Alison Andrews

Alison Andrews MA FRSA is a theatre maker, teacher, performer and arts development worker. After completing an MA at the Workshop Theatre at Leeds University she was part of a performance co-operative, touring devised theatre nationally, before making solo work and teaching. Between 2002 and 2010 she was Performing Arts Officer in the Yorkshire regional office of Arts Council England. In this role she was responsible for supporting interdisciplinary practice, science and art collaboration, circus, carnival and street arts and international capacity building.

She is director of A Quiet Word, an association of artists including story tellers, choreographers, photographers and musicians, creating performances with people in the places where they live, work and study.
With Matthew Bellwood, storyteller, she has worked in Leeds on 365LeedsStories, a continuing dialogue with the city, since 2011.
As a partner in Walking Talking Project, she supports international dialogue between performing artists in the North of England and the UK, and continental Europe.

With collaborators she creates and tours original performance work for small scale studio spaces in the UK.

She is currently writing a PhD thesis on site-specific performance in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at Leeds University, where she is a Teaching Assistant.

How the Fellowship impacted me

The skills we developed on the Course are still relevant, particularly the challenges and support around presentation, media training and developing clarity of core purpose

How I am using my skills for change

I am interested in the wider conversation around Leadership, not in the sense of the cultural institutions and their management, but rather how they can encourage and inculcate leadership from from diverse positions outside their walls and thereby become multi-vocal. I hope to pay more than lip service to supporting diversity and inclusion