeds West Indian Carnival supporting with facilitation of young people in performing carnival dance routines that are performed at different carnivals across the country. “Enabling young people to explore, express and empower themselves, is at the heart of what I do as a professional” – Tshayi Hercules