Diverse Leadership

We want to to see the voices and experiences of people of all walks of life pioneering the arts sector to mainstream inclusiveness into the sector. We believe in creating and finding pathways for arts sector professionals, artists, producers and facilitators to develop and grow their inclusive practice. We’re doing this through supporting arts professionals in numerous ways, from formal training to supporting learning in new areas.
“ I've been frustrated by the lack of connections, support and progression opportunities for disabled dancers in Leicester (and the Midlands area in general). This highlights the need for the work that We Are Epic are doing and I'm honoured to have been invited to become an adviser to the Board. I'm looking forward to increasing my involvement with WAE, pushing to bring more quality, inclusive dance and development opportunities to Leicester.”
We Are Epic Board
Advisor to WAE Board and Dancer

Arts Professionals We're Working With...

Charlotte Tomlinson

Charlotte Tomlinson

Charlotte is the lead on our talent development project ‘ID Sessions’ which gives talented performers with disabilities the tools and space to develop their practice. In 2018 we supported Charlotte to complete Stopgap Dance Company’s IRIS training which will be the basis for the ID Sessions. Charlotte is the Artistic Director and Dance Leader of SideKick Dance. Charlotte has a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and an MSc in Dance Science as well as a PGCE, among other qualifications She is co-author of Safe Dance Practice: An applied dance science perspective (Quin, Rafferty & Tomlinson: 2015). She is a registered course provider and quality reviewer for Safe in Dance International (SiDI), a dance lecturer, a community dance practitioner and she has presented at numerous conferences. In 2017 Charlotte won the National One Dance UK teacher award for Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner.

Hayley Holden WAE

Hayley Holden

Hayley joined Epic Arts as Communications Officer in 2015 and during the last few years has had the opportunity to develop professionally. Using the Epic Arts environment as a space to learn, grow and develop new skills, Hayley is now in a Producer / Management role at Epic Arts. Hayley’s professional development at Epic Arts highlights the pathways that We Are Epic can provide young artists interested in developing new skills. Hayley currently works part-time with We Are Epic as Communications Manager designing and managing our digital communications and content.

Michael Radford

Michael was selected as our 2017 Arts Admin Trainee, with a background in performance and facilitation this was Michael's stepping stone into cultural management and administration. In mid 2018 Michael successfully landed a position at Nottingham Playhouse as an Outreach Officer.

Lou Coleman

Lou Coleman, Consultant, Artist and Feldenkrais Practitioner, joined We Are Epic in May 2017 as Diversity Officer. Alongside Anthony Evans she developed the streams of work the organisation was founded on. Lou worked with our teams to develop their understanding of inclusive practice, best practices around accessibility and the importance of inclusive language within the D/disabled, D/deaf and mainstream arts sectors. She oversaw our first international collaboration ‘Buffalo Boy’ as Producer, visiting Epic Arts in Cambodia.