MEET THE BRUISER TEAM!
Lisa May | Artistic Director
Lisa May is the Artistic Director and Founder of Bruiser Theatre Company. In 1997, Lisa believed there was an opportunity in the market for a new, innovative touring company in Northern Ireland. The aim was to produce consistently high quality theatre, with the flexibility to specialise in outreach and education where applicable.
Lisa coined Bruiser's artistic policy of "minimal set for maximum impact" and has directed all of Bruiser's previous productions bar "Two" which was directed by Karl Wallace, in which she appeared. Lisa's style of direction focuses on the actors' ability to engage the audience, without relying on elaborate sets, costume and lighting. The actor is the central mechanism of performance, and Bruiser's choice of scripts allows exploration of the essential dynamics of theatre: the actor, the audience and the space.
Lisa co-ordinates all of Bruiser's education and outreach programmes and is committed to making theatre accessible to all. This is evident in Bruiser's critically acclaimed Theatre Schools and Graduate Academy programmes. Lisa is also a freelance actress, a trained playworker, workshop facilitator and consultant. Over the last ten years she has worked with many arts organisations including UAYD, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Sound Inventors, Queen's University and OMAC in varied and exciting drama-based projects
Andrew Hume | Company Manager
Andrew Hume is the Company Manager for Bruiser Theatre Company, also acting as production and project manager for the organisations theatre and education work.
Joining the Bruiser team in 2016, Andrew studied Music at The University of York, where he developed an aptitude for facilitating cross art form performance projects. This passion was the thrust of his vision while curating the inspiring and accessible York Spring Festival of New Music. He continued a freelance career in England and Northern Ireland with Camerata Ireland and Armonico Consort, before returning to Belfast to work as an Orchestra Manager with the Ulster Orchestra.
Nicholas McElhatton | Business Support Executive
Nicholas McElhatton graduated from Queen's Univeristy in 2009 with a BA in English. Since then he returned to study an MA in Arts Management, graduating in 2014. He has worked for a number of arts organisations in Belfast in a variety of roles in the last ten years including Audiences NI, the Grand Opera House, the Belfast Festival at Queen's and Queen's University's Students' Union.
Nicholas has also worked for Visit Belfast as a Project Officer working closely on key strategic projects and events such as Tall Ships 2015, cruise ship servicing, Tourism Industry front of house engagement programme and the implementation of tourist information touch screens at various locations throughout Northern Ireland.
Nicholas began working for Bruiser in January 2017 as a Business Support Executive.
Natalie Curran | Education and Outreach Intern
Natalie trained at Belfast Metropolitan College where she completed her HND in Performing Art. Natalie furthered her education by attending Northbrook College Sussex where she graduated with a BA honours in Theatre Arts.
Outside of education Natalie has gathered a wide range of relevant experience within the Arts industry. This includes working with theatre companies such as Cahoots NI and Tinderbox.
Joining the Bruiser team in March 2017 as the Education and Outreach Intern, Natalie has a passion for theatre in education and hopes to further her knowledge and experience within this area.