Lou Brodie is an applied artist, performance maker and project manager based in Scotland. Through an artistic process rooted in social practice and conviviality Lou produces idiosyncratic art works and events in collaboration with communities, people and place.
Graduating in 2004 from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) with a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Theatre Practice, Lou has worked with a range of national and international companies and artists including; Visible Fictions, Tramway Glasgow, Lyra Theatre, Platform Glasgow, Imaginate and the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Nic Green, Southbank Centre, The WOW Foundation, Perth Theatre and The Touring Network.
Lou has worked extensively across the community, youth arts and young audiences’ sectors. Much of her work is preoccupied with the creation of spaces and performative actions that rely on or question the responsibility of the spectator/participant. From teaching teens and adults how to throw bricks, inviting classes of 5-year olds to experience dance theatre on a bouncy castle or spending a full year asking people to hold her hand each day every day for 30 minutes, gently probing the role of risk, responsibility and intimacy are themes that run throughout her practice.
Lou is currently undertaking a part-time MSc in Applied Gender Studies at Strathclyde University in addition to her portfolio on-going projects. These currently include the creation of Youth consultation events for the First Minister’s National Advisory Council for Women and Girls, ‘Women Dancing’ an ongoing dance and video project with film maker and dance collaborator Geraldine Heaney and Creative Facilitator for the National Theatre of Scotland and All the Queens Men’s Scottish Premiere of The Coming Back Out Ball.
photo credit – Jassy Earl