Stephen Musa - Chair
Stephen started his arts training back when he was a full time dance student at the Elliott—Clarke Theatre School, but his passion for contemporary dance came during his dance education at Bretton Hall and studying for his MA in performance at the University of Malta. Stephen has worked as part of The Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and also alongside choreographers such as Mavin Khoo.
Stephen now works as a senior leader at a further education college in the northwest, and has a proven record of change management and improved outcomes. This along with his experience in the arts supports his role as Chair of the Board.
Stephen has always been an avid supporter of The Wired Aerial Theatre and the work they have created. Leading in their field and pushing dance and theatre to new ‘heights’. He has always been inspired by the groundbreaking work they create, as well as broadening todays training dancers in the art of aerial performance.
Leah has worked within the North West Arts and Cultural sector for over 15 years. As a trained dancer and dance specialist she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Wired Board from fundraising and commissioning, to outreach, engagement and education.
Leah is currently in post as the Cultural Manager at Culture Warrington where she strategically develops the organisation's cultural programmes, venue redevelopments and artists commissions. Through her role she assists with the development of the Borough's wider cultural offer as the Chair of the Warrington LCEP and Cultural Consortium and as an Executive Partner with Dance Consortia North West.
Leah is passionate about championing and developing dance in the North West and has a proven track record of supporting the sector, it's companies and individual dance artists throughout her career. She is delighted to be joining Wired's Board and is excited at the prospect of supporting them in the next chapter of their vibrant future.
Sam worked across the UK’s arts and culture scene for a number of years. In that time he has worked across multiple art forms, produced festivals, set up venues and been instrumental in the creation and delivery of nationally significant cultural programmes.
He is interested in the way arts and culture can respond to and alter a sense of place, shifting perceptions for the people who live there whilst defining the ambition of an area for those outside.
He is currently Programme Director for Festival 2022, a UK wide celebration of creativity and innovation, was previously Creative Director of London’s first ‘Borough of Culture’ Waltham Forest 2019 and Executive Producer at Hull 2017, UK City of Culture.
Sally has 20 years’ experience in the UK dance sector and is extremely passionate about supporting the development of the arts and cultural sector in the North West.
Sally currently specialises in supporting artists and young people to access training and development opportunities. She works for The Lowry in Salford, where she leads on The Centre for Advanced Training in dance for the North West, as well as supporting dance companies and organisations such as One Dance UK to bring their programmes to the region. She has also worked on behalf of Youth Dance England, for Dance UK and closely alongside a number of networks and consortia to support the growth of the regional and national dance infrastructure.
Sally is delighted to be supporting Wired Aerial Theatre at a really exciting moment for the company. As well as having huge admiration for its ground breaking work in aerial dance theatre and art form development, she is particularly passionate about championing the team and its ethos to achieve further growth and success.