Graduating with an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory in 1999, Paula is currently the Director of Salisbury Arts Centre. Previously, she was the Director of Narberth A Cappella Festival 2015-2016, the Director of Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Wales, from 2011-2015, the Director of Ludlow Assembly Rooms arts centre and cinema in Shropshire, UK from 2003-2011 and the co-ordinator of South Shropshire Green Festival. Her career prior to theatre management includes 6 years as a staff member at the Royal Northern College of Music, 4 years as a consultant for Youth Music, 6 years as a freelance travel writer, 2 years working at Moss Side Social Services in the Children and Families division and 5 years as a LGBT rights activist. Paula is a passionate and experienced arts project manager and the founder Director of Streets Alive! peripatetic street theatre festival which she initiated in 2004. As well as being a board member for the Oracle network, she is also a member of the jury for the Wales Music Prize and, until recently, was the Chair of the Circuit network of theatres in mid Wales.
Outside of work, Paula takes every opportunity to sing – including as part of Salisbury Festival opening and closing ceremonies, on BBC Radio 4, with Russell Watson, as part of North West Opera and Mid Wales Opera companies, with Tanya Walker at Hay Festival, with Nikki Lamborn in London and with her own band. She also loves travelling and exploring the great outdoors – especially walking, sailing and horse-riding.
Past projects Include: Narberth A Cappella Festival; Streets Alive! UK and international street arts development in rural settings in England and Wales from 2004 to date; b:part/byd:ran youth festival development projects in rural settings in England and Wales from 2008 to date; Cultural Olympiad Winning Words poetry development project and trail in Wales 2012; In a New Light digital arts development project throughout Wales 2013; Boyan Ensemble of Kiev international collaboration with singers in Wales 2014; 5 Soldiers – contemporary dance project with Rosie Kay Dance Company and the Military in Wales; Denmark/Wales/England transnational digital arts and digital technology development project
Current projects: SQUAWK – LGBTQIA international celebration and symposium 7-9 April 2017