Who We Are
Would you like to meet the Cloud Dance Festival team? Here we are!
Chantal Guevara - Producer & Director
Chantal is a freelance dance producer, manager and photographer, and has been running Cloud Dance Festival since founding it in 2007.
Since going freelance last summer, she has built up a diverse portfolio of dance, film and theatre companies which she is managing, and she has also travelled widely to photograph dance companies around the country. Her main interest is in helping promising artists to raise their profile and build the necessary connections they need to further their careers.
In addition to Cloud Dance Festival, Chantal also produces Cloud Dance Sundays, a monthly evening of dance at Kentish Town's Lion & Unicorn Theatre, and she is in discussions about producing further dance events. Her photography website is www.chantalguevara.com and her website for her freelance practice is www.chipilapa.com
Camilla Halford - Development Manager
Camilla is an experienced project manager who has previously run departments and campaigns in marketing and fundraising for theatres and consultancies.
(She sojourned briefly into property management but gladly escaped quickly back to the arts.)
Camilla loves the agility of working directly with a dance company and believes the future of performance is in relevant, new work which can cross the globe quickly and powerfully.
Vanessa Pope - Assistant Producer
Vanessa Pope is a theatre director and producer, regularly organising arts events (including live shows, film shoots, award ceremonies) and I've helped organise festivals in Istanbul and Montreal. She currently works as cabaret specialists Excess All Areas, assisting the producers.
Vanessa has a huge passion for dance, and a huge curiosity about how dancers work, so she's the ideal person to take lead on our marketing activities!
Lucy Glover - Assistant Producer
Lucy is a freelance arts project manager, currently assistant producer at Scottish Dance Theatre and Festival Assistant for Cloud Dance Festival for Showtime.
She graduated from Laban with a BA (hons) in Dance Theatre (2009) and since has worked for Dance UK, Retina Dance Company, Malashock Dance Company & IdeasTap. Since going freelance earlier this year, her clients have also included Divya Kasturi, Dance UK and Team London Bridge for the London Bridge Live Arts festival. She is currently at Scottish Dance Theatre through Dance UK's mentoring scheme.
Lucy believes in the power of the arts to facilitate change, in one person or to an entire generation.
Eleanor Turney - PR Consultant
Eleanor Turney is an experienced journalist and writer, skilled at writing news, interviews, features, blogs, reports and analysis across print and online media for a range of audiences. She has written for publications including The Guardian, The Stage, the Financial Times and Ideas Tap, and worked for organisations including Old Vic New Voices, the British Council and Shakespeare's Globe. Her website is www.word-ninja.co.uk
Nic Holdridge - Lighting Designer
Nic was nominated for a Best Lighting Designer award in the Off West End Awards 2013. His work spans dance, opera and theatre, and recent projects include lighting design Crystal Ballet's new product, English National Ballet's 'Firebird' and Sadler's Wells's Scandinavian tour of 'Havana Ratakan.' In addition to his dance work, he works extensively in opera, and was the Venue Manager for Pleasance Theatre during the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He has been working with Cloud Dance Festival since 2009, and his Stage Jobs Pro profile is: www.stagejobspro.com/uk/view.php?uid=83295
Cat Harmer - Stage Manager
Cat's background spans Opera North, Phoenix Dance Theatre and The History Channel, including four years as the resident Stage Manager of The Baughan Theatre at Sutton Valence School.
She has significant opera experience, and continues to work extensively on school and education projects. Her Stage Jobs Pro profile is: www.stagejobspro.com/uk/view.php?uid=234386
Matt Lee Newby - Sound Operator
Since graduating from Mountview in 2008, Matt has predominantly worked in sound design and operation, and has worked on Dreamboats & Petticoats for the past three years. He is also a keen archaeologist and historian. His Stage Jobs Pro profile is: www.stagejobspro.com/uk/view.php?uid=117036
Penny Rischmiller - Assistant Stage Manager
Penny started working with Aberystwyth's Castaway Community Theatre, and following a postgraduate course at Mountview, she has worked in stage management at theatres such as Pentameters, New Diorama, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Riverside Studios. Her Stage Jobs Pro profile is: www.stagejobspro.com/uk/view.php?uid=384834
Alison Hagon - Assistant Stage Manager
Alison left the world of stage management for seven years to raise a family, but you'd never tell - she was a wonderful addition to our team!
Alexandra Kataigida - Assistant Stage Manager
Actor, stage manager and factotum based in the UK. Cogitator, insomniac, sesquipedalian polyglot and erm... forgetter of things while in their midst.
Alexandra is currently working on the Laboratory sessions at SPID Theatre, a series of workshops and rehearsed readings aimed at uncovering and developing exciting pieces of new writing. Before that, she performing in the third run of "The Forty Elephants" at the Platform Islington. Alexandra's IdeasTap profile is: www.ideastap.com/People/bd11dc88-17a9-4155-88cc-dd9130923b2e
Camilla Greenwell - Photographer
Camilla is a London-based photographer specialising in headshots, performance and event photography.
Her clients include Sadler's Wells, Barbican, RETZ, National Youth Theatre, IdeasTap, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Theatre Center, Bird's Eye View Film Festival and Supporting Wall Ltd, while her photos have also appeared in The Independent, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Stage, The Oxford School of Drama prospectus, Condé Nast Traveller (Russian Edition), MouthLondon, The Hackney Gazette and Hashtag Photography Magazine
Camilla's website is www.camillagreenwellphotography.com