Meet the team

KATHERINE WARMAN

Co Founder / CEO / Creative Producer

Katherine is passionate about sharing her love of queer culture with an audience; because representation matters, and seeing aspects of her life reflected in film, music and performance has been the catalyst to accepting her own queerness.

A cultural producer and visual artist specialising in participatory arts, Katherine has twelve years experience delivering creative workshops and projects for a range of organisations including Manchester Royal Exchange, The Whitworth, Contact Manchester and Opera North. Trained in Theatre Design she holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Performing Arts Leadership from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Katherine has produced several large – scale outdoor arts events including The Extraordinary Orchard Park Paradeled by Handmade Parade with Hull Carnival Arts and Rag and Bone for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. From 2013 – 2016 Katherine worked on Right Up Our Street in Doncaster and managed a series of participatory arts projects, including The Halloween Handmade Parade with Handmade Parade and a Fun Palace, working with over 3000 participants over the three year period. Most recently she worked as one of the lead artists for Sheffield Carnival.

Behind the scenes at Andro and Eve Katherine is responsible for management of the company, while programming and producing each of the events and acting as lead facilitator for Andro & Eve’s drag king workshops. Katherine is a huge fan of feminist / queer zines, comic Bitch Planet, vegan cakes and doughnuts, and thinks Susanne Sundfor is one of the greatest living
artists.

@KatherineWarman

NATALIE DIDDAMS

Director

Natalie is a theatre director & academic based in Manchester. As a director, she has a large number of productions under her belt, ranging from large-scale community pieces to one-person shows. She recently collaborated with Javaad Alipoor on his award-winning The Believers Are But Brothers, and is now working on an adaptation of The Assembly Women by Aristophanes with a team of women comedians.

Natalie is currently writing a PhD about Fourth Wave Feminism and comedy, and is the founder the Women’s Comedy Workshop in Bradford. Natalie is also an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Warwick.

Natalie is interested in how art interacts with history, politics, philosophy and religion; how it helps us to understand who we are and where we have come from. As well as all this, she thinks that making theatre is really good fun, and is never more happy than when in a rehearsal room or a workshop!

@NatalieDiddams

SARAH HIGHAM

director

Based in Manchester, Sarah is a senior officer of funded organisations at Arts Council England and is soon to be studying for a Masters in Arts Management Policy and Practice at Manchester University. Sarah is also a board member for music organisation Brighter Sound, who work towards broadening opportunities for women within the music industry both onstage and in technical roles.

Having performed as a singer songwriter in Europe, Sarah moved to Manchester to studio Music Production and later worked as a sound engineer in multiple venues across Manchester. She works as a freelance event manager and runs a monthly music event in Manchester called Gaslight, which this year celebrated its 6th birthday. Sarah regularly performs and recently sang at Reclaim the Night (Leeds), and has sang at Pride events in and around Manchester.

Sarah adores Annie Lennox, can often be found singing 80’s music at gigs and using a kazoo as a trusty replacement for a synthesizer, and wishes she could play the guitar like Leslie Feist (work in progress).

@SarahLouH88

Volunteers

We work with a small but dedicated team of volunteers who give their time to help make our events so special. From decorating, to baking, greeting our audiences, to selling tickets they are a vital part of what we do. We basically think our volunteers are wonderful and we’re very thankful for their contribution to our beautiful queer community. We’re always interested in working with new people, so if you’d like to get involved, drop us a line.

Artists

We work with a wide range of artists from across the UK and filmmakers working both nationally and internationally. Artists who have appeared at previous events have included drag kings, Adam All, Louis Cyfer, Sammy Silver, Zayn Phallic, Chiyo, Don One, Benjamin Butch, Luke Warm, Sigi Moonlight, Romeo De La Cruz, Oliver Assets to name a few. We’ve also hosted performances by poets Dylema and Ella Otomewo.