ISACS is delighted to present Liza Cox as the bursary recipient to attend the international two-week street arts training programme – SPASA – in Lleida – Spain.

Over 2 weeks, from August 26th – September 10th, Liza will have the opportunity to work with four companies – MurmuyoLjud GroupOndaurto TeatroNuovo Cinema Neo Cinetico – offering intensive masterclasses for participants interested in creating in public space.

Also delighted that Alex Herring and Edaein Samuels are also attending Spasa independently for their own professional development.

About our artist

Liza Cox

Liza Cox headshot

Liza is a street performer, puppeteer, designer and maker.

She is the co-artistic director of Baubo, a new physical theatre company dedicated to creating high-octane design-led outdoor physical theatre. Baubo’s work has been programmed at international festivals and supported by a number of international funding bodies, including the Arts Councils of Ireland and England and Without Walls. Baubo was selected for the 2021 N.E.S.T (New Emerging Street Talent) residency with Waterford’s Spraoi festival.

Liza has trained at the Curious School of Puppetry and was part of an international team of artists selected to represent Europe in the UNIMA International World Puppetry Congress. The resulting work, DOUANE, a show about borders, was programmed in the 2021 World Puppetry Festival in Charleville-Mezières.

Liza sits on the peer panel of the Arts Council of Ireland. She also works as a designer and maker and was a shortlisted finalist for the Naomi Wilkinson Stage Design Award. She has worked with companies such as Footsbarn Travelling Theatre, THISISPOPBABY and Wild Rumpus. Liza trained in the Lecoq methodology and holds an MA with distinction in Performance Design: this combination of physical theatre and visual design is central to her approach to street theatre.

What does Liza expect from SPASA?

I’m always looking for ways to improve my technical approach to creating outdoor work, and the expertise of the trainers involved in SPASA would elevate my own artistic outdoor practice, enabling me to bring these skills back to the work I’m creating in an Irish context.

The opportunity to attend the Aquelarre de Cervera and the Fira Tàrrega (both events that I’m familiar with) within this professional context, making professional connections, attending talks from industry professionals about what makes great street art, would be a game-changer at this pivotal point in my career as I establish myself as a professional street theatre maker.