Who we are

Ali Ford


Ali is a creative producer, curator and practitioner specialising in politically-charged devised work, socially engaged practice and non-traditional, site-responsive performance. She is most inspired when collaborating with bad-ass females and working-class voices, making work that shifts perceptions of what performance should look like and who it belongs to.

She joins Common Wealth from Square Chapel Arts Centre where she led on the programme of new work, artist development and co-productions/commissions. Highlights include exploding UK garage, beatboxing and cabaret into back rooms of pubs and working men’s clubs with Paines Plough, nabakov and Eggs Collective during site-specific festivals, and turning Square Chapel inside out and upside down with whole-building takeovers of interactive film, theatre, digital, durational and one-to-one experiences – featuring Guild of Misrule, Quarantine and ZU-UK, amongst others. Ali continues her association with Square Chapel to produce Debs Newbold’s Outrageous Fortune: a collaboration with internationally renowned Director John Wright and music producer, DJ and kit drummer Luke Harney.

Independently, Ali is currently producing Tess Seddon’s Amateur Politician, a new musical collaboration with composer Harry Blake, in association with Leeds Playhouse. She also curates the True Tales series: a unique collaboration between experienced performers and novices that fuses true stories and live music in partnership with venues, festivals and campaigns across the North.

After graduating from Leeds University with a Theatre & Performance degree, Ali spent 18-months at the Royal Exchange Theatre as a Young Leader, where she gained professional training, expert mentoring and hands-on experience in producing, directing and facilitating.