Hofesh Shechter is recognised as one of the most exciting artists working today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to compliment the unique physicality of his movement.
His recent works include Uprising, In your rooms, The Art of Not Looking Back, Survivor (in collaboration with Antony Gormley at the Barbican), Sun, Political Mother, barbarians and Grand Finale.
Shechter has also staged and choreographed works on leading international dance companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Batsheva Ensemble, Candoco Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet and Royal Ballet Flanders, as well as for theatre, television and opera. He is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells.
After an early career as an artists' agent, in fundraising and as a West End general manager, Henny created renowned touring theatre company Headlong alongside Artistic Director Rupert Goold. Projects that she lead produced there include 1984 adapted and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, which has now played to over half a million people worldwide; Enron by Lucy Prebble, directed by Rupert Goold; Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Lyndsey Turner, and People Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
Between 2009 and 2015, she transferred nine projects to the West End or Broadway, winning eleven Olivier Awards.
Henny is a Clore Fellow and a trustee of the Unicorn Theatre.
After working in a variety of Front of House roles leading to Theatre Management of ATG Richmond Theatre, Colette transitioned into dance venue management at The Place supporting artists, choreographers and the theatre team over a period of ten years before moving from her role as Administrative Director to form Hofesh Shechter Company in 2008.
Over the last ten years, Colette has been part of the Executive Team of HofeshShechter Company, developing the Company’s business strategy, programme delivery, its artists, team and collaborative projects; celebrating and growing the reputation of Hofesh’s work worldwide.
After a classical ballet training, Fionna studied contemporary dance at Dartington College of Arts and the Rotterdam Dansacademie.
She then joined Scottish Ballet’s Moveable Workshop as a performer and was a long-term member of Janet Smith & Dancers.
As a teacher of contemporary dance technique, Fionna was on the faculty at Trinity Laban and taught regularly at London College of Dance and Drama and Goldsmith’s College. She was an external examiner in technique and choreography for the Council for National Academic Awards.
Fionna was Executive Assistant to the Director of Trinity Laban before joiningHofeshShechter Company in April 2012.
From: Cairo, Egypt Training: Conservatoire de Paris, under the direction of Quentin Rouillier. For Hofesh Shechter Company: Bruno worked on the creation of Uprising and In your rooms and was a founding member of the Company. He has performed in Uprising, In your rooms, Political Mother, Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, Survivor, Sun, barbarians. Other Work: Beatriz Consuelo (Ballet junior, Geneva), Richard Wherlock (Luzern Ballet and Komische Oper Berlin), Iracity Cardoso and Paulo Ribeiro (Ballet Gulbenkian, Lisbon). He danced in works by Richard Wherlock, Guillermo Bothelo, Ed Wubbe, Örjan Andersson, Rui Horta, Itzik Galili, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, Stijn Celis, Mauro Bigonzetti, Didy Veldman, Marie Chouinard, Clara Andermatt, Rui Lopes Graça, Regina van Berkel and Paulo Ribeiro. Bruno featured in the film Passengers by Richard Wherlock.
Niamh joined the company in 2014 following a successful collaboration with Hofesh in her role as Senior Producer for Brighton Festival when he was the Guest Director, a festival which hosted the highest number of new artistic commissions and premieres in its history.
Prior to that, she worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and managed the World Shakespeare Festival as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad bringing work from international companies to the UK and reaching 1.8 million people. Before moving to the UK in 2011, she worked at the Gate Theatre Dublin specialising in touring theatre productions to festivals worldwide.
Niamh has a Masters in French and studied theatre at the Sorbonne University Paris.
Sam’s early career was in television, working for both Granada and Carlton TV where she developed many scheduling initiatives and researched and developed programme formats with the Programmes department. She was also Account Manager for Carlton-owned Planet 24 during their high-profile producing period of Big Breakfast.
In 2008, she joined the Design Museum, fundraising for exhibitions showcasing designers such as Wim Crouwel and Christian Louboutin, and gaining significant multi-year support for its Learning and Enterprise programme. She also secured many six and seven figure grants to complete the museum’s £48 million capital campaign for its new premises.
Sam has an MA in Arts and Cultural Policy and is an Advisory Board member of the Curious School of Puppetry.
Clare’s career has spanned both music and dance, focusing on the development of young people, artists and work with communities. In 2015, she established First Penguin, an arts engagement consultancy, working with clients from libraries to visual art studios and music development organisations.
Prior to managing her consultancy, Clare worked at Spitalfields Music in Tower Hamlets as the Programme Director for Learning & Participation. During her time there, she helped launch Musical Rumpus, an opera series for the under 3s, which has toured nationally and internationally to over 3,000 under 5s and their families, as well as producing award winning large-scale community commissions Crowd Out:London and We are Shadows.
Clare was awarded an MA in Community Organising from QMUL. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Associate Governor of The Cherry Trees school in Tower Hamlets.
Lucy trained at Bodywork Company Dance Studios in Cambridge and then at London Contemporary Dance School. She spent the next eight years touring, performing and teaching (Tardis, V-TOL, CandoCo). In 2000, Lucy became Education Officer at The Place where she taught projects in schools across London and managed The Place’s youth companies and boys’ projects.
From 2004 onwards, Lucy worked freelance for a range of organisations (CandoCo, Dance Touring Partnership and London Borough of Camden). During this time she also retrained to become a Pilates Matwork teacher, and still leads classes in North London.
Lucy joined the team at Hofesh Shechter Company in 2013.
After graduating from the University of Manchester with a BA Hons in Drama, Emily travelled to Tea Leaf Vision School in Sri Lanka, as a facilitator for Tie-Dye Drama using drama and theatre techniques to teach English and explore social issues.
On returning from Asia, Emily continued her Applied Theatre work, until she joined Hofesh Shechter Company on a fixed-term contract as Projects Administrator, hired specifically to assist on the project East Wall Warm Upand was later hired as the company’s full-time Administrator.