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Laura McDermott

Laura McDermott

CLI Participant 2011

Laura McDermott has been Joint Artistic Director of Fierce Festival with Harun Morrison since Autumn 2009.

Fierce Festival was founded by Mark Ball (now artistic director of LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre) in 1998. Fierce is a festival of live art, performance and public intervention, which takes place across Birmingham annually.

The first edition of the festival curated by Harun and Laura in March 2011 included The Irrepressibles, EXYZT and newly developed work by Action Hero, Dominic Johnson, James Webb, Lundahl & Seitl, Sheila Ghelani and plan b.

Fierce Festival works in partnership with a range of organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Within Birmingham, Fierce is proud to be an active member of the We Are Eastside consortium, a group of independent arts organisations who champion contemporary culture in the city.

Previously Laura worked as a creative producer atBAC (Battersea Arts Centre) andGreenwich + Docklands International Festivals. Laura has extensive experience of producing work in found, unusual, or outdoor spaces. Laura was the lead producer for thePunchdrunk and BAC Production, The Masque of the Red Death, a site-responsive work staged across all 71 rooms of BAC’s premises (a former Victorian town hall), listed by Lyn Gardner as one of nine ‘productions that transformed theatre’ in The Guardian in April 2009. Laura has also worked as a creative programmer and project manager at music festivals, including Glastonbury and the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi.