Producer Bio

Katie Watson @ The Barriers Zine Launch, Drawn Poorly 2019

Currently Working With:
Still Ill Ok?, Sex with Cancer and Contact as Zine Project co-producer
Contact Theatre as Leadership Projects Coordinator

Arts Producing, Project Coordination & Administration
Over the last six years I’ve worked across theatres and arts organisations in Greater Manchester including Oldham Coliseum, Oldham Library, The Horsfall and Contact Theatre both as an employee and in a freelance capacity. Over this time, I’ve worked on a huge number of projects and shows, I have experience of casting, production administration, project coordination, programme support, session facilitation and more. I’m motivated by new ways of presenting work and how we communicate our stories to others. I’m really proud of co-producing Cultivate Festival 2019 at Oldham Coliseum, working with the brilliant team there to create an exciting and accessible festival.
Look Back at Cultivate Festival

Artist Development
I’m dedicated to working with artists, supporting them to develop their ideas and access the channels they need to progress their work. I believe everyone should have greater access to the arts and ways to create and get involved. In 2020 I was awarded funding from Jerwood Arts to develop as a producer of ill/disabled led art.

In 2017 I set up the Drawn Poorly project, proving a platform for creatives living with chronic illness, disability and mental health conditions. Through social media, a performance night and seven zines, Drawn Poorly has championed the work of over 100 different artists from the UK and beyond. The project was supported by Contact Theatre’s Future Fires programme in 2017 and received funding and development. In 2019, I delivered a series of workshops at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival called Let’s Make Sick Art, which worked with artists to find different ways to provide access in the arts.

To find out more about my recent work visit the Projects page