Since the inception of Production Futures, one of the goals was to find a way of recognising young talent in our industry.
The result? The TPi Breakthrough Talent Awards. The inaugural awards saw the presentation of three trophies to individuals
who had shown true innovation within their chosen sector. Here what they had to say about their wins below…

Winner: Kat Ellis

“As someone who doesn’t study events at university, and does technical theatre alongside studies instead, it was such a shock to win this award and I am so thankful to the judges and to TPi for putting on this event! Hopefully it will help me along in my plans to move into the live events industry once I graduate this coming summer, in hopes of eventually production managing in the future.”

Kat Ellis
James Coghlan

Winner: James Coghlan

“It was a bit of a surprise to receive this award but it’s great to have been noticed at a relatively early point in my career for the work that I have been doing. I’m really grateful to Adam Hill, one of my university lecturers, for the original nomination. I also wanted to say thanks to everyone that I’ve had the opportunity to work with so far and hopefully I’ll see a few more of you in a venue or muddy field somewhere soon!”

Winner: Ria Sioux Byers

“To be a part of the first ever TPi Breakthrough Talent Awards means so much to me – it certifies not only how much effort and hard work I have put in, but how much everyone in the industry has believed in me and helped me to achieve so much in such a short space of time. I hope that winning the award will help me further and show more people how determined I am to make this my career. I’m here to stay and I’m ready for new challenges.
I am unsure of what the future holds, as I’ve never been much of a ‘life plan’ type person – studying to gain a MA is very appealing to me but at the same time I’m caught up in the whirlwind of being self-employed. What more could a girl want at the age of 22 – travelling, being at some of the most exciting events and working with leading, interesting creatives!”

Ria Sioux Byers
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