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.
Claire Morton – Associate Producer
Performing Arts Producer and Manager Claire Morton collaborates with artists and organisations in order to create, develop and deliver. She brings over 12 years of extensive experience, knowledge and enthusiasm of working with a range of projects and artists across performing art-forms and the cultural sector, with recent clients including Ballet Black, Laila Diallo, Made by Katie Green, Lila Dance and bgroup, amongst others. Her work for Stuff and Nonsense encompasses an overview of the company’s operation, new productions, tour producing, long-term planning and fundraising alongside several other behind the scenes tasks to keep the company running smoothly.
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 includes Anjali Dance Company, ATMA Dance, IOU Theatre Company, Made by Katie Green, Raised Integrated Performance Collective 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. Ceri acts as Marketing Consultant for Stuff & Nonsense on various projects on a freelance basis.
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!
Ollie Titterington – Production Manager
Ollie’s biog is coming soon…