Jonny Cotsen was born in Cardiff, Wales and after qualifying as a graphic designer and teacher, left his professional career to develop himself as a performance artist, drama facilitator and consultant for inclusion in the arts. Jonny also runs inclusive drama workshops and is a Deaf Equality trainer for people with and without disabilities, and is a trustee for Disability Arts Cymru. Jonny is currently an artist residence with Pervasive Media Studio which are based at the Watershed working on a new immersive theatre piece which is designed for social change. He does public speaking and enjoys being on panel discussions on access provision in the arts with Unlimited Connects and at other events. His performing credits include: ‘English' (Quarantine and National Theatre Wales), 'Louder Is Not Always Clearer' (Mr & Mrs Clark, touring). Ways Of Being Together (Jo Fong), Cardiff: City Road Stories (Sherman Theatre). He is currently completed a successful run at Edinburgh Fringe with ‘Louder Is Not Always Clearer’, produced and directed by Mr and Mrs Clark and will be touring* across the UK and Europe in 2020/21. [* currently cancelled because of COVID-19]
"I’m excited to be joining PiPA’s campaign to support parents in the performing arts industry. Being profoundly Deaf, I am constantly campaigning for better access and support in the rehearsal space as well as their audiences which has been quite challenging as it is such a tough industry, so when having two young children it feels absolutely impossible and exhausting! I am aware of how the Arts sector definitely need to become more flexible (and accessible) for parents and that we need better support. I think the work of PiPA will have a relevant and positive impact for those parents that are working across the performing arts to make sure there is a better work/life balance. I want to see change and I am excited to be part of this."