People

Team

Dan Barnard is a theatre director by training. He splits his time between Fast Familiar and working as Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University, where he leads the Digital Performance Research group. His research centres on interactive theatre. He has facilitated workshops on creating playable experiences in public spaces e.g. at the Counterplay Festival in Aarhus, Denmark, and given multiple academic papers on digital ‘theatre’. He won Best Short Paper at the International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling 2018, for a presentation on Fast Familiar’s Looking for Love. He is also a trained Open Space facilitator.

Joe McAlister is a computational artist and a strong advocate for ecocentric transparency within digital art. He has sat on various panels discussing ethics and artistic practice relating to artificial intelligence, including events at IBM and the University of Nottingham. He lectures part-time at Goldsmiths, University of London on the MA/MFA Computational Art degree and advises on University of London's online BSc degrees. In 2020 he was named one of Aesthetica's 100 international contemporary artists, for his work at Fast Familiar.

Rachel Briscoe trained as a playwright (Royal Court and Soho theatres) and theatre director (National Theatre Directors Course). These days, she mainly works as a writer, dramaturg and producer. She participated in the inaugural Producer Farm (Dance Umbrella/ In Between Time) and completed the Clore Short Course for Cultural Leaders. She was part of the British Council’s SPACE programme and for 5 years to 2015 worked at Ovalhouse as Director of Theatre (jobshare) where the Guardian credited her with ‘restoring order to Ovalhouse with bold, experimental programming.’  Rachel is also a qualified Feldenkrais practitioner.

We also regularly work with Al Primrose, a producer, researcher and budding soil enthusiast (which so far hasn't come in handy at Fast Familiar but you never know).


Collaborators

Fast Familiar have a wider group of multi-skilled creatives we collaborate with - and who we encourage you to employ, at generous rates and under favourable conditions.

These include Clare Dunn, Delme Thomas, Emma Pallant, Endy Mckay, Guy J Sanders, Jamie Zubairi, Jon Foster, Kamaal Hussain, Kris De Meyer, Milo Quinton, Rachel Donovan, Richard Hammarton, Shireen Mula, Sophie Galustian, Stu Barter, Yana Penrose & Zachary Hing.


Board

Dr. Adam Alston is Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Theatre at Goldsmiths. He has published extensively on the production and reception of immersive events, and is currently exploring decadence and accelerationism in contemporary theatre.

Nadeem Azhar (Company Secretary) is a solicitor practising at Pothecary Witham Weld solicitors in Pimlico, London. His work involves advising a number of charity and private clients on non-contentious matters such as charity administration.

Alex Ferris is Associate Director (Creative Engagement) at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Previously he worked as Director of Old Vic New Voices, the Old Vic Theatre’s participation, artist development and outreach department.

Sarah Heenan is an IT Project Manager for the Chief Digital Office at UBS. She has a background in communications, innovation, learning & development and IT governance and has her own practice in immersive technologies and site responsive theatre.

Christine Twite (Chair) is an arts researcher and project manager. She recently completed PhD on contemporary theatre and Actors Touring Company at Queen Mary University of London and currently manages The Musicians’ Company’s Yeomen Young Artist Programme.