The Team

Meet our team

All Ways Making is led by three directors and we work regularly with our team of associates.  In addition we bring on other freelancers & partners for the delivery of our projects.

Christina Birt MA, BA, Dip.AISTD

Director

Arts professional with over 25 years’ experience. Most recently consultant to Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills and the national network of Bridge organisations, amongst others. Creates, develops and delivers arts education projects, most notably Creative Critics funded by Arts Council England, programmed and commissioned by three arts festivals and delivered to schools across three counties in England.  Previously Head of Creative Learning and Director of Creative Partnerships, working for organisations including The Royal Opera House, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Greenwich Dance Agency. Originally trained and qualified as a dance teacher, gained a first class degree in Dance Studies and Education at Roehampton and a MA Cultural Leadership, at City University.


David Dawson MSC, PG.Dip, LLB

Director 

David has worked as a Director, Consultant and Senior Manager in a wide range of organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has a background in Human Resources in Unilever and Shell. He has lived in Suffolk since 1994 and has been a Director of the Apollo group developing health centres and providing primary care services since 2000. Past Chair of Workwise (Suffolk), providers of employment/training in Mental Health, previous Chair of Governors at St Benedict’s School, a Trustee of Women’s Aid and continues as a member of the Community Engagement Group of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. He gained a Law degree whilst also Director of the Arts Festival at Southampton University and awarded MSc in Health and Social Services from London School of Economics.


Gabrielle Ereira-Guyer MA, BEd, PGCE

Director 

Gabrielle has a private Arts Psychotherapy practice working as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.  Passionate about the power of psychotherapy, expression and the arts to change lives, she works with private clients, charities and business exploring various challenging and painful aspects of life.

She has worked in a variety of settings with children and adults.  Gabrielle is also a Director of the Golden Yew Project CIC who offer psychological support to vulnerable adults suffering from financial hardship.

Gabrielle has a lifetime of involvement in the arts in various capacities. She has over 22 years’ experience working in Education with young people with emotional and learning difficulties teaching Art, DT and Drama, she trained as a Psychotherapist at Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) in London, and is Co-founder of a number of groups including a contemporary dance group and community arts group.


Sarah Cotterill

Associate (Creative Critics Lead Artist) 

Sarah is an Associate Artist with All Ways Making and a Creative Critics lead artist.

Based in the North of England. Dabbling in multiple production roles, her work has been varied, and within both community and education settings, backstage, on-stage, and outdoors.

Her theatre credits include; Clocking In (Pilot Theatre), The Beggars of York (Tiny Window), Flood, Blood & Chocolate (Hull 2017/Slung Low), The Band (David Pugh/Dafydd Rogers/Take That), Beauty & The Beast (Three Bears Productions) & Helver’s Night (Company of Angels), Moby Dick, Witness For The Prosecution (Theatre Mill & RJS Productions).

Working with a broad spectrum of ages and abilities, companies Sarah has facilitated for include: The Nottingham Youth Theatre, York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Konflux Theatre in Education, Leeds College of Music, The Mount School, York, The Lichfield Festival.

With social-enterprise Ahead Partnership, Sarah delivers events in schools and businesses; connecting employers with education, public and private sector partners. Narrowing skills shortages via a range of workshops and activities, she project coordinates initiatives to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people across the country.

Recently Sarah has been developing a volunteer strategy for arts events with Leeds City Council, as Volunteer Coordinator for Light Night and Leeds International Film Festival. She writes for Leeds Confidentials & Yorkshire Food Guide and often freelances in the ITV Art department.


Stewart Melton

Associate (Creative Critics Artist & Education and Community Practitioner) 

Stewart is a writer, director & facilitator.

He was formerly Youth and Community Director of Southwark Playhouse and has facilitated creative learning and community projects with theatres including Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse, the Almeida, Half Moon and Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. He collaborated with Cristina Birt Projects (the forerunner to All Ways Making) as a facilitating artist for Creative Critics, first at the Yorkshire Festival in 2016 and subsequently at the Bury Festival in 2017.

Stewart has worked as a dramaturg at the RSC, Ovalhouse and the Arcola Theatre and was a finalist for the JMK Young Directors Award. His scripts for children and young people have been staged across the UK and internationally at Haya Arts Center in Amman, Jordan and, in the autumn of 2018, at the National Theatre of Greece.


Matt Burman

Associate 

Matt is the Artistic Director & Chief Executive of The Junction in Cambridge.   Has has been working as an Independent Producer and Programmer for clients including London International Festival of Theatre and Leeds City Council. He has also held positions as Artistic Director at Yorkshire Festival, Head of Programme at Warwick Arts Centre and Executive Producer at Norfolk & Norwich Festival.


Teresa Ariosto

Dramaturge and Creative ProducersTeresa

Teresa is a theatre Dramaturge and Creative Producer based in Aarhus. She started her career as a journalist in Italy and subsequently became involved in theatre. Teresa has a strong international experience having worked in Italy, Switzerland and the UK, before moving to Denmark in July 2016.

Teresa worked at the Italian Theatre Institute in Rome and at Blickfelder, an international festival presenting theatre performances for children and young people from all over the world, in Zurich; afterwards she moved to London where she took an MA in Arts Criticism and Management and started working as a freelance producer.


Emrys Green FInstLM LCGI FRSA TechIOSH from Cloud Artisans

Digital AssociatesEmrys

Emrys is a Director at Cloud Artisans.  They specialise in developing digital projects with the creative sector and working with young people.  Their clients include the National Association of Youth Theatres, Upstart Projects, Trinity College London, National Operatic & Dramatic Association and various others.  Emrys is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and holds both a Degree & Licentiateship in Management.  He grew up around Bury St Edmunds and now works nationally managing arts & digital projects.