Meet the Team

LUCY MEREDITH

Lucy is a professional actor with over 10 years experience working across theatre, film and TV.  Since graduating from Bretton Hall with BA (Hons) in Drama, She has Lucyperformed at venues such as York Theatre Royal and West Yorkshire Playhouse and can currently be seen in Sci-fi series Chronicles of Syntax on Channel Flip’s Multiverse Channel.

Lucy has written, acted and directed for arts events such Development Lab, Light Night and Emerge festival as a solo performer and though collaborations with other artists. She recently directed & choreographed sell out play ‘Wrecked’ for Urban Sprawl at 7Arts in Leeds, which was said to have made “great use of some amusing dance and movement routines which the united cast all perform with an infectious energy.”

Lucy was a competitive synchronised swimmer for over six years and part of the Sussex County championship team.  She wanted to combine her love for synchro and performance and this was a catalyst for YLA.

In addition to her solo projects Lucy is the co-founder of On the Edge arts festival and is Publicity Manager for Urban Sprawl Theatre Company in Leeds.

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ZOE PARKER
mermaids - 01Zoe has many ‘strings to her bow’, including being a choreographer, performer, teacher, producer and writer. She has worked extensively in Yorkshire over the past 20 years Organisations include: Creative Partnerships, Yorkshire Dance, Northern Ballet, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Leeds College of Music. Zoe loves working with the community and in interdisciplinary arts projects. Although her choreography is playful there is an explicit desire to produce work that 
is of a high quality and that engages a wide range of people.

Zoe has also an experienced background working with a people to improve wellbeing through creativity and dance. This includes older adults, early years, physical and learning disabled young people and adults. For more about her work click here.

Zoe also writes about dance, theatre and culture for a number of blogs including The Culture Vultures
, Cloud Dance Festival and has written for the Foundation for Community Dance’s Journal ‘Animated’ (Winter 2013 Edition). In November 2013, Zoe will be presenting with Jake Orr from A Younger Theatre at Yorkshire Dance’s Youth Conference ‘Dance Insights’ on supporting young people to voice their opinions about dance. She is excited to be presenting a new training for South Yorkshire CPPD on Injury prevention in January 2014. Zoe is also a qualified yoga teacher, pilates teacher and performance coach. 

 “Zoe is a highly creative choreographer with a flair for working within short time-scales.”

LIZZIE COOMBES / BETTY LAWLESS
Lizzie
Lizzie has been working as a photographer/artist since 1990. She has a
long track record of cross art form collaboration and innovative community projects. She has been working as a photo artist, documentary and publicity photographer and a designer with a wide variety of people and organizations. Work includes projects with Opera North, The National Media Museum, Education Leeds, and Creative Partnerships. A recent Music in Prisons commission was a successful collaboration with Mark-Anthony Turnage.

The two key strands to her
work are photographing people and spaces. She has developed a style of
portrait photography over the years, which she uses to develop
participant’s self-esteem and positive self-image. She is an artist
that enjoys both the process and the product of what she does.

Lizzie also works under the name Betty Lawless and is currently photographer
and blogger for Leeds Inspired. Betty loves photographing the beauty
in ordinary things, revels in colour and light and is partial to a
little glitter, with a kitsch or vintage twist.
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CAROLYN EDEN

Carolyn Eden is a creative performer with over ten years experience of
working across disciplines and devising new work. After training atCarolynCropped
the Cumbria Institute of Arts, she became a founder member of Leeds
based Imprint Theatre Company. Carolyn completed Red Grit, Red
Ladder’s Actors Training project, performing as Roxy Farmer in Where’s
Vietnam? at The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Further performance credits include The Ionian Enchantment for Peepolykus (West Yorkshire Playhouse) Kath Connor in Where’s Your Mama Gone? for New End Theatre
(Carriageworks), and as a contemporary dancer with Sharon Watson’s
Arts Beyond Contemporary Dance (UK Cultural Olympiad).

ELLEN MCAUSLAN

Ellen is an artist and animator who turned to her local theatre groupmermaids - 20
when she moved from London to West Yorkshire in 2007. Through
following her interest in new writing she has continued to develop her
acting and directing by branching out and has appeared with companies
in Leeds and Bradford, most notably with Red Ladder in their community
theatre production of Anthony Clavane’s “Promised Land”, Yorkshire
Dance’s ce- lebratory community performance piece “Just 30” and more
recently in Freedom Studio’s “Street Voices 4”.

Having written and created her own animated series for many years she find that her
experience in character based narrative as well as the study of
physicality in animation has also stimulated her involvement in
devising theatre. “Having spent so many years creating things that
exist outside of the body, it is compelling to create something with
the body that only exists in that space at that moment, something that
can only be carried forward in someone’s memory of it. ”

KEELEY LANE

Keeley is a 26 year old Yorkshire born actress who has been living and training in mermaids - 06London for the last few years. Her most recent roles include Emily Bronte in ‘The Bronte Boy’ at The Carriageworks Theatre,Natasha in the comedy ‘The Harpington Toad Fanciers Society’ which was performed at Manchester and Buxton Fringe Festival and Polly in ‘One, Two, Cold, Terror’ which is in development at The West Yorkshire Playhouse. Keeley is passionate about the arts and also produces her own work. She is delighted to be part of Million Dollar Mermaid and looks forward to the new challenge.

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