Artists in Residence

Kate Bradnam

Kate Bradnam Theatre Practitioner

Trained at Rose Bruford College (London) and La Real Escuala Superior de Arte Dramatico (Madrid), I cut my teeth as a performer working for a number of different Theatre Companies in a variety of productions both nationally and internationally. I also create my own work as an artist, past performance have included Architecture:Theatre The Journey; a commission born from a residency at Contact Theatre.

Following a slight creative shift I am now focusing towards directing. My professional artistic practise is diverse but has always been linked within the North West community and I have worked extensively with young people and adults in a variety of settings including Schools and Colleges, Prisons and Secure Units, Hospitals, arts venues and within the community itself. Alongside directing I also facilitate workshops which encourage participants to release their creative potential and to nurture and develop existing skills. Further, I work in consultation with organisations and businesses to help them to engage more effectively with creativity and young people.

Recent collaborations with The BBC, Hull Truck Theatre, Community Arts North West, The Royal Exchange and Contact Theatre have been exciting opportunities to direct theatre pieces with non-professional young people. I have a solid belief that ‘community practise’ of this kind should be a high quality artistic experience for all involved, from participant to audience. The pieces I create with young people are informed by my professional experience and aim to be ambitious, the highest artistic quality possible and accessible to all.

I am really excited to be working in partnership with YPAC as their resident Creative Practitioner. The team are so open to new creative ideas and we are excited to establish firm roots with the YPAC youth theatre company. Watch this space!

Twitter: @katebradnam

judith chan

Judith Chan – Filmmaker and Photographer

Judith Chan is the Head of Productions at Manchester based media production company, Envelope Films.

With a degree in Environmental Science and a diploma in Acoustics, Judith previously worked for global consultancy firm Arup for 4 years as an acoustic consultant. Her projects covered the length of Britain and included exciting new builds such as Leeds Arena.

Following her passion for TV and Film, Judith then went on to set up her own production company, Envelope Films with fellow media professional Sam Twyman.

Since then, Judith has worked on many high profile film productions including advertisements for CITV, M&S Bank and Bridgestone tyres. She has also worked on numerous short films, music videos and documentaries.

With an interest covering all aspects of film production, Judith loves to share the process of film making with others. She recently directed ‘Cyberbully’, an interactive film for learning disability charity Mencap. Students from a local school were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences about Cyberbullying through a series of workshops. Their story ideas were developed into a script ready for a 6 day shoot co-produced by the school and Envelope Films. Other students from the school were given the chance to act in the film, which was a great way for them to get involved and help boost their confidence.

Judith is thrilled to be invited to be one of YPAC’s resident Creative Practitioners. After working with YPAC to create the photographs for their new website, Judith feels really at home with the team and excited for the future!


Twitter: @envelopefilms

sam twyman

Sam Twyman – Filmmaker and Photographer

Sam Twyman is the Creative Director at Manchester based media production company, Envelope Films.

Sam is an experienced Director of Photography, and has worked on over 200 film productions including short films, music videos, documentaries and adverts for TV and the internet. He worked for several years as a teacher at Futureworks in Manchester, teaching camera, lighting, sound, editing & scriptwriting for the TV & Film Diploma course. Sam has also worked as a video game animator on several titles for Rockstar Games.

Sam established Envelope Films in 2013 with business partner Judith Chan. The company has gone on to work on many high profile film productions including advertisements for CITV, M&S Bank and Bridgestone tyres.

Sam has had great experience leading creative projects in Manchester and was honoured to be invited by Contact Theatre to mentor the prestigious Future Fires team in developing and creating their film, ‘Growing Up’. The film features a collage of documentary, short film, interviews and animation, and explores some of the issues faced around early adulthood. Sam led the all female group through a series of creative workshops, exploring their thoughts and ideas, helping them find their voice through the medium of film.

Sam is super excited to be invited to be one of YPAC’s resident Creative Practitioners. He recently worked with YPAC alongside Judith Chan in helping to create the photos for the new YPAC website. He loves YPAC’s approach and what the organisation stands for and is thrilled to be involved!


Twitter: @envelopefilms