Based in rural Derbyshire AHT is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with a commitment to creating stimulating, high quality theatre and workshops for community audiences and young people. Ava works with a wide range of Associate artists on a project by project basis (AHT is a mainly women led organisation - associates include: Dr Tilly Branson, Maggie Ford, Kitty Parker, Frances Watt, Maxine Finch)
Ava trained as an actor at The Drama Studio, has an MA in Applied Theatre and worked/trained professionally with Augusto Boal and Dr Dorothy Heathcote.
She has worked as a performer, director, producer, researcher and Senior Lecturer at University of Derby, based at Derby Theatre. She is currently enrolled on a PhD.
As an actor her portfolio of work includes small-scale touring, theatre for young people, extensive film and television work, and running her own producing company. Some of the companies she has worked for include: Half Moon YPT, Theatre Centre, Avon Touring Theatre, Roundabout, Derby Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse. Film and TV include: Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Touch of Frost, Dangerfield, The Royal Today etc
Artistic Director for Yorkshire Women Theatre (dedicated Theatre in Health) from 1991-1997 delivering theatre in health education for women and young people. In 1995 she set up Central Line Touring. 2003 she was co-founder of Tangere Arts with David Johnston - touring with their first show "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess created by the late Bill Mitchell (Kneehigh/Wildworks).
Associate Director at Cast in Doncaster and Hull Truck Theatre Artistic Programming, extending participation through programming a Children's Theatre Festival, Black History Month, a festival of choirs and setting up a community choir with Lip Service "Desperate to be Doris". Her directing includes work for young people for Nottingham Playhouse/Salisbury Playhouse, Buxton Opera House, Language Alive with young offenders, young people with mental health issues, site specific pieces, working from verbatim material, using film and participation to engage audiences.
Since 2010 Ava has been creating solo performance pieces that challenge the theatrical form, raise questions and provoke debate including: I'm No Hero, Michael Morpurgo's The Kites Are Flying and Acting Alone. Ava has delivered performances and Conference papers internationally on her research on the use of verbatim theatre in Ireland, Sweden, US and New Zealand.
In 2017 after a period of extended international research and development working on a new piece of theatre for young people about refugees - Ava developed with Saad AlKassab and Craig Christie called Journeys of Destiny. Working in The Jungle Calais, Australia (Treehouse Theatre, STC, Belvoir Theatre and No Mates Productions) this project was funded by the British Council. In India, Delhi she worked with Dr Geoff Redman using in-role work/Mantle of the Expert with children and teachers exploring partition and migration.
In 2019 Journeys of Destiny toured throughout the East Midlands. In September 2019 she delivered a paper at the Annual Congress ASSITEJ Festival/TYARN in Norway with co-author Danny Braverman on David Johnston's legacy, the mental health crisis using Journeys of Destiny as a case study.
As a member of NCVO Ava Hunt Theatre celebrated 100 years of voluntary work within the charitable sector with the patron, Queen Elizabeth (2019).
Ava Hunt Theatre is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
Registered Charity Number 1166244
Ava Hunt Theatre is a member of NCVO
AHT Board of Trustees includes:
Rick Hall, Tony Watts (OBE), Amanda Smith and Phil Moss (chair)
Artistic Leadership & Management:
As a Youth Theatre Director Ava worked for Shared Experience (image), Derby Theatre (National Theatre Connections Festival (2015/6), Watford Palace Theatre, Avon Touring and Tangere Arts.
Delivering theatre young people her international work includes Czech Republic, USSR, Sri Lanka, Romania, Palestine. Delivered training sessions on socially conscious theatre for National Association of Youth Theatre, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and Chickenshed (2015-17).