We are a family team of two sisters who work together to bring exciting and energising work to a place we love and care about.

We work with creatives in a way that shows respect, equality and compassion -and is joyous and engaging for everyone involved.

Lyrici Team

Keely / Augustus

Keely Augustus is the Co-Artistic Director of Lyrici Arts.

Keely has a MDrama Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies with a specialism in directing for the stage, and a Masters in Creative Producing for live and theatrical events. Keely has a passion for artist development, often working with actors, musicians and creatives to build careers, open access to venues and increase performance opportunities. She is an advocate of arts inclusion provision.

Clara / Augustus

Clara is the Co-Artistic Director of Lyrici Arts.

She has had an interest in the arts from an early age, performing in many schools productions which led her to take educational qualifications including Drama and Theatre Studies. She has previously spent 10 years working in the community in libraries, and is passionate about making the arts open for everybody to experience creativity. She believes in promoting confidence and learning via the arts.

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Colin / Watkeys

Colin Watkeys is the Associate Theatre Director at Lyrici Arts.

In addition, Colin is founder director of the Face to Face Festival and has been directing solo performers for over thirty years, including Claire Dowie, Ken Campbell and Ayesha Casely-Hayford whose We Dance, We Work, We Sing was presented by Lyrici Arts in 2017. He studied philosophy in London; Japanese Theatre, Music and Dance in Tokyo; founded the Finborough Cabaret and worked at the Royal Court Theatre for the Young Writers Festival.

Laura / Murphy

Laura Murphy is the General Manager at Lyrici Arts.

Laura will be a key part of the Lyrici Arts team, working hard behind the scenes to keep everything organised and help Lyrici Arts in reaching our full potential. She believes that creativity is for everyone and that the arts should be for all and not exclusionary.

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Luci / Napleton

Luci is the Creative Community Producer at Lyrici Arts.

Luci Napleton is a professional and qualified dance facilitator and likes supporting & empowering people to realise their own talent and create positive pathways for personal growth. With 20+ years experience Luci has developed a vast range of dance projects, events, workshops and programmes involving dance, arts, health and wellbeing.

Marlon / James-Edwards

Marlon is the Education Manager at Lyrici Arts

Marlon James-Edwards is an Education consultant, GCSE examiner and professional English teacher of over 17 years. He has worked in schools and special educational provision with students from KS2-KS5 from a variety of social backgrounds, learning abilities and academic levels.

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Jas / Dhillon

Jas is the Marketing Campaign Manager at Lyrici Arts.

Jas is a visual artist and marketing professional, and has held marketing leadership positions in both corporate and institutional arts organisations. Jas is a lover of the arts in all its forms, and has a particular interest in the areas of social engagement, accessibility, representation, inclusion, and art and community as healing spaces.
She sits on the board of trustees for both People Dem Collective and The Old Waterworks. She is also a shift leader and arts programmer for a homeless shelter (Shelter from the Storm) in London.

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Jasmine / Haskell

Jasmine is the set designer at Lyrici Arts.

Jasmine has been envisioning, designing and creating set, props and illustrative work following her degree in Creative Arts for Theatre and Film since 2016. She has a particular passion for working on smaller scale productions, bringing accessible work to realisation with performing objects and visually appealing surroundings. She loves turning her hands to the versatile and varied demands of new artistic projects at Lyrici Arts, alongside other freelance work and running a small business.

Antonia / Baker

Antonia is the Communications Manager at Lyrici Arts.

Responsible for strategy and engagement she manages social media content, reports on analytics and assists with project marketing campaigns. Her role within Lyrici Arts also includes journalism, copywriting, content writing, organisational marketing campaigns and PR.

Alison / Lewis

Alison Lewis is the company photographer for Lyrici Arts.

With over 15 years perfecting her craft in professional studios and out on location, Alison has built a strong and trusted reputation in Medway, working with many different age groups and genres. Alison has captured most of the Lyrici Arts website imagery from Lyrici events between 2016-19.

Rory / Alderson

Rory is the Production Manager at Lyrici Arts.

He has over 15 years of experience and a specialism in live events. He works with Lyrici Arts within the areas of production, audio, lighting and AV.

Advisory Board

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Vivian / Ajetunmobi

Vivian is passionate about the using power of storytelling through arts, music, and literature to transform communities and shape lives for the better.

Christopher / Sacre

Christopher is a deaf British signer, artist and art facilitator who has developed accessible arts approaches over many years and is passionate about making creativity accessible visually for all regardless of background.

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Natasha / Steer

Natasha is our Chair at Lyrici Arts. She is a Creative Practitioner specialising in community engagement, health and wellbeing. She has been working in arts and health for over 10 years.

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Chris / Mattocks

Chris has a deep passion for the arts and supports as much of Medway’s culture as he can. He has a desire to see Medway's cultural offerings excel for the benefit of everyone, quashing the idea that “that’s not for us”.

Associate Artists

2022 // Lexi / Maize

Lexi is an Associate Artist at Lyrici Arts.

Lexi Maize is a street dancer who started to dance in 1998. Lexi can teach Dancehall, Coupe decale, Ndombolo, Azonto, Afro house/ kuduro, Waacking, breakdancing, Locking, Popping, Stepping, House, Hip Hop, the art of freestyle, and Physical theatre. He is the Artistic Director of Upside Down Dance Academy.

He is currently an Associate Artist with Lyrici Arts working within our Collaborative Touring Network programme alongside Lead Artist John Pfumojena, and an ensemble of global majority performers.

2021 // David / Dykes

David is the Associate Poetry Producer at Lyrici Arts.

David Dykes is a practising poet and spoken word artist. He has been producing spoken word nights in Medway named Big Trouble and believes in supporting a wide range of poets and poetry styles and giving artists the space to develop their individual practice.

He is currently producing NOT HOME- a series of online workshops aimed at exploring the idea of collaborative creativity, specifically relating to collaboration in poetry.

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