Denise Kennedy



What is your role at DaDa?
I am the Access & Support Coordinator

What does that mean?
I sort out all the venue, travel, transport, and communication access/support needs for staff, artists and participants across all the different DaDa projects and day-to-day office workings. I make sure that all areas are fully accessible for everyone involved.

Tell us a bit about your background:

I am originally from Bradford, but have studied, lived and worked in Liverpool since the late 1980s. I studied Drama, English & History at Liverpool Polytechnic, gained an MA in Writing from Liverpool John Moores University, and was part of the first intake of the adult Playwrights Programme at Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse. I was a founder member of the actors cooperative RBA Management (formerly known as Rattlebag Actors Agency) and ran that alongside other professional actor members for 18 years. I spent the best part of 20 years as a jobbing actor, both touring the country and working locally, and went on to develop my skills and work around Access Support and arts facilitation in drama and creative writing. I worked for Collective Encounters, a social justice arts organisation, for about 10 years and, more recently, developed a creative writing course for service users at PSS UK. 

What do you like to do outside of work?

Alongside my work at DaDa, I am currently working on writing my next show for touring in 2025, performing with the Philharmonic Choir, and still doing a bit of acting (when my agent gets in touch).

Contact me if…
You want to find out more about how access in the arts works or if you are, or anyone you know is, looking for a sign language interpreter, PA, or access/creative support worker.

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