Belinda Chapman (Creators of Theatre for Children, 2007)

Belinda Chapman

Having had a passion for theatre from an early age it is not surprising that Belinda attended the English National Ballet School at the age of 17, while developing her drama and acting skills at The City Lit and the Actors Center. After some experience in the dance and theatrical worlds, including choreographing a short film titled The Hunt, she started to combine both acting and dancing.

As her career developed she began working creatively with New Adventures, a dance theatre company whose productions have won many a Tony and Evening Standard award.
Over the past few years Belinda has been establishing herself as a director and theatre maker devising work for her company Bound 2B Theatre, a company that aims to encourage young people to express themselves in the medium of physical theatre. This is achieved through the combination of movement and dance with other theatrical forms such as drama, physical theatre and clowning working alongside an active workshop programme. Ruby and the Big Top, one of Belinda’s previous works is a sideways look at the hilarious performances and secretive lives of circus clowns with music composed by Steven Warbeck.
B2B Theatre have been a resident company at The Corn Exchange Newbury to create “The Night Time Whisperers” which was co-commissioned by The Corn Exchange and The Arts Council England. The production toured in London, Newbury and Devon.

Belinda has also run projects for young people in Schools and Arts Centres raising awareness about Drugs and Alcohol. She works as a freelance movement director and choreographer, leading projects at The Theatre Royal Plymouth – Our Space program , a theatre group that aims to challenge perceptions of social exclusion. Members come from all walks of life, some of whom have faced challenges involving homelessness, mental health issues or addictions.

Belinda was recently chosen to be part of the Dance UK Leader/mentorship programme as part of it she observed artists and companies such as, The Egg Theatre Bath, The Globe, New Adventures, LAMDA, Lee Smikle & Theo Clinkard. This year she has been working as a movement for, The Wrong Crowd production -Girl with the Iron Claws, Dreadnaught’s production of The Cause and National Youth Theatre Rep company’s production of Macbeth.