Our team and what we do

Kyla Booth-Lucking, Co-Director
Vicky Thornton, Co-Director
Sam Gilroy
Madeleine Wilson
Hayley Ovens

Brilliantly crafted projects, performances, events and evaluation

We are dance specialists. Our mission is to make exciting things happen and happen brilliantly.

We have the know-how to give creative projects lift-off. We have the experience to avoid pitfalls and come up with new approaches. We are two passionate producer/managers with a straightforward approach working in the complex and exhilarating arts landscape. We are a lean, dynamic team – no inflated fees, no offices to run. Just pure energy, drive, intelligence and creativity. We develop the dance ecology through artist development and targeted self-developed projects and interventions.

We are

  • Producers of dance projects, performances and events.
  • Consultants in supporting organisations, artists and companies to achieve their goals, and increase their chances of success.
  • Evaluators

We can offer

  • mentoring and coaching – to artists, producers, organisations
  • support with developing and writing compelling, realistic and successful business plans
  • facilitating challenging conversations
  • training in many dance and arts management related topics

In addition we are specialists in dance with, for and by older non-trained dancers.

About us

Kyla Booth-Lucking/Co-Director

Kyla has worked from small-large scale, in theatres, outdoor work and community settings. Kyla was Head of Community & Learning at South East Dance, then Acting Artistic Director. Since then she has worked as a Producer, Project Manager and Consultant with Pegasus Theatre, Old Vic Tunnels, Marlborough Theatre, Creative Junction, London Studio Centre and was Relationship Manager for Dance, Arts Council England, South East. She is now Director of Programming and Participation at Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival. Kyla is an accredited Relational Dynamics Life Coach.

Vicky Thornton/Co-Director

Vicky Thornton is a Producer and Executive Director with over 20 years’  experience specialising in supporting dance artists to realise their creative ambitions through creating and touring productions, events and festivals, producing short films, programming screen-based festivals and outdoor events, large and small scale community projects and specialising in creative entrepreneurship and business development of cultural organisations.

For Clearcut Vicky works with Made by Katie Green, We are UNIT, One Dance UK, Trinity Laban, Stuart Waters and supports various artists and organisations with their Strategic and Creative Development.   Alongside Clearcut Vicky is Executive Director of ZoieLogic Dance Company is a Founder/Trustee of The Ellie Thornton Foundation and was previously Creative Producer for Dance – Creative EcologyWiltshire, Programme Producer, Head of Screen Dance and Acting CEO at South East Dance and Visiting Lecturer at University of Winchester teaching Creative Entrepreneurship.

Madeleine Wilson/Project Manager/Producer

Madeleine is a freelance Producer managing a range of creative projects. She trained at Central Saint Martins, was selected for the National Theatre’s Young Producers programme in 2013 and has spent the past 12 years working in the arts including: Hijack Festival, Theatre Royal Brighton, Towner Gallery, Headlong and Africa Asia Venture, Uganda. She was a Producer at South East Dance and recent freelance clients include Lost Dog, Blast Theory & Hofesh Shechter Company.

For Clearcut Madeleine partners as Tour Booker for Divya Kasturi and an Associate Evaluator.

Hayley Ovens/Project Manager/Producer

Hayley is managing the Intoto Dance and Images Ballet Company tours. She also provides education specialist advise to our artists and projects. Hayley is a freelance Project Manager and Dance Artist, co-ordinating and facilitating dance in professional and community settings. She works closely with Brighton-based company Ceyda Tanc Dance, supporting funding applications and community projects and the education programme. Hayley works with Brighton & Hove City Council and Brighton City Partnership for Education to implement accessible dance projects for young people in the city. Hayley was previously Project Manager for charity Arts 4 Dementia working on projects and events at venues such as National Portrait Gallery and Sadler’s Wells.

For Clearcut Hayley is currently producing Stuart Waters.

Sam Gilroy/Project Manager/Producer

Sam is a Dance Artist, Choreographer and Producer who is passionate about developing exciting and interactive contemporary arts opportunities for all ages. Sam has been working as a Producer with Clearcut since 2020, Project Managing elders dance company DANCE SIX-0, and has joined Joli Vyann as Assistant Producer this year. Previously Sam worked as Project Coordinator for Art Asia in 2020, and as Assistant Producer for Pavilion Dance South West on the £1.6 million Surf The Wave UK Dance Showcase 2019. Sam has been a recipient of two Arts Council funding grants in 2018 & 2021, and was awarded funding from Hampshire Archives Trust in 2021.

Sam is a choreographer and Artistic Director of Sam G Creates, offering professional and uplifting socio-political performance work, collaborating with artists aged 8-78+ and exploring personal narratives to create dynamic storytelling. She runs workshops, classes, and monthly Wednesday Women conversations to connect communities through shared experiences.

Karen Robinson/Producer on placement

Karen’s experience to date embodies the portfolio career having spent numerous years working as a professional dance artist, performer and teacher. More recently Karen was Head of Learning and Standards for Creative
Arts at one of Surreys largest FE colleges, affording her the pleasure of managing and producing a wide range of productions, tours and exhibitions. As a current student on the MA in Dance Producing and Management at London Studio Centre, Karen is very much looking forward to developing a range of skills and experiences as she supports
Clearcut’s work with independent artists and developing new initiatives.

Karen is supporting Clearcut with producing for Divya Kasturi Company and developing our work with older dancers.