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.

Want to get in touch with Jenny? Send her an email at: jenny@curiosityproductions.co.uk

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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.

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Want to get in touch with Isaac? Send them an email them at: isaac@curiosityproductions.co.uk

Isaac Boothman (he/they) – Assistant Producer

Isaac Boothman is a producer and administrator, passionate about music, interaction, and fairness. Isaac began working for Curiosity Productions in June 2021, following training with community music charity Misfits Music Foundation, and the Scottish street orchestra Nevis Ensemble. Working with young people to support their creativity has been a common theme in past work, in writing a historical podcast for the youth-led Wakefield LitFest, or as Secretary for the University of Birmingham Music Society. Isaac is an enthusiastic writer, whether producing spoken word poetry, copywriting or highly positive emails.

When they aren't rehearsing or working, you’ll often find them cooking chaotic meals, or cycling round the West Midlands in an attempt to improve their sense of direction.

Chanphiphat Janthra (he/him) – Creative Projects & Events Assistant, Associate Photographer

Chanphiphat Janthra is a Creative Project & Event Assistant, and Associate Photographer at Curiosity Productions. He is from Thailand, and is passionate about being creative towards design, photography and the arts. He is a fashion and portrait photographer, who graduated from The University of Wolverhampton in 2020. He is passionate about embracing culture, heritage and the importance of family.  

He was one of the 10 people that was part of the Youth Engagement Structure consultancy with Beatfreeks for Birmingham Museums Trust from June to July 2021. It set a structure about how the BMT should empowers young people of colour from Birmingham and the Black Country to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research, and governance.  

When not working, Chanphiphat loves to spend time with his husky dog, Bramble.  

Upper body portrait photograph of of Chanphiphat Janthra. He is against a satin sheet, holding his jacket.

Want to get in touch with Chanphiphat? Send him an email at: chanphiphat@curiosityproductions.co.uk

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Linda Magone (she/her) – Creative Projects & Events Assistant

Linda Magone is Creative Project & Event Assistant with Curiosity who has recently joined with us in 2022. She speaks three languages (Latvian, Russian, & English) and has great deal of passion for anything that may involve having to be creative, or hands-on. Growing up with a lot of family complications and difficult times, Linda has learned how to look at the environment with a positive outlook on life and multi-task or problem-solve in any circumstances that may require it.

Linda is an emotional creature and has conquered a lot of her demons/issues/obstacles with confident courage throughout life , so she understands the importance of having a voice, being heard , expressing, and developing on a personal and external level – and will carrying on progressing to her fullest potential.

Want to get in touch with Linda? Send her an email them at: linda@curiosityproductions.co.uk

Ella Morgan (she/her) - Trainee Performer

Ella is a performer and associate roller skater for Cloud Cuckoo Land, a children’s music theatre company. She is also a multidisciplinary artist working with Curiosity Productions. She is trained in musical theatre, visual communication and play.

Ella has worked with children for six years in alternative education settings and inclusion is central to her work.

Her past work includes co-designing and facilitating ‘Flow Children’s Biennial - Build Your Own Art Centre’. Children were given hammers and nails to build whatever they wanted. The 90 minute sessions encourage children to become artists and engineers in developing their structures; whether it’s adding ladders to climb, bridges to cross or stages to perform on.

When she’s not working in woodlands she enjoys travelling and wild camping.

See her website here: https://ellamorgan.myportfolio.com

A photograph of Ella Morgan in front of a playground holding a rope..

Bethany Taylor (She/Her) - Creative Projects & Event Assistant

Bethany Taylor is a master’s student in History of Art and Curating at the University of Birmingham, and cannot wait to learn more about events management, public programming and making events as accessible and inclusive as possible. Producing free art events in the West Midlands for local communities is something she is very passionate about - as she loves attending them herself! Bethany volunteered at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on the Assistant Learning Team and became a Brownie Young Leader, and so she spends much of her time running art workshops for all ages. Bethany has always been passionate about art, and believes everyone can create and enjoy it, thus making art events accessible is vital. In her spare time, she loves to read outside with her cats and to get creative. Bethany is currently enjoying sculpting with clay and making latch hook cushions.

A Photograph of Bethany Taylor on a train