Alice (she/they) is a creative producer and artist with 20 years’ experience working in nightlife, festivals, disability arts, radio and fundraising. Previous curation projects include Powerhouse Queer Arts Bender, The Sistxrhood (“Glastonbury’s most crucial venue” NME) and ArtWank (“a gloriously squelchy one-off” The Erotic Review) As her cabaret alter ego Ophelia Bitz she enjoyed a 2 year residency at Madame Jojos and awards from The Outsiders Trust and OldVicNewVoices. Outside of work, Alice enjoys martial arts, charity shops and fireworks displays.
At Homotopia Alice leads on: Festival programming and artist development
Marketing and Development Manager
Olivia Graham (She/Her) is an activist, visual/audio artist and marketing expert from and based in Liverpool. When Olivia moved back to Liverpool in 2015, disheartened by the lack of equality in Liverpool’s art scene, Olivia founded an arts organisation aimed at reclaiming creative spaces through intersectional feminism and has continued to play a role in challenging the exclusion of marginalised creatives.
Outside of Homotopia Olivia writes fiction, plays music, and freelances as a producer and editor on a variety of series of podcasts that platform marginalised voices. Olivia supports Liverpool Football Club.
At Homotopia Olivia leads on: Marketing and Development including social media, Homotopia print publications, audience growth, engagement and development and marketing partnerships. Contact her for any marketing related enquires.
Andrew (He/Him) was born in Liverpool and has been part of the city’s queer scene since his coming out over 20 years ago. He is an experienced exhibitions producer, marketer, project manager and storyteller. Working at National Museums Liverpool (NML) since 2016, Andrew most recently worked as Head of Touring Exhibitions, developing and managing international tours including Art in the Age of Victoria, currently on display at Guangdong Museum in China.
Andrew was also a director of Liverpool Queer Collective from 2018 – 2021, and produced Telling Tales, a series queer storytelling events that took place in venues across the city.
Andrew looks forward to supporting the Homotopia team to deliver this year’s festival – our 20th anniversary – alongside planning for the future of the organisation, including the recruitment of new leadership.
Creative Partnerships Producer
Josiah (he/him) is a freelance Producer / Event Manager working in Liverpool for the past 11 years. He has an extensive catalogue of managing and creating programmes of events at iconic venues such as Sefton Park Palm House and Liverpool Cathedral. More recently he has curated a UK AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibition, delivered a commemorative mural of the hyper-pop icon SOPHIE and has also produced the opening procession of Shakespeare North Playhouse + the first show on their main stage ‘As You Write it’. Exceptionally interested in immersive installations, performance art as activism and the intersection of working class identities and queer culture.
At Homotopia Josia leads on: Producing Eurovision cultural commission and other projects.
Jess (she/her) is a visual artist, digital creative and marketing officer from Liverpool. After working on multiple marketing campaigns and running companies’ socials, Jess likes to be able to give conversations, communities and events a face through different forms of media and digital platforms. Outside of Homotopia, Jess works as the digital creative and events supervisor at Lush Liverpool.
At Homotopia Jess works on: Marketing, specifically social media and website.
Al Matthews is Liverpool born and bred and is an experienced Finance Manager/Officer. Al has worked for various Liverpool arts organisations since 1993. These include Unity Theatre, Bluecoat, TEAM and Milap. He has been with Homotopia since its inception in 2004, so has a unique insight into Homotopia’s journey. He is an avid (some say obsessive) Liverpool fan, and a big music fan. From Abba to Zappa and many points in between, and in his younger days was a frequent gig and festival goer.
At Homotopia Al leads on: All things Finance
Board of Trustees
Jess Shannon (Chair)
Jess Shannon (She/Her) is a queer trans woman passionate about LGBTQ+ rights. She is an experienced operations director and software consultant who has been part of the Liverpool business and queer scenes for 20 years. She has previously served as trustee for a number of charities and was Chair of the board of the Michael Causer Foundation. She is also part of the organising committee for Liverpool Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil.
Danny Kilbride (Deputy Chair)
Danny is a filmmaker and the Creative Director at Thinking Film, a Social Enterprise that exists to provide people & communities, across Merseyside, with a voice. Telling stories that challenge the way people see the world.
Joan is a Merseysider born and bred and has worked in customer service in arts venues for over 30 years, currently as visitor services manager at FACT. Former volunteer on Liverpool’s Outsiders Queer Film Festival from 2006, she later spent 9 years as a Director/Trustee of Liverpool Pride. She currently volunteers for Liverpool City Region Pride as a programmer for Film With Pride, focusing on new and classic films from around the world with the accent on making diverse voices heard. She is hugely honoured to join the Board of Homotopia which she never ceases to find essential, inspiring and moving.
Sinéad is a writer, editor and marketer based in Liverpool, with a keen interest in accessibility and diversifying audiences. As an arts marketing professional, Sinéad has worked with institutions across the North West, including Abandon Normal Devices, Liverpool Biennial, FACT, Tate Liverpool, Storyhouse and The Reader Organisation. Outside of work, Sinéad is Regional Editor (Merseyside & Cheshire) for arts criticism magazine Corridor 8, as well as working with local queer organisations to produce and stage manage grassroots drag and burlesque events.
Bio coming soon.
Bio coming soon
Tabby Lamb is a non-binary writer and performer based in East London. She is equally inspired by Carly Rae Jepson and Tennessee Williams, and strives to tell stories that explore the intersections between popular culture and politics.
Their debut solo show SINCE U BEEN GONE, which Tabby wrote and performed, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, after previewing at the Gate Theatre. The show was spectacularly received by audiences and garnered a glowing 4* write up from the Guardian who called the play “bold, honest and swollen with love”.
They were part of the Soho Theatre Writers Lab and the LGBTQ Arts Review #RaisingOurVoices scheme for queer and trans writers, Oxford Playhouse Playmakers scheme, and Oli Lansley’s Writing for Stage and TV course. She is also an associate artist for Middle Child and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
They are currently under commission at The Unicorn Theatre, The Place and Kilter, Pentabus and 45North. Alongside their passion for writing, Tabby is a facilitator and runs creative arts projects for people from the LGBTQ+ community. They also founded Theatre Queers & can often be seen advocating for Trans Rights across their social media platforms and beyond.
Frank (she/her) is the literary manager of Headlong and a freelance dramaturg, critic and lecturer from South London, based in Liverpool. She previously spent five years in admiration of Homotopia and the artists associated as New Works Associate at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and is delighted they have let her sit with the cool kids. She writes about theatre for publications including Exeunt and The Stage, and has taught performance theory and contextual studies for BA and MA programmes at LIPA, Liverpool Hope, AUB and UAL. She is passionate about new writing, creative access and shaping brilliant experiences that bring people together. She is equally passionate about books, aerial arts and a seriously good vodka martini.