People

Katerina Pushkin (Artistic Director)

Director, writer and performer Katerina loves music, smells, sensory things, colour-changing lights, projections, making up characters and playing tinkly instruments. Her non-Cuckoo directing includes plays with Birmingham REP, Jane English, and Theatre Uncut, and several family musicals for Festival Arts. She’s got an MA in Digital Arts for Performance and trained with Lev Dodin (St Petersburg’s Maly Drama Theatre), Paul Hunter (Told By An Idiot) and Justin Audibert (JMK Residency) as well as completing Birmingham REP’s Foundry programme.

Paige Jackson (Creative Producer)

Southside Producers graduate Paige has over 10 years’ experience working across the education and arts & culture sectors (most recently producing for Curiosity Productions, Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces and Bertz Associates). She is an avid advocate of children and young people’s rights, wellbeing and welfare and has experience working in Early Years and SEN (special educational needs) settings. 

Paige is driven by several passions, including: community engagement and participation in arts and culture; improving children and young peoples access to a wide range of recreational, educational and professional opportunities; championing and working towards better representation and inclusion of systemically marginalised communities and individuals.

Beth Hopkins (Musical Director)

Composer, actor-musician and facilitator Beth loves swimming, singing and playing the banjo, clarinet, and other instruments. Her non-Cuckoo composing includes Follow The Bookworm for The Play House and When for Little Angel / Pinwheel Theatre. Beth facilitates composition for Natalie Mason’s Multicultural Music Making project with Friction Arts in Ladywood and Walsall. She also plays on the folk circuit as a singer-songwriter, and writes, plays and sings with avant-pop band The Nature Centre (whose first album, Never Not, was released in 2019) .

Jess Clixby (Associate Director)

Associate Director, Jess Clixby – Jess has co-designed all our installation projects, inc. Sensory Street, Dooville & Technicolor Town (Bham REP), Northfield Robofest (Fun Palaces), Stardust (Theatre Hullabaloo) and Elmer’s Swamp (mac Birmingham). She has a portfolio of diverse skills from sensory prop making and textiles design (she made the giant patchwork canopy for Elmer’s Swamp) to writing, dramaturgy and an MA in children’s literature.