associate artists



Louise Ritchie is a lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University, where she successfully defended her PhD thesis in 2012. Her research interests focus on modes of transmission for movement particularly the ways in which photography, video and pre-recorded audio may enhance and inform face-to-face workshop practice. Louise has performed with a number of UK based companies including Pearson/Brookes, Good Cop Bad Cop, Volcano Theatre Company, Third Angel and Blast Theory. From 2008 to 2010 Louise was part of a collective called Showroom, together the group curated and developed performance and live art events within the specific locale of West Wales.

Our resident comic artist. Born and raised in Amsterdam, Alexia Veldhuisen decided to cross the Atlantic to follow her dream of becoming a comic book artist after a small run in theatre training. Now she is attending the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art Inc. in Dover, New Jersey, enjoying discussions about comic book characters with her fellow art students, making part time coffee as an imported barista and late night art making. Whenever her school schedule permits it, she likes to read (comic) books, have movie nights and imagine herself as a samurai. For a small selection of her work, please visit her DeviantArt page.


From the Devon seaside town of Teignmouth, Harry Oliver graduated from Aberystwyth University in the summer of 2013 (BA Hons. Drama and Theatre). Throughout his degree, he was active as a performer, musician and technician. He continues to pursue these interests via his work with Almost Human and personal music composition projects, drawing influence from a wide variety of genres and artists.


Dafydd Hall Williams graduated with a First Class degree in Drama and an MA in Practicing Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University. Whilst occasionally working as a performer, Dafydd primarily works as a professional Opera Director and Assistant Director. Having worked with companies such as the Welsh National Opera and Mid Wales Opera, Dafydd will be fulfilling an observationship with David Pountney’s 2013 production of Lulu for the Welsh National Opera, followed by assisting John Ramster on the forthcoming production of Eugene Onegin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Melissa Donaldson lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having originated in London, UK, Melissa obtained both a BA and a MA from Aberystwyth University in Wales. Her work centres on explorations, the city and the lives within it. Within her cityscape investigations she intertwines music, video and visual art to draw out histories and stories, and explore the palimpsest that is the urban environment.