Associate Artists

Biographies of Associate Artists working with STEPPING STONES

Bettina Carpi

Bettina Carpi is an independent dance maker, performer and teacher with over 20 years experience. Having found her love for performance and a deep curiosity and passion for exploring physicality and the body’s possibility for expression during her dance training at STUDIO BüHNE BERN in Switzerland, she went on to study contemporary dance and choreography at the LONDON CONTEMPORARY DANCE SCHOOL from 1996-1999.

After graduation she worked as a dancer for various dance companies and choreographers in London, and was lucky to dance with CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY for 8 years, touring internationally (North and South America, Europe and Asia) as well as performing at the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics. Her highlights have been co-creating and performing the award winning dance theatre pieces METAMORPHOSIS and THE WORLD’S GREATEST SHOW by choreographer ARTHUR PITA including two week long runs at the ROYAL OPERA HOUSE in London and the JOYCE THEATRE in New York, working with ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA on their production of Klinghoffer and working closely with choreographers ANNIE PUI LING LOK and MARC BREW over many years.

Bettina completed an MA in Dance at the UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER in 2015 and in 2017 Bettina and her husband, the composer GARY LLOYD, founded COMPANY CARPI to give expression to their collaborative projects, coinciding with their first ACE funded project THE MIRROR OF LOVE based on a work by acclaimed author ALAN MOORE. As Company Carpi they have also created a piece inaugurating the 100,000 GENOMES PROJECT commissioned by NHS MANCHESTER & CENTRE-POINTE, an ACE funded performance project with and about the Syrian refugee crisis in collaboration with performance artist CLAIRE HENDERSON DAVIS, an University of Chester funded R&D with music, dance & drama students based on KNOTS by revolutionary psychiatrist R.D.LAING and in 2019 they created THE STUMBLING BLOCK a quartet for two dancer and two drummers based on the poetry cycle by the celebrated author, poet and sculptor BRIAN CATLING. Works in progress include a new dance piece for gallery spaces WHEN YOU LIGHT A CANDLE YOU ALSO CAST A SHADOW and an opera with dance DOTTER OF HER FATHERS EYES based on MARY & BRYAN TALBOT’s graphic novel with a libretto by MARY TALBOT herself.

Bettina is an Associate Lecturer at several Universities in the North West, a board member of Cheshire Dance and was Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Chester from 2016-2018.

Bettina’s dance practice is inspired by cross fertilisation & interdisciplinary work, seeing how different art forms and modes of expression can enrich each other whilst celebrating the joy, power and poetic nature of dance.


Liz Fitzgerald-Taylor

My work is primarily as an actor and director working in the professional theatre both in the UK and Internationally. I am Artistic Director of Little Birdhouse Theatre Company and co-director of Stepping Stones.

 As an actor, I have worked for many high profile theatre companies including, Red Earth Theatre, DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre, Hope Street Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, National Trust Theatre and many, many more.

 From 2006 to early 2014 I worked as Joint Artistic Director of No Nonsense Theatre Company with Lisa O’Hanlon.  This was the most exciting time of my career to date. Together Lisa and I with many artists, created exciting new work for all ages and abilities.  We travelled through Europe on several occasions in our big white van taking one of the most beautiful performances of Romeo & Juliet with just three performers, several puppets and lots of vitality and fun!  

 No Nonsense then developed further and we created a mid-scale production of the Old Testament story of RUTH.  The piece was launched at The Waterside Arts Centre before travelling up to Edinburgh for a weeklong stint at the City’s Fringe Festival.  We continued our development with The Emperors New Clothes and latterly Tarun & The Elephant a lovely tale telling the story of friendship between a little boy and a baby elephant.  

 Although both Artistic Directors of No Nonsense Theatre have moved on to new adventures, we are still performing Peter Rabbit and Friends at the V&A Museum in London on a regular basis and have just received a new commission to create a piece of theatre based on Donatello’s LION sculptures.

 I am passionate about theatre for children and young people both as a performer and as a director.

Gary Lloyd (born 1965) is a Canadian-born British composer and producer. I have composed music for productions in theatre, contemporary dance, television drama and documentary, film, art installation, son et lumiere, narrative/music works, and orchestral concert performances. I also work as a record producer, and lecture on aspects of music.  I am a graduate of the University of Chester where I studied mathematics, fine art and history of art, and psychology.

Past works include the theatrical scores for Jean Paul Sartre‘s ‘Huis Clos‘ (No Way Out,2001) and Arthur Kopit‘s Road To Nirvana (2006) both directed by actor and director Colin McFarlane, soundtracks for the Tshukudu series of wildlife documentaries by Marianne Wilding (1998 – 2005), music for the contemporary dance pieceNocturne, choreographed by Marc Brew (2009 and onwards including a performance at Sadler’s Wells in 2014), music for installations with the artist Michelle Molyneux (2007), and music for the contemporary dance piece Track choreographed by Paula Hampson (1997-1998).    Earlier works include the soundtrack for the stage version of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean‘s ‘Violent Cases‘ directed by Eric Jarvis (1988).

I created two narrative/music pieces that were released on CD: the first based on The Bridge (1996) by Iain Banks and the second Brought to Light (1998) based on the comic book written by Alan Moore. Lloyd worked in collaboration with the novelists on each and Banks and Moore each voiced their respective works. Banks and myself were frequent collaborators and we co-composed a collection of songs as an album in tribute to the fictional band from Banks’s novel Espedair Street – a tribute to a band that never existed – first mooted in 1999 by myself and also discussed in Banks’s only non-fiction book Raw Spirit. This collaborative project was restarted in 2005 and although the groundwork of the project was completed to date it remains unreleased. I have spoken at length about my work with Banks at the 2014 Huddersfield Literature Festival and I am frequently invited to talk about my experience of working with Alan at academic conferences and SF and comic book conventions as well as contributing to various biographies about Alan’s life and work (such as ALAN MOORE: STORYTELLER which included a CD to which I contributed music and production).

In 2014 I composed The Bridge Redux (In Memoriam Iain Banks) which was performed by the Worldcon Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Keith Slade at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, at the ExCeL London to an audience of four thousand. I also introduced the piece with a personal tribute to Banks who was guest of honour.

I have over 31 years professional experience composing music in conjunction with other mediums (dance, theatre, TV etc) and for orchestral performances and I’ve produced a vast body of recording artists. Thus I have gained considerable experience participating and leading productions through inception and development to completion.