Born from a love of puppetry and frustration with the lack of training opportunities and programming decisions made in the North East within visual theatre, Moving Parts Arts was founded by Newcastle-based creative producers and artists Kerrin Tatman and William Steele. The organisation was joined by a third director Matthew Wood in 2017. 

KERRIN TATMAN | Artistic Director, Producer and Co-Founder

Kerrin Tatman is an award-winning creative producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and theatre maker based in Newcastle, with a particular interest in multi-disciplinary collaborations and merging music with the visual arts. They are passionate about bringing artists, participants and audiences together to create meaningful and unusual creative experiences that transform spaces and diversify regional and national arts delivery. Kerrin is the Co-Artistic Director of Beverley Puppet Festival along with Anna Ingleby and has co-delivered two festivals with the organisation in this role, the experience of which led to the co-founding of Moving Parts Arts in 2017 along with William Steele. 


As a musician, Kerrin plays and writes for a varied range of projects scaling circus, dance, theatre and concert hall, with clients including Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, The Tallis Scholars, The D Project and Circus Central. Kerrin is also one half of Tatwood Puppets alongside Matthew Wood, a touring company specialising in visual theatre, puppetry and original soundtracks.

WILLIAM STEELE | Education Director and Co-Founder

William Steele is a producer and puppeteer who trained at Northumbria University in Drama and Scriptwriting. He then went on to study improvisation at the Danish School of Improvisation and is also a 2018 graduate of the Curious School of Puppetry. He is a founding director of Space Six CIC - an independent office and rehearsal venue for performing artists, which is an invaluable asset for the North East Independent arts sector. He is also a director of Life and Limb Puppets, which has a proven track record in delivering high quality applied puppetry interventions around mental health needs. Will is one of the original founders of Moving Parts Arts along with Kerrin Tatman and a founder of the improvisation company Open Heart Theatre. He has taught puppetry and improvisation at Northern Stage, Northern School of Art, Newcastle College and the Hideout Theatre in Austin Texas.

MATTHEW WOOD | Digital Engagement Director

Matt Wood is a doctoral trainee in Human Computer Interaction at Open Lab, Newcastle University. He studies critical psychology and his work uses qualitative methods, innovative data collection and visual methods to study sexuality and gender’s interception with digital technology. He has worked as a puppeteer since he was a child, and is one half of Tatwood Puppets along with Kerrin Tatman. His is working with Moving Parts to help raise the profile of puppetry across the North East, and is particularly interested in extending the role of puppetry across academia.
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LOUISE GREGORY | Production and Health & Safety Director

Louise Gregory works internationally as a Production & Stage Manager, specialising in productions in unusual and community venues.  She has worked on outdoor performances around the North East, at GDIF, Imagine Luton and Latitude Festival. Production Management credits include The Believers are But Brothers (Javaad Alipoor); salt., Race Cards and The Missy Elliott Project (Selina Thompson); The Department of Distractions and Partus (Third Angel); Buzzcut Festival 2021; and Newcastle Fringe Festival 2021 (Alphabetti Theatre).  She also works as a Lighting Designer, and is Lead Artist on NAVIGATE, a programme for early-career Scottish artists from a disadvantaged or marginalized background to develop Covid-safe performances, including across new digital formats.

ERIN CONOR | Marketing Director

Erin is an independent Producer and Project Manager based in Newcastle. As well as working with artists and companies to produce theatre and events for regional venues and UK tours, Erin works as an Associate Producer and Marketing Lead with organisations such as Curious Arts, Moving Parts Arts and Newcastle Fringe Festival to support in the delivery of arts festivals and
projects. Erin’s independent projects are currently supported by Stage One.

LAURA FIRBY | Festival Coordinator / Event Producer Intern

Laura Firby studied choreography at Dartington college of arts and from there started creating work that borders the line between performance art and cabaret. Performing and working in the Berlin cabaret scene Laura then moved to Belfast where she created the Belfast Burlesque Festival and Belfast Tease-o-Rama shows.


Going on to produce events as part of other festivals and events as well as teaching burlesque and dance classes Laura also hosted and performed in many regular cabaret and burlesque shows across Ireland. Laura is now focusing her career to more production, management and health and safety side of the performing arts.

RACHAEL HORNER | Graphic Designer & Illustrator 

Rachael Horner is a freelance illustrator based in East Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She recently graduated from Falmouth University, where she has pursued her love of colour and texture and has developed a way of working that combines traditional painting with collage. 

Rachael has been very important to the development of the festival image - we are so pleased with her beautiful shadow puppet illustrations!

LESLEY-ANNE ROSE | Stop-Motion Animation Consultant

Lesley-Anne Rose is an award winning animator and artist who lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Lesley-anne has made animations for broadcast TV as well as online content commissions for the BBC, shorts for Museums and Art Galleries, including the Tate, BALTIC, Laing and Woodhorn Museum. As well as commissioned work, Lesley-anne produces participatory projects with marginalised groups in the region, working with organisations like GemArts, Equal Arts, the NHS, Newcastle University, Helix Arts and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, facilitating the production of unique, award winning animated shorts.

CHLOE RODHAM | Animator 

Chloe Rodham is a freelance animator and educator. She graduated from UCA Farnham in 2010 and has been working freelance on projects ever since, from idents and social ads to short films and explainer videos. She works in a variety of techniques and loves to create using stop motion animation and model making.

Chloe was the 2019 Stop Motion Commission creator for Moving Parts and has since created animations for the festival, such as the Tyne Rising poster animation in 2021.


ANDREW KIM | Director, Designer & Lead Maker

Andrew Kim is puppet maker, performer and co-director of Thingumajig Theatre who create touring giant puppet and street theatre acts, build puppets for commissions and teach puppet making and performing workshops. He has created and performed puppet and mask plays, parades and pageants for nearly 30 years with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, Bread & Puppet Theater, Horse and Bamboo, Theatret Thalias Tjenere (Denmark) and Thingumajig Theatre. Andrew has served as an organiser, giant puppet maker, puppeteer and stilt walker and is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. His puppets have been seen throughout the UK and in 15 other countries throughout Europe, Asia and North America. 

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HANNABIELL SANDERS | Musical Director & Composer

Dr. Greshauna Hannabiell Sanders holds a BFA in Music Education from Rutgers University and a MA and PhD in Music Performance from Newcastle University. Hannabiell is a charismatic musician, composer, activist and progressive music teacher who is committed to using music to break black stereotypes and bring diverse communities together. Her skills in forming alliances and partnerships, and bringing people together has allowed for her to work with organisations across the globe.

Hannabiell is an African American Jamaican, originally from New Jersey, currently living in Newcastle upon Tyne. She began her musical and cultural journey as a trombone player at the age of nine. She is an accomplished bass trombonist and African & Latin hand percussionist. Hannabiell’s talent was formally recognised in 2012 when she was awarded 'Performing Artist of the Year' at the Journal Culture Awards.

Hannabiell is the composer and musical director for the duet Ladies of Midnight Blue, a socially conscious ensemble that blends Afro-Latin percussion, brass and mbira. Hannabiell has been the Artistic Director for Harambee Pasadia CIC since April 2018, a cultural organisation that creates, organises, and manages activities and events showcasing music, dance, arts, theatre, and films from the Pan-African diaspora. Harambee Pasadia: Afro Fusion Arts Festival will recommence in June 2022.

Since moving to the north east of England, she has worked hard to recreate Hannabiell & Midnight Blue. The Afro-psychedelic collective is a direct reflection of its diverse fan base and audience. Their performances never fail to convey the band’s passion for equality and social change.

ANDY BATES | Assistant Director & Maker

Andy Bates is a puppet maker and performer, a craftsman and tutor, a musician, an archaeologist and a writer. He is the co-founder of Hazelsong Theatre which is brings to life the stories and myths of the land and its people.

GEORGIA HILL | North East Making Assistant Placement Holder

Georgia Hill is a North East based freelance designer/maker of puppets, props and costumes. She has experience making a wide variety of puppets from small finger puppet bees to 10ft tall ogres at The Royal Albert Hall. Recent credits are Puppet Maker for The Intelligence Park at the Royal Opera House, Puppet Maker on The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Snow Queen at Northern Stage. 


During lockdown Georgia enjoyed creating puppets to keep the local community entertained. She particularly loves creating for children and younger audiences, often channelling a strong sense of humour and using bright colours in my work. Georgia is thrilled to be involved with Tyne Rising and excited to be working with the Newcastle Puppetry Festival team!

JO FEIJÓ | North East Making Assistant Placement Holder

Jo Feijó (he/she) is a Portuguese theatre maker working with all things puppetry and visual theatre. An East 15 graduate, Jo works across building, performing and devising, both working freelance for other companies and developing his own work. Her most recent works include Charlie Comet (Nottingham Puppet Festival), Happy Prince, (Packpack Theatre) and the UNIMA European creation project. 


In 2019, Jo received the Making Bursary from Newcastle Puppetry Festival and is chuffed to return this year for some more amazing puppet building times!

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