Laura Eaton-Lewis is a cultural leader, arts director, artist and educator. She performs as Laura Cameron-Lewis.
Since its inception in September 2008, Laura has developed The Work Room choreographic foundation, from a research brief to an organisation that works with artists across Scotland and internationally, focusing on artist-led initiatives and developing excellence in practice.
She is an inspiring public speaker, has spent much of the past two years speaking about arts, culture and social change at festivals such as The Edinburgh Book Festival, ImagiNation Festival of Ideas, Changing Scotland Festival, British Dance Edition 2014, Tramway World Cafe, Bella Caledonia, and Mission Models Money.
As a journalist she has contributed to Bella Caledonia (www.bellacaledonia.com), Product Art Magazine, The Scotsman newspaper and The List Magazine. She was theatre critic for the Metro national newspaper in 2005, where she earned a reputation for discovering the best new work of the Edinburgh Festivals that year. Laura writes on issues ranging from art and culture to leadership, technology to economics, and ecology and politics.
Laura completed her MPhil at Glasgow University in practice based research with a thesis on the compositional strategies and political implications of digital pervasive, mixed reality performance. She has also held posts as part-time lecturer in theatre directing at Queen Margaret’s University, lecturer in contemporary theatre practice and arts management.
As an artist she curated Edinburgh’s Virtual Festival, (g)Host City at www.virtualfestival.com and recently performed in the award-winning performance Whatever Gets You Through The Night, which she also co-created with Cora Bissett, David Grieg and the rest of the band, Swimmer One. With installations such as You Are Not With Me, Parallel Lines, and Quantum Physical, Laura’s work blurs lines between virtual worlds, psychogeography and the traces of people long gone. From 2002 to 2008 she was Artistic Director of the award-winning Highway Diner group, and her public appearances encompass acting, dance, theatre and music as well as producing, PR, writing, choreography and dramaturgy.
She has also held a career in PR and arts producing as director of Groundwork Agency PR, head of press for Pleasance Theatre and was producer with Communicado theatre company, and has written as a critic and commentator for the Scotsman, The List, and Metro newspapers. From 2002 to 2004 she co-curated the SiLENCiO arts cabaret of avant-thinking in Edinburgh with the poet J.L Williams. Completing her undergraduate degree in devised theatre at legendary liberal arts institution, Dartington College of Arts, Laura has had a vibrant career in left field performance, art and cultural management.
She also plays music in the band Swimmer One www.swimmerone.co.uk, and with her own band, The Tea Dance Orchestra. One day, maybe one day, she’ll get around to forming the Porty Beach Wipeout Surf Punk band… after all, its not going to form itself, and it is what the world needs needs now.
(portrait by Jannica Honey)
Here is a link to my resumé: Pro CV 2014 LAURA EATON LEWIS dir
You can contact me at laura (at) lauraeatonlewis.com