THE STRIVE COLLECTIVE
JENNIFER K BATES
Co-founder and Director of The DH Ensemble, Jennifer has directed all of the Ensemble's projects to date.
Other theatre credits include The Crucible Theatre, Dundee Rep, The Tron Theatre, The Byre Theatre, Poorboy Theatre, Bard In The Botanics and The Royal Shakespeare Company Studio. She has worked extensively with Solar Bear Theatre Company and Youth Arts Scotland/National Theatre of Scotland and facilitated/directed SB’s Deaf Youth Theatre for several years: many of those young people went on to be the first cohort of the BA Acting course specifically designed for Deaf students (RCS) and are now professionals in their own right. She completed her Masters (Distinction) in Advanced Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She also founded and runs a Social Enterprise called What Happens Now? working with children and young people to explore and ask questions about the world we live in through stories, performance and play. www.jenniferkbates.com
Stephen joined the Ensemble in 2013. He has performed in Nodus Tollens and Fair is Foul. He provided dramaturgical feedback for People of the Eye and is now moving into directing, taking on the role of co-director for Mathilda and the Orange Balloon for its next incarnation.
His freelance performance credits include Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol (Leeds Playhouse), Bartholomew Abominations (BBC RADIO 4), Doctors (TV), Crimplene Crusaders (Vamos Theatre), Dawn of the Deaf (Short film), Post Office (Commercial), A Christmas Carol (Bristol Old Vic), Blasted and Reasons to be Cheerful (Graeae), Up ‘N’ Under (Fingersmiths).
is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Hot Coals Productions which was founded in 2012 with theatre partner Jo Sargeant who she met while training on RADA's first ever year of the MA Theatre Lab course.
Clare-Louise is deaf having lost her hearing as a teenager and is passionate about making work that is accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences. Through her work with Hot Coals she has devised, performed and co-produced all their theatre productions and strives to push the boundaries of traditional access and challenge convention.
In 2020 Clare made her filmmaking debut, directing and co-writing Hot Coals Productions‘ first ever film, My Darling Christopher. The film combines English, BSL and Visual Vernacular and has gone on to win awards and continues to be accepted into film festivals.
She is co-writing her first feature film and working on various short film projects with Hot Coals.
Outside Hot Coals Clare has performed with companies: Ramps on the Moon, Graeae, BBC and Channel 4 to name a few.
ERIN SIOBHAN HUTCHING
joined The DH Ensemble at the end of 2014 to write and perform in her autobiographical play People of the Eye, based on her family's experiences of deafness and sign language. She has since been involved in The DH Ensemble's other projects - performing in Fair is Foul and devising for and producing Nodus Tollens and Mathilda and the Orange Balloon. Erin studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York as well as in New Zealand and Australia.
Her freelance acting credits include Deaf Funny (TV), The Ballad of Des and Mo (Feature Film), Break (award winning short film), 4.48 Psychosis (Deafinitely Theatre/New Diorama), The Process (Baz Productions/ Bunker Theatre), peeling (Taking Flight/ UK tour) and online commercials for Samsung and Google.
Jo is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Hot Coals Productions which was founded in 2012 with theatre partner Clare-Louise English who she met while training on RADA's first ever year of the MA Theatre Lab course.
Jo describes herself first and foremost as a storyteller. Passionate about access and inclusivity, over the last 8 years since graduating she has devoted herself to the work she makes with Hot Coals Productions, producing, devising, designing and performing in all of their shows. As a neurodiverse artist she is proud to work with a rich mix of people and is driven to evoke change within the theatre and film industries.
Outside of Hot Coals Jo is also a freelance performer, theatre designer and producer and has worked with a variety of companies including DH Ensemble, Sycorax Collective and is currently producing her own work.
Sophie has been with the Ensemble since its inception in 2013. She has performed in Nodus Tollens, Fair is Foul and was a key part of the development of People of the Eye including performing in scratch versions in London and Edinburgh.
Sophie studied acting at RADA and her freelance credits include Doctor Who, Casualty, Small World, Shetland, Two Doors Down and The Crown (TV) and Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe/West End), As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Watermill), The Beauty Parade (Wales Millenium Centre), The Greatest Wealth (Old Vic) and Jubilee (Lyric Hammersmith). Spotlight profile