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Mat Wright

In partnership with the Under the Radar Festival and Arts Council England, we are proud to support the Next Generation of arts curators, presenters and performers. 

The Next Generation program provides an opportunity for rising arts curators, presenters and producers to accelerate their international perspectives. Representatives from the UK and US will attend various productions and workshops in New York, and network with seasoned arts professionals. 

2019 Next Generation cohort

We are proud to announce our 2019 Next Generation cohort, representing the US and UK. 

Daniel Kok (UK)

Daniel Kok is currently the Arts Producer at Cambridge Junction, where he presents work by local, national and international artists and supports the creation of new work. 

Previously Daniel worked as Assistant Producer (Theatre & Dance) at the Barbican Centre, working on projects such as Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Obsession starring Jude Law. He also worked on productions as part of the London International Festival of Theatre, London International Mime Festival and with international touring companies such as Ninagawa Company and Complicite. Daniel started working in theatre at Battersea Arts Centre after studying Performing Arts at the University of Chichester. Prior to the Barbican, Daniel was Programming and Participation Assistant at arts depot in North London. 

Alongside his work at Cambridge Junction, Daniel is an Associate Artist of Bootworks Theatre, a group of artists who work in a range of disciplines and contexts and has toured nationally (Glastonbury Festival, National Theatre Riverside Stage, Southbank Centre) as well as internationally (Japan, Brazil, Macau). Bootworks Theatre have previously been presented as part of the British Council Showcase.

Last summer, Daniel was a jury member of the BE Festival in Birmingham and was also a participant in the Producer Farm which was run by Fuel Theatre, Dance Umbrella, In Between Time Festival and Bristol Old Vic Ferment. Currently, Daniel is a London Theatre Consortium MOBO Fellow. 

Tobi Kyeremateng (UK)

Tobi Kyeremateng is a Cultural Producer based in South London with a focus on theatre, poetry, festivals and film. She has worked with organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Ovalhouse, Bestival, Glastonbury and Brainchild Festival, and has collaborated with other organisations such as Wilderness Festival, Citadel Festival, AFROPUNK and Penguin Random House x #MERKY. She is currently Executive Producer (Up Next) at Bush Theatre for BABYLON Festival - a two-week multidisciplinary takeover exploring the global influences and experiences of Black and Brown people - and Producer at Apples and Snakes - England's leading poetry organisation. 

In 2013, she started an apprenticeship at Battersea Arts Centre in Community Arts Administration and was offered the role of Junior Producer in 2016. In 2017, she was accepted onto the Old Vic 12 programme where she produced Joe White’s play ‘Pagans’, performed by Simon Kunz, Lolita Chakrabati, Gary Wood, Sophie Melville and Geoff Breton.

Tobi was part of the Runner Up team for the JMK 2017 Award with debbie tucker green’s ‘random’, directed by Nathan Crossan-Smith. Tobi is the founder of Black Ticket Project - an initiative creating access to theatre for Black young people by collaborating with venues and organisations to distribute free and discounted tickets, is currently producing 'J'Ouvert' by Yasmin Joseph, directed by Rebekah Murrell at Theatre503, and produced short film 'Wishbone', written and directed by Caleb Femi as part of Dancing Words' film commissions.

Amy Letman (UK)

Amy is an independent producer and curator based in Leeds. She is Creative Director of Transform, taking responsibility for the organisation artistically and strategically.

She was previously Associate Producer at Leeds Playhouse, one of the largest producing theatres in the North of England, for four years. During her time at the Playhouse, she established the artist development programme, produced special projects and shows, and led on Transform as a venue-based festival. She left the Playhouse in 2014 to focus on developing Transform as an independent, citywide and international organisation. Amy has curated and produced eight festival editions, alongside guest programme ‘Spirit of Change’ at Barbican, London and a guest micro-festival at Battersea Arts Centre, London. Her commissioning and production credits include the UK Award Winning ‘Three Sisters’ by RashDash, and the Fringe First award winning and critically acclaimed ‘The Believers Are But Brothers’ by Javaad Alipoor. She has participated in the European Festivals Association Atelier for Young Festival Managers and has been a recipient of the Artists International Development Award on two occasions. Amy is a mentor to several artists and producers, and lectures on producing and festival management at University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.

