Di Ford

Di graduated in Theatre Design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, from there she set out on a creative journey that involved a mixture of puppetry, set design, community work and illustration.

Once she left college her work primarily involved puppet fabrication, working with companies in the UK and abroad, including English Heritage, Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris and Get in to Play, Berlin.

It was in Nepal where she discovered a desire to teach and encourage children to continue to be creative, she spent 4 months in a school near Kathmandu teaching the children puppetry and drama.

Since returning to Pembrokeshire she worked with community groups through organisations such as National Theatre Wales as their TEAM Associate and Community Co-ordinator for Dirty Protest Theatre. Believing that art should be accessible to everyone she worked closely with communities across the county to encourage and introduce to them ways of working within theatre and the arts.

More recently she has returned to her love of puppetry, touring as lead puppeteer for the Goldfield Production of Hansel and Gretel directed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and as well as performing with Small World Theatre and Visit Wales’ epic tour of The Clean Seas Cragen.

She continues her passion to inspire creativity as a Creative Practitioner for Arts Council Wales. Her project with Tenby VC School is now used as an example across Wales as a successful Lead Creative Schools Project.

You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have – Maya Angelou