Miguel Oyarzun

Miguel trained as an actor in Madrid. He then came to London where he studied physical theatre at LISPA. Stage credits in Spain include Don Juan, Miss JulieThe 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-DownNo Way OutPillow Talk and Babakas. He has also acted for film and TV in Spain, including Noviembre by Achero Mañas. Since 2010 Miguel also works as a voice-over actor.

Miguel co-founded BE FESTIVAL in 2010. 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.



Orit in Norwich 2008

Orit Azaz

Orit is an artistic director, facilitator and creative thinker, with a national and international profile for working in cultural and community settings. Her experience combines directing large-scale multi-disciplinary performance and events; developing contexts for collaborations between artists and communities; artform development & research; and project, process and event design.

Over the last 4 years, the main focus of Orit’s work has been outdoor arts, working with the UK’s leading contemporary circus company Nofit State, as artistic director of series of large scale, open air, circus  theatre interventions. These have included: ‘Parklife’, commissioned by the Without Walls network of 7 major arts festivals in the UK, which engaged audiences as participants and celebrated high skill amateurs  and community groups alongside world class professionals; and ‘Barricade’, commissioned by the EU funded  ZEPA network, which was a huge cultural and critical success, seen by over 70,000 people in France and UK in 2011/12. In parallel, Orit has supported the development of outdoor arts, both nationally, and in Birmingham and the West Midlands, working with Birmingham Hippodrome, mac Birmingham and, most recently, Creative Shift, to help create the conditions for more high quality outdoor arts in the region.



Dr Andrew Bass, Bass Clusker Consulting

Andrew is the founder and principal of BassClusker Consulting, and helps leaders to develop, communicate and implement ambitious organizational changes.

He has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors including professional services, health, banking, automotive and insurance. Some clients prefer to remain confidential. Those who do not have included KPMG, DLA Piper, Advantage West Midlands, all three emergency services and – through his work with the Aston Business School Centre for Executive Development where he is a visiting faculty member – AAH Pharmaceuticals, NHS West Midlands, L’Oreal and International Automotive Components Group. As well as delivering projects throughout the UK, Andrew has worked with clients in France, Germany, Belgium and Russia.

Renowned international authority on management consulting Alan Weiss says this:

“Andy Bass is that rare consulting talent who appreciates the synergy between strategic direction and committed support. He sees the job through until the client sees the practical results.”

Noel Dunne, Director – Creative Alliance

Noel Dunne is the director of Creative Alliance, a leading independent learning provider in the creative and cultural sector in the West Midlands. The company enables talent to get into and get on in the creative and cultural industries through providing the following services:

·         Careers Advice & guidance

·         Training courses

·         Development programmes such as the Creative Apprenticeships programme.

These reflect Noel’s professional passions of learning, creativity and developing the talents of people, particularly young people.

Dr Angela Maxwell, OBE
Director – Acuwomen

Angela Maxwell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Birmingham and created OBE for services to Business in 2010. Angela was honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to UK trade and industry 2007.

She is on the Board of the West Midlands Regional Development Agency and was the sole SME representative in a major business round table discussion with Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2004.

Angela founded Acuwomen, the UK’s first consultancy to be staffed entirely by businesswomen, in 2005. Its client-base spans the public and private sector, and the enterprise has been featured in the Observer. Clients include Coors Brewery, Yorkshire Forward, the NHS and the Probation Service.

Lara Ratnaraja

Lara is a freelance consultant working within the cultural and digital sector.  She develops and delivers projects and policy on how cultural and digital technology intersect for a number of national partners as well as programmes around business development for the arts.

She is currently delivering and developing cross sector projects with private, public, HE and  other education partners.

Lara Ratnaraja has programmed Hello Culture since 2011. The conference attracts 200 attendees to showcase and debate collaborative working across the cultural, heritage and digital sectors, and catalysing cross sector knowledge sharing and transfer and collaborative working.

She is also Senior Research Facilitator  at the Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham leveraging investment for further research between academics and cultural organisations and artists. Prior to this she the broker on the AHRC Funded CATH Project (Collaborative Triple Helix) which developed 19 collaborative projects across the East and West Midlands with academics from Birmingham and Leicester Universities working with cultural organisations including performance, heritage, participatory and libraries and digital SMEs. The research project had a strong focus on knowledge transfer and led to long term collaborative working and investment for digital products.

She is also CidaCo Midlands Director working on their Arts Council England project, Developing Cultural Sector Resilience.

Lara has also developed,  managed and delivered successful ERDF, ESF, ACE and other  funded and non funded programmes and projects cross sectors.

Until 2011, she was the Sector Development Director for the Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries at Business Link West Midlands. She is on the Board of Stan’s Café.

Dean Melbourne


Dean was inspiring…  He was really helpful in pushing the boundaries of my thinking.”

Dean Melbourne is both a Visual Artist and an Arts Education specialist. Dean is passionate about the role that timely and quality business training can play for early career creatives. Empowering people to be better rewarded for their talent and dedication to their specialism.

Equally Dean is  excited about the way that Visual Art Education techniques can liberate, rejuvenate and stimulate businesses and individuals that perhaps consider themselves not creative. Specifically teaching drawing to those that consider it beyond them to in-still confidence and an understanding that creativity is a set of skills that can be learnt not a inherent talents you are born with or without.

His passion for education in the arts was developed as a lecturer at Stourbridge College where he taught across a range of levels. In this role he learnt the skills of course development, delivery and evaluation while developing an approach that serves to demystify apparently complex ideas. This is very much in line with Creative Shifts ethos.

Dean went on to put these skills to the test in the gallery and Museums sector where he designed and delivered content to help the public engage with contemporary Art.

As an artist currently represented by Coates and Scarry Dean’s work is finding it’s way into some major collections. To see what he does visit his site here

[It was] great to have a fellow practitioner on board who understands the creative process as well as the business aspects….”