I don’t perform, but I pretty much do do whatever else it takes to make a project happen.
I am an Independent Producer, Project Manager, Arts Administrator…. call it what you will. I work with artists, normally in the West Midlands, but sometimes further afield, to create art that aims to surprise and delight audiences nationally and internationally.
I tend to work mainly in theatre…. although sometimes this spills over into circus, or spoken word. I am mainly involved in performance…. but sometimes I find myself working with graphic novels or visual artists. I don’t really like to put boundaries on things…I don’t find them helpful.
I work with some artists on an on-going basis, others on a project basis. Every working relationship is different, and the role I play within the creative story changes. Sometimes I fundraise, sometimes I project manage, sometimes I make strategic plans, sometimes I’m in the rehearsal room playing at being Director, sometimes I’m operating tech equipment (normally badly).
In the past I often worked with the very brilliant Thomas Wildish. He used to be Independent Producer type person, but joined the mighty Arts Council England in autumn 2017. I miss this informal partnership, but am lucky to have a great network of arts type folk in the region to stop me getting really lonely.
During 2012 – 2014 Thomas and I underwent a period of research, investing the potential of our working relationship and the world of Independent Producing. This was an Arts Council England funded period of activity and as part of it we produced a report, which I’ve attached here, in case it’s of interest of use.
In November 2014 I won the Peter Brook / Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award for my work with Birmingham REP Door, and specifically for Unknown Male.
'Moreover I was thrilled to see Pippa Frith Productions at Birmingham Rep Door win the Mark Marvin Award...an independent producer making vital work with artists such as Francesca Millican-Slater and Babakas'. Honour Bayes, The Stage
When I'm not working, or seeing other people's work, I enjoy a laugh, a drink and a dance with good friends, getting around to see a bit of the world and long stomps out with my stroppy dog.
images © Andrew Jackson