Displace Yourself is made up of core members Jennifer Nevin and Mike Auger and the Creating Together Collaborators. We work closely with a creative producer and some fantastic other artists on a project basis. We also work with grass root organisations and local communities in the towns we visit who are integral to the development of our shows.
Jennifer Nevin (Co-Artistic Director) A Theatre Maker, Director and experienced Workshop Facilitator who is interested in making work that primarily uses the body to ask uncomfortable questions about this ever changing world, making enquiry into what it means to be human. Jennifer studied at East 15 Acting School on the Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course and since graduating has performed at venues such as Soho Theatre, Cockpit Theatre London and The West Yorkshire Playhouse and festivals including Latitude, Audio Farm, Beacons. Jennifer has directed new writing at the New Wimbledon Studio and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where one of her directed plays was nominated for an NSDF Award. Currently training as a Yoga Teacher, with experience in therapeutic movement and the care system, Jennifer facilitates sessions with vulnerable groups to heal trauma, both in the UK and internationally.
Mike Auger (Co-Artistic Director) A choreographer, musician and physical theatre practitioner based in the UK. Mike is trained in clowning, singing and movement studying at East 15 Acting School and The Grotovski Institute in Poland. Mike has worked with companies such as Told by an Idiot, Riding Lights and Bear Trap and worked with local Homeless Theatre Company, Urban Sprawl choreographing their recent Street Theatre production. Recent acting credits include Odd Doll’s ‘The Worried Walrus’ and Uncanny Theatre’s “You had to Be There”. Over the last 10 years Mike has performed as a singer/songwriter and also hosted a live acoustic night in London. Mike is The Associate Music Artist at Mind the Gap Theatre and composes music for Displace Yourself and other companies including Yorkshire Life Aquatic and Buglight Theatre.
Ben Rothera (Producer) An Independent creative producer, project manager and audience development specialist with a particular interest in finding entry routes for under-represented groups into the arts and generating audiences for contemporary work. He has worked for a range of arts and cultural organisations facilitating the creation and presentation of high quality work across theatre, dance and live music. Most recently, he worked for Leeds-based producers Dep Arts supporting a range of artists with organisational strategy, fundraising and partnership development. Ben is also a member of the Board of Red Ladder Theatre Company.
Creating Together (Collaborators) A collective of individuals with experience of social exclusion that regularly attend our Creating Together training sessions across the UK. During the sessions we explore issues that are important to us all and find a creative way to express that as individuals or as a group project. Once a year the artistic directors facilitate a Creative Retreat to work with the collaborators in the Yorkshire countryside, free from the stresses of daily life. We support each other in the making of any new work, develop artistic practice and improve health and wellbeing through meditation, art and movement therapy.
Jen and Mike met during their training at East 15.
“We quickly realised we shared the same passion- to experiment how theatre can be a catalyst to ignite change in the world. We wanted to use the privledges life have offered us to advocate for a fairer society and bring people of all backgrounds together, seeking opportunities for everyone to be able to express themselves.
We moved to South East Asia and facilitated a bespoke creative arts programme to people who have fled war, poverty and forced labour with the aim to encourage confidence, artistic practice and improve health and wellbeing. This led to the formation of Displace Yourself when we returned to the UK, as we invited audiences to join us in investigating how we can work together to dissolve the barriers that so often divide us.”