Founder & Artistic Director
Annette Corbett is an experienced arts and culture professional with a career that spans a range of organisations and artforms. A natural facilitator, her strengths lie in building relationships, identifying connections, and using her initiative and her network of contacts to help bring projects to fruition.
Annette began her arts career supporting Arts Council England’s flagship decibel Performing Arts Showcase diversity initiative. The 2009 Showcase attracted around 350 delegates from across the world to Manchester to attend four days of performances, panel discussions and networking.
After graduating from Goldsmiths College with an MA in Arts Administration & Cultural Policy, Annette joined the Southbank Centre arts programming team, supporting festivals such as Meltdown and Women of the World. She went on to specialise in fundraising, working with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, and then as Development Manager at Dulwich Picture Gallery, managing their mid-level giving and patron schemes. Annette later joined jazz music education charity and development agency, Tomorrow’s Warriors, as their Head of Development.
As a freelance fundraising consultant, producer and arts manager, Annette has supported organisations such as Goldsmiths College, Oily Cart, site specific theatre specialists Teatro Vivo and The Ingenious Group. She was a Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts leadership development programme 2017-2019, and is also co-chair of What Next? Lewisham, part of the wider What Next? movement in the UK championing the value of arts and culture in society.
Sandra Thompson Quartey
Associate Producer and Training & Development Manager
Sandra is a talent agent and theatre-maker who believes in being the change you want to see.
From 2015-2018 she ran The Avenue Literary & Talent Management, before merging with Lex Arthur Cob, owned by Sandy Ani-Adjei, to form Arthur Cob and Avenue, known as ACA. The agency primarily represents ethnic diverse and international actors and writers. Sandra has placed actors at theatre venues such as Donmar Warehouse, National Theatre and the Old Vic and with production companies such as BBC, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures and Netflix to name a few. Sandra has sought out talented new writers at the early stages of their career and facilitated relationships between new writers and television production companies.
Sandra previously worked with IAG on both the main division and their IDSA young talent division, working with actors at the beginning of their career as well as providing support for seasoned professionals and high profile actors.
Between 2010-2017 Sandra was the Artistic Director & Producer at Writer’s Avenue Theatre Company, which has produced new writing events and showcases in the main houses of Soho Theatre and The Pleasance. Many artists have gone on to have thriving careers – view success stories here https://www.writersavenuetheatre.co.uk/success-stories The company is currently on hiatus while it evolves and builds a team and will return in 2020.
Francesca Murray-Fuentes is a British-Chilean Director and Theatre-maker. She trained on the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, and hold a first class degree in Politics and Sociology from York University.
Francesca is Artistic Director of Hurricane People, a new theatre company rooted in collaboration that platforms artists of mixed heritage. Hurricane People are an associate company of Theatre Deli.
Francesca has previously been a resident director at Leeds Playhouse, and Oxford Playhouse, and is currently an associate artist with Red Ladder. Francesca is also an Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award-nominated playwright, and works with young people as a facilitator and practitioner in regional venues across the UK.