PUSH LAB – The Ethics of Co-Creation with Young People and Communities

Lynsey O’Sullivan (former director of Learning and Participation at The Lowry), Julia Samuels (former Artistic director, 20 Stories High), Alix Harris (artistic director, Beyond Face) and Nathan Powell (writer and director) talk to us about their experiences of making work with young people and communities.

They will explore the different models of co creation and talk about the ethics surrounding this work.

The Panel

Lynsey O’Sullivan is an Applied Theatre practitioner, Arts Leader & Coach who has worked extensively with children, young people & communities across Greater Manchester and internationally.  Lynsey has most recently been in the role of Executive Director of Learning & Engagement at The Lowry- transforming the organisation’s work over the past 10 years with Young Carers, Looked After Children & wider communities.

Lynsey is a member of the Clore Leadership and STRIDE Women in Leadership programmes.

Julia Samuels is a freelance director and writer. She was Co-Artistic Director of Liverpool-based theatre company 20 Stories High 2006-21, where she made a range of award-winning work through collaboration between artists and young people.

Recent 20SH highlights include: Buttercup (20SH/Tigerlily Films/BBC Arts – available on the iplayer until April 2022), “I told my Mum I was going on an R.E. Trip…”, (20SH/Contact/BBC) and She’s Leaving Home (20SH/Phelim MacDermott/Culture Liverpool). 20SH were named in The Stage 100 for their response the pandemic.

Nathan Powell is a Director and Writer, making work nationally from his home in Liverpool. Nathan makes work that explores the big ideas within the personal and is an advocate for creating work with young people and community groups.

Nathan Is currently developing shows for Derby Theatre (Writer) and The Everyman & Playhouse (Director). Recent credits include The Spine, National Tour (writer and director)846, Suck Your Mum for Theatre Royal Stratford East (writer), Macbeth for The Orange Tree Theatre (Director). Nathan is currently working with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as an Artistic Advisor.

Alix Harris is an experienced Theatre Practitioner, Director and Associate Lecturer of Plymouth University. In 2015, Alix set up Beyond Face with the aim to promote and raise the profile of people of colour in performance work in Plymouth and the wider regions. The company works with young people, emerging artist and professionals across theatre and dance. Beyond Face is now a resident company within the Barbican Theatre Plymouth & a participant of the Artistic Directors Leadership Programme. Alix works at the Barbican Theatre as a freelance Practitioner & Director, the Theatre Royal Plymouth & Indra Congress CIC.

Update 9 December 2021

Due to the announcement regarding covid regulations on 8 December, currently all the events in PUSH LAB have a limited capacity to allow for social distancing to take place. If the guidelines change the capacity will be increased. 



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This event will have BSL interpretation