Mary Steadman founded Red Room Productions in 2014, with a desire to create performances that hover in wonder and ambiguity, excite and invigorate imagination. With a quest for exploring new forms in theatre and performance through a combination of live and mediated technology, we aim to discover new ways to tell our stories and experiences of what it is to be human in a fragmented world.
With a belief in the power of art to mythologise our collective and personal experiences through universalising our stories, we attune to stories that call to us because they need a voice. These are the unheard, the unsaid, those who have fallen by the wayside of history and culture.
'stunningly constructed movement'
'I can still clearly remember the images coming alive on the stage after years'.
Our style combines layers of imagistic movement, and storytelling to create a striking visual and visceral language to engage audiences in a poetic and cinematic affect of unfolding imagery.
My work is intermedial, crossing dance and theatre forms, visual art and media. I have worked as a performer with with companies such as Vincent Dance Theatre, English New Dance Theatre with Jackie Lansley, Yolande Snaith and Rivca Rubin, and Spiral Theatre (training in Grotowski approaches). From 2007-2013 I was co-founder and Joint Artistic Director of the company Famous & Divine with Amanda Price. Touring performances nationally and internationally, these included Last Night I Dreamt my House was Leaking..., Fugitive Songs, Tryin' to be Tom Waits, and Trailer Trash written by Mike Elliston (more details of touring below)
My early training was at Dartington College of Arts, where I studied BA Theatre, specialising in Movement and improvisation with Mary Fulkerson and Miranda Tufnell, contact improvisation with Steve Paxton, and Julyen Hamilton. I trained with Spiral Theatre in Grotowski based work with Nitin Chandra-Ginatra, and with Odin Theatre in Denmark. This became the basis of my practice as research Mphil (Drama) at the University of Kent - entitled 'The Body as Source'. I also trained extensively in Capoeira at the London School of Capoeira with Sylvia Bazzarelli from 1992-1997. I continue to train in contemporary dance with Helen Roberts.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Acting at Bath Spa University, teaching devising, embodied practices, collaborative and ensemble performance practice. My teaching is informed by research and the notion of embodied imagination is central to the creative process. In my capacity as a a teacher/facilitator In Higher Education, I have taught full-time at Northampton University, University of Bedfordshire, De Montfort University (Bedford), and as a guest lecturer at Goldsmith University, London. I have also experience as a movement coach/director, and dance animateur with Cheshire Dance Workshop.
PhD - Bath Spa University - (2017 - ongoing)
MPhil - Drama Practice as Research - University of Kent (2007)
PGCE Drama - Goldsmiths University of London (1995)
BA (Hons) Theatre - Dartington College of Arts (1985)