TRACY GENTLES - PERSONAL PROJECTS PAGE
Welcome to my page -
I am mixed race. I am working class, I have been known as an artist, a curator and a producer. I champion the intersectional, the different, the queer, the fringe.
It's sometimes it's difficult for people like me to feel at home in this world, comfortable in skin, skills and situation.
I'd like to change this.
As a first generation university graduate, I obtained a 1st Class Honours degree in Performing Arts from the University of Salford where between 2004-2008 I was employed as a visiting Director. During this time I was a practicing artist operating under HooH HaH Productions, a vehicle for four national tours to venues incl. the Lowry and Royal Exchange in Manchester and Camden People’s Theatre, London. As director and producer I created collaborative works with performers, musicians and designers developing visceral multimedia performance from found/classic texts, celebrating diverse perspectives. Supported by ACE, local authority grants and an artist residency at the Greenroom, Manchester.
From 2010 I worked from London, aiming to develop my producing skills initially at Clod Ensemble,’08-’14; creating large scale interdisciplinary works in venues incl. Sadler’s Wells,Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre, building networks within arts and health through my work on their Performing Medicine Programme.
Upon leaving I worked as a freelance producer collaborating with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (Split Britches), supporting a step change in their practice through opening up new avenues for collaboration and support. This resulted in high profile partnerships in support of new work, artist fellowships and international touring.
Between 2016-18, through the creation of In Company Collective, I expanded strategic support to artists Liz Carr and Le Gateau Chocolat. Since 2015 I have led Wellcome Trust commissioned arts, health and social change initiative The Sick of the Fringe, which I Co Direct with artist Brian Lobel.
I am currently an artist fellow at Queen Mary’s University of London.
AS DIRECTOR OF HooH HaH:
TEXTURES FROM A SELECTION OF PAST STAGE WORKS 2004-2008
Exploring taboo and nothingness, representation and the abyss through the theatre of Tadeusz Kantor.
A collaboration with performers and live musicians, created from music and text by Ailís Ní Ríain. Supported by Arts Council England and a developed through a Greenroom (Manchester) residency.
Amalgamating the methodologies of theatre-makers Antonin Artaud and Bertolt Brecht, this project took George Orwell's 1984 as a starting point for exploring premeditated, cumulative psychological violence.
As Co Director of The Sick of the Fringe:
Collaborations with artists
Supporting the strategic development of...
Lesbian Feminist Theatre Company founded in 1980, continues with the work of Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver. Creators and facilitators of queer performance.
Projects supported through strategic partnership building and fundraising include:
2012 - present (currently mentoring producing team)
OTHER PROJECTS DEVELOPED AND PRODUCED 2016 - 2017 INCLUDE:
Assisted Suicide The Musical by Liz Carr
Adler & Gibb by Tim Crouch
Notorious by The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein
Sex, Cancer & Cocktails by Brian Lobel