The Hub Mentoring Scheme allows you to get hands-on experience in a chosen specialist area through mentoring by industry professionals.

Each mentee will receive a bursary and have a bespoke brief to design and complete a set task with ongoing support from their mentor. Mentors will be committed professionals selected according to the skills and needs of each mentee.

Mentor themes for this year are Directing and Set & Costume Design, with the mentors Artistic Director, Paula Garfield and Designer, Paul Burgess. 

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Paula Garfield - Director

Paula Garfield is the Artistic Director of Deafinitely Theatre. An actor, director, workshop leader and organiser, Paula has worked on a variety of television, film and theatre projects over the past fifteen years. In 2002 she established Deafinitely Theatre with Steven Webb and Kate Furby after becoming frustrated at the barriers that deaf actors and directors face across the arts and media. She has produced and directed many plays and worked extensively in TV, including Channel Four’s Learn Sign Language, Four Fingers and a Thumb, BBC’s Hands Up and Casualty, plus appearances in every series of the BBC's deaf drama, Switch.

For Deafinitely Theatre, Paula’s previous productions include: Two Chairs, Motherland, Children of a Greater God, Playing God, Double Sentence and Gold Dust. She also devised and directed The Boy and the Statue for Deafinitely at the Tricycle Theatre and on a London schools tour. Paula has directed two productions at Shakespeare’s Globe: Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Globe to Globe Festival, as part of Deafinitely’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her most recent productions for Deafinitely include: Tanika’s Journey (Southwark Playhouse), Grounded (Park Theatre) and a national tour of family show, Something Else.

Paul Burgess – Designer

Paul Burgess trained at Motley. He has designed for numerous companies and venues in the UK including: The Arcola, Deafinitely Theatre, Hampstead, The Bush, Shakespeare’s Globe, Shams, Soho, Theatre 503, Hackney Empire, Touched, Southwark Playhouse, The Watermill (Newbury), The Royal Exchange (Manchester), Glasgow Citizens, Colchester Mercury, The Lemon Tree (Aberdeen), Chapter (Cardiff) and Birmingham Rep. He has also designed for venues in Hanoi, Islamabad, Vienna, Mumbai and New York.

He is co-artistic director of Scale and artistic director of Daedalus Theatre Company, for whom he has designed and directed projects including A Place at the Table, Selfish and Gerrard Winstanley’s True and Righteous Mobile Incitement Unit. He has taught at various universities, including Goldsmiths and the National College of Arts, Pakistan, as well as working widely in youth arts.