Making Waves is a new festival created and produced by UK Arts International and Looping The Loop, and supported by Arts Council England, SECCADS and Margate Now.
Now based in Margate, UK Arts International was formed by Jan Ryan in 1992 to set up tours of theatre and dance productions. The company soon gained a reputation, not only for touring quality work from the UK, but also for presenting innovative theatre, dance and music from around the world which embraced a wide range of cultures and contemporary issues – bringing together the international and the intercultural.
Looping the Loop was set up in 2012 by a consortia of producers based in Thanet, which is currently Ellie Jones, Bindlestick Theatre Co and Ramsgate arts. We make festivals, projects and pop up with our street theatre actors, creating mayhem, joy and beautiful contemporary live performance. We support local artists in developing and presenting new performance works and run a professional networking programme with Theatre Network Thanet (TNT) and FLEX workshops. We are proud to be part of Battersea Arts Centre’s Collaborative Touring Network, a partnership between nine towns and theatre promoters across the UK.
Meet the Team
Jan Ryan is an established arts manager, practitioner and producer, who has worked in the arts for nearly 40 years.
Prior to setting up UK Arts International in 1992, she worked with many organisations, including InterAction, Birmingham Rep, Half Moon Theatre and as co-manager of Women’s Theatre Group.
Through UK Arts, she has represented most of the UK’s foremost theatre and dance companies and presented and produced performing arts productions in the UK and around the world in venues of all scales – from village halls to the West End. With a strong focus on intercultural collaborations, she was the UK producer of Afrovibes, a festival which toured throughout the UK, introducing a wide range of audiences to the cultural wealth of contemporary South African visual and performing arts. She is also Director of POW! – Thanet’s women’s festival.
With a varied and successful 15 year acting career, including West End credits, Open Air Oxford Shakespeare seasons, Touring Pantomime, Musicals, Directing and Producing new writing for Off West End and regular corporate Voice Over work, Katie is also a classically trained, professional singer. With a background in teaching in Music and Drama, Katie is a trained Arts Facilitator and has many years’ experience in delivering workshops and events in the Performing Arts. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of Bindlestick Theatre Company alongside her work with Looping The Loop.
Lindsay has previously worked in fashion production for luxury childrens wear, in textile design and for trend forecasting and styling companies. She is a textile designer, illustrator and artists assistant when not working for POW and UK ARTS International!