// About //
New Tides Platform is an independent organisation established in 2015, exploring and encouraging cross-cultural exchanges and dialogue within contemporary performing arts. We aim to map and assess theatrical, literary and cultural crossings in theatre and creative writing through research, public events and outreach programmes.
New Tides Platform wishes to function as an interface between scholarly research and the creative sector. As a collaborative venture we are working together with universities and research centres, theatres and theatre-makers, creative/ art organisations as well as journals and publishers.
As facilitators of cultural projects and initiators of new research, we provide a forum for encounters, debates and interchanges, connecting academic research, contemporary theatre-making and communities of thinkers, makers and spectators.
Working as an outreach platform, we develop local, national and international collaborations and networks that are responsive to social and cultural changes within and outside contemporary theatre practices.
// Team //
Dr Szabolcs Musca //Founding Director//
Szabolcs holds a PhD from the University of Bristol and he works as a researcher, lecturer and curator of collaborative arts and cultural projects. His research interests span across theatre and migration, transnational and cross-cultural theatre and performance, theatre translation, adaptation and dramaturgy and socially engaged performance.
He is Project Lead of Migrant Dramaturgies Network, an international research network composed of academics, theatre-makers and arts organisations. His co-edited collection entitled ‘Redefining Theatre Communities. International Perspectives on Community-Conscious Theatre-making‘ is published by Intellect/ University of Chicago Press (2019). Szabolcs is also guest-editor of Performing Ethos’ special journal issue on ‘Theatre and Migration between Ethics and Aesthetics (November 2019). He is Regional Managing Editor at The Theatre Times and an active member of the Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy Working Group within the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). He is also member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), the International Network of Italian Theatre and the European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance (EASTAP).
He has been involved in various collaborative international research projects and acted as research consultant both in Britain and continental Europe.
Besides research, Szabolcs also has a track record in lecturing and leading seminars and workshops in higher education settings and he is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
Kate is an arts marketing professional and project manager with more than ten years’ experience in the arts and commercial sectors both in the UK and continental Europe.
Holding a research degree (MRes) in Cultural Diplomacy from the University of South Wales (UK) and a BA(Hons.) in Philosophy, Communication and PR (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania), she specialises in audience development, events organisation, advertising, social media management, market research & strategy development.
Kate had worked with various cultural organisations and international arts festivals as a cultural promoter and organiser as well as audience development manager. She has been involved in organising the 17th Festival of Theatres of Europe (2008), an international theatre festival created by UTE (Union des Théâtres de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée) and hosted by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. She also worked with UK-based multi-arts festivals such as In Between Time International Festival (IBT Festival, Bristol, UK), the Bristol Shakespeare Festival and Stokes Croft Street Festival.
Recently, she’s been involved in the development of our online presence and in the promotion of our latest international projects including Redefining Theatre Communities (2015-2017); taking care of all the publicity of our Theatre and Migration: Creative Encounters event in 2017 and all marketing activities for our most recent project Migrations: Harbour Europe (2019).
Olivia Lamont Bishop //Project Coordinator//
Olivia is a fully funded PhD student in theatre and performance. Her research addresses the representation of place in relation to conflict and migration in performances in the UK. She is a member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).
Olivia graduated from the University of Warwick in 2012 with a First Class degree in Theatre and Performance Studies, receiving the Clive Barker Award for Performance. She later received a Masters from Utrecht University in Theatre Studies, where her thesis concerned the exploration of place and mapping in the work of choreographer Dan Canham.
Olivia created socially engaged performances, talks and installations for Battersea Arts Centre, DICE Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the International Community Arts Festival and Take Me Somewhere Festival (Beyond Strangers). Along with creative work, she has also worked for the Kiln Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Studio Wayne McGregor, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and as a Project Evaluator for REACT Festival of refugee theatre. She is currently a Mentor for Borderlands in Bristol.