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Edinburgh, UK. 28.07.2019. Boundless Theatre and Boom Shakalaka present "Parakeet", written by Brigitte Aphrodite, in the Paines Plough Roundabout, Summerhall, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The performers are: Michelle Tiwo (GIRL), Isabel Oliver (DUST), Lula Mebrahtu (TAM), Brigitte Aphrodite (PARAKEET #1) and Quiet Boy (PARAKEET #2). Directed by Laura Keefe, with design by Alex Noble and lighting design by Sherry Coenen. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

We invest in diverse artists now, inspiring them to make work for our audiences and supporting them to be the visionary artists of the future.

The Boundless Associate Artist scheme, now in its tenth year, provides much needed ongoing support to playwrights, directors, designers and theatre makers who want to make extraordinary theatre for young adult audiences. Through structured mentoring, access to R&D resources and encouragement to make new work, Boundless Theatre hope to make a positive impact on the broader theatre community in the UK.

Each associate receives a bursary and further access to resources to develop new theatre as well as being supported to make international research trips.  The artists will be matched with teenagers and young adults across the 18 month programme and help Boundless reimagine how theatre can be more accessible, relevant and engaging to new audiences.

You can read more about our current Boundless Associates below.

Boundless Associates

Rosie Elnile Designer

Rosie trained at Royal Central  School of Speech and Drama, with a degree in Design  for the Stage, (BA (Hons) (First Class)) and is currently Resident Design Assistant at the Donmar Warehouse. Rosie’s selected design work includes, as Designer: Goats (Royal Court); Unknown Island (Gate Theatre); Design Prime Time (Royal Court); Big Guns (Yard Theatre); The Convert (Gate Theatre).  As Associate Designer: Seventeen (Lyric Hammersmith); Elegy (Donmar Warehouse).  As Assistant Designer: Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).  Rosie won the Stage Debut Award in 2017.

James Frewer Composer and Musical Director

James has a Master’s degree in Conducting and Composition (University of Hull).  He is an Associate Artist of Middle Child and Hull Truck.  Composition credits include The 101 Dalmatians (Birmingham Rep); All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (with Paines Plough), Mercury Fur, Weekend Rockstars: An Album Play (with Hull Truck), Modern Life Is Rubbish: A Musical Manifesto, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Middle Child Theatre); Twelfth Night (Orange Tree); Folk (Birmingham Rep/Watford Palace/Hull Truck); Get Carter (Northern Stage/UK Tour); Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, A Taste of Honey (Hull Truck); The Thing About Psychopaths (Red Ladder Theatre/National Tour).  Musical Director and Performer credits include: The Snow Queen (New Vic Theatre); Dancehall (Cast Doncaster); The Night Before Christmas (Soho Theatre); This House (National Theatre, dep performer).  Sound Design credits include: The Season Ticket (Pilot Theatre/Northern Stage); This Land, Red Sky at Night (Pentabus); A Further Education, Deluge (Hampstead Theatre); Love Me Do (Watford Palace Theatre); The Ugly Sisters (Rash Dash/National Tour).

Elayce Ismail Director

Elayce works in the UK and internationally as a freelance theatre and opera director, and dramaturg. She was the inaugural RTYDS Associate Director at Northern Stage in 2017/2018. Prior to this she was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio as the recipient of the JP Morgan Award for Emerging Directors in 2014/2015.

Direction includes: If Not Now, When? (NT); Nanjing (Royal Court/Shakespeare’s Globe/Royal Exchange Manchester/Birmingham Rep); Under Milk Wood, The War of the Worlds (Northern Stage); Girls (HighTide Festival/Soho Theatre/UK tour); Omeros, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco, Chorus, Spooky Action at a Distance (Gate Theatre); The Lost Ring (Deutsches Theater Berlin); Stay Another Song (Young Vic); When I Am Queen (Almeida); They Whisper Don’t Gaze at the Stars… (ENO).

Recent opera as revival/associate director: 4:48 Psychosis (Opéra national du Rhin/Royal Opera House); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier); The Virtues of Things (Royal Opera House).