Our 2018-19 Emerging Creatives have been selected and boy do we have bags of talent to be shouting about! The programme, delivered by the h.Club's Foundation exists to showcase and champion some of the very best upcoming talent across the arts.
Karen trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Since graduating, she has performed at the Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse, the Gielgud Theatre and on film for Michael Winterbottom, and Pinewood Studios.
Karen’s second play ‘Drip Feed’ was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award where she reached the top 6 of 1,200 submissions. ‘Drip Feed’ is currently in development with the Soho Theatre and will have full production in 2018.
Karen is Playwright in Residence at MOMMO Theatre and her play ‘The Half Of It’ played a found space as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2017. ‘The Half Of It’ was nominated for 5 Fringe Awards and won the First Fortnight Award for challenging mental health stigma through the arts.
Karen is RADA’s submission for the Adopt A Playwright Award 2018, hosted by OffWestEnd Plays and Playwrights and is represented by Ikenna Obiekwe at Independent Talent.
In the last two years Christian has directed and written the short films 'Slaved' (2016), 'Gone' (2016) & 'All’s Well' (2015). Most recently, 'Slaved,' won the Unchosen Short Film Competition (patrons- Ken Loach, Nick Broomfield) in December 2016. Another of his shorts 'All's Well' won best film at the Just Film Awards, Audience Choice Award at the Veterans Film Festival and was nominated for best drama at the Los Angeles Independent Film Awards. 'All's Well' was chosen to be screened at the East End Festival in June 2016.
Christian is currently preparing for his next short film 'Daughter', which had a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017.
Alongside his film pursuits Christian is part of the Young Vic Directors Scheme.
Christian was formally trained in Acting at Drama Centre- Central St Martins. After graduating he acted in feature films, high profile music videos, award winning short films and classical theatre productions. He is represented by Curtis Brown.
He read English Literature and Fine Art at Newcastle University where his graduate art film was screened at the Northern Film Festival. Prior to University he gained an Associate Producer credit on the feature 'The Least Among You' (2009) starring Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr.
Mike Ladouceur is an American composer and producer who has developed a unique style blending orchestral and ambient electronic music. He received his Masters in Composition for Screen from the Royal College of Music (RCM) where he now holds a post on the composition faculty. While there was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal, the top honour given by the college to a graduating student and is presented by HRH Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.
Mike’s work in film has taken him all over Europe and the United States, awarding him Best Original Music at the 2015 Monaco International Film Festival. He is also an innovator in the concert hall creating immersive performances with cutting edge distance technology, collaborating with the New World Symphony to premiere his violin concerto with the soloist performing live from 800 miles away. In addition to these achievements, Mike has arranged and orchestrated music for a variety of genres in film, and electronic music; and his music is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Scottish singer-songwriter emaé (pronounced em-may) is an emotive mix of soul-pop supported by BBC Introducing, MTV The Wrap Up, MOBO Awards, Spotify, AFROPUNK and more. Releasing her debut single, ‘Something Beautiful,’ to critical acclaim in the UK, US and Japan.
Emaé’s second single ‘Know You’, made British singer-songwriter and veteran BBC radio presenter Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves, on BBC 6 Music before England footballer Rio Ferdinand’s magazine 5mag praised her for forging ‘her own lane in today’s British music landscape.’
Reaching 55 countries around the world, her third single ‘Better’ was also play listed on Spotify New Music Friday and Morning Glory playlists in Indonesia and Japan.
Off the momentum of a sold out headline show, emaé released her acoustic EP Imperfect Words, which caught AFROPUNK’s attention and premiered on the site. After which, she supported US artist Adia Victoria, the indie rock standout playing her debut British headline, fresh from The Stephen Colbert Show.
In 2016 emaé reached the final of Meet and Jam’s #roadtothe100club in conjunction with PRS Music and Island Records and was dubbed as one of the best original acts in the UK. The MOBO Awards then picked her as One To Watch in 2017.
Moving away from the acoustic sound, emaé is currently recording her debut album. Poised for release in 2018, fans can expect an exciting mix of her honest, life-weathered songwriting and roaming melodies fleshed out by full studio production.
Laurie has been developing artworks on limited edition, luxury active wear for the last 4 years. She has collaborated with a number of private clients for bespoke works as well as creating her own city inspired collections featuring some of the world’s most iconic buildings including The Shard in London and The Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Her works of art are all inspired and informed by movement, be it through human form, architectural landscapes or travel. Her collection ‘for those that move’ can be found in stores, galleries and boutique hotels internationally who have also commissioned her to create site responsive pieces.
Laurie’s architectural commissions are developed with brands in many functional ways to create a bespoke offering for her clients reflecting their own unique architectural story. To name a few, recent commissions have included limited edition artwork on fabrics, clothing, walls & client specific products for Equinox gyms, Argent at Kings Cross and Soho House.
All collections are made in London and printed in the UK.
As well as creating works of art that provide a form and function, Laurie has also co-created walls on walls, a site specific project that works with organisations to bring community engagement to an area through art. These spatial artworks are created on site specific exterior walls, temporary hoardings, meanwhile spaces, retail spaces and interiors. This includes commissions from Camden Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum to create a series of vibrant, permanent wall installations across a number of housing estates and public spaces. Each art work uses audio and visual means to tell a story of the changing local landscape. Through engaging the local community in the creation of a work of art she builds on her previous experience as a youth arts producer at London’s iconic Roundhouse.
We will be keeping you up to date with the Emerging Creatives throughout the year - keep your eyes peeled for their showcases early next year.