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 / 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.
LOUISE GREGORY / Production and Health & Safety Director
Louise Gregory works as a Lighting and Sound Designer , and Production & Stage Manager, specialising in small-to-mid scale productions in unusual and community venues.
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.