​​We’re fascinated by unexpected connection.

 between ourselves and others 

between past and present  

between the shape of a pinecone
and the spiral of the Milky Way Galaxy.​

We make theatre that seeks to understand how we relate to each other: audiences, artists, fellow humans, our culture, other ​cultures, the earth, the universe. 

We aim to awaken curiosity and inspire empathy. We believe we can do more than simply reflect the world as it is; theatre has the power to show us worlds that could be.​​
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WHAT WE DO
WHO WE ARE
AMY CLARE TASKER
Artistic Director
Amy's work demonstrates a commitment to new forms and unheard voices, a profound joy in collaborative experimentation, and a belief that telling stories can change the world. Her work with Pinecone Performance Lab includes Home Is Where and Helen of Troy Calls Bullshit, as well as facilitating the London Devised Theatre Intensive.

Amy began her career in San Francisco, where she was artistic director of Inkblot Ensemble, and an associate artist with Cutting Ball Theater and EXIT Theatre. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Drama, after a year at the University of Manchester as an international exchange student.

​Since moving to London in 2013, she has created performances at Rich Mix, Camden People's Theatre, Theatre Delicatessen, LOST Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Canal Cafe Theatre, Theatre Utopia, and the Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival.


Amy is part of the producing team behind the Change of Art Festival, an annual multi-arts event in partnership with HOPE not hate, Amnesty UK, and Upstart Theatre. She is the UK Ambassador for the World Theatre Map, a user-generated directory of theatre makers around the globe. Amy also faciliates the GAP Salon (Gender and Performance) which meets every other month at Theatre Delicatessen.

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SUSIE ITALIANO
Executive Director
Susie is Executive Director of Pinecone Performance Lab. Her day job is Studio Manager at 6a, an architectural practice where talented and creative architects and designers create beautiful arts education buildings and inspired arts galleries and exhibitions. As soon as she leaves the office, she puts her theatre management hat on, and runs Pinecone Performance Lab with Amy.

After a short career as a contemporary dancer, she realised that she was not meant to be on stage but rather belongs behind the scenes, where she can make things happen. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics in 2010, and a Master’s Degree in Management of the Performing Arts at SDA Bocconi, Italy, in 2012. She worked at the Public Theatre (AKA the New York Shakespeare Festival founded by Joe Papp), where she discovered her passion for Finance, and at the Shakespeare’s Globe in London during the Playing Shakespeare and the Globe to Globe festivals in 2012. She was then Administrator at Improbable for three years, where she learned about creating breathtaking performances through the deeply democratic format of Open Space, and the values of compassionate disruption and inclusion.

And yes, that’s her actual surname.


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devising theatre using Open Space

We use Open Space to create performance, run company meetings,
and facilitate the London Devised Theatre Intensive (LDTI).

HOW WE WORK

WHOEVER COMES
ARE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

We collaborate with actors, dancers, musicians, writers, directors and designers to create interdisciplinary performances.

We believe that including artists across culture, gender, class, and race makes better theatre. 

Open Space creates an anti-hierarchical enviroment that allows everyone to share responsibility for the work.

We're always happy to meet new collaborators - please do get in touch.

WHATEVER HAPPENS
IS THE ONLY THING THAT COULD HAVE

As Phelim McDermott of Improbable is fond of saying, 'If you fight with reality, you will only lose about 100% of the time.'

Open Space encourages us to let go of our expectations for ourselves, our work, and each other, and respond to what's really happening in the moment. This leads to freedom, surprise, and even better ideas.
READ MORE ABOUT OPEN SPACE
TRY OPEN SPACE AT LDTI

THE LAW OF PASSION & MOBILITY

This law of Open Space is the reason why 'whoever comes are the right people' - because they are the people who care enough to turn up and do the work.

We follow our passion to whever it takes us, whether that's to a session about the story structure or the set design or a movement sequence, or to the coffee shop around the corner. In Open Space, we're always working with (not against) our instincts and energy, and we're all responsible for our own experience.

WHENEVER IT STARTS 
IS THE RIGHT TIME

The Ancient Greeks had two ideas of time: Chronos and Kairos.

Chronos is the linear, mechanical clock that tells you you're late, or you're wasting time, or you have to leave now.

Kairos is the 'right time' - the supreme opportune moment to begin work, or keep going, or finish.

There's no such thing as being 'late' in Open Space - but the Law of Passion & Mobility gets us together in the studio at the right time.

WHEREVER IT HAPPENS
IS THE RIGHT PLACE

Just like we don't control the timing of our creativity, we don't control the place where ideas might come.

The next big breakthrough might happen in the studio, or on the bus home, or in our dreams. We just have to be ready and receptive.

We can open the space anywhere for our creative work.
Big thanks to Improbable's Devoted & Disgruntled events for turning us on to Open Space.

WHEN IT'S OVER,
IT'S OVER

...and when it's not over, it's not over. Only you know when your work is done - the clock doesn't.

BE PREPARED TO BE SURPRISED