Jill Dowse (Co-Artistic Director)
Jill Dowse is a theatre, voice and music practitioner. She trained in theatre at Exeter University, with Monika Pagneux in Paris and as a voice practitioner at the Central School of Speech & Drama. Jill has worked in theatre for the last 30 years, co-founding Foursight Theatre (1987-2012) with whom she created and performed many shows, first as an artistic director and then as an associate artist.
Jill co-creates and performs in most of The Bone Ensemble’s work. As a freelance artist she recently opened Library Lion ( Untied Artists/Birmingham Rep), and finished tours of Beyond the Water’s Edge (MCP/Belgrade Theatre) and Disorder Contained (Talking Birds). Recent work includes The Hundred Years’ War: From the Somme to Afghanistan (MCP/Belgrade Theatre) and co-creating and performing in Yvon Bonenfant’s Uluzuzulalia, a playful interactive vocal environment for 6-10 year olds and their families. She has appeared in Frozen Light’s The Forest (for PMLD audiences) and in Platform 4’s Memory Points at the South Bank Centre. She continues to tour The Boy Who Bit Picasso (with Untied Artists) and in February 2018 opened Invisible Music (Platform 4) at Winchester Theatre Royal, which tours throughout 2018.
Jill’s work and interests spans a wide range of activity, from intimate pieces for adults (Bedtime Story) and families (Caravania!), to pieces for empty shop windows (Window Dressing, with The Windows Collective). Jill also co-founded Foursight Theatre (1987-2012) and devised and toured in many of their pieces. She has extensive experience in teaching drama, voice and performance at numerous universities, conservatoires and schools, and also as a songwriter.
Songwriting commissions include Soundscape of Our City (Humber Mouth Festival); Thatcher: The Musical (Foursight Theatre), Again (The Bone Ensemble), The Snow Queen (Foursight Theatre) and Alice Through the Looking Glass [St Albans Festival], and she has MD’d various shows.
Jill has also worked for companies including Red Shift, Theatre Alibi, Kindle (now KILN Ensemble) and Stan’s Cafe.