meet the team

Barry Church-Woods
Producer / Co-founder

Barry wallBarry is a native Scotsman, and has been working in festival, arts, and event management for the past 20 years.

Most recently he spent eight years working with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society as their Venues & Companies Manager, where he provided universal support services for participants. In that role, he chaired their national and international information events, presenting everywhere from the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Tuxedo Cat in Adelaide, Barrow Street Theatre in NYC and The Young Vic in London.

Prior to his time at the Fringe Society, he worked as a consultant for the Scottish Government, a Cultural Coordinator for Fife Council, an arts manager for local authorities throughout Scotland, as well as a producer and artist on a varied range of projects.

Josef Church-Woods
Producer / Co-founder

Joe in CCsJoe has been working in marketing, communications and content creation for over 15 years. He joined Civil Disobedience full-time in January 2017, after two years with Yard; an award-winning UK digital agency providing expert consultancy around content, search, and innovation.

After completing a postgrad in Journalism in 2001, Joe forged a successful career in PR, marketing, and project delivery. Previous roles include a contract as Communications Manager with Stonewall Scotland (a charity promoting LGBT equality), marketing manager for the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, as well as a range of content and digital projects working with commercial brands such as TUI Travel, Diet Chef, Sainsbury’s Bank, Sage, and ROX. He’s undertaken a range of freelance PR and journalism work over the years, and still rakes on commissions as a freelance copywriter.

Born in Sweden with a dad from New Zealand, Joe grew up in both countries and has lived in the UK since 1995. He’s fluent in Swedish and English.

Louise Oliver
Associate producer (part-time)

Louise tshirtLouise is a Glasgow-based actor, producer, writer and arts consultant with over a decade of experience working in theatre and festivals, both in Scotland and internationally. She has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Glasgow in Theatre Studies and European Civilisation, and also trained as an actor at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Louise worked for four years as the Participant Development Coordinator for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, where she facilitated relevant connections between presenters and artists and offered development advice on fundraising, networking, developing creative practice, and touring strategy, with particular focus on international touring.

More recently, Louise has spent a few years (up until 2016) living in New York City, where she worked with NYC companies including The Wooster Group, Theatre Resources Unlimited, Gemini & Scorpio and The Tank Theatre, before co-founding her own theatre collective, The Blockheads.

Storytelling PR
Miriam Attwood, Founder

MimWhile not technically part of the Civil team, Storytelling PR is our go-to partner for comms support. We work closely with Miriam (or Mim, as we like to call her) and her team to deliver more comprehensive press and publicity services for a number of the shows we produce.

Mim has ten years of experience in press relations and holds a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts with a concentration in Arts Journalism from Queen Margaret University. She’s held roles at some of the most prestigious arts organisations in Scotland, including Media Manager at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society in 2009, 2010 and 2011; Press & Digital Officer at the National Galleries of Scotland 2011-2013; as well as positions at the Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, and Edinburgh’s Arts Venue Summerhall.

Since 2013, Storytelling has provided independent publicity to artists at the Edinburgh Fringe, working with huge productions, one-person shows, political theatre, and alternative comedy.

Miriam also works at Adelaide Fringe (the last two years based at the Royal Croquet Club, selling their performance programme) and has been known to rock up at festivals just to see actual shows. She likes actual shows.