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Associate Artists

At Lakeside Theatre we recognise that the local area is bursting with creative people. Through our associate artist relationships we hope to offer a useful space to develop, explore and create. This might take the form of rehearsal space, work space, creative residencies, technical resources or just a supportive ear to talk through an idea. Associate artists are also on hand to mentor students and instigate creative conversations in and around the building.


Jean Abreu (Choreographer/Performer). Born in Brazil, Jean choreographed his first work in 2003 and later that year was honoured with the Jerwood Choreography Award. Since then, his work has toured throughout the UK, Europe and Brazil including performances  for London Dance Umbrella and the Southbank Centre.

He founded Jean Abreu Dance in 2009 and his first work for the company, INSIDE with music by 65daysofstatic, received 4 and 5 star reviews at its premier in the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He subsequently created Parallel Memories in collaboration with  Brazilian choreographer Jorge Garcia, which premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and toured to Brazil.

Jean Abreu has started the research and development phase for his latest work called “(A)Thread” a major collaboration with visual artist and sculptor Elisa Bracher. Jean first came across Elisa’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro in 2011, the featured giant 8 ton lead sphere suspended in the air by metal cables . Her work explores the concept of “Balance” in all forms and Elisa will be collaborating on the new work.

They will be working to develop the performance at the Lakeside Theatre in September 2014.


Frequency’s theatre is Audio Theatre. Until the creation of the internet, Itunes and podcasts, Audio Theatre was only made up of radio plays. Now, the arena for audio drama is opening up and we are delighted to be participating in this expansion of audio work.

Our aim is to produce well-written and wide reaching scripts, whilst providing opportunities for those in Colchester and the surrounding area to learn about audio production. Every week during 2012 we shared a new piece of drama via podcast, lasting between 10-15 minutes in length.

All our podcasts will be available for download for free.

We would like to offer our audiences a broad range of voices, topics and genres, so although we operate in Essex, we welcome scripts from writers based across the UK and beyond!

We are extremely grateful to Lakeside Theatre who provide us with recording space, equipment and support.


Born in the east end of London he initially trained in Bharatanatyam with Pushkala Gopal & Unnikrishnan (Mudralaya). He completed his Bharatanatyam “Rangapravesham” (Graduation) in 1994. Subsequently he trained further in Bharatanatyam with Prof. C.V. Chandrasekhar, Leela Samson, Mavin Khoo and went onto join Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

Since and during the time with this company he has worked on individual projects and performed with an  array of artists and companies to include: Jonathan Burrows, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Filip Van Huffel, Lisa Torun, Leela Samson, Dick McCaw, Akshaya Dance Theatre, Annapurna Dance, Wardrobe Dance Theatre, Mavin Khoo Dance, Vayu Naidu Company (Storytelling Theatre),  inDance (Canada), Srishti (Nina Rajarani, Place Prize winner 2006), Shobana Jeysingh Dance Company, Icon Theatre, ‘Tamerlano’ at the Royal Opera House working alongside Placido Domingo, Icon Theatre’s award-winning ‘Release’ and in Complicite’s triple award-winning  ‘A Disappearing Number’ at the Barbican and internationally and featured in its radio play for BBC Radio 3 and worldwide screening for National Theatre Live.

Shane is the Artistic Director of Altered Skin


Playwright Nicola Werenovska’s first play Twenty Per Cent, written when she was 16, was a runner-up in the 1988 Royal Court Young Playwrights’ Competition. After a long gap, in which she studied modern languages to Ph.D. level, she returned to playwriting when she joined the Colchester Mercury Theatre Playwrights’ Group in 2003. Since then she has had five plays produced professionally/semi-professionally: Davy’s Day (Mercury Theatre, 2004), Aftermath (Mercury, 2006), Peapickers (Eastern Angles, 2007), Freedoms of the Forest (Menagerie, 2008), Kwaidan: Strange Tales (Mercury, 2008).

Her work has been short-listed for several national playwriting competitions including the Drama Association of Wales Playwriting Competition (2005), the London Writers Competition (2005), Channel 4 The Play’s the Thing (2005), the Churchill Theatre Playwriting Competition (2006), the Soho Verity Bargate Award (2007).

She has recently been awarded an Arts Council Grants for the Arts to become playwright in residence at the Lakeside Theatre in Spring 2015


A workshop leader, playwright and dramaturg, Andrew facilitates Lakeside Theatre Writers, a playwriting group (open to everyone) which meets monthly during term time.  For details of the latest workshops, please visit

For further informtion about Andrew please visit


Richard is a playwright, audio producer and dramaturg having trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. His writing that has been produced/researched includes: Arm (The Junction) A Place of Importance (Menagerie) Shed (Pulse Festival, New Wolsey Studio) and ten short plays for audio theatre company Frequency Theatre, a company he co-founded. His audio work also includes producing an oral history archive, The St Botolph’s Project (The Waiting Room).

His literary work includes Script Reader (Mercury Theatre), Literary Co-ordinator (Frequency Theatre) and Dramaturg (Home From Home, Lakeside Theatre). Richard has judged short play competitions for The Essex Dionysia (Lakeside Theatre) and Making Waves (The Essex Book Festival).

Richard has recently been awarded an Arts Council Grant for the Arts to facilitate the development of a new play.

For more information about Richard’s work please visit


Former Associate Artists