What is Raze?
Raze Collective is a charity established to support, develop and nurture queer performance in the UK.
We have defined queer performance as "performing arts undertaken by people who identify as Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex (LGBTQI+) or that contains LGBTQI themes, content or context."
We value representation, diversity and visibility while using Raze as a commissioning, development and networking platform to support the queer community with funding, opportunity and queer led spaces.
We're called Raze as the organisation was established in response to queer spaces being razed, through the threats and closures of many queer performance spaces in London and elsewhere around the UK.
We aim to protect and promote queer performance for everyone.
What we do
As a charity we are made up of a small group of dedicated people working within the queer community to support queer artists!
We develop, support and create queer performance in whatever form it comes in, whether that be theatre, cabaret, dance, film, sound, installation. If you have a need we are here to listen.
Raze Collective offers a range of support for artists and those working in the creative field, from access to rehearsal space, workshops and mentorship to a programme of networking events, live shows and funded projects.
- We host a regular Queer Performers Network (QPN) - an informal gathering of performers to discuss issues and offer advice and support across the scene.
- We host the Queer Clash Diary - Bringing together venues, producers, directors, promoters, programmers, and collectives from across the queer scene, Queer Clash Diary is an opportunity to meet your peers, share projects, plans and ideas and help shape the future of London's thriving queer scene. Taking the format of small group chats and wider networking discussions, this is a friendly and informal opportunity to build new connections in the capital’s LGBTQIA+ arts scene. Attendance is open to anyone who defines the work they make or present as queer
- We commission new work from artists and act as a producer for events showcasing queer performers and performance.
Who we are
Raze Collective projects are managed by a highly experienced team of industry leading professionals.
Our operations and management staff include:
Cassie Leon: (In-house)
Producer, also producer with The Cocoa Butter Club.
Ruby Glaskin: (Project based)
Project manager, also a theatre producer at Milk Presents.
Fraser Buchanan: (In-house)
Assistant Producer, Social Media Manager and independent dance artist.
Lucy Hayhoe: (In-house)
QUAC General Manager, also an independent live artist.
Founder, Director, administrator, back-seat driver.
The work of Raze is determined and directed by our Board:
Beck Tadman (Chair): Producer with an academic interest in queer performance. www.becktadman.com
Tam Vibert: Experienced venue manager, queer nightlife veteran, now of the Outside Project and The Chateau.
Steve Hignell: An expert in cultural strategy, policy and impact analysis, with over ten years of practitioner and consulting experience, as a public servant and as an independent consultant and project manager.
Krishna Istha: Performer, live artist and theatre maker.
Sadie Sinner: Singer, producer and founder at The Cocoa Butter Club.
Tracy Gentles: Creative Director at Something Thing to Aim For.
Jamie Tagg: Director at East Creative.
We are always looking for new members to join the board so please get in touch if you feel you would be suitable.
We also have an Advisory Committee of experienced queer performers, producers, directors and academics who provide advice and guidance
Raze is also a member of the Queer Arts Consortium (QUAC). QUAC is a collaboration between Raze Collective, And What? Queer Arts Festival, Fringe! Queer Arts & Film Festival and The Cocoa Butter Club. QUAC has been awarded funding through the Elevate programme from Arts Council England, to establish a partnership model of collaboration and shared services.