Senior management team biographies
David Wright, Deputy Director
Born in Neath, South Wales David moved to Australia as a child. He studied Drama, Film and English Literature at Macquarie University, and Arts Management at University of Technology, Sydney. Over the last 20 years he has worked predominantly in General/Financial Management with Toe Truck Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (both in Sydney), and London’s Bush Theatre. Most recently he was Executive Director of Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre in London, Executive Manager of Sydney Theatre, and General Manager of Citymoves Dance Agency in Aberdeen, Scotland. David joined National Dance Company Wales in September 2011.
Joe Fletcher, Technical Director
Joe has been Technical Director & Resident Designer for National Dance Company Wales for the past seven years. During this time he has designed for choreographers Roy Campbell-Moore, Andonis Foniadakis, Eleesha Drennan, Gustavo Ramírez Sansano & Lee Johnston and taken the work to China, India, across Europe and the UK. He studied Theatre Design (MA) at Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, specialising in lighting and digital design, where he returns as a guest tutor for the BA and MA lighting courses. Joe has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Joe’s obsession with light has developed throughout a fifteen-year career in the arts; designing for theatre, dance, concerts, events and architecture. Design credits include Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Arad Goch, Sherman Cymru, The Guardian Hay Literature & Arts Festival, Slush Theatre Company, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Uman Zoo, National Youth Dance Wales & National Theatre Wales. In 2013 Joe’s lighting and animation design for Purlieus, in collaboration with choreographer Lee Johnston, was selected as a finalist at the World Stage Design Exhibition 2013.
Lee Johnston, Rehearsal Director
Originally from Sydney, Lee trained at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. After dancing for LINK Dance Company she joined NDCWales in 2004. Highlights as a performer with the company include working with choreographers Ohad Naharin, Stephen Petronio, Christopher Bruce and Nigel Charnock. Since 2008 Lee has consistently choreographed for the company creating works including Calamine Joy, Pursuing Hidden Ends, Purlieus and They Seek To Find The Happiness They Seem. Since August 2013 Lee has continued her work with NDCWales as Rehearsal Director and in January 2014 became the company's House Choreographer. Lee was a 2013 Dance UK Mentee, mentored by Betsy Gregory, and a Dancers' Career Development recipient, enabling her to complete a Masters in Management (Arts and Cultural Management). Combining her arts management experience with her desire to connect people through dance, Lee has recently developed two initiatives for NDCWales: Stage One and Gaga Spring Workshop 2014.