Aaron Wright took up the role of Artistic Director of Fierce in April 2016. He is a curator and producer of Live Art and formerly worked as Programmes Manager at the Live Art Development Agency (London), following an initial traineeship funded by the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme in 2010. At LADA he co-curated international programmes of Live Art and spoke regularly on the subject. Aaron has also worked as a guest curator and consultant programmer for the National Theatre, The Arches and Cambridge Junction, as well as co-producing club night Knickerbocker at The Yard Theatre. Aaron also worked with performance artist The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein and is a member of the Steakhouse Live collective. He is a trustee of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
Pippa is an award-winning Independent producer based in Birmingham. Primarily she produces theatre, but has also worked in live art, dance, music, spoken word and circus. She likes to work that sits on the boundaries, and challenges preconceptions about the world around us. She works with a wide range artists to develop and tour new work, including Francesca Millican-Slater, Stephanie Ridings, Benji Reid, Babakas, Mohammed Ali, Centric and more.
She is Co-Producer for well-loved regional work-in-progress platform PILOT Nights and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University.
Catherine has been working for Fierce since the beginning of 2017 alongside various other arts producing and charity sector roles including for Birmingham’s Local Arts Fora through Number 11 Arts. She is passionate about engaging people through extraordinary experiences.
Becky first came to Birmingham to study Jazz Clarinet performance at the Royal
Birmingham Conservatoire, and now works as a freelance producer of events,
festivals and participatory projects with various arts festivals and venues in the
region and beyond. In recent years she has worked with Town Hall Symphony
Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Birmingham Weekender, EFG London Jazz
Festival and Longbridge Light Festival.
Danial is a second year Art and Design Student, currently studying at Birmingham City University. Prior to his degree, Danial was the assistant director of Dreams In Action Performance company, Performer for Solidarity Dance group and Fountain of Youth performance company. Danial has 12 years experience with both production and performance. Danial is currently the Marketing Manager for Dreams in Action Activities.
Alarna is a second year student studying Art and Design at Birmingham City University. As well as the placement at Fierce Alarna is also working to co-curate a publishing fair as part of one of her modules, working alongside companies like Flatpack Film Festival, Eastside Projects and Rope Press. All of this feeds Alarna’s keen interest in marketing and event organising.
Fierce understands the importance of work experience to young people with ambitions to work in the arts and aims to provide placement opportunities that will support and develop the next generation of arts professionals.
In fitting with the ethos and vision of Fierce, we aim for all placements to be non-exploitative and open to young people from a range of backgrounds.
Here are blog posts from previous young people who have been on placement with us: