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Lisa Mead

Creative Producer
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford,
London SE8 4AG   lisa@applesandsnakes.org

As Creative Producer, Lisa plays a lead role in developing the organisation’s artistic strategy as well as delivering the creative programme of events, artist development and participation projects. She is also responsible for commissioning, producing and touring work. Lisa has worked at Apples and Snakes as a freelancer on various projects since 1998 and full-time since 2004.

Lisa has worked with artists since 1994 developing cross art-form projects which engage people in surprising arts work and events, in all kinds of settings. Previously she has run family learning projects, been a local authority arts officer, an arts centre programmer, facilitated drama workshops in prison, trained as an early years teacher and company-managed touring theatre and comedy shows.


Robert Saunders

General Manager
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG  

Robert has overall responsibility for the finance, marketing, fundraising, IT, HR and general administration operation at Apples and Snakes and is a member of the Senior Management Team.

Robert trained in the law before seeing the light and embarking on a career in arts administration. Starting as a self-employed odd jobber with companies such as Greenwich Theatre, Graeae Theatre Company and Jacksons Lane Community Centre Robert eventually graduated to full time employment as Finance Manager of The Oxford Playhouse. Robert joined Apples and Snakes in April 2007.


Nicky Crabb

Senior Associate
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG

Nicky is the Senior Associate at Apples and Snakes, leading on our Associate Bridge programme of work over the last few years and responsible for developing our work with libraries. Nicky first worked for Apples and Snakes from 2000-2004 as Education Manager and has been working on and off for the organisation ever since with a particular interest in artist development, working in prisons and working in unusual spaces.

Nicky started out as a secondary school English teacher, before moving into the arts 20 years ago and has worked for a number of cultural organisations from the Bfi to Creative Partnerships and is passionate about the arts and creative learning.  She has worked widely within arts education and the disability arts sectors and is an effective evaluator and clear communicator.  Nicky is also an associate of Culture Shift and a part time yoga teacher.



Daniela Paolucci

Participation Coordinator
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford,
London SE8 4AG   daniela@applesandsnakes.org

Daniela joined the Education team at Apples and Snakes in December 2009 with responsibilities for continuance and development within the creative and participation programme. Her role is to develop and deliver, in collaboration with artists and the Creative Producer, a strand of work for Arts & Health and a portfolio of projects with schools and other organisations that meet identified needs for public engagement as well as formal and informal education. The work has young people at its heart as participants, artists and audiences with a focus on working with socially excluded communities and those at risk.

Daniela has worked in the arts for 15 years, both in Italy and UK in a variety of roles in management, finance, tour booking, producing projects and festivals and across a range of theatre companies like the Royal National Theatre, Puppet Centre, European Cultural Foundation UK, Scarlet Theatre, Peepolykus, company of angels, Watermans Arts Centre, Pacitti Company (SPILL Festival of Performance 2007) and Montage Theatre.

Daniela also works part time for Poetry London, a leading international contemporary poetry magazine, as General Manager, with the overall responsibility for the smooth running of all operational services with a particular focus on finances, funder liaison and strategic planning.


Daisy Dockrill

Professional Development and Young Writers Coordinator
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG   daisy@applesandsnakes.org

Daisy has been with Apples and Snakes since 2011. As Professional Development and Young Writers Coordinator, Daisy is responsible for delivering programmes of work that enables artists of all levels and abilities to develop their work and meets their artistic professional development needs.

Daisy has a passion for engaging young people in the arts, developing talent and educating young people in the importance of using literature and theatre as a form of communication for issues that are important.

Daisy graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010, where she trained as a Drama, Applied Theatre and Education facilitator and has previously run drama and writing workshops in schools, pupil referral units, youth clubs and retirement homes across London.


Maria Ferguson

Creative Programme Assistant
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG  maria@applesandsnakes.org

Maria joined the Education and Training team in May 2013. She is responsible for running the Poets in Education Scheme (PiES) as well as assisting the Artist Development programme.

Maria is a graduate of East 15 Acting School, one sixth of poetry collective Early Doors and part of The Roundhouse Spoken Word Ensemble. She has performed extensively on the UK spoken word circuit and at festivals including Secret Garden Party and Bestival.

Maria runs drama and poetry workshops for young people in schools and youth centres across London and the UK. She has experience of bringing performance to various community settings including retirement homes, schools, prisons and mental health units.


Nina McDonagh

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG   nina@applesandsnakes.org

In her role as Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Nina is responsible for managing the marketing mix for the organisation, for the promotion of projects, tours, poetry events, education and artist development work. Nina also works to steer and assist Apples and Snakes' national team of programme coordinators in developing press and marketing campaigns.

Nina originally started out creatively in theatre and trained as a Theatre Designer at Rose Bruford School of Speech and Drama. She has also worked as Duty Manager at the Cockpit Theatre and taught Technical Theatre and Scenic Arts to students at City of Westminster College, before a change of direction into Arts Marketing.

Previous to Apples and Snakes, Nina worked for the Albany arts centre in the marketing team.


Suzi Corker

Digital and Marketing Officer
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG   suzi@applesandsnakes.org

As Digital and Marketing Officer Suzi supports the team in promoting the huge range of work that Apples and Snakes produce, develop and work in partnership on in around the country, with a particular focus on the London region. As a keen photographer with an interest in digital arts Suzi’s work will also be orientated around developing film, photography and multimedia platforms.

With a degree in Fine Art and a background in event and marketing management, Suzi has worked on festivals and events with musicians, artists and performers across the country.


Alice Frecknall

Marketing Assistant
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG

As Marketing Assistant, Alice supports the marketing team, helping to promote Apples and Snakes’ extensive programme of events, projects, and artist development opportunities.

Alice studied for a degree in English with Creative Writing at the University of Hull. In 2012, her enthusiasm for writing saw her cross the Humber Bridge once more to embark on an MA in Creative Writing. Since venturing to London, Alice has stepped off the page and developed a taste for performance poetry through opportunities such as the Roundhouse Poetry Collective and The Writing Room, Apples and Snakes’ very own programme for young writers.

In addition to her role at Apples and Snakes, Alice also works freelance, providing copywriting and copyediting support. When she’s not picking up a pen, Alice’s love of visual art often finds her wandering around the Tate, or covered in acrylic paint. She’s excited to combine her interests in the visual and the written in her work at Apples and Snakes.


Fiona Johnstone

Finance and Administration Officer
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG

As Finance and Administration Officer, Fiona is responsible for supporting the General Manager in making sure that the Apples and Snakes offices are run smoothly and efficiently. She oversees the volunteer program and has lots of fun with spreadsheets!

Fiona graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2010 and since has worked in various creative and administration roles in the UK, New Zealand and Russia. Fiona has collaborated  with a number of Theatre Companies that work with disabled artists including Mind the Gap and InterActing Theatre and has run creative projects for young people, adults with poor mental health and children who use English as a second language.


Russell Thompson

Research Coordinator
020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG   russell@applesandsnakes.org

Russell's job involves looking at new ways ahead for spoken word – investigating trends and thinking about how Apples and Snakes fits into an ever-mutating, ever-growing scene.

As one half of Project Adorno, Russell is a regular fixture on the UK cabaret circuit, and has taken a dozen shows to the Edinburgh Fringe. He has been closely involved with spoken word for nearly twenty years, the last ten of those through his work at Apples and Snakes. He is an experienced creative writing tutor and has written a number of books on non-fiction themes.


Nadja Degen

Fundraising Fellow
Tel: 020 8465 6140
The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, SE8 4AG

Nadja assists the Senior Management team in increasing and diversifying the organisation's fundraising capacity. The Arts Fundraising Fellowships programme is a partnership between Cause4, the DARE Fundraising Academy and leading arts organisations across the UK and aims to provide young graduates and professionals with a unique training and learning programme and fast-track their early career in the cultural sector.

Nadja graduated in August 2015 with an MA in Arts Management, Policy and Practice from the University of Manchester. She gained varied experience as a PR and Marketing Assistant for the interdisciplinary arts organisation Islington Mill and as a Development Intern at the Royal Exchange Theatre, where she discovered her passion for fundraising. She is particularly interested in the role of the arts in creative cities and strategies for embedded fundraising.


Peter Hunter

Programme Coordinator South East
Tel: 023 8031 5500 Ext: 206
The Nuffield, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR


Peter Hunter has been a performance poet for over 10 years, during which he has performed around the UK (including a national tour of a multi-media poetry show), in Europe and on a 3 week tour of the USA. He has been the instigator, organiser and promoter of many performance poetry events as well as being involved in the visual arts as a ceramicist, sculptor, film-maker and gallery director.

He has been working for Poetry Can, a poetry development agency in Bristol, for several years and is now based in Southampton as the Apples and Snakes South East programme coordinator arranging events and artist development initiatives.

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Bohdan Piasecki

Programme Coordinator Midlands
Tel: 0121 224 7446
mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH


Bohdan Piasecki is the Programme Coordinator for the Midlands. Working from the offices of Punch Records, in Birmingham, his job is to organise events, provide development opportunities for artists, and promote spoken word poetry in the region.

Bohdan is a poet himself, and he has been active on the European circuit since 2003. He founded and hosted the first poetry slam series in Poland, and has toured around the world with several devised poetry projects. Bohdan has a keen interest in literary translation and ways in which it can be used to complement performance, and actively pursues collaborations with artists from fields such as photography, video, music, and dance.

Apples and Snakes in the Midlands


Gina Sherman

Programme Coordinator South West
Tel:07776 768 715
Design Space, 1 Upcott Avenue, Pottington Business Park, Barnstaple, EX31 1HN

Gina has been working for Apples and Snakes since March 2010. Her job involves working with artists and organisations to programme a range of performance poetry events and professional development initiatives.

Gina graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2008 with a degree in Writing and Visual practice. On leaving she became a neo-comedy burlesque performer as part of the double act ‘The Ladies of Pleasure’!  She has worked as Volunteer Programme Coordinator for the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, where she found willing participants to help out theatrically - for free!

She currently works part time for Dance in Devon, a dance Agency based in Exeter who promote and organise dance  across the County.

Apples and Snakes in the South West


Kirsten Luckins

Programme Coordinator North
Tel: 07585 223 162
ARC, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL

As Regional Coordinator, Kirsten is responsible for programming events and artist development workshops in the North.

Kirsten joined us from the Ouseburn Trust in Newcastle, where she worked to promote and support cultural volunteering. Previous work has included freelance arts administration and events management in a wide variety of media, including developing cabaret nights and programming community arts festivals. A practicing poet both on the page and in performance, Kirsten is passionate about helping poets achieve their full potential by learning from and collaborating with artists from multiple disciplines.

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