The Team

Will Amott (They/He)

Assistant Producer – Healing Gardens of Bab

An 0121 import, Bristol-born Will is a freelance producer (for live, digital or blended events) and has built up a nice little portfolio of work with In Good Company, Derby Theatre, Fatt Projects, Sightlines Festival and Beatfreeks in the last couple of years. They’re interested in live art, nightlife, cabaret, theatre, spoken word, filmmaking, all sorts – stuff that centres the LGBTQ+ experience in some way.

Image by @emwajones

Mojere Ajayi-Egunjobi (She/Her)

Assistant Curator

Mojere Ajayi-Egunjobi is a British born Nigerian writer, filmmaker and cultural producer. She writes both poetry and prose and specialises in documentary filmmaking. Her works centres heritage and intersectional identities.
Alongside her creative practice she has programmed festivals, events and exhibitions for arts institutions such as Southbank Centre, Ovalhouse Theatre, Tate and Unlimited.

Katie Burchett (She/Her)

Production Coordinator

Originally from Essex, Katie trained as an actor in Birmingham before forging a variety of creative paths within the arts. Her days are spent as a production coordinator, a workshop facilitator and acting tutor. She co-owns Leicester-based drama school Urban Young Actors, and works as a producer and project coordinator for Total Insight Theatre, developing and running programmes and creative opportunities for marginalised sectors of society. She’s also a dog trainer – arguably less artistic but definitely just as enjoyable!

Roisin Caffrey (She/Her)

Producer – Key to the City

Alongside her work with Fierce, Roisin is currently Strategic Producer for Selina Thompson Ltd.

She was previously Executive Producer/Joint Chief Executive at Stan’s Cafe, was part of the core team delivering Royal de Luxe’s The Giants for Perth International Arts Festival, Executive Producer at NIE, and has held roles at Darwin Festival, Cheek by Jowl, Gate Theatre Notting Hill, Theatre-Rites, MAC and Birmingham Conservatoire.

Her main interests include multi-disciplinary work, projects that take place outside of formal cultural institutions, and the relationship between the local and international.

She is currently Chair of Culture Central (cultural development agency for the West Midlands) and is on the steering group for Another Route (a new programme to support artists based in England to internationalise their work).

Robb Cartin (He/Him)

Production Manager

Robb is a Birmingham born-and-bred lighting designer and production manager, and he’s over the moon to be back joining the Fierce team for the third time. From touring with bands to designing custom lighting systems for music videos, Robb can be found all over the country anywhere you might find a stage, and even some places you won’t. Alongside this, he also plays in local bands and consults at dozens of local independant venues.

Catriona Cork (She/Her)

Volunteer Coordinator – Key to the City

A newcomer to the West Midlands, Catriona Cork is a freelance Project Manager who specialises in realising projects within the UK Arts and Design community. Working with museums and galleries, creative festivals and independent brands, she focuses on the nitty gritty logistics, creating space for creative practices to thrive.

Pippa Frith (She/Her)

Pippa Frith, Fierce

Executive Producer

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 Groom (She/Her)

Catherine Groom, Fierce

General Manager

Locally grown, Catherine joined the Fierce team in early 2017. Her varied experience includes producing arts festivals and running projects in communities across the region. Alongside her role at Fierce she delivers bespoke training and works as a consultant with small charities. At Fierce she does anything and everything that needs doing.

Kristina Hall (She/They)

Assistant Producer – Key to the City

Kristina Hall is a creative practitioner and producer based in Birmingham and Sandwell, whose primary focus is to facilitate organic engagement and sustainable outcomes through a socially engaged practice. With a keen interest in education and participatory arts, she advocates for an agency of space, creative freedom and mutual belonging.

Previous work consists of community facilitation and engagement, producing and coordinating learning programmes for children, co-producing live events and liaising with artists.

Rebecca Welsh (She/Her)

Marketing Coordinator

Rebecca is a communications creative with ten years of experience working in the sport, culture and lifestyle sectors. During her 10 years at innovative London design studio four23 she worked with clients ranging from adidas to London Design Festival, Medicine San Frontiers to Somerset House, and Virgin to the Australian High Commission. She is passionate about helping individuals and organisations communicate meaningfully to their communities – both online and offline.

Alongside her work in communications, Rebecca is also a qualified Personal Trainer – with a committed focus on improving physical and mental health support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Tinisha Williams (She/They)

Admin Assistant / Assistant Producer – Healing Gardens of Bab

Birmingham Bab, Tinisha has worked with a variety of creatives in and around the 0121 area. She is interested in all genres of the arts, but has a keen interest in the local arts scene.

With a variety of experience to boot, she has produced artistic concepts at UK festivals and run creative projects under the pseudonym Things Like This (previously known as Cry Bab Club). As well as being part of the femxle and non – binary DJ community Selextorhood (Birmingham).

Aaron Wright (They/He)

Aaron Wright, Artistic Director, Fierce

Artistic Director

Aaron Wright is a curator and producer of live art and performance. They took up the role of Artistic Director of Fierce in April 2016 and has since curated the 2017 and 2019 Fierce Festivals. At Fierce they have also developed the new Horizon showcase of performance created in England and have acted as an international consultant on the Birmingham 2022 commonwealth games. They 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 they 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.

Former Fierce Team Members

Fierce was founded in 1997 and over the years we’ve had some brilliant team members come and go through our doors. Here’s a list of who worked on previous editions of the festival.

Fierce Festival 2019
Suriya Aisha – Fierce Lab Facilitator, Robb Cartin – Production Manager, Pippa Frith – Executive Producer, Catherine Groom – General Manager, Colleen Kleshie-Martin – Volunteer Coordinator, Harriet Maguire-Smith – Marketing & Ticketing Officer, Lucy Price – Artist Liaison, Becky Woodcock – Production Coordinator, Aaron Wright – Artistic Director. Documentors: Rachel Bunce & Manuel Vason. Design: An Endless Supply.

Fierce Festival 2017
Katy Baird – Volunteer Coordinator, Robb Cartin – Production Manager, Sara Crathorne – Production Coordinator, Inès Elsa Dalal – Marketing Assistant, Pippa Frith – Producer, Catherine Groom – General Manager, Toni Lewis – Artist Liaison, Shekayla Maragh – Marketing Officer, Aaron Wright – Artistic Director. Documentors: Rachel Bunce & Manuel Vason. Design: An Endless Supply.

Fierce Festival 2015
Bek Berger – Assistant Producer, Ria Jones – Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Kim – Graphic Design and Brand Development, Toni Lewis – Producer & Communications Assistant, Laura McDermott – Joint Artistic Director, Harun Morrison – Joint Artistic Director, Joe Welden – Production Manager. Documentors: Meg Lavender & Kate Rowles.

Fierce Festival 2014
Kate Andrews – Marketing Coordinator, Sarah Hamilton-Baker – Volunteer Coordinator, Liz Howell – Projects Assistant, Julie Kim – Graphic Design and Brand Development, Laura McDermott – Joint Artistic Director, Harun Morrison – Joint Artistic Director, Joe Welden – Production Coordinator. Documentors: James Allen & Kate Rowles.

Fierce Festival 2013
Annabel Clarke – Marketing, Alastair Flindall – Production Assistant, Liz Howell – Production Assistant, Julie Kim – Graphic Design and Brand Development, Sadie Newman – Festival Coordinator, Laura McDermott – Joint Artistic Director, Anna Morris – Production Assistant, Harun Morrison – Joint Artistic Director, Nicole Shuchardt – Associate Festival Producer. Documentors: Kate Rowles & Katja Ogrin.

Fierce Festival 2012
Laura Coult – Festival Coordinator, Matthew Higginbottom – Production Manager, Julie Kim – Graphic Design and Brand Development, Nicola Lowery – Participation Coordinator, Amy Martin – Project Manager (Press Gang), Laura McDermott – Joint Artistic Director, Matthew Moore – Production Assistant, Harun Morrison – Joint Artistic Director, Lisa Newman – Project Manager (Gifts of the Spirit). Documentors: Kate Rowles & Jaskirt Dhaliwal.

Fierce Festival 2011
Angie Bual – Associate Producer, Julie Kim – Graphic Design and Brand Development, Nicola Lowery – Production Assistant, Simon McColl – Production Manager (EXYST), Laura McDermott – Joint Artistic Director, Anna Morris – Communications Assistant, Harun Morrison – Joint Artistic Director, Jigisha Patel – Associate Producer, Gareth Sumnall – Production Manager, Gemma Thomas – Trainee Producer

Fierce Team Members 1997 – 2009

Mark Ball, Helga Henry, Andrew Tims, Sindy Campbell, Anna Cook, Pippa Frith, Kevin Isaacs, Chris Keenan, Simon MacColl, Deborah Kermode, Anne-Maire Pope, Hildergarde Derby, Simon Pickthorne, José  Forrest.

Work Placements

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:

James Deaville

Maud Haddon