make-shift is devised and brokered by Helen Varley Jamieson and Paula Crutchlow – scroll down for bios. Other artists who have contributed to the work are:
Helen Varley Jamieson is a writer, theatre practitioner and digital artist from New Zealand. In 2008 she completed a Master of Arts (research) at Queensland University of Technology (Australia) investigating her practice of cyberformance – live performance on the internet – which she has been developing for over a decade. She is a founding member of the globally-dispersed cyberformance troupe Avatar Body Collision, and the project manager of UpStage, an open source web-based platform for cyberformance. Using UpStage, she has co-curated online festivals involving artists and audiences around the world. Helen is also the “web queen” of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre.
Paula Crutchlow lives with her family in Exeter, Devon. She graduated in dance from De Montfort University and has since been working in Britain and internationally as a performer, director and educator in devised theatre. Between 1996-99 she was director of award winning New Zealand theatre company All and Sundry and a core member of Pantheatre Poneke’s devising lab investigating choreographic and voice interactions with light. In 2000, Paula completed an MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts where she was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre until 2010. Paula is currently the Creative Advisor for Adverse Camber devising and directing work with some of the UK’s leading storytellers, and an Associate Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Plymouth. As a co-founder and director of Blind Ditch she has collaborated on context-specific collaborative art, performance and cultural events which engage audiences and participants in distinct ways through the use of digital media and live performance.