Jenny Smith (she/her) – Creative Director
Jenny Smith is Creative Director and founder of Curiosity Productions. She has been working in the arts since graduating with a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Professional Practice in 2000, and has been a freelance Creative Producer and Project Manager since 2012. She achieved an MA in International Cultural Policy and Management from Warwick University in 2013 and participated in the RE:Present cultural Leadership training programme in 2016.
Jenny has extensive experience of delivering projects at a variety of scales in performing and visual arts, in community and formal settings. Jenny has worked with a range of organisations across the West Midlands including: Birmingham Repertory Theatre (Creative Producer), Birmingham Arts Partnership (Consultant for Birmingham Arts Volunteers project), Birmingham City Council (Connecting Communities Conference Coordinator, Birmingham Arts Board and Cultural Leadership Training Coordinator) and Birmingham Weekender (Street Arts Coordinator), BE FESTIVAL (Learning & Participation Producer), Birmingham Hippodrome (Hippodrome Heritage Project Manager), Creative Black Country (Arts Adviser, Funny Things Festival Producer, Creative Director – maternity cover) and Big Brum TIE (Acting Company Director).She has managed project budgets of up to £1.5 million.
Jenny is deeply committed to equity, access and inclusion. She is passionate about community engaged and co-designed work, particularly with children and young people and communities who do not normally get access to funded arts activity. One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is mentoring and supporting early career artists and creatives. Jenny has worked across all artforms, and specialises in theatre, dance and interactive installation projects. She has experience of working across different sectors, particularly with young people, community development, heritage and health.
Jenny loves dancing, although it’s more often in the kitchen with her family rather than a dance floor these days.
Paige Jackson (she/her) – Creative Producer
Paige became Creative Producer at Curiosity Productions in 2019. She is a graduate of Birmingham’s Southside Producers programme and China Plate’s Optimists Producer training programme. She has over 10 years’ experience working within the arts and culture sector. Her experience and skill set range from tour booking, administration and marketing for small scale performing arts companies, coordinating and managing children’s arts programmes and collaboratively producing city-wide festivals. She has also worked with Multistory, OPUS, Bertz Associates, Autin Dance and Culture Central.
Paige is driven by several passions, including: community engagement and participation in arts and culture; improving children and young peoples access to a wide range of recreational, educational and professional opportunities; championing and working towards better representation and inclusion of marginalised communities and individuals.
Paige is a houseplant fanatic and loves to illustrate and paint
Shay Malcolm (they/them) – Performance Production Assistant
Shay joined the Curiosity team in May 2021. Shay is a competitive cheerleader who enjoys film photography, cooking and reading. They also love performing arts, studying it for one year at college. In their spare time, they are either thrift shopping, re-watching old TV shows or going on long walks. They’re also a care leaver and part of the care leavers independence collective in Wolverhampton. They are supported by everyone there which makes them feel grateful. In the group, they help make a difference for other care leavers and children in care all while having fun and socialising with each other. They also love fashion, art and local history, being heavily inspired by the 1960s and 1990s, they love dressing as colourful as possible.