About Us

The Other Way Works creates playful theatre that immerses our audiences in the story.
The intimate scenarios we create allow our audiences to explore places and perspectives anew, provoking them to change the way they see the world.
We are part of a new wave of theatre makers re-inventing the way people engage with culture, using real world spaces and emerging technologies.

The Company is made up of a group of talented artists brought together under the artistic direction of Katie Day.

“The Other Way Works is a dynamic young company that is successfully exploring the possibilities of what theatre can and might be”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“The Other Way Works is one of the leading UK companies exploring the frontiers of interactivity in theatre. The company has a thoughtful, engaging sensibility and is making a unique contribution to the exploration of contemporary theatre.”
John McGrath, Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival

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The Other Way Works is a UK Registered Charity (1166679). You can donate to support our work via Just Giving.
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Artistic Director

Katie Day is Artistic Director of The Other Way Works. She develops original concepts for new projects and productions, and leads multidisciplinary teams in the practical realisation of these. Her particular area of interest is the emerging frontier where theatre meets new technologies. She is always on a quest to provide magical and bespoke experiences for ever more sophisticated audiences.

She is a 2021/22 BOM Fellow, a resident of the Pervasive Media Studio, and was the winner of the Hello Culture Award in 2014.

Working with you

The Other Way Works is open to commissioning approaches for new work with specific remits for your context.
Katie undertakes consultancy work advising artists, teams and organisations on the area of technology-enabled theatre and storytelling.

Katie and other members of our team are experienced speakers and facilitators and are available for speaking or workshop delivery focused around our practice, and the broader areas of immersive, interactive, intermedial, game-based, site-specific, and technology-enabled theatre.

We have experience of visiting lecturing on degree and masters level courses, and speaking at national and international professional culture sector conferences.

Birmingham, UK

32 Melton Road
Birmingham
B14 7DA
UK

info@theotherwayworks.co.uk
www.theotherwayworks.co.uk
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Registered in England and Wales
Registered Charity No: 1166679

Collaborators

The Other Way Works collaborates with many talented freelance artists and practitioners to develop and deliver our projects. These include:

Tricia Coleman – Producer
John Sear – Games Designer, Software Developer
Katherine Maxwell-Rose – Founder Member, writer, deviser, performer
Lou Platt – Founder Member, deviser, performer, writer
Mark Day – Composer, sound designer
Chris Keenan – Film Maker
Xristina Penna – Scenographer
Jonathon Bartley – Film maker & Editor
Fox & Rocha – Composers, audio production
Denise Body – Stage & Production Manager

Performers – Laurence Saunders / Deb Tracey / Shaban Dar / Graeme Rose / Rochi Rampal / Angela Clerkin / Magda Tuka / Vimal Korpal / Greg Hobbs / Ali Belbin /

Past Members of Staff

Mary Helen Young, Executive Director 2015-2016
Thomas Wildish, Producer 2012-2016

The Other Way Works was co-founded in 2001 by new graduates of the University of Birmingham. We began operating professionally in early 2004 as a collective run by founder members Katie Day, Katherine Maxwell-Rose, Jane Packman and Louise Platt. We incorporated as a company in 2008, and Katie Day became solo Artistic Director at that point, supported by a Board of Directors. We have since also become a charity.

Board of Trustees

Dan Brown (Chair)

Dan Brown is Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Dan has 8 years experience in social housing and 10 years experience of management in arts (primarily) and heritage. Dan has significant experience of successful major bid fundraising and executive management of major arts programmes, including RFO / NPO processes from Arts Council England and high value Grants for the Arts projects, as well grants from key arts supporters such as the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the European Commission Comenius fund.

Dan’s previous role was managing a small theatre company so he very much understands the challenges The Other Way Works faces. He also understands, and strongly believes in, the important role such companies have to play in our culture. Dan is therefore delighted to be on the board, positively supporting The Other Ways Works in their progress and development.
(Joined March 2017)

Rob Lindsay

Rob is a Digital Producer and Marketer who specialises in helping arts and heritage organisations use digital media to engage meaningfully with new and developing audiences. Having worked in arts and broadcast for almost two decades, including significant roles with BBC and Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rob focuses on understanding how online and social content behaves differently to other media. For the Digital Agency The Space, he works across a slate of digital R&D commissions, and manages a series of mentoring programmes for creative organisations across the UK. He is a guest lecturer at University of Birmingham.
(Joined December 2017)

Lisa Meyer

Lisa is the Artistic Director/CEO of Capsule, an arts organisation which she co-founded in 1999. Capsule, craft extraordinary events for adventurous audiences and has gained a reputation as a dynamic and innovative arts producer, initiating, commissioning and producing multi-disciplinary work. Along with a year round programme, Capsule is responsible for a number of high profile projects, including the internationally renowned Supersonic Festival, named the “UK’s best small festival” by The Guardian, 2019.

Lisa is responsible for conceiving and curating Home Of Metal, a groundbreaking heritage project, with exhibitions and events that join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low art and joins audiences and performers together. Home of Metal is devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word ‘heavy’.

Lisa was an Honorary Research Fellow at the Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham with an MA in Digital Media and Culture.
(Joined 2020)

Stuart Rogers

Stuart is a leading Theatre Producer and Arts Management Consultant. He is currently producing UK and international tours of The Snowman, The Lovely Bones, A Thousand Splendid Suns and Calixto Bieito’s productions of The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex & Anxiety and Wuthering Heights.

He was previously Executive Director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre (2002 to 2019), where he was jointly responsible with the Artistic Director for all aspects of strategic policy creation and management of the theatre’s two auditoria and its extensive programme of touring, education and community work.
Before that he was Management Consultant to Teatro Kismet, the largest theatre company in southern Italy (1999 to 2001), Chief Executive of The National Centre for Popular Music
(1996 to 1999), and Administrative Director of Nottingham Playhouse (1990 to 1996).

He also runs workshops in organisational structure, strategic planning and managing change for arts organisations for a variety of international bodies including The British Council, The Soros Foundation, Amsterdam Summer University, L’Universite de Dijon, L’Institut Francais, NOROC, The Arab Arts Association and The Welsh College of Dance & Drama.
(Joined 2020)

Clayton Shaw

Clayton is Programme Manager for STEAMhouse and is responsible for overall project delivery of STEAMhouse (first phases) and works closely with the team on areas of capital development, financial management, programme design and delivery, marketing and PR, strategic partnerships, research collaborations, and sector development.
STEAMhouse is a creative innovation centre in Digbeth, Birmingham, UK, with the aim of brokering collaborative relationships between businesses, academics, arts and creative industries to support innovation and prototyping activity for social and economic benefit. The centre will demonstrate how arts and creativity can be combined with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) to drive innovation, skills, research, and economic growth.
Prior to this he was Associate Director at Sampad, a Birmingham based South Asian arts development organisation, Combined Arts Officer at Arts Council England, Cultural Partnerships Officer at Birmingham City Council, and Events Officer at the Herbert Arts Gallery in Coventry.
He is a passionate advocate of arts and culture and is particularly interested in the interplay between arts, science, technology, and engineering. He currently occupies board director positions for Culture Spectrum, the Whitworth Wallis Trust, and The Other Way Works, Prior to that he was a board director of Moby Duck, and founding board director of Culture Central.

Clayton is a postgraduate of Fine Art, University of Central England (now BCU), and a Masters graduate in European Cultural Policy and Management, University of Warwick. He was also an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham in the College of Art and Law.
(Joined April 2016)

Past members of the Board

Dr Erin Sullivan
Dr Delia Garratt 2012-2018
Chris Unitt
Catherine Allen
Sarah Ellis
Andrew Tims
Chris Brown
Louisa Davies-Foley
Liz Jones
Fiona Handscomb
Rev Dr Joel Love

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