Meet the Team

Our team is a highly skilled group of people committed to supporting artists to thrive and making dance a part of more people lives. Many of us are dance artists, choreographers and producers ourselves and have extensive experience of working within the dance sector. 

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Chloë Barker

Joint Head of Communications
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Alongside her job-share Georgina, Chloë heads up the Communications Team. Together they are responsible for the department’s strategy and planning, as well as overseeing all communications and marketing activity. 

Chloë’s background is in arts press & public relations, having worked at Arts Council England, South East for almost a decade and in a freelance capacity with a wide range of artists and arts organisations including Vincent Dance Theatre, Blast Theory, The Poetry Exchange, Lighthouse, The Serpentine Galleries, Towner Gallery, Hydrocracker and many more. 

Chloë very much enjoys watching dance theatre and contemporary dance. These days her own dance moves are largely directed at embarrassing her daughter. 

Chloë's usual working days are Monday morning, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Lou Coleman

Little Big Dance Lead Coordinator
07483 098856

Lou's pronouns are she/her.

Lou manages all the day-to-day activities of the national Little Big Dance project, working closely with national dance partners, artists and Early Years specialists to ensure the smooth running of the programme.

Lou’s background is in the attitudes and anatomy of inclusive practices within the arts and she has mentored and facilitated numerous artists and small arts organisation to develop their understanding of this area. In addition, Lou has worked as an artist and producer in the UK and internationally.  As a Feldenkrais Practitioner her work is mainly with artists and children.

Previously Lou has worked for over 15 years in residential care settings, pupil referral units and schools, children’s charities and nurseries to support children, teenagers and their families.

Fuelled by the importance of a sense of movement, of touch as communication and of improving agency, Lou knows creating a welcoming environment without limiting expectations can bring out the delightfully unexpected.

Lou's usual working days are Tuesday - Thursday. 

Daniel Falvey

Communications Coordinator
07483 098847

Daniel's pronouns are he/him.

Daniel creates and delivers communications campaigns across all platforms, supporting South East Dance’s Communications & Marketing strategy.

He started his career in the music industry, fulfilling press, marketing, radio and A&R roles for Brighton's FatCat records before moving into the arts world when he became Marketing Officer at Brighton Fringe. 

Daniel has spent much of the last decade working on a dance move that is going to make him millions.

Daniel's usual working days are Monday - Thursday. 

Rachel Gibson

Executive Director
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Rachel's pronouns are she/her.

Rachel co-leads South East Dance with Cath James, with responsibility for business areas including governance, operations, compliance, finance and HR and also leading on the development of our capital project The Dance Space.

Rachel has worked in arts management for nearly 35 years, beginning in administration and programme in a number of theatres and arts centres, then moving into arts funding with roles in the dance teams at East Midlands Arts, London Arts Board and Arts Council England.  She then went on to spend more than 20 years as a freelance consultant working with dance companies, venues and other arts organisations across the UK. 

Rachel is a terrible dancer but has been an enthusiastic member of dance audiences throughout her working life.

Rachel's usual working days are Monday - Friday. 

Georgina Harris

Joint Head of Communications
07483 098846

Alongside her job-share Chloe, Georgina heads up the Communications Team. Together they are responsible for the department’s strategy and planning, as well as overseeing all communications and marketing activity.

Georgina’s background is in arts marketing and she has over fifteen-years’ experience in local arts organisations including Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival and Komedia.

Although a little rusty, she has always loved to dance and is no stranger to a tap shoe. She keeps her dance toe in with a spot of solo jazz (and kitchen dancing with the children.)

Georgina's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday morning. 

Cath James

Artistic Director
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Cath's pronouns are she/her.

Cath leads on the artistic direction of South East Dance and works closely with the Executive Director to ensure the effective management and leadership of South East Dance.

Originally from Australia, Cath’s background is in dance, having been a dancer at Rambert Dance Company and Siobhan Davies amongst others, as well as an international dance teacher, before moving into producing and management. She has curated, written about and choreographed dance during her 40 year career.

Dance is still a huge part of Cath’s life, taking regular dance and Pilates classes. She has been known to get creative in her own silent disco on her allotment, and doing the odd yoga session when she is feeling odd.

Cath works flexibly five days a week.  

Emily James-Farley

Joint Creative Communities Manager

Emily’s pronouns are she/her.

Emily manages the development and delivery of The Welcome Project as part of the Participation Programme at South East Dance. She job-shares with Lauren Proto as the lead and full-time Project Manager of The Welcome Project.

Emily has worked at South East Dance for nearly 14 years.  In that time she has been involved in a wide variety of exciting and engaging projects and has extensive knowledge of event and project management. In recent years, since taking on the Creative Communities manager role, Emily has extended her expertise in working with local communities and delivering outreach opportunities with marginalised groups.  Emily loves meeting new people and supporting them to find a place in dance that best suits them.

When not working, Emily loves having a boogie in the safety of her home with her kids as well as getting out to wild places and exploring the gorgeous Sussex countryside.

Emily’s usual working days are Monday morning, Wednesday and Thursday.


Sarah Kearney

Assistant Producer – Children and Young People
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Sarah's pronouns are she/her.

Sarah Kearney is an Assistant Producer at South East Dance working with the Senior Producer – Participation to run the organisation's children and young people's programme. 

Sarah trained at Laban and has worked in dance both on and off stage. She has 20 years teaching experience, including in dance educational, community and company settings and currently works as a Pilates teacher. Previous to South East Dance, Sarah worked at various London arts venues and in website administration supporting editorial and marketing roles.

Sarah enjoys attending performance events. When her schedule allows, she loves taking part in yoga, Pilates and dance classes. 

