Cloud Cuckoo Land is an interdisciplinary ensemble.
Our plays and installations are created through collaborations between groups of people with very different skills and experiences.
Katerina Pushkin: Artistic Director
Director, writer and performer Katerina founded Cloud Cuckoo Land and has written / directed all their projects so far. She also leads their installation projects, and loves environmental design, sensory effects and projections. Katerina is Associate Director at Festival Arts, where she’s directed several productions including Alice In Wonderland, Puss In Boots and The Wizard of Oz. Katerina is a graduate of Birmingham REP’s Foundry programme and member of Stage Directors UK’s working party on diversity. She trained with Lev Dodin at St Petersburg Maly Drama Theatre, Paul Hunter at Told By An Idiot, Justin Audibert on a JMK Residency & Natalie Abrahami at The Young Vic. She has an MA in Digital Arts for Performance and completed a Leonardo digital placement with Ars Electronica Festival.
Beth Hopkins: Actor-Musician, Composer, Early Years participation specialist
Beth is a core member of the ensemble, devising and performing in What Big Eyes, Ding Dong, and Ariel On The Cliff, and helping to shape our ethos/approach. We’re delighted she is returning to work with us on Stardust. She plays clarinet, banjo, violin, recorder & other wind instruments. Beth also works as a facilitator for Multicultural Music Making, exploring a range of music traditions with 8-11 year olds in 3 Ladywood schools. She completed Arts Connect’s CPD programme for Early Years arts facilitators, Moonbeams, researching how music can stimulate movement in nurseries. Beth also sings/plays with The Nature Centre (Brummie Avant-pop): she’s been playing in bands since 2005, appearing at Latitude Festival, The Secret Garden Party, La Fleche D’Or, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and a live BBC Radio 1 session for Huw Stevens at Maida Vale. As solo banjoist, singer and poet ‘Bethany Kay’, she has embarked on a musical mapping of the Dudley canal system, inspired by the area’s rich cultural heritage.
Jess Clixby: Creative Associate
Jess has collaborated with Katerina on all our installation projects since 2015, inc. Sensory Street, Dooville & Technicolor Town (Bham REP), Northfield Robofest (Fun Palaces), and Elmer’s Swamp (mac Birmingham). She has a portfolio of diverse skills from props making and sewing (she made the giant patchwork canopy for Elmer’s Swamp) to dramaturgy and an MA in children’s literature, to producing and project management skills. Jess is Assistant Director for Stardust, supporting Katerina across the full breadth of her role: from creative oversight, ideas, research and development, through engagement activities, to creating the installation and performances themselves.
Natalie Mason: Actor-Musician, Composer, Evaluator and Consultant
Founding ensemble member, composer as multi-instrumentalist Natalie co-devised and performed in both What Big Eyes and Ding Dong, helping to shape the company’s ethos and approach. She continues to work closely with us, contributing her considerable expertise to our strategic planning as we grow the company.
Natalie’s worked extensively as a music facilitator in challenging areas, including with street youth in Cape Town and in Ladywood / Walsall primary schools through her own project Multicultural Music Making, so she brings a wealth of relevant expertise.
Collaborators: we’ll add profiles of our other brilliant collaborators here soon!