MKA’s Committee of MGMT is made up of international and local artists, academics, arts workers and more. If you’re interested in the governance of the company, or if you’d like to be involved, please be in touch at

  • Committee

    • Dr Tom Payne | Chair
    • Kim Simpson | Community & International Engagement
    • Jane Grimley | Youth Affairs
    • Carly Godden | Archives & Programming
    • Veronica Fil | Strategy & Public Relations
    • Tobias Manderson-Galvin | Co-Founder & Executive


TOM is Co-Director General of Doppelgangster, a UK/Australian performance company with an explicit focus upon climate change, forced migration and globalisation.

He is an environmental arts researcher affiliated with Bath Spa University; where he is currently working part-time with an artist led team on an AHRC funded project entitled Towards Hydrocitizenship. This participatory arts research aims to engage individuals and communities around the UK in dialogues about water and the eco-social.

He lives in mid Wales with his young family at Ty’n yr Helyg Barn. In 2013 he worked with community groups and other collaborators in order to transform part of the barn into a performance space, Ty’n yr Helyg Theatre. The barn is the site of a participatory handmade performance practice that explores questions of ecology, environment and sustainability.

KIM is an artist, producer and cultural manager working in Scotland and internationally across the arts, screen and creative industries. Founding director of Shift, her clients and collaborators include creative individuals and companies from a broad range of disciplines from dance and performance to film, design, science and technology.

Kim’s particular skills and interests relate to exploring creativity, the ecology of the arts and creative sectors, organisational and individual development, effective communication and collaboration. She enjoys the duality of working on strategy, structure and organisation as well as creatively on the development of ideas, concepts and artistic process. She is also committed to her own continued professional development and sharing learning with her community through collaboration.

Kim has worked within a range of international contexts and has built relationships across Europe, Australia and Asia.

Prior to her career in arts management, Kim was a music promoter, band manager and Architecture student.

Kim has Hypermobility Syndrome, a complex multi-systemic genetic condition affecting connective tissues. This informs her practice in immeasurable ways.

JANE makes theatre and contemporary performance. She collaborates regularly as a performer, most recently with Australian Performance Exchanges’ music theatre work Caylee’s Ukelele. She’s a regular collaborator with ShopFront Theatre in NSW; a contemporary performance company for under-25s. She directs devised interdisciplinary works with the Deconverters, and her fascination with science feeds into their current site based project Emergency Crach Landing, an interactive performance adventuring into Deep Space. She has a Bachelor of Performance Theatre Theory and Practice from UWS (2004), and developed her practice through the ImPACT ensemble (2006). She’s has completed further education in Dramatherapy through the Dramatherapy Centre of NSW and is passionate about people telling their stories.

Tobias Manderson-Galvin is a creative leader, artistic director, performance maker, writer, dancer, and cat-sitter from Melbourne, Australia.

He’s created a lot of shows. Maybe a billion. But, it’s not that many. He’s Artistic Director/CEO of MKA | Theatre of New Writing. He’s Director General of UK/Australian live performance company Doppelgangster. He twice played a combination of Hitler and Hasselhoff called Hitlerhoff. He tours regularly as a performer/actor/hero. There’s other stuff at, on Google, and on the Wikipedia page he made himself in 2010 that you can find. Take it easy, mate.

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