Laura joined the Showroom in 2009 and has worked in film and cinema for nearly ten years. Working up through Front of House and Box Office to the programming team, she now works collaboratively with many partners, supporters and educational organisations to bring as much film as possible to the people of Sheffield and beyond.
Concentrating on communities, Laura curates the Young Cinema and Education programmes and coordinates Life Long Learning at the Showroom; as well as running special events that bring music and other art forms together with film. Most recently she devised and programmed a new festival at the Showroom as part of LGBT History month, which made new links with communities and brought diverse audiences to sell out screenings and events. She recently co-ran International Women’s Day events across Sheffield, at the Showroom and across the city.
Recently, Laura has focused on growing the Showroom’s work with teenage audiences (Interactive 15-18), running the Interactive project (zine workshops, young reviewers, special screenings) and working with Into Film to reach further with Interactive Takeover (a 6 month scheme for Young Programmers.)
Previously to the Showroom, Laura studied Theatre and Film at the University of Bristol before falling in with independent film spaces at the Cube Microplex and heading back up north to coordinate the volunteer team at the Sensoria Festival of Film and Music. Laura works on a number of projects outside of her life at the Showroom but film, music and community remain at their heart.