Advisory Board Member
Alison Pottinger trained in Technical Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College where she now works as a tutor. She has 30 years’ experience as a stage manager and 20 years’ experience as a BSL/English interpreter.
Ali has worked at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Tricycle Theatre (now the Kiln) and the Royal Court Theatre London; for The Posse, Black Theatre Co-operative and Talawa Theatre Company; and on Muhammad Ali and Me and STARS by Mojisola Adebayo. In 2019 she was part of the stage management team for the all women of colour production of Richard II at the Globe Theatre, co-directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton.
After training as a BSL/English interpreter, Ali has worked in that field, mainly in the arts, since 2002. She has been lucky enough to combine BSL and stage management working for Deafinitely Theatre, for Graeae Theatre Company on Reasons To Be Cheerful and with the RAMPS consortium on The Who’s Tommy, and BAZ Productions on The Process.
Ali has worked as an interpreter on integrated summer schools for Polka Theatre, and was recently stage manager for RED, the inaugural show in the company’s new building. She is also the project manager for Technical Theatre BSL, which aims to encourage Deaf people to take up careers backstage.
Ali is delighted to be working with Damn Cheek, whose work she enjoys and values enormously.