Sarah's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Rose Kigwana

Senior Producer - Participation
07483 098853

Rose's pronouns are she/her.

Rose leads on the strategic and artistic development of our participation programme.  

Rose is Chair of Vincent Dance Theatre and has 26 years’ experience as an artist, designer and trainer with a specialism in children and young people. Rose has worked with ACE, Artswork, Southbank Centre, and in Zimbabwe for DFID and VSO. Starting with a degree in Design, she founded a sustainable furniture design company and gallery, winning several awards including ACE funding to travel to Uganda to re-discover her birth roots and develop her practice. Dancing is a life-long passion. Rose has spent many extra-curricular hours producing music and dance events! 

Rose's usual working days are Monday - Friday.

Anna Mateja

Finance Officer
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Anna's pronouns are she/her.

Anna is our Finance Officer looking after financial planning, administration and reporting. She is responsible for monitoring transactions, contributing to business planning, preparing budgets, cashflows and other financial reports. Anna’s background is in accountancy and she has previously run two busy guesthouses

Anna loves living in Brighton & Hove and her favourite pastime is taking evening walks by the sea to appreciate the spectacular sunsets. Anna also very much enjoys walking on the South Downs and visiting nearby parks where she can indulge her love of photography. When she’s not out and about she loves to hit the sofa with a good movie.

Anna's usual working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Lucy Lindley

Communications Assistant - Digital and Data
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Lucy's pronouns are she/her.

Lucy assists the Communications Team with all things social media and marketing, as well as managing data reporting and analytics. 

Her background is in design, studying Digital Textile Design at university. She has worked with a number of fashion brands in design and social media roles, but she has always had a passion for dance. She loves all things digital and social media and using different platforms to build communities.

Originally training as a ballet and tap dancer, Lucy loved making as much noise as possible in her tap shoes but then retrained as a hip-hop dancer as a teenager. You'll often find her dancing in her kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil. 

Lucy's usual working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Lauren Proto

Joint Creative Communities Manager
07483 098848

Lauren's pronouns are she/her.

Lauren manages the development and delivery of The Welcome Project as part of the Community & Participation Programme at South East Dance. Lauren job shares with Luan Taylor as the lead and full-time project manager for The Welcome Project. Lauren holds a degree in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey, where she graduated in 2009. 

Lauren has worked for South East Dance for over 10 years and has expertise in delivering dance with and for children and young people, more recently specialising in grass roots community engagement and outreach with marginalised groups. Lauren is passionate about providing high quality, refreshing dance experiences as a means to engage people from all walks of life.

Lauren's usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. 

Luan Taylor

Assistant Producer - Creative Communities
07483 098852

Alongside her job-share Lauren, Luan leads on the development and delivery of the Welcome Project. Luan’s background is in dance/theatre specialising in working on projects with community engagement at the heart. 

She has over 16 years’ experience as a freelance producer and artist, creating or producing work including dance, theatre, reminiscence, and visual arts. Luan loves dancing and with her former company Ragroof Theatre, toured participatory dance events extensively across the UK and beyond. She recently taught her whole street a socially distanced Charleston dance during lockdown.

Luan's usual working days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Emily Watson

Building Manager

Emily's pronouns are they/them.

Emily is the Building Manager at South East Dance, supporting the team with compliance, procurement, staff training and operational procedures as we move into The Dance Space and beyond. They are responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the building for the programming teams and managing the multitude of back of house operations involved in running a large public space. 

With over 10 years of experience starting in events management, Emily has worked for various charities and organisations over the years managing spaces with large teams in busy operational environments. With a passion for pragmatic problem solving and efficiency, Emily enjoys picking apart and creating all the processes that most people absolutely hate! They have lots of experience working with health and safety, volunteers, adults with additional support needs, within community projects and with diverse teams.

Emily is a queer non-binary person with a passion for learning, especially history and theology. Usually found nerding out listening to history audiobooks, with friends camping, walking or kayaking in nature or working with their hands on (questionable) creative projects. 

Emily's usual working days are Monday - Friday 

Andrew Whitlaw

Head of Fundraising
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Andrew's pronouns are he/him.

Andrew heads up the Fundraising Team, with responsibility for shaping and implementing revenue and capital fundraising strategies.

With over 25 years’ experience in fundraising, Andrew has held senior roles with Northern Ballet, The Actors Centre, London Chamber Orchestra and Youth Music. He was also a professional actor for many years, and still sings regularly with Brighton & Hove Actually Gay Men’s Chorus.

No stranger to dance – he was a ballroom dancer throughout his university years and even learned basic tap – Andrew freely admits he is not a natural, but nevertheless has a genuine love and appreciation of dance in all its forms.

Andrew's usual working days are Monday - Thursday. 

Linzi Whitton

Studio and Programme Manager
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Linzi's pronouns are she/her.

Linzi works alongside the Artist Development and Participation teams at South East Dance, supporting the management of the artistic programme and, as we move into The Dance Space, the programme of our studio spaces.

With 15 years experience working with organisations such as Southbank Centre, Dance4, Bestival, Women of the World Festival (WOW) and South East Dance, she has produced performance and participation projects in many different contexts. From presenting work in broom cupboards to stadiums - with your next door neighbour and with international artists- everything goes. She is also Producer for female led dance collective, Nora and Project Manager for MakeAmplify. 

Linzi trained to be a performer, but soon realised she was much better suited to 'producing' dance so decided to stay back of house and use her powers to facilitate others to perform. She can now be found dancing in her kitchen or on top of a bar on the odd occasion she is let out of the house. 

Linzi’s normal working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.