About Us

 

Doorstep Arts is a non-profit arts education organisation based in Torbay. We run drama groups across Torbay at key doorstep sites – youth clubs, church halls and schools. We are also the creative education company in residence at the Palace Theatre, Paignton.

 

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The young people who attend these groups range in age from 0-25. They write their own stories and songs, and they explore original ideas through drama process, play, and imagination. The groups provide safe educational spaces to experiment with what it means to be an artist and to explore your own voice. Read our Blog to find out more.

 

 

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We believe that we all make the story happen – that participation in the arts is a key part of working for social justice. We believe that all children’s voices and stories matter and deserve to be listened to. Doorstep Arts believes that all children deserve to be able to access high quality participatory arts and to see (and make) amazing and inspiring work on their own doorsteps. Read our Manifesto for Change here.

 

 

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All of Doorstep’s work is educational practice as action research. This research is exploring pedagogy, performance and praxis with young people as co-researchers. Our research and practice is conducted through 5 key inter-connected strands of work.

 

Read more about our key strands & vision here. 

 


Meet The Team

 

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Jade Campbell (She/Her)
Co-Director, Co-Founder & Co-Parent

Jade is a Brixham-local, a Dartington graduate and holds an MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Exeter. Jade also works for Theatre Royal Plymouth and tours her own work, including her current show Suffrajitsu. Jade is one of the 3 Doorstep Arts Co-Parents, looking after the core strands of our work & strategic direction. She leads the Platform strand.

jade@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

 

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Erin Walcon (She/Her)
Co-Director, Co-Founder & Co-Parent

Erin is a Paignton-based director, writer and educator with a PhD in Applied Theatre. She lectures at the University of Exeter drama department & convenes the MA in Applied Theatre. Erin is one of the 3 Doorstep Arts Co-Parents, looking after the core strands of our work & strategic direction. She leads the Open Doors strand. Watch Erin’s introductory video here.

erin@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

 

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Polly Ferguson-Carruthers (She/Her)
Co-Director, Co-Parent & Lead Artist

Polly serves as the Lead Artist for Doorstep Arts Studio Courses (DAS), teaches drama at St Cuthbert Mayne in Torquay and delivers dance CPD in primary schools. She is a Dartington graduate. Polly is one of the 3 Doorstep Arts Co-Parents, looking after the core strands of our work & strategic direction. She leads the Participation strand.

polly@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

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Mair George (She/Her)
Platform & Scratch Project Manager

Mair is a creative production and employability specialist working with Villages in Action, a community touring organisation in Devon and the University of Exeter. Mair project manages touring & homegrown productions within our Platform and Stories from Scratch strands of work, as well as providing Pathways support for emerging artists, technicians & producers.

mair@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

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Sam Parker (He/Him)
Pathways Producer & Lead Artist

Sam is one of the co-founders of Downstage Write. He works for Theatre Royal Plymouth and teaches for the University of Plymouth. He is the Pathways Producer, which includes leadership of National Citizen Service in Torbay. He is the Lead Artist for Doorstep Youth Theatre & leads on the annual Young Writers Project and the National Youth Theatre (NYT) Associate scheme. He serves as the producer within the Collaborative Touring Network.

sam@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

Rebekah Daws (She/Her)
Creative Administrator

Rebekah, a Torbay local, began working for Doorstep as a KickStart Assistant and later became a freelance member of the team. She provides creative administrative support across all core activity, including website curation. Rebekah has stage-managed a number of young person-led productions, including The Inheritance, White Moon and Matilda. Rebekah is also a representative for the Imagine This… Youth Council.

rebekah@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

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Marie Copland (She/Her)
Accounts

Marie handles finance and accounts for Doorstep, processing payments and invoices and keeping things moving. For any parents or carers, she is the best person to contact with a question about payments.

admin@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Artists

Doorstep works with a regular team of wonderful associate artists, many of whom run their own organisations and freelance across the region. A few of these lovely folks are featured below. We are always interested in hearing from SW-based Teaching Artists who specialise in participatory work with children and young people. Please do get in touch if this is you!

 

Sonia Thakurdesai (She/They)
Associate Artist

Sonia is a facilitator, performer and producer based in Devon, having graduated from the University of Exeter. Sonia joined the team in as Nurture Producer in Seeding Futures, and has since worked across various Doorstep projects and groups. They currently co-lead on the Life on the Edge project and Can We Talk About This? as well as delivering after-school dance. She also works with Beyond Face, a theatre company committed to supporting Global Majority artists to thrive in the South-West.

sonia@doorsteparts.co.uk

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Helen Gilbert (She/Her)
Associate Artist

Helen is a theatre maker and facilitator based in Totnes, who has worked with a variety of Devon-based organisations. She is currently the Education and Engagement Manager for MED Theatre where she works within the rurally isolated communities of Dartmoor, co-creating original work with young people, and producing and directing large-scale community plays.

helen@doorsteparts.co.uk

 

 


Natasha Brown (She/Her)
Associate Artist

Natasha is Teignmouth bound working as the careers lead at Teignmouth Secondary School as well as teaching. Before COVID Natasha ran a very successful performing arts school for 10 years that was started as a community university project, where she taught all aspects of the arts, including creative writing, devising and script work. Natasha has a degree in performance practice and events management and is very excited to be putting it back into practice whilst running the Saturday club.

natasha@doorsteparts.co.uk

Hollie Uzzell

Hollie Uzzell (She/Her)
Associate Artist

Hollie is a Torbay local and has recently graduated the Applied Theatre course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She started her Doorstep journey as a participant of DYT and DAS and later became an assistant facilitator for the Saturday drama groups. After graduating in 2023 Hollie has come back to the Bay and is working with Polly at the DAS groups in the role of 1:1 creative enabler.

hollieuzz3ll@gmail.com

 


 

Foot in the Door Assistants

Doorstep runs a year-round mentorship programme, Foot in the Door, which provides support, resource, and training for emerging artists in Torbay.

 

Liv Legg (She/Her)
Foot In the Door Assistant

Liv has been a Doorstep participant since the age of 6! Ten years on, Liv assists Natasha with the facilitation of our Saturday Drama groups & Musical Theatre DAS sessions. She is currently at college studying travel and tourism. Liv loves working with our youth groups and her plan is to work entertaining children in holiday resorts.

 

 

 

Lilly McPartlan-Morey (She/Her)
Foot In the Door Assistant

Lilly has been a Doorstep participant for the past year and has been a consistent inspiration to her peers. Lilly will assists Polly with the Musical Theatre DAS sessions. Lilly has had a passion for musical theatre from a very young age & aims to go to Theatre/Drama school next year.

 

 

Job Vacancies

We regularly hire freelance, fixed-term positions for projects.

Please click here to see a list of existing job vacancies.

 

 

Promotion Requests

Can we help you promote something? Do you have an event or activity coming up and would like to get the word out, want to reach more people with your groups or campaigns? You can fill out a promotion request form here and we’ll do our best to help. Having trouble with the form? Contact rebekah@doorsteparts.co.uk