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Jonathan Lloyd

Creative Director/CEO

Jonathan is a theatre director and writer, specialising in new writing and work for young people. He was Associate Director at Soho Theatre for nine years, where he set up and ran the company’s education and outreach programme. He was Artistic Director at Polka Theatre, one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated to work for children, from 2007-2013. Before joining Solar Bear in 2017 he was Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

Jonathan was a fellow with the Clore Leadership Programme 2005/06 and a board member of Deafinitely Theatre for eight years.

Angela Coates

General Manager

Although Angela started in the commercial sector she quickly moved to working in the third sector where she enjoyed a long career. She subsequently trained as an actor and then became a General Manager in 2001, joining Solar Bear in 2014.

Victoria Paulo

Community Engagement Manager

With a background of stage management within new writing theatre companies, Victoria’s interest in creating accessible theatre for wider audiences led to her working with Solar Bear. As Community Engagement Officer, Victoria works with both industry and training organisations to encourage access into training and the profession for deaf young people, deaf artists and performance interpreters.

When not with Solar Bear, Victoria is a Communication Support Worker for deaf students and hopes to start her Sign Language Interpreter training in the near future.

Felix Gilfedder

Digital Development Manager

Felix helps develop and spread a range of digital stories near and far. This includes promoting Solar Bear productions, projects, films, photography and digital art produced by groups and individuals.

Felix has over 250 professional film and TV credits, has developed bespoke digital products working as the Creative Director at Bolster and currently works part time lecturing at Glasgow Clyde College.

Brooklyn Melvin

Trainee Workshop Leader

Brooklyn graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) – BA Performance BSL & English in July 2018. She is now a  freelance performer & workshop leader.

Brooklyn was a member of Deaf Youth Theatre during her teenage years and is now there as a workshop leader. She believes it is important to be a positive role model to the young participants who are there today and to be able to lead them from experience. She hopes to offer them sources of inspiration and allow them to realise their own path.

Branches, 2011