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.
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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.
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 15 years’ experience of working in administration and operations in the arts and cultural sector in the West Midlands, She has worked with BE since 2012, and recently, produced and toured Between The Two, her first studio work with Director Daniel Tyler. Sadie has worked at Warwick Arts Centre, Fierce! Festival Bright Space, and Creative Partnerships and The Public in West Bromwich. Sadie is a Trustee of Multistory in West Bromwich.
Sadie is a born organiser and has a history of enabling the smooth running of cultural organisational offices across the region.
Atxarte López de Munain
Atxarte graduated in Fine Arts at the Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea and following her dance training she moved to London where she received an MA in Choreography by the LCDS after completing her Postgraduate Studies.
She has choreographed several dance pieces including K-T 83 2016, Higikaria 2009, Mobile behaviour 2007, Invisible Cities 2005. She joined the ACT FESTIVAL team in 2009 where she was the coordinator of the festival until 2015.
In 2013 she became a member of the board of ADDE (Association of Dance Professionals of the Basque Country) where she also coordinates the Online dance Works Catalogue and the Internationalization strand of the association. She collaborates with Arropaineko Arragua as member of the group developing the Project ESPAZIOA ETA GAUZAK / AZKUE IKASTOLA, where she also teaches movement.
She joined the BE FESTIVAL team in 2015 where she works as a Senior Festival 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 Associate Producer with Harrogate Theatre and Programmer for EnableUS at University of Sheffield.
Jacktionman (Jack Ratcliffe) is a London-based artist who specialises in mixed-reality installations that playfully explore humanity’s relationship with technology.
Notable past exhibitions and performances include the Barbican (Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue), the British Library and the Rich Mix.
His most notable works include Teletortoise, in which anonymous internet users were able to remotely feed, water, and illuminate turtles, and Teasmate, where participants were challenged to make cups of tea by controlling an unfriendly robotic arm.
His portfolio website is available at jacktionman.com.
Jennie is BE Festival’s Marketing Producer and is responsible for developing the marketing and social media strategy. She has over twenty years experience of working in the arts. She values the arts and strongly believes they enhance and can make a real difference to communities and peoples lives. She’s passionate about audience development and supporting organisations to grow and diversify their audience base. She has a strong commitment to enhancing digital communications to support brand development and social engagement.
Career highlights include working in the commercial and voluntary sectors with leading organisations such as MGM, Sony, United Artists, Virgin and more recently The Drum, Watermans Arts Centre and Hoxton Hall. Added to this, she has been privileged to support a number of freelance artists to devise strategic marketing and communications plans as well as hands-on delivery of campaigns for events and festivals.
She’s mentored a number of early career arts marketing professionals and has been a board member of the Arts Marketing Association, Bristol Old Vic and is currently Vice Chair of ACE Dance & Music.
David Martin de Juan
Professional Art Director, Branding / Digital Designer and former Creative Lead at Unruly, an award-winning London headquartered global platform for social video advertising.
A highly skilled designer and manager who never settles for anything less than the best, David’s ethical and human approach of nurturing and reassuring team members, while always managing deadlines in the best possible way, fuels the confidence that both teams and clients entrust in his work.
In addition to his qualifications in Advertising and PR BA Degree, Illustration Design and courses in other related fields, David was selected by D&AD to take part in an unique Design workshop, answering briefs for some of London’s top branding agencies, such as The Partners, AIG (Applied designs) and Iris, with a final review with Wolff Olins.
In the last 15 years he has lived in 6 countries and worked in design, art direction and advertising. Specially for tech start-up, Unruly, and fashion brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Bimba y Lola.
Pursuing his life-long learning goal, he has gained a Master’s Degree in Creativity and Effectiveness in Branded Content and recently joined the ADCE Art Directors Club Europe – Creative Incubator about Collective Creative Culture.