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11 July 2017

Creative Producers International: Meet our global cohort

We are thrilled to announce the fifteen incredibly talented people who will be joining us on Watershed’s new global talent development programme Creative Producers International.


Led by Watershed, and working with experienced UK and international producing partners, Creative Producers International will provide fifteen Creative Producers from across the globe with the tools they need to take leadership in the future of their cities. It will expand the ethos of the Playable City programme which has demonstrated the values of play and unexpected interaction in cities across five continents.

The open call for the programme received a massive 544 applications from every corner of the globe, from people from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines.

The competition was immense, and the final cohort are truly amazing people who each bring a wealth of experience to the table:

  • Alice Holland  Brighton, UK
  • Anel Moldakhmetova – Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Bruce Ikeda – Tokyo, Japan
  • Karishma Rafferty – London, UK
  • Kate Stewart – Liverpool, UK
  • Leticia Lozano – Mexico City, Mexico
  • Louisa Davies – Stratford-upon-Avon, UK
  • Luke Emery – Bristol, UK
  • Malaika Toyo – Lagos, Nigeria
  • Michelle Browne – Dublin, Ireland
  • Paula le Dieu – Sydney, Australia
  • Russel Hlongwane – Durban, South Africa
  • Ryan Swanson – Tampa, USA
  • Sarah Brin – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sarah Hiscock – Manchester, UK

Over the next two and a half years these Creative Producers will work with Watershed, British Council, producing partners and a range of industry professionals, to combine and expand their knowledge and experience.

They will engage with artists, citizens and city leaders alike, and produce creative projects that help transform conversations in their city spaces.

Our programme begins with a three week lab at Watershed in October, where the cohort will meet for the first time and lay the foundations for their work moving forward.

You can find out more about the programme and each of our Creative Producers here.