Rebekah Jones set up 1DegreeEast in December 2017 to support dance and physical theatre artists that are making work without producer support. This pilot draws on models such as Fuel and China Plate Theatre to support regional artists in Kent and Suffolk to help realise their work.
Rebekah completed her MA in Advanced Theatre practice specialising in Creative Producing at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2005.
She has successfully produced work for RFOs and NPO such as Jasmin Vardimon, KAOS theatre and David Glass Ensemble and her career spans over 15 years. She has also produced co-productions with DanceEast, Sadlers Wells and The Royal Opera House.
Based in south east Kent, Rebekah is currently the Executive Producer for Arthur Pita and has extensive knowledge of producing small and mid-scale dance tours.
Matthew Jones is a founder of 1 Degree Eastand a creative producer who has worked in theatre and dance for over twenty-five years. He has produced over seventy productions including co-productions with Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Sadlers Wells. His work is predominantly in physical theatre, dance and outdoor arts. He has produced performances and creative projects in over 25 different countries.
Matthew’s is also the Executive Director of Ballo Arthur Pita.
Ballo Arthur Pita develops and produces the work of award winning contemporary dance director and choreographer Arthur Pita often in collaboration with partners such DanceEast, Sadlers Wells and Royal Opera House.
Matthew was General Manager of Greenwich+Docklands Festivals for 6 years, he has been General Manager of Akademi; Executive Producer of Nitro; Producer of David Glass Ensemble and Producer of Tara Arts.
Matthew has been a Trustee of Greenwich Dance, Greenwich+Docklands Festivals, Commicado, Nitro, Inside Job and was Chair of the Independent Theatre Council for 4 years.
Matthew is a Senior Research Fellow at London South Bank University and previously a Visiting Lecturer as well as Tutor for Creative Producers on the MA for Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Roberta Spicer has been working within the Arts in a variety of roles and providing Arts support for a number of clients on various projects since 2008.
For five years Roberta was the Festivals & Programming Manager at Quarterhouse in Folkestone, Kent, where she launched an impressive programme of theatre, dance, film, comedy and live music.
She developed this programme in addition to the established Folkestone Book Festival until 2013.
Roberta joined Jasmin Vardimon Company in 2012 as Company Administrator where she continued to expand her knowledge of contemporary dance and develop her skills within the Arts.
Roberta now works with a number of clients through 1DegreeEast, including Arthur Pita, Icon Theatre, Luton Culture, Vinicius Salles and ConfiDance.