Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October


Team Fierce

Aaron Wright

Aaron Wright, Artistic Director, Fierce

Artistic Director

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 Frith

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

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, at Fierce she does anything and everything that needs doing.

Becky Woodcock

Becky Woodcock, Fierce

Production Co-ordinator

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.

Harriet McGuire Smith

Harriet McGuire Smith, Fierce

Marketing Coordinator

Harriet is a born and bred Brummie, and has worked in the festival and events industry since graduating from the University of Leeds. She has worked with Love Music Hate Racism, Birmingham Weekender, Birmingham International Dance Festival and the Commonwealth Games.

Robb Cartin

Production Manager

Birmingham born and bred, Robb joins the team this year for his second Fierce Festival. Primarily a lighting designer, Robb regularly production manages and designs all manor of live events all over the UK and beyond. From touring with bands and building stage sets to large scale corporate events and festivals, if it fits on a stage, Robb does it.

Colleen Kleshie Martin

Volunteer Coordinator

Colleen has recently moved back to Brum where she grew up after completing a Fine Art degree in Bristol. While in Bristol she co-curated a number of independent events and exhibitions, and worked as a BAME consultant for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery through Rising Arts Agency. She has been working at Ikon Gallery since the start of the year and has recently worked as volunteer coordinator at their Migrant Festival.

Lucy Price

Artist Liaison

Lucy is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, helping to make sure all our artists are comfortable and happy during their stay for Fierce 2019. In the past she has worked primarily as an artist and performer, creating work that pushes boundaries and quite frankly makes an absolute mess. She is delighted to be staying in Birmingham after graduating and is looking forward to a new chapter of working with wonderful artists for this year’s festival!

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