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ARC has a number of enhanced relationships with selected regional artists and companies whose work we feel is valuable to ARC’s artistic programme. Packages of support are tailored to the needs of the individual artists, but the relationship is intended to lead to the presentation of work at ARC.

Support can include acting as an ongoing creative mentor or producer, as well as more practical assistance such as help with funding applications, rehearsal space, production, technical and marketing support.

‘Associate’ relationships are regularly reviewed, usually at the end of each project or production, to ensure that they remain of mutual benefit.

ARC’s current Associate Artists and Companies are:


Dave Allinson & Michelle Tripp

Visual artists Dave and Michelle multi-dimensional work has become an integral part of performance based installations, exhibitions, film and experimental theatre.

Kathryn Beaumont

Theatre maker and actress Kathryn Beaumont has returned to the North East after training at University of Cambridge, Live Academy, Newcastle and the Meisner Center, Los Angeles.

Daniel Bye

Middlesbrough-born Daniel Bye makes work for theatre and online platforms as, variously, writer, director and performer.

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards performs poetry and character comedy regularly in the North East and beyond, and works as a creative writing tutor and performer.


Switchback is a partnership between writer, director and performer Phil Ormrod and Oliver Lamford.

Tom Walton: Artistic Director for FallenFromGrace

Tom Walton, Artistic Director of FallenFromGrace, has had much involvement with ARC and previewed his show, When We Embraced prior to its run at Edingburgh Fringe Festival.

Encounter Productions

Encounter produces multi disciplinary theatre and film, keeps writers at the heart of our devising process and is committed to making new work.