Amy’s interests are in international festivals, site-specific and socially engaged practice. She was a member of the artistic committee for the Leeds European Capital of Culture 2023 bid. She originally trained with Fuel, London Artists Projects, HERE Arts Centre (NYC) and studied BA Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London

Jay Miller (UK)

Jay is a theatre director from Newcastle upon Tyne. He studied at Cambridge University and trained at L’Ecole de Jacques Lecoq in Paris and at the National Theatre, London. Jay founded The Yard Theatre in 2011. The Yard is multi-award-winning amphitheatre and bar in a reclaimed warehouse in Hackney Wick, London. 

Jay’s productions at The Yard include: This Beautiful Future written by Rita Kalnejais (2017), Removal Men co-written with M. J. Harding (2016), The Mikvah Project written by Josh Azouz (2015) and Lines written by Pamela Carter (2015). Jay has helped launch the careers of several artists including Michaela Coel, Alexander Zeldin, Josh Azouz, Jamila Johnson Small (Last Yearz Interesting Negro). Jay has also facilitated the transferring of two shows to the National Theatre and created partnerships with other leading theatres including the Young Vic, Royal Court and Royal Exchange Theatre. 

He has driven The Yard to become a theatrical necessity with a reputation for upending theatrical traditions, and injecting creativity and fearlessness into wider contemporary culture. The Yard joined Arts Council England’s National Portfolio in 2018 in recognition of the theatre’s role in the UK’s cultural ecosystem. 

Anna Gallagher-Ross (US)

Anna Gallagher-Ross is a curator at Fusebox. Most recently, Anna was an editor of aCCeSsions online journal of curatorial studies, curatorial fellow at the Walker Arts Center, curatorial fellow for the Live Arts Bard Biennial We’re Watching (Fisher Center for Performing Arts), and curator of the exhibition and performance Whispers in the Grass: The Living Theatre and The Brig (Hessel Museum of Art). 

She was Curator and Managing Editor for the arts and literacy program Sister Writes from 2013–2017. Anna holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and an MA in English and BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto. Anna’s writing and interviews have appeared in C Magazine, the Walker Art Center Reader, Theater Magazine, Written & Spoken, and other places.

Jacob G. Padrón (US)

Jacob G. Padrón is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Sol Project, a national theatre initiative dedicated to producing the work of Latinx playwrights in partnership with leading Off-Broadway theaters in NYC and beyond. He was most recently the Senior Line Producer at The Public Theater in New York City. He was formerly the Producer at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago where he oversaw the artistic programming in the Garage, Steppenwolf's second stage dedicated to new work, new artists, and new audiences. From 2008 to 2011, he was an Associate Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Padrón is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA), where he is now on faculty teaching artistic producing in the graduate theater management program. He is originally from central California and began his life in the theater with El Teatro Campesino. Jacob is the incoming Artistic Director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut.

Doreen Sayegh (US)

Doreen Sayegh is Manager of International & Special Projects at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, overseeing as many as 16 international presentations in each season. In 2016, as Festival Producer of Shakespeare 400 Chicago, Doreen managed and developed the programming of 863 events across 231 locations in Chicago. 

Previously, Doreen served as the Managing Director of the Seattle-based theater collective, the Satori Group; was Programming Advisor of Arts, Culture, and Design events for The Next Fifty at Seattle Center; and Programs Coordinator for the Globalization and Localization Association. 

Doreen is the Board Vice President of Links Hall, serves on the Board and Strategic Planning committee of the League of Chicago Theatres, and is the Legacy Co-Chair for the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre effort lead by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. She is an alumna of the European Festivals Association’s Atelier POZNAŃ 2014 and holds a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Syracuse University and an MFA in Arts Leadership from DePaul University.

Alexis Williams (US)

Alexis Williams is the Associate Artistic Director of The Playwrights Realm in NY. Previously, she was an agent with Bret Adams Artists’ Agency where she represented playwrights, directors, composers, designers and choreographers. Before joining the Bret Adams Team, Alexis worked at McCarter Theatre Center, Contemporary Stage Company, and served as Literary Manager for Detroit’s Planet Ant Theatre. 

In her time in the theatre she has worked as a director, a producer, a dramaturg, a teaching artist, and has assumed multiple other roles in the industry. She has appeared on panels for the National New Play Network, the League of Professional Theatre Women, the NUEA, and the Musical Theatre Factory; has conducted roundtable discussions with the New School for Drama, InterAct's Core Writer's Group and Paragraph NY; and has served as a judge for the Strawberry Festival and the Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Festival. 

In Fall of 2017, Alexis was named one of the Interval's "Women to Watch". Alexis is on the advisory board of SPACE on Ryder Farm, is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University.