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 create and tour high-impact professional theatre productions all over the world, 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
Victoria Boobyer - Marketing & Media Officer
Barbara Sarmiento Araña - Events Manager
Sarah Dow – Finance Officer
Rich Andrew - Production Manager
Carrie Rhys-Davies - Project Director, Station2Sea
Caroline Lane - Project Manager, Station2Sea


Board of Directors

Professor Keith Lloyd (Chair) – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and 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.
Chris Bird-Jones – Freelance Artist, Creative Wales Ambassador 2015.
Elen Thomas - Head of Drama Ysgol Dyffryn Taff, Whitland.
Professor Catrin Webster - Freelance Artist and Programme Director for Swansea College of Art, BA Fine Art, MA Contemporary Dialogues & Research Degrees

Howard Davies - Freelance Finance consultant, HJD Consulting.

Associates and Advisers

Catherine Bennett - Creative Associate


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.


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