The Team

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Annalise Cowan
Associate Producer / Project Manager
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Originally from Birmingham, Annalise graduated from Coventry University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours First Class in Dance with Professional Enhancement. She was a member of Man Made Youth Company in 2015 to 2016 and since then, has performed for Birmingham Opera Company, Gaby Agis, Mercurial Dance and sirenscrossing as well as curate and choreograph a solo ‘Ecstasy’ for the Follow Me Out Festival 2018 in Coventry. In addition, for a short term in October 2018, Annalise taught and performed at the Ryan International Children’s Festival in Bangalore, India.
From early on in her career, Annalise has worked with Autin Dance Theatre on several of their national and international tours, starting as a Creative Intern in 2016 to now working with the company as Associate Producer, as well as supporting projects and programmes for DanceXchange, Man Made Youth Company and Ascension Dance Company. These have included young people’s programmes, community projects, outreach workshops and platform events. More recently, Annalise produced a digital event called ‘2 Metres Closer’ in July 2020 as part of Beatfreeks Southside Producers.

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Lexy Garner

Associate Artist 

Lexy is on the teaching team for Ascension Youth.

Lexy studied at Coventry University and Tartu University’s Viljandi Cultural Academy and graduated with a BA (hons) Degree in Dance with an International Enhancement Year. Having previously been in Dance4’s Centre for Advanced Training, her education has been predominantly contemporary based, including improvisation, somatics and contact. Lexy is particularly interested in interdisciplinary practice and collaboration amongst different art forms and is keen to explore how movement can substitute language, being universally understood, and can encourage and enrich multiple disciplines coming together. 

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Louise Lomas
Freelance Outdoor Arts Producer

Lou is a Freelance Producer / Project manager working regionally and nationally. Over the years, Lou has worked with: Talking Birds Theatre Company, Appetite Stoke (The Kitchen Programme), Making More Outdoor Arts Council research, Imagineer Productions, Pif-Paf, The Bone Ensemble, Everybody Dance, Theatre Absolute, The Fabularium, Black Country Touring, Frolicked, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Ascension Dance Company.

Lou was the associate programmer for the Festival of Imagineers and former senior producer (Advanced programme) for Coventry City of Culture Trust 2021 Bid. More recently, Lou has been working as Associate Producer for Bridge with Imagineer Productions.

In 2018, Lou was the producer of the first-ever "Shop Front festival" in Coventry with Theatre Absolute and Orit Azaz working with local BID Teams, Coventry City of Culture Trust and the Great Places partnership. This project included delivering 60 performances across Coventry city centre, working with businesses, artists, community groups with a regional, national and international profile. Lou is passionate about the development of Outdoor work in Coventry & Warwickshire and supporting companies working in Street Arts and the Outdoor Sector. Lou is currently a Board Member for Outdoor arts UK.

Miriam O'Brien
Company Admin / Marketing
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Born and bred in Coventry, Miriam trained as an actor at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since graduating in 2014, she has worked extensively as an actor in theatres around the UK. Although her work is often varied and takes her to some weird and wonderful places, most of Miriam’s work finds her back in Coventry doing what she believes the city does best; street theatre! These performances are often a celebration of the city’s rich, beautiful history and bright future. As a teen, she was heavily involved in physical theatre/dance youth companies around Coventry and truly believes these groups were imperative for her personal growth and for the opportunities they have opened up for her. Having known both AJ and Ben since being a part of these groups, she is constantly inspired by the work Ascension do and everything they provide for young people around the city. She is really excited to be a part of the team that makes these opportunities possible!

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