Fusion Performance Arts

                                                              Creative Directors - Eleanor Bott & Justine Cope

Eleanor Bott- Eleanor trained vocationally in a variety of dance genres through both the B.B.O and the I.D.T.A, she furthered this experience at the University of Birmingham gaining a joint honours degree in both Dance and Drama. Eleanor has 20 years experience working within the performing arts industry as a freelance choreographer and practitioner for various companies and arts organisations. She has also worked within mainstream education teaching a range of subjects including: Dance, Expressive Arts, Performing Arts, Drama and Key Skills, from GCSE to under graduate level.

Eleanor has been involved in a variety of collaborative projects including, the creation of a piece of Dance Theatre commissioned by the Tate Gallery and a project to introduce Ballet and Classical Music to young people working alongside the Halle Orchestra.

After spending a number of years managing Red Pepper Dance Company and being Head of Department in Dance and Drama at the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, Eleanor decided to refocus her energy on providing professional training for young people within Staffordshire and Fusion Performance Arts was born.

In addition to being a Creative Director of Fusion Performance Arts, Eleanor has worked in a freelance capacity for  a variety of educational settings. She has been a Lead Practitioner for Reveal Theatre developing and delivering anti-radicalisation and awareness sessions within local and national schools an acted as  a visiting lecturer in Physical Theatre and Laban Studies at Staffordshire University.

Justine Cope- Justine graduated from Staffordshire University with a First Class Honours Degree in Drama, Performance and Theatre Arts and has worked professionally as a Drama Practitioner, Director, Performer and Teacher since 1995.  She is passionate about arts in education and and recently completed her Master's Degree in Theatre Practice.

 She has worked extensively for Staffordshire County Council, leading the Music and Drama Departments for two Day Service Provisions and delivering drama sessions for adults with a learning disability. During this time she formed  ‘The Yellow Brick Theatre Company’ with the aim of integrating disabled actors into mainstream theatre and providing pioneering ‘breaking down the barriers’ workshops in local schools.

Justine has experience of a diverse range of client groups from very young children to adults. She has worked in collaboration with numerous organisations including Staffordshire County Council, Stoke on Trent City Council, The New Vic Theatre, The Belgrade Theatre (Coventry), The Gatehouse Theatre (Stafford) and Embodied Arts, successfully securing funding for a number of community based arts projects exploring a range of topics including ‘Equality and Diversity’, 'Body Image' and ‘Anti-Bullying’.  

Most recently she has acted as a Lead Practitioner for Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL) working on a range of  educational arts projects within Stoke on Trent.  Justine is a published playwright (Beercott Books) and has written a number of plays which have been performed as part of the All England Theatre Festival. In addition to her arts work, Justine is a Director of Early Stages Limited which operate two early education settings in the Staffordshire Moorlands and is a part time lecturer at Staffordshire University.