Dr. Catherine McNamara
Catherine McNamara is co-founder and co-Director of Gendered Intelligence, Reader in Applied Theatre and Pro-Dean (Students) at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She was Project Coordinator for Trans Youth Arts project Sci:dentity – What’s the Science of Sex & Gender? (a 12-month Wellcome Trust funded project exploring gender and sexed identities) and the collaborative play-writing project Brief Encounters, run in conjunction with Fringe Benefits Theatre Company (Los Angeles, US), which led to a performance and workshop being delivered in secondary schools across the UK between 2008 and 2010. Catherine’s own PhD was titled ‘The Constitution of Transgender Masculinities through Performance: A Study of Theatre and the Everyday’ (University of London, 2009).
Jay is co-founder and co-Director of Gendered Intelligence and manages various arts based projects across the organisation. He carries out Trans Awareness Training and the Continuing Professional Development programme, convenes the Trans Community Conference and oversees the Trans Youth Support Work. As part of some of the projects run at Gendered Intelligence he has made documentaries such as The Sci:dentity Project (2007) and Gender Variance in Primary School (2008). Jay is now carrying out his PhD currently entitled “Trans on Telly: Popular Documentary and the Production of Transgender Knowledge”. Jay is an active member of the trans community and sits on various committees and working groups as a representative of the trans community.
In 2010, Fiona facilitated on the ‘Interarts’ project, an intergenerational arts project for LGBTQ participants run by Gendered Intelligence in collaboration with Age UK. She has since begun to work in schools with Gendered Intelligence delivering gender awareness workshops. Having trained at Central School of Speech & Drama, Fiona graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education. Fiona is a London-based applied theatre practitioner who works in a variety of community and educational settings. Her practice is rooted in creating inclusive and accessible participatory experiences which can empower people to change and develop through positive interactions with art. Fiona is particularly interested in the use of drama, media and technology within her practice. She currently works for C&T Theatre Company as a Drama Animateur in a secondary school. She also runs weekly drama sessions for Spanner in the Works with young people with mental health issues.
In 2010, Cherry was our installation facilitator and technician on the ‘Interarts’ project, an intergenerational arts project for LGBTQ participants run by Gendered Intelligence in collaboration with Age UK. Cherry Truluck designs sets, costume and video projection for various theatres and events, including Jermyn Street Theatre, Brighton Loves Fashion, The Edinburgh Festival and Theatre503. She was recently nominated for “Best Set Designer” in the OffWestEnd awards (A Cavalier for Milady at the Cock Tavern Theatre). Outside of the theatre recent work has included art direction at music festivals, education projects and graphic/website design. When there is time, Cherry also creates multimedia art installation work, independently and as part of international online performance troupe ActiveLayers, of which she was a co-founder. Her work has been exhibited and performed in the UK and internationally. To find out more about Cherry’s work check out her website. For further information please visit
In 2010, Sam was our creative technician on the ‘Interarts’ project, an intergenerational arts project for LGBTQ participants run by Gendered Intelligence in collaboration with Age UK. Sam Bailey is a writer, director, Director of Photography and editor. To find out more about Sam’s work check out his website.
Sara Clark has a National Diploma in Art & Design (2008) and is now in her final year on the BA(hons) Theatre Practice course specialising in Puppetry. She performs with The Rainbow Collectors, works on various design and craft commissions and volunteers on community projects.