Displace Yourself is made up of core members Jennifer Nevin and Mike Auger. We collaborate with some fantastic other artists on a project basis. We also work closely with grass root organisations and 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. With training in therapeutic care and movement, Jennifer facilitates creative workshops with vulnerable groups to overcome 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.
Jen and Mike met during our training at East 15 and quickly realised we shared the same passion- to use theatre as a means to contribute towards society. After we graduated we travelled to South East Asia where we offered creative sessions for people who have fled war, poverty and forced labour with the aim to encourage confidence and communication. Our experiences living and working on the Thai- Myanmar border led to the formation of the international Open Road Project , working with participants around the world who do not have easy access to the arts.