About Us

"Theatre had lost its way. It had missed the energy and impossibility of punk, the obviousness of state socialism, the adrenaline of sport."

Volcano is a small, energetic, responsive arts company with an ability to move quickly and imaginatively to make things happen, and a track-record in inspiring and engaging others, working in partnership and setting big ideas in motion. We have been creating and touring high-impact professional theatre productions all over the world for over 26 years, as well as initiating and managing projects ranging from temporary building transformations to festivals, residential workshops, exhibitions, publications, public events and a sustainability summit. South Wales is the company’s home – we are outward-looking Welsh internationalists with deep Swansea roots, fascinated by the place we live and make work and its relationship to other places.

What We Do
  • We produce original theatre productions and site-specific events.
  • We tour theatre productions in Wales, the UK and all over the world.
  • We research and develop new ideas.
  • We commission work from writers, visual artists and film-makers.
  • We curate events that bring other artists and participants together.
  • We teach and inspire through workshops and residencies.
Who's Who: Meet the Volcano Team


Paul Davies - Artistic Director
Claudine Conway - Marketing & Communications Manager
Kay Denyer – Senior Administrator
Sarah Dow – Finance Officer
Carrie Rhys-Davies - Project Director, Station2Sea
Ben Stimpson - Technical Manager

Marc Robert Lewis - Swyddog datblygu Cymraeg | Welsh development officer


Board of Directors

Professor Keith Lloyd (Chair) – Head of the Medical School at Swansea University.
Heather Pudner - Formally Manager of South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership and accredited programmes for the Department of Adult Continuing Education.
Rhodri Thomas - Training Development Manager for Cynnal Cymru / Sustain Wales.
Chris Bird-Jones – Freelance Artist.
Elen Thomas - Head of Drama Ysgol Dyffryn Taff, Whitland.
Catrin Webster - Freelance Artist and Course Director of BA Fine Art and MA path leader at UWTSD.

Howard Davies - HJD Consulting.

Associates and Advisers

Carolyn Davies - Adviser and Consultant for Arts in Education. 
Catherine Bennett - Creative Associate. 
Fern Smith - Creative Associate.
Gudny Sigurdardottir - Associate Artist. 
Phil Ralph - Associate Artist. 

Partners : The people we work with

Volcano has been working with Coastal since 2010 to bring new creative energy and community resources to Swansea High Street through a 'Meanwhile Use' partnership and (since 2014) through the Arts Council of Wales's Ideas People Places initiative.



La Transplanisphère (France) • Institut Français (France) • Bildung und Integration (Germany) • Maison de la Création (Belgium) • Ortzai Teatro (Spain) • Sin Arts (Hungary) 

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