Mission Control

Mission Control/Steering Group

On this page, you will find out about the who, why and when of the about the current Steering Group aka Mission Control and the whole history of NASA-UK.

Paschale Straiton (Red Herring)

2012 – current
Secretary 2015-16
Chair 2016 – current

Paschale Straton

Artistic Director of Red Herring Productions, which looks to create playful and provocative performance in public spaces. Recent projects include That’s The Way To Do It! – an alternative Punch and Judy show and Drive In – a site specific show for car parks.

Paschale leads on our relationship with ACE and writes applications for funding of projects.

Kim Tilbrook

2016 – current
Secretary 2016 – current

Kim Tilbrook

Kim is a ‘Freelance Arts Consultant, Producer, Educator’. Kim was employed by NASA UK as Project Manager for NASA UK’s Grant for the Arts projects – FLOI, OAL, RTS – in 2015. She lives in Bristol. Elected in March 2016 at the AGM at FLOI16.

Sue Auty (Whalley Range All Stars)

2016 – current

Treasurer 2018 – current

Sue Auty

Whalley Range All Stars is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading street theatre companies, combining visual art with performance to create vivid, imaginative and intelligent productions and installations for outdoor festivals and events.

Chris Squire (Impossible Arts)

2015 – current
Lead on “For the Love Of It” (FLOI)

Chris SquireImpossible Arts is a unique creative organisation that spans both participatory and digital arts practice. We combine innovation with involvement by producing a wide range of creative events and installations that intrigue and engage people from many different backgrounds. Based near Huddersfield in Pennine Yorkshire we often work outside traditional arts establishments in locations that range from community venues, factories, shopping centres and railway stations.

Mandy Dike (And Now:)

2015 – current

mandy dike and now‘And Now:’ – was formed as a partnership to consolidate a decade of working together by Ben Rigby and Mandy Dike ( Associate Director and Principal Designer with ‘The World Famous’, as was ).

Beka Haigh (Frolicked)

2015 – current

Beka HaighBeka Haigh is a  puppet maker and performer and founded Frolicked in  2006 with Rachel Wakelin-Kirby.

Frolicked is an outdoor, puppet-orientated theatre company touring across Europe with engaging walkabout characters and magical static and site specific shows. Frolicked create unique and intimate experiences for all kinds of unusual spaces and place.

Garth Williams (Safetycatch Productions and Rubber Chicken Theatre)

2012 – current

Garth Williams

Storytelling is the backbone of all Safetycatch Productions work. Creating both Multi-Media Studio Theatre Projects and Street Theatre Performance. From combining physical theatre practice with interactive multimedia performance to walkabouts, installations and engaging outdoor shows.

Jules Howarth (Mr Jules)

2011 – current
Membership Desk, Treasurer
NASA UK Website

Mr Jules Sule Shangrila Hotel 2015With  30 years of experience in show business he has worked as an actor, performer of
circus-skilled shows, compare/presenter, circus-skills tutor, production manager, event site manager, festival
director, sometime producer, corporate trainer, video maker, arts administrator and as web designer/hoster.

He has lived, performed and produced events in many locations throughout Europe.

He works on the Social Circus Myanmar project (Burma); Stage Manager for Mavericks, Theatre & Circus Fields, Glastonbury Festival.

Mel Stevens (Aim To Fly)

2017 – current

“To create an aerial dance studio and performance company specifically for dancers with physical disabilities. I aim to help them be productive and inspiring members of the national community through performance and conversations.” More about Mel here.

Previous Steering Group Members

Sonya Moorhead

Dave Spathaky (AaeroFisher)
2017 – 2018

Roger Hartley (Bureau Of Silly Ideas)
2010 – 2016

Lucy Frost (Molly Orange)
2012 – Sept 2016

Tony Lidington (Promenade Promotions)
2009 –  March 2016
Chair 2015-16

Sian Thomas
2014 – 2015

Bev Adams (Faceless Arts)
2009 – 2015
Chair 2011 -2015

Natasha Bolonkin (Comic Character Creations)
2010 -2013

Peter Gunson (Pif-Paf)
2010 -2011

Brian Popay (Fine Artists)
2008 -2010

Adam Gent (Hoodwink)
2008 – 2010

Chloe Dear (Iron Oxide)
2006 – 2009

Jon Beedell (Desperate Men)
2006 – 2008

Kim Kaos (Los Kaos)
2006 – 2008

JoJo Pickering (Bash Street Theatre)
2006 – 2008

Richard Sobey
2006 – 2008

NASA was founded in 2006.