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"Our work is human first'

GymJam are a theatrical ensemble based in the South East of England. We create highly physical, visual and collaborative theatre, which seeks to amplify under-served community voices.

COMMUNITY AND COMMUNICATION

We facilitate playful and inclusive spaces with communities

to hear them, to ignite their stories and to cultivate change.

We help communities to grow and nurture their own ensembles.

We want them to be unafraid to challenge the way things are and how people engage with the arts.

COLLABORATION

We invite and engage in unorthodox collaborations to fuse unseen connections and spark new ideas.

What if you place a local choir, a group of young offenders and a videographer in a space together to create, these differences are where the project comes alive.

WORKSHOPS

We host regular and affordable movement and creativity workshops

to provoke creative professionals and emerging artistic minds. 

ETHOS

Our work is human first.

When people are seen, they do better, they speak openly and they show up.

Our Team

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Gavin is a neurodivergent theatre-maker, performer and practitioner for acclaimed physical theatre company Frantic Assembly. He holds an MA in Collaborative Theatre Making (Coventry University, in association with Frantic Assembly) and a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Theatre (East 15). Performing credits include: The Great (Netflix) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Action to the Word, Latitude Festival) The Last Women (Belgrade Theatre) MySpace (Nightingale Theatre, Kirsty Housley).

 

For Frantic, he has delivered international residencies, advanced training programs and co-directed the company’s flagship outreach project Ignition in 2019. He has also performed with the company as part of their anniversary celebrations Frantic25 at The National Theatre Riverstage.

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Photo by - Bar Groisman
 

Co-Artistic Director
Gavin Maxwell

Co-Artistic Director
William Townsend

William Townsend is a Theatre-Maker, Facilitator and Trainee Counsellor. His appreciation of 'the whole' is key to his work. He is more interested in the 'how' and 'why' before the 'what'.

 

Alongside his work with GymJam he is an ensemble member of Babel and has toured internationally with Undercover Theatre’s clown show, aiming to aid refugees integrating into their new communities. William assisted the outreach programme at Fourth Monkey for over three years, visiting UK & international educational/artistic institutions with physical theatre workshops.

 

He has collaborated on 26 shows since 2016 & is currently devising with Babel Theatre on their project ‘The Fall’ and running GymJam.

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Risha Silvera is an actor and physical theatre artist based in the southeast of England. She graduated from Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company in 2019 and, before that, from UEA with a degree in American and English Literature.

 

Risha’s recent and ongoing adventures include touring Cornwall with Miracle Theatre’s outdoor show ‘Starcrazy’ in summer 2021, interactive short film ‘Anthropocene: The Human Era’ with GymJam, and working on numerous fringe and regional stage projects, including with dance theatre company State of Flux in ‘(don’t) touch me’ at the Leicester CURVE. 

 

Later this year, Risha will appear in BBC’s ‘This is Going to Hurt’, and looks forward as ever to expanding the community of artists around her, devising and collaborating on more work, and exploring her own storytelling through movement and poetry.

Favourite BREAD: FRENCH BAGUETTE.

Associate Artist
Risha Silvera

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Bar Groisman is a dancer, choreographer, writer and founder of company Sababa Co. a young contemporary dance theatre company working with emerging artists. Creating physical and theatrical dance works that push the boundaries between movement, words, music and props. Sharing the struggles of everyday life, presenting to the audience urgent topics in a physical form. 

During her training and since her graduation from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she has also been involved in works by Protein Dance, Ruby Portus, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Sharon Watson, João Cidade and others, alongside her own. She has presented her work at the Resolution Festival, The Place, London, Leeds and Cambridge venues, and recently took her work to Lund, Sweden in summer 2020.

She is currently a Dance Company member at the Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast, Ipswich, and has continued to create autobiographical work during this time. 

 

Favourite BREAD: White Sourdough with olives and sun dried tomatoes.

 

https://www.sababacompany.co.uk

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Associate Artist
Bar Groisman

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Michael is the artistic director of physical theatre and mime company Project Lockout, and Associate Filmmaker of Frantic Assembly.  Having trained BA Physical Theatre at East 15 Acting School, Michael has developed his craft as an artist within cinematography and directing ensemble choreography.  Motivated by the shared medium of theatre and film, Michael has directed both theatre (The Maniac Complex, VAULT Festival 2022) and art films (Moving Together by Justice In Motion 2020) including narrative shorts merging theatrical physicality and film (A Creativity Decanter 2020-2021).

Michael has worked as a director and/or filmmaker on numerous digital projects including Frantic Assembly’s Ignition campaign, GymJam’s interactive play Anthropocene and Justice in Motion’s Moving Together project, developing thirty dance gifts and a short film from verbatim narrative and dance.

He is also currently performing in Justice In Motion’s outdoor touring parkour-theatre show On Edge.

Michael continues to develop art for both live and digital mediums.

Favourite BREAD: ALL THE BREADS

Associate Artist
Michael Lynch

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Hannah Moss

"Literally couldn't recommend 

GymJam's movement, sweat, devising, amazing, good for the soul, clowny, bloody lovely workshops more, they are SO ACE"

 

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Sophie Kelly

"Such a great workshop! Still buzzing from it! I was physically and mentally engaged throughout. The day let me open up my creative thinking and allowed me to work with some great artists

**Highly Recomend**

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Kim Wright

An energising Power-up & Play session was just the start to the week that was needed!