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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.

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.

Trudi Collier

Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage, Project Co-ordinator

Trudi has spent her career dedicated to mindfulness, the arts and supporting the deaf community. For the last 20 years Trudi has provided mental health and counselling services, a service that she still provides.

Trudi has worked on a wide variety of projects including a counselling training project for Deaf Scotland (formerly Scottish Council on Deafness) and has previously been a trustee for the British Deaf Association and currently sits on the board for Sign Health.

Trudi has also had the opportunity to share her passion for art, delivering BSL tours at National Galleries Scotland, Royal Collection and Royal Academy of Arts.

As the newest member of the Solar Bear team she is excited to lead on the development of the Solar Flares: Deaf Heritage project and share Scotland’s rich deaf heritage with the world.

Alice Muir

Community Engagement Manager

Alice Muir is now based in Glasgow and grew up in England. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from the University of the West of England. Alice has experience of working with the public sector. She has participated in several international events in Europe, such as the EUDY Study Session.
Alice is an illustrator and has worked on various projects, such as the Imaginate and Bookbug App.

Alice is passionate about Deaf culture, language and community and is eager to be part of the team to help establish a better network of deaf and hearing artists and theatre makers across Scotland.

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