Stuff and Nonsense is led by Artistic Director Niki McCretton
Niki McCretton – Artistic Director
Niki is an expert in working in early years settings and inspiring the creative energy of all ages. She brings an array of theatre making experience over 25 years (including award-winning National and International tours with Wormhole, Relative, Space 50, Muttnik, Hoof! and Horseplay) and experience of working with nursery aged children and staff with action-learning organisation 5x5x5 = creativity. Niki took the helm at Stuff and Nonsense in 2013, leading the company to place children’s creativity and audiences at the heart of what we do. Niki also performs as a comedian and acts as a mentor for other artists in the UK.
Jane McGibbon – Producer
Jane joined Stuff and Nonsense as producer in 2018. Following a successful career in teaching (maths and drama) she made the move to working in the arts, first as a technician and props maker and later as producer. She now has over 20 years experience of developing work for children, finding innovative ways to engage new audiences. She was the founder of Ballyhoo Arts (making giant puppets for carnivals and festivals throughout the UK), co-director of Pebble Gorge (You’re Getting Warmer, I’m Sticking with You), Producer for Paper Balloon (The Boy and the Mermaid, Once Upon a Snowflake, Faerie Cakes), and associate producer for film for Pursued by a Bear (On Hungry Hill, March of the Women, RC Sherriff One Among Millions) . She was Participatory Theatre Coordinator for Farnham Maltings where she produced many large scale community theatre events, including Theatre Meadows, The Art of Hiding and The Last Line of Defence, as well as founding the funding schemes No Strings Attached and Fresh Tracks.
Paula Hammond – Tour Booking
Paula’s first job in theatre was as a Box Office Assistant at the Palace Theatre Manchester in the 1980s. She has since worked in marketing, fundraising and programming for various venues including the South Bank Centre, National Film Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Canal Café Theatre. For 10 years she was Director of the Merlin Theatre in Frome – where she first met Niki McCretton and championed her productions both as a solo artist and, later, with Stuff and Nonsense. Based in Frome, Somerset, Paula currently programmes for The Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts and Salisbury Arts Centre for Wiltshire Creative as well as being responsible for coordinating our multi-faceted tour bookings!
Ceri Brierley – Marketing Consultant
Ceri is an Independent Arts Manager whose current portfolio also includes Anjali Dance Company, ATMA Dance, Made by Katie Green, Pell Ensemble and Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah. Providing producing, project management and marketing services, Ceri is drawn to working on projects with meaningful audience development outcomes. Before becoming a freelancer in 2014 she worked in programming, marketing and company management roles at Northern School of Contemporary Dance/The Riley Theatre, Phoenix Dance Theatre, South East Dance and Company Wayne McGregor (Random Dance). Ceri is based in Leeds, has a first class honours degree in Dance and Culture from the University of Surrey, and is passionate about increasing and diversifying arts engagement.
Holly Miller – Puppet and Props
Holly is a freelance puppet creator, propmaker and visual artist based at The Lyric Theatre in Bridport, Dorset. She has worked with Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company for five years. In addition to theatre work Holly designs and creates giant puppets and parade pieces working with community groups and schools. She runs puppet clubs and creative art workshops for adults and children. Holly also acts as our rehearsal director across various productions when things get busy!
Sam Wood – Production Manager
Sam’s career in technical theatre has led her to work in a variety of companies, venues and countries. Touring internationally with companies such as Hofesh Shechter Company and Wired Aerial Theatre enabled Sam to experience working in internationally renowned venues all over the world, such as Sydney Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music and National Theatre Taiwan. Sam’s experience spans from working in venue technical management to production and stage management of outdoor events, festivals and site specific performances, through to creating and teaching stage management for the British Council.