Steven Brett and Kate Gowar run the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, their works concentrates on new, small scall theatre.
Steven has worked across a broad and varied spectrum of job descriptions within the theatre.
He began his professional career as a dancer with Nederlands Dans Theatre and Rambert Dance Company where he remained beyond his on-stage career as a rehearsal director and then Associate Artistic Director under Christopher Bruce. He then moved to the British Council where as Drama and Dance Projects manager for Western Europe, Latin America, Southern Africa and Australia and New Zealand he instigated projects of varying scales across dance, new writing, live art, site specific performance and most other theatre genres. In 2008 he joined Pacitti Company as Executive Producer where he produced SPILL Festival of Performance, the UK’s largest artist-led festival of liveart and experimental theatre. He sits on Scottish Arts Council’s specialist advisory panel for dance, has mentored several choreographers, sat on steering committees for Dance UK, run a series of educational programmes with Rambert Dance Company with schools and created and hosted their schools performance matinee, the template for which is still in use. He is currently employed as a part-time producer for dreamthinkspeak, the UK’s respected and renowned site-responsive theatre company.
Kate has worked as a dance artist, commissioner and curator of new dance work before ‘retiring’ from a performance career in 2005.
She co founded Ricochet Dance Company, a dancer-led company, in 1989 and served as Co Artistic Director and Dancer with the company for sixteen years until 2005, commissioning forty original dance works from seminal choreographers. During this period, Ricochet achieved national and international acclaim for its performance and educational programmes, winning many awards for its innovative work. Kate has expertise as a director, curator of work, performer, teacher, fund-raiser, and administrator. She has instigated many projects and large-scale residencies for participants of all ages and abilities, and has assisted many artists in the development of their own work in capacities such as ‘movement adviser’, ‘outside eye’, and assistant/rehearsal director. Kate served on the Boards of Protein Dance Company 2002-2005, and Dance East National Dance Agency 2001-2005, and graduated in 2009 with a first class degree in archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.