GARY CARTