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Professor John Ladbury

John Ladbury

Professor Alan Ladbury is the dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and Professor of Mechanistic Biology in the University’s Faculty of Biological Sciences.

His research interests explore the “Mechanistic basis of pathological signal transduction”. With a focus on early signalling events, Alan is exploring the structural, biophysical, and cellular outcomes of protein complex formation at receptors. Perturbation of these complexes by inhibiting assembly or modifying the time course reveals how the exquisite sensitivity of early signalling complex formation can ensure specificity and lead to disease.

Find out more at… www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/staff/profile.php?tag=Ladbury_J

Terry Kee

Terry Kee

Reader Terry Kee is a member of the Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry group at the University’s School of Chemistry.

The primary interest in the laboratory, of which Terry is a part, concerns the role of phosphorusin abiogenesis, the origins of life on earth. Phosphorus is central to contemporary biochemistry but significant problems remain as to how Nature could have incorporated it into the earliest forms of life on earth.

Terry’s work is highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary incorporating studies in meteoritics, corrosion electrochemistry, systems chemistry, bioenergetics, membrane science, computational modelling and high-energy geochemistry.

Find out more at… www.chem.leeds.ac.uk/People/Kee.html

Wendy Harris

Wendy Harris

Wendy has held the position of Artistic Director at tutti frutti since 2005 and has directed all but one production in partnership with York Theatre Royal, touring nationally and internationally and co-producing the Little Feet Festival of Children’s Theatre and the First Words writers’ development programme

Before working with tutti frutti she was Artistic Director of Red Ladder Theatre Company, and previous to this; Merseyside Young People’s Theatre Company in Liverpool. Over the years as a freelance director work has included; Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Crucible Theatre Sheffield, Hope Street Ltd, Oxford Stage Company, Unity Theatre Liverpool, European Stage Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Contact Theatre Manchester. She currently livse in Leeds with her partner Mark and two sons Louie and Eliot.

Find out more at… tutti-frutti.org.uk/about-us/who-we-are

Sharon Watson

Sharon Watson

Trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, Sharon danced with Spiral and Extemporary Dance Theatre before joining Phoenix as a dancer from 1989 to 1997. Whilst there she worked with choreographers such as Michael Clarke, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Philip Taylor. She was also heavily involved in Phoenix’s education programmes and delivery.

Sharon choreographed Never Still and Shaded Limits for Phoenix as well as creating new works for Northern School of Contemporary Dance, National Youth Dance Company and Union Dance.

In 1996 she choreographed a piece specially commissioned for the opening ceremony of the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Her own company ABCD was formed in 1998. Focusing largely on working with live music, ABCD has toured both nationally and internationally.

Returning to Phoenix in 2000 as the company’s Rehearsal and Tour Director, Sharon toured extensively in the UK and USA for 6 years. In 2006 she embarked upon a fellowship with the Clore Leadership Programme for which her secondment took her to the Sage Gateshead where she delivered a Choreographers and Composers course. Sharon also continued her freelance work mentoring emerging artists, lecturing in vocational dance schools and delivering bespoke training programmes. Danced to Leeds Rhinos’ anthem Hold On, composed by Carl Davis, Sharon created and delivered Dancing with Rhinos in 2008 as part of the regional cultural Olympiad for Yorkshire. Forming part of the practice research for her Performance Works MA from Leeds Metropolitan University, the piece was based on the game of rugby and performed by a mixed group of professional dancers and members of the community.

In 2008 Sharon was one of 26 aspiring leaders from around the globe selected to attend Dance East’s fourth Rural Retreat, an intensive four day think-tank exploring the challenges of the role of Artistic Directors in the 21st century. Prior to taking up post at Phoenix she also spent eight months as Director of Learning and Access at Northern Ballet Theatre.

Sharon was appointed as the 7th Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in May 2009 and in 2010 was named as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s Women to Watch, a list of 50 influential women working in arts and culture in the UK. First awarded in 2010, Sharon is one of the distinguished panel of judges for the New Adventures Choreographer Award. In 2013 Sharon was nominated for the prestigious h.Club100 search for the UK’s most influential people working in the creative industries.

Since returning to the company Sharon has choreographed Fast Lane for Phoenix’s Ignite tour, Melt for the company’s Reflected programme and re-worked Never Still into Never 2 Still. Repetition of Change, featured as part of the successful Particle Velocity programme In 2013 Sharon collaborated with BBC’s adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and choreographed pieces to feature in the seven-part series screened in 2015.

In 2014 Sharon choreographed three major commissions – Ghost Peloton, an ambitious collaboration with Scottish Public Arts charity NVA, in partnership with Sustrans, for Yorkshire Festival 2014 Grand Départ of the Tour de France; Honour, a multimedia live performance by Quays Culture for the centenary of WW1; and a large scale performance for the RFL Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Sharon is a trustee of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, The Place, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and an artistic advisor for Central School of Ballet and Leeds Inspired. She has most recently been appointed as independent chair of the steering committee, bidding for European Capital of Culture Leeds 2023

Works choreographed for Phoenix

  • 1994 Shaded Limits
  • 1995 Never Still
  • 2009 Fast Lane
  • 2011 Melt
  • 2013 Repetition of Change
  • 2015 TearFall

Follow Sharon on @watson_dance or find out more at… phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/person/sharon-watson

Helen Goalen

Helen Goalen

I am a theatre maker, performer and founder member of RashDash.

I love it when we allow our process to be led by impulse and improvisation. I hate over intellectualising. I love to be surprised by what happens in a rehearsal room.

I couldn’t imagine performing in a RashDash show where I wasn’t a breathless, sweaty mess by the end.

I am at my most joyful and most miserable when making a show. It is very rarely a mediocre experience.

I am not easily satisfied. I always want to be better.

I think the people we work with are awesome. I am in awe of all of them.

I think people who see our shows are surprised that we’re quite normal in life.

Find out more at… rashdash.co.uk/about/who-we-are

Abbi Greenland

Abbi Greenland

I am a theatre maker, performer and founder member of RashDash.

I make all the shows with Helen. We always give ourselves good parts.

At the moment we’re making shows that are big and messy and angry. I like it when the shows come from our guts and our bones.

I like it when the process is intense and full on. I’m not good at thinking about more than one thing at once. I like to drown in it a bit. I don’t mind that sometimes it makes me quite stressed and miserable. The good bits are worth it. We work our way out of the knots eventually.

I love the company of people we work with. I love having a creative family of talented and lovely people around all the time, especially when they play music in my kitchen.

I love having lots of big creative voices in a making room. Sometimes we disagree. I think that’s good.

I have made a list of women that I think are wonderful: Lena Dunham, Nazarath Panadero, Katia Buniatishvilli, Meryl Garbus, Lottie Lenya, Amanda Palmer.

It keeps growing…

Find out more at… rashdash.co.uk/about/who-we-are

Samantha Aspinall

Samantha Aspinall

Samantha Aspinall works with academics, research staff and research students focusing on their professional development needs. Her specialisms include developing training programmes for grant applications, facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations and working with people on career path development.

Samantha designs and delivers workshops on leadership, collaboration, cohort building, creative thinking, building confidence, enterprise, networking and communication. She works with other universities on Staff Development Programmes and has recently been appointed to the BBSRC Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Panel (commencing January 2015).

This panel is responsible for developing and maintaining policies to support the supply of trained people in the biosciences relevant to its user communities. Samantha is also a qualified MBTI practitioner, Step I&II

Find out more at… fbs.leeds.ac.uk/staff/profile.php?tag=Aspinall_S

Professor Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Mark Harris is Professor of Virology at the University’s School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Mark’s research seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms underpinning the replication of the important human pathogen, hepatitis C virus. In particular, to understand how this virus replicates its RNA genome and packages this into infectious virus particles. Mark hopes that this information will lead to the development of novel, much needed, therapeutics.

Current major projects include:

  • Structure and composition of the HCV RNA replication complex
  • Functional studies on the non-structural NS5A protein
  • Structure-based drug design to develop new HCV therapeutics
  • HIV Nef studies

Find out more at… astbury.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/staffpage.php?StaffID=MH

Dominic Gray

Dominic Gray

Dominic Gray was born in South Wales and educated at Cambridge University and at University College Cardiff.

His early career as a writer and director included stints with Battersea Arts Centre, Glyndebourne and BBC schools radio. He went on to become the RSC’s Education Manager at the Barbican, where he initiated the Tongues on Fire young people’s festival at the Young Vic and took RSC Education into prisons for the first time.(He fondly remembers leading education workshops with the young Daniel Evans (now Artistic Director at Sheffield Theatres) and the even younger Jude Law).

In 1996, Dominic was appointed Director of Education at Opera North, where amongst many other projects he produced Operaville, a Millennium Festival commission telling the multi-cultural stories of seven Bradford families living through the year 2000.

In 2001 he became Opera North ‘s first Projects Director, with a brief to develop new work across music, performance and the visual arts. Partners have included the RSC, Tate and Manchester International Festival, and commissioned artists include composer Gavin Bryars, film-makers the Quay Brothers and novelist Hilary Mantel.

Dominic is a member of the AHRC advisory board and the Public Engagement with Research advisory panel. In 2007 he was part of the team that created DARE, the collaborative partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds and he sits on the DARE board.

Professor Nicola Stonehouse

Nicola Stonehouse

Nicola’s Stonehouse group has interests in virology and RNA biology, applying novel approaches to the study of virus replication and assembly.

Current major projects include:

  • Use of RNA aptamers to study viral proteins and inhibit their function
  • Viral assembly and vaccine development
  • Viral Replication

Find out more at… astbury.leeds.ac.uk/people/staff/staffpage.php?StaffID=NJS

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