Ideas Test is made up of a small but dedicated group of specialist staff and volunteers - some of which are local, some from further afield, all sharing a real passion for arts and creativity.
Bethan Tomlinson, Touring & Operations Manager
Bethan trained as a performer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1995. She has had 17 years experience of founding and running Kent based theatre company Strangeface. She also established the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival and worked as a co-ordinator for a strategic, national group of arts leaders.
At Ideas Test Bethan works as a Programmer for community performance events and supports the Director with budget overview and team/building management.
Beth is usually at No.34 three days a week.
Contact Bethan with:
- Theatre/dance/live art programme submissions
- Suggestions for community activities
- Artist/Third Sector CPD ideas/requests
- Questions about working at No.34
Cassandra Gibbs, Programme Coordinator
As Programme Coordinator, Cassandra spends her days looking after the whole team, the office and overseeing the No.34 building. She manages the Ideas Test calendar and puts processes in place to make everything as organised as possible!
Cassandra manages the volunteers and work experience students who spend time with the programme, leads on data reporting to our funders, Arts Council England and monitors day to day finance.
Cassandra is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Cassandra with:
- Hiring rooms and spaces at No. 34
- Volunteering / Work Experience
- General questions about Ideas Test
Jane Pitt, Creative Producer
Jane is a practising artist and creative producer based in Medway. Her double life began studying Fine Art in Brighton where she was part of the Red Herring group who set up Brighton’s first artist-led studios.
Running away with Circus Archaos introduced her to a whole new world of performers and producers who dared to make high quality, innovative, accessible work in outdoor and public spaces, pioneers who paved the way for today’s multi-platform cultural landscape. She honed her project management and producing skills coordinating events and festivals for the Southbank, Somerset House and Canary Wharf Arts Events and merged all these experiences with her own practice to self-produce public participatory projects in Kent and beyond on land, buses and boats.
When Jane isn’t busy producing creative events, she like walking, gardening badly and reading Haruki Murakami and Angela Carter – not all at the same time!
Jane is usually at No.34 two days a week.
Contact Jane with:
Daisy Orton, Assistant Producer
Daisy is a theatre-maker, performer, and producer. After graduating from university in 2006, she set up Accidental Collective, creating a wide range of performances and participatory events for theatres and public spaces. As well as running the company, Daisy collaborates with other artists, and has taught on the Drama and Theatre Studies degree at the University of Kent for the past 5 years.
Daisy is the Assistant Producer at Ideas Test. She works closely with Jane, Bethan and Kevin to plan and deliver events and activities at No. 34, and across Swale and Medway.
Daisy is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Daisy with:
- General enquiries about Ideas Test
- Questions about events and activities at No. 34 (including exhibitions, Young at HeArt, drop-in workshops) and off-site performances/events.
- Enquiries about making connections between local people/organisations and Ideas Test.
Jack Finch-Harding, Youth Programme Manager
Jack trained as an actor at East 15 Acting school, graduating in 2011. Jack has worked as an Actor, Director, Agent and drama workshop facilitator. Having enjoyed many different aspects of the industry Jack found himself continually being excited by the work that he was doing with Young people. This has led him to Ideas Test.
At Ideas Test Jack is the Youth programme Manager and oversees all the work with young people.
Jack is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Jack with:
- Questions about the Youth Programme
- Arts Award support requests
Jade Joseph, Programme Assistant
As Programme Assistant for Ideas Test, Jade supports the Ideas Test Programme, in particular the Youth strand of events. She provides administrative support and creates content for the website and occasionally social media, contributes to the Ideas Test blog and transcribes interviews about the exhibitions in the Window and the Stairwell Gallery. She devises and creates resources for some Ideas Test led workshops and supports these when required.
Jade is usually at No.34 three days a week.
Kevin Grist, Creative Producer (Music)
Kevin is an experienced creative producer, musician, workshop leader and arts fundraiser, entering the industry in 2002. He founded SPARKEDECHO Ltd, a production company for projects in music and sound, having previously worked at Arts Council England and with many arts organisations such as AudioActive, Glyndebourne Opera and Musical Futures.
At Ideas Test Kevin works as the Creative Producer for Music, overseeing part of the Out of The Ordinary programme, developing projects and fundraising. He works closely with local musicians, production companies and partner venues to ensure engaging music activity is put on at No. 34 and across the wider Swale and Medway area.
Kevin is usually at No.34 two days a week.
Contact Kevin with:
- Questions as an audience member or participant
- Proposals for Music, Sound Art and Musical Theatre programming
- To discuss potential partnership working, fundraising or new project ideas
- With media or academic enquiries
Kyra Cross, Audience Development Assistant
Kyra delivers our day to day marketing and communications, everything from social media to design and newsletters.
Kyra has lived in Sittingbourne all her life, studying at (what is now) Sittingbourne Community College, and Mid-Kent College in Maidstone. She also volunteered at a local community radio station as a producer and radio DJ.
She’s also a self-taught digital artist and hopes to start making short films and possibly animation in the future.
Kyra is usually at No.34 five days a week.
Contact Kyra with:
- Marketing enquiries
- Press content requests
- Community networking