Kate Hadley

Kate is the director of Blue Apple's Special Assignments Company.

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As a collaborative director I seek and find inspiration from the groups I am privileged to work with. I specialise in devised performance and use improvisation as a backbone to the work. With a large appetite for playfulness, spontaneity and for making quality, interesting theatre I have relished the opportunity to work with the members of Blue Apple and I have enjoyed collaborating and making original new work for interesting spaces.

Within my own theatre company BearFace Theatre I have worked with a range of communities by tailor making and facilitating creative workshops to instigate play and creativity as well as directing collaborative work. We get in all sorts of nooks and crannies including prisons, secure units for young people, arts centres, theatres and we enjoy asking questions within our work about the self, social responsibility and how to we can create a dialogue.

I wear a few hats professionally, you may find me (when I’m not making theatre), working in my woodland, 'Spinney Hollow', playing hide and seek with my children (of which I am quite impressively good and could perhaps be professional?) or perhaps singing with my vocal trio ‘Polly Gone Wrong’. I am also currently in the midst of undertaking an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which is informing my work considerably.

Caroline Hotchkiss

Caroline was formerly a co-artistic director for Blue Apple with responsibility for choreography and she now leads the Blue Apple Core dance collaborations with students from the University of Winchester.

Copyright 2018 James Madison University

Copyright 2018 James Madison University

I have been lucky enough to have had a varied career as performer, choreographer, director and education practitioner for almost twenty years now. I Graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2000 and the London Contemporary Dance School in 2001, after which I went on to perform with many leading dance companies and choreographers in Europe, some of my favourites being: Mark Bruce; Richard Alston; Lea Anderson; Yolande Yorke-Edgel; and Maxine Doyle.

I also worked alongside Mark Bruce as assistant choreographer and performer in both theatre and opera, including ‘The Bachae’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and ‘Skellig’ the Opera at The Sage Gateshead. Other work includes productions at Glyndebourne, one being ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ and various productions in international contemporary circus with The Generating Company.

Creative Education has remained an important role in my career and the most fulfilling. Mainly specialising in Creative Curriculum for Primary, I’ve been a specialist and consultant for the Princes Trust, Creative Partnerships and for Artis Education whom I’ve worked with for twelve years. Under Artis I’ve been grateful to gain extensive experience as an Educator, Mentor and now Performance and Learning Manager for the new Artis Foundation.

During the last three years I’ve been part of a team building a creative professional development course for teachers in South Korea. In collaboration with various South Korean organisations, this course aims to equip teachers with the skills to provide a more collaborative, creative way of learning resulting in happier and healthier children and young people. The whole experience has been extremely exciting.

Rosa Kentwood

Rosa leads Blue Apple’s Winchester Dance Group.

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I’m a freelance dance teacher, choreographer and performer. I enjoy delivering person-centered movement and dance sessions to people of all ages and abilities. I run creative contemporary sessions and love being part of the Blue Apple team.

What is Blue Apple to me? Blue Apple creates inspired theatre and dance which expands performers’ horizons and audience perception. The company is open and accessible without compromising artistic vision and professional performance. Through Blue Apple performers have been enabled to reach their full potential and in many cases exceed expectations.

I have been teaching since 2009 and my portfolio includes running therapeutic activities for people with dementia in residential settings. Leading sessions with children and youth from 0- upwards. Many of the younger people I work with have learning disabilities or special educational needs and this work takes place in schools or in community venues. I have also worked with adults, older adults, and those who have mental health issues.

As well as my teaching I am also a professional dancer touring with ‘Commotion Dance’ a company who make work for children and their grownups.

I am currently studying towards my Masters in Movement and Dance psychotherapy at Dance Voice. I graduated from Winchester University in 2007, and completed a post-graduate certificate in Community Dance at Laban in 2009. I am also qualified up to pre-level 6 in British Sign Language and am a passionate advocate for Deaf awareness.

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