What I do.

N.B. the distinction between these two categories is entirely false.

My artistic practice:

My performances start from an autobiographical inspiration, from there I try and map outwards. I do this as a way of finding out where my life sits in a wider context and to work out how I ended up here, of all places. With autobiography as a foundation I layer it with biographies, histories, facts and fictions with the intention of creating unexpected juxtapositions, awkward situations and healthy confusion. I am interested in issues of authenticity and falsehood, self-expression and self-indulgence and what differentiates them and how they overlap. My work eclectically combines text, film/image, movement and whatever else I find in the process.

My influences range from hard science to pop culture; I am naturally curious, a bit obsessional, and love to learn new things.

In 2016 I completed an MA in theatre from the University of Chichester.

My producing:

In the past ten years I have delivered high-profile projects across, arts, heritage and community development in diverse contexts varying from disused shops to concert halls with an emphasis on work made for unusual spaces.

I am  the co-founder and producer of The Marlborough Theatre, transforming a dilapidated room above a pub into ‘a refuge for cutting edge performance’ (The Guardian, 2017) and an internationally recognised home for LGBTQ+ performance. Since 2010 he has commissioned new work from some of the most exciting artists in the UK including Rosana Cade, Jamila Johnson Small, Harry Clayton Wright and Gary Clarke and presented work from legendary LGBTQ+ cultural figures like Kate Bornstein, Justin Vivian Bond and Penny Arcade. I works on public programmes, fundraising and artist development securing both strategic and project funds from Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and local authorities.

Some of the projects I am most proud to have been involved in delivering include Dip Your Toe (‘the most exciting commission of Brighton Festival’ The Independent) and Queer in Brighton (collecting over 100 oral histories from LGBTQ+ people in Brighton).

I am am co-director of The Spire a new performance development space located in St Marks Chapel in East Brighton.

I currently work with Harry Clayton Wright, Seth Kriebel, Lorraine Bowen and Alice Holland.

Get in touch.

e: david_sheppeard@hotmail.com
t: 07771 394 773