2018 Applications are Open. DEADLINE: 11 DECEMBER 2017 Be Festival


General information: info@befestival.org
Submission of applications: submissions@befestival.org
Submission of applications (for visual artists): art@befestival.org

Press for the festival: Catherine Butler – catherine@befestival.org
Sponsors: Sadie Newman – sadie@befestival.org +44 (0) 7813 774 157
International Partnerships: Miguel Oyarzun – miguel@befestival.org +44 (0) 7806704413
Visual Arts / workshops: Isla Aguilar – isla@befestival.org +44 (0) 7985 153 647
Promoters / Best of BE: Porl Cooper – porl@befestival.org +44 (0) 7969068809
Learning & participation: Balisha Karra – balisha@befestival.org +44 (0) 7968 625 803
Volunteering: jess@befestival.org
Hosting: Selina Losa – selina@befestival.org


BE FESTIVAL Board of Trustees – Joseph Seelig OBE (Chair), James A. Cook, Jo Lee, Stuart Rogers, Sophia Tarr and Terri Halstead.

Isla Aguilar – co-director

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Isla’s background is in curating and for more than 10 years she worked for exhibitions in Spain. She has also worked in publishing, as a project editor and coordinator of art books for Ediciones El Viso in Madrid.

She co-founded BE FESTIVAL with Miguel and Mike in 2010. In 2009 she co-founded Madrid based touring company Mirage Teatro, and has produced all of their productions, including LÁZARO (National tour, Teatro Español, Corral de Comedias de Alcalá); Quijotadas (Teatro Español, Corral de Comedias de Alcalá, Institut Française Madrid); and Quieto todo el mundo (Matadero Madrid / Escena Contemporánea Festival). From 2010-2011, she also worked as companies coordinator with CASA Latin American Theatre Festival in London.

Isla received an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths University of London in 2011. Previously, she graduated in History of Art at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Isla also completed research fellowships at the Academia de España in Rome and at Museo del Prado in Madrid, amongst others.

Miguel Oyarzun – co-director

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Miguel trained as an actor in Madrid. He then came to London where he studied physical theatre at LISPA. Stage credits in Spain include Miss Julie, The Shop Around the Corner and As You Like It. In England, he has performed for the CASA Latin-American Theatre Festival. Other stage credits include Up Side-Down, No Way Out, Pillow Talk and Babakas. He has also acted for film and TV in Spain, including Noviembre by Achero Mañas.

Miguel co-founded BE FESTIVAL in 2010 with Isla and Mike. he is artistic director of Mirage Teatro, founded in 2009 in Madrid. He co-wrote and performs in LÁZARO (National tour, Teatro Español, Corral de Comedias de Alcalá) and Quieto todo el mundo (Matadero Madrid / Escena Contemporánea Festival). In their last production Quijotadas, he wrote for and directed a group of African immigrants, drawing a parallel between their journeys to Europe and Don Quixote’s quest. Miguel combines his directing, playwright and acting career with leading theatre workshops internationally.

Sadie Newman – General Manager

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As the BE Festival General Manager Sadie is responsible for the development, implementation and management of the financial and operational structures and systems for BE FESTIVAL which support the directors, artistic programme and education work.

Sadie has over 10 years’ experience of working in administration and operations in the arts and cultural sector in the West Midlands, most recently working in the education department at Warwick Arts Centre and supporting Fierce! Festival 2012 as their General Manager. Between 2007 – 2011 she was Operations Manager at Bright Space, the West Midlands delivery agency for the Creative Partnerships programme. Sadie has also worked in project management and operational roles at The Public in West Bromwich, Birmingham Arts Marketing and supported national Theatre in Education tours.

Sadie is a born organiser and list mad and has a history of enabling the smooth running of cultural organisational offices across the region.

Atxarte López de Munain – Producer


Ruth Harvey – Producer


Porl Cooper – producer

Porl brings extensive experience to the team covering some 24 years in commercial theatre, subsidised repertory venues and large scale event work (primarily in stage & event management, producing and programming) and has worked on many technically complex and very demanding productions alongside highly respected creatives, professional and community companies. Having in-depth knowledge of current practice and contemporary companies, (new & emerging /mid- career) he lead the “Developed with The Lowry” initiative and co-founded the Routes North initiative with Annabel Turpin (ARC Stockton) and Iain Bloomfield (Theatre in the Mill Bradford) – which give emerging artists support, access to networks and facilitate new partnerships while demonstrating how smaller venues can work creatively and collaboratively.

Porl is also venue programmer for Slung Low’s HUB in Leeds, a venue which reflects and embraces many of BE FESTIVAL’s values.

Selina Losa – Producer


Catherine Butler – Communications Producer


Alexander Earle – Community Manager


David Martin de Juan – Designer

David has gained experience working on branding and design, and has specialised in promoting festivals and cultural events. His design work in UK includes festivals such as Edinburgh FRINGE, Latin American Film Festival (LAFF); emerging theatre companies including Le Navet Bête and HICCUP; and Arts circuit Spinning Tongues by rotoreliefs. 

He has been awarded the Three Weeks’ Editors Awards 2008 for “La Sweet Cantina” and selected for D&AD Design Workshop 2009. As well as working as BE Festival’s designer he works as Inhouse designer for Unruly Media, Top Viral Video seeding agency based in London.

Jack Ratcliffe – Web Designer

Jack is a freelance consultant for web design and copywriting. He has worked in both the UK and the US, constructing websites and writing creative content for all ages. 

His portfolio includes development work on music website Beatcast.TV and PinnacleSports.com, with copywriting appearing on both the internet and in printed form.

His portfolio website is available at doyouknowjack.co.uk.

Pouvelle Studio – Designs


Mike Tweddle – co-founder

Mike was born in Birmingham and returned to the city in 2010 to co-found BE FESTIVAL with Isla and Miguel. He was a co-director until December 2014, and he collaborated to secure the festival’s Arts Council National Portfolio funding for 2015-18.

Mike studied at Oxford University and the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School in Paris. He is joint artistic director of Birmingham-based touring company Temple Theatre, for whom he directed and co-wrote the award-winning productions Out of Chaos, UNMYTHABLE and Norsesome. He is also a founding member of international theatre group Babakas, performing in their debut show Our Fathers. As a freelance director and dramaturg, Mike has worked with Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Ad Infinitum, Foster & Déchery and High Tide.