Creative Producer & Curator
Mike Pony is a UK based creative producer known for his curatorial and producing work on events which collide live music, digital arts, performance, installation, queer culture and clubbing. He is artistic and executive director of Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival, Horseplay and Eat Sleep Drag Repeat. Mike holds a Master of Philosophy (2010) in one-to-one performance from University of Bristol.
Mike was a recipient of the Artists International Development Fund in 2015, and subsequently launched the ACE funded; Submerge: Bristol International Digital Arts Festival in November 2016. The pilot edition of the festival was received with strong reviews across the board and subsequently Submerge has grown as a producing brand for ambitious digital arts, electronic music and live performance events across the UK.
Mike works in collaboration with producers, designers, artists, performers festivals and venues to realise events. He has worked as associate producer for organisations such as Bristol Pride (Dressage, Plastic 2013), In Between Time (Dressage, The Storm), Christmas Spiegeltent and the Harbour Festival.
Mike is artistic and executive director of Eat Sleep Drag Repeat, presenting live performances from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race since 2015. Eat Sleep Drag Repeat champions equality and diversity in the arts, presenting high quality, conceptual guest artists alongside drag race stars. Our performers are chosen for bringing something new to the artform, from the political drag of Rodent Decay or Virgin Xtravaganzah, to the feminist drag of Victoria Sin and drag which confronts attitudes to disability, by artists such as Venus Dimilo.
Mike is promoter and DJ at LGBT clubnight Horseplay, which often presents experimental performance in a club format. Horseplay is a collaboration with Jeremy Horwood and Rob Johnstone.
Mike is known for his unique curatorial approach, creating opportunities for audiences to engage with cutting edge and experimental arts by presenting artists and artworks in accessible formats, in immersive environments, and in unusual locations. He aims to contribute towards developing audiences for the arts, fostering diverse audiences and working towards making the arts more accessible.
Mike is interested in working with artists to develop challenging artistic work. He thrives upon enabling artists to create work at the boundaries of interdisciplinary performance, live art, digital media, sound, music, visual arts, installation, radical theatre and dance.