Kate is a theatre producer with a specialism in developing new work. After graduating with a degree in theatre, film and television she co-founded a theatre company in Bristol and in Oxford and made work with them as a performer and devisor before her first job at Bristol Old Vic where Mayfest was born. Alongside supporting and developing the early incarnations of Mayfest, Kate was the inaugural Creative producer for Physical and Visual Theatre with Theatre Bristol and went on to work freelance as a producer with a number of independent artists. Back at the Bristol Old Vic, Kate was employed as Programme Producer with a lead on the Studio. Latterly Kate was the founding producer of Bristol Ferment, the Old Vic’s Artist development programme – and then MAYK was made, and here we are.
Polly studied History of African and Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies before beginning her career in the arts at Talawa Theatre Company in 2005. Since then she has worked as a producer and project manager for a range of organisations in London, Bristol and the South West across dance, music, community arts and theatre and completed an MSc in Social and Cultural Theory at the University of Bristol.
Polly's favourite MAYK moment: "watching my toddler compete in the ‘Most Gormless’ competition at the Blind Tiger Cub this year at Mayfest, expertly compered by Wilf Merttens. Sadly he came last!"
Matthew's career started as a member of the performance company The Special Guests, who met while studying at Bristol University and worked together for seven years. During this time he also developed a career as a marketer and producer. He started working with Kate while they were both at Bristol Old Vic, and has worked on Mayfest since 2004, whilst also producing and marketing for a range of organisations nationally. In 2010 he was one of the Cultural Leadership Programme's Peach Placements, working with Fuel Theatre as Audiences Associate. He established MAYK with Kate in 2011. He sits on the boards of Fierce Festival, Camden People’s Theatre and Bristol Festivals, and is a Resident Tutor on UK Theatre's Essentials of Marketing Course.
Amanda graduated from the University of Warwick in 2015, and whilst studying English and Theatre balanced all that academia with making new work with the Drama Collective. Prior to joining MAYK, she produced for emerging company Breach Theatre (The Beanfield UK Tour) and continues to work with early-career companies and artists. Amanda likes new work, and old work done in new ways – rocking the boat is always advised.
Amanda's fave MAYK moment: "Seeing out Mayfest 2016 watching Of Riders and Running Horses through happy, teary eyes; feeling empowered and vulnerable and proud. It really is as good as they say it is."
Headshots by Epic Photography.