Our Collaborative City team across Coventry



Ana Gillespie

Senior Producer
North West and North Warwickshire (+ North East until Spring 2020)

Ana Gillespie is a Producer and Curator of ambitious cultural programmes across art-forms and scale with some of the leading, world-class artists, producers and venues. such as Barbican, Lyric Hammersmith, Edinburgh International Festival.

She has worked in a number of art forms; theatre, outdoor arts, dance, circus, visual arts, cabaret & music; but has developed an expertise for interdisciplinary & multi-art form programmes particularly in work that is in public and non-traditional spaces, small intimate performances in cupboards, basements, school spaces, shopping centres, on and along the canals scaling up to the large spaces such as the Old Sanoffi factory (Barking), historic parks and the Olympic Park.

Highlights include:

  • Open East-the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Park for over 50,000 people;
  • Aqua-the worlds largest outdoor water show OCT in China;
  • The UK premiere of The Magic Lantern Festival – a Chinese walk-through light show in Chiswick Gardens
  • Duckies infamous sleepover show Lullaby at the Barbican.

Recently she was Executive Producer for the first ever London Borough of Culture at Waltham Forest, working together with the community of Waltham Forest to co-create one incredible year.

She is passionate about democratising culture and has championed this throughout her career, creating work that is co-created, participatory and inclusive/collaboratively that transforms people, places and the planet.

Ana is a recent Coventry resident and looking forward to immersing herself in this extraordinary city and people, working together with the community on this incredible journey to do something extraordinary over the next few years to make lasting change.

Ellen Booth

South West

Ellen is a Producer, Project & Stage Manager with experience and passion for cross-art forms, forged during her time at Brighton Festival working within the Artistic Planning team.

She has expertise within dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret, disability arts, spoken word and intergenerational work in a variety of locations including caves, on boats, outdoors, at Festivals, in usual and unusual spaces.

Previous projects include;

  • South East Dance –  leading on a national initiative for a creative solution to falls prevention for over 60’s.
  • Stage One Producers alumni, working at Curve Theatre in Leicester

Ellen believes that art, culture and community have the power to make anyone feel something a little deeper so we can be kinder and more caring to every citizen on this planet. By championing work and projects that celebrates difference, she works to develop opportunities for the d/Deaf and Disabled community, creating environments in which everyone is welcome. Ellen is proud to have worked alongside visionaries such as Kate Tempest and is looking forward to moving her focus away from behind the red ropes of theatre and into the communities in which we live.

Ellen grew up in the small seaside town of Eastbourne before moving to Leicester to study and work, graduating with a First in Contemporary Dance from De Montfort University, Leicester. She was a recipient of the Graduate Champion Apprenticeship scheme, giving her a first step into the world of arts and culture via an internship in Coventry with Decoda Arts Organisation.

Molly Adkins

South East

Molly is a Producer passionate about working with communities and putting a spotlight on community excellence. Molly has forged a career within the commercial live music industry and is currently one of the very few women and people under 30 actively operating as a tour manager in this arena.

She began her career at Midlands-based radio stations The Bridge FM & Black Country Radio, she has developed the PRFS supported Welcome to My City Tour for emerging talent and the production of various events industry training programs (in partnership with Capital Xtra) for under 25’s.

In addition to this Molly spent 3 years a lead curator and producer of Birmingham’s BASS festival, a multi-artform festival championing BAME arts, culture and heritage. This role saw her actively engaging with communities both locally and internationally to ensure the festival program was owned by and a true reflection of the communities it represents.

She is passionate about providing platforms, support and much-needed infrastructure for emerging artists worldwide as well as engaging more young people in the possibility of careers in the live events sector.

Molly is keen to build on and continue with further co-created programs and projects throughout Coventry’s time as city of culture and to ensure that all of Coventry plays a part in making 2021 a true reflection of Coventry’s cultural excellence.

Molly was born in and grew up in the West Midlands, as a strong supporter of midlands talent and creativity she is incredibly proud to see Coventry receive international recognition for this.

Shabnam Shabazi

North East

Shabnam Shabazi is an interdisciplinary ‘artivist’, a highly original, seasoned, tenacious cultural entrepreneur, with over sixteen years senior management experience, developing projects across London, nationally and internationally, leading and taking care of all aspects of project management. Participation, the interstices between art forms and cultures have always been at the heart of my practice. Working with diverse artists and communities across a range of art forms as a creative producer. Developing innovative, strategic, participatory projects and engagement approaches, leading to the creation of high quality events and programmes.

A maker and Enabler of creative projects, with extensive experience of developing projects for over 26 years. Participation, the interstices between art forms and cultures have always been at the heart of her practice. Working with diverse artists and communities across a range of art forms as an artist and organiser. Developing innovative, strategic, projects and pioneering engagement approaches, leading to the creation of high quality events and programmes.

Having worked with Spill Festival; Live Art Development Agency; Artsadmin; Metal; Magic Me; Red Room; Pan Intercultural Arts; Hackney Empire; Out of Joint; Theatre Centre; Paines Plough & Goldsmiths, University of London to name a few highlights…Recent solo and collaborative projects include: ‘Snail Portrait’; ‘Body House’; ’Speaker’s Corner’; ‘Firestarters’; ’There Ain’t No Black In The Union Jack’ and ‘Terra Nullius’. Recently, ‘Community Activist’ of Revoluton Arts, Luton’s Creative People and Places project. Currently Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts at Birkbeck University of London, Trustee of Pacitti Company (Spill Festival).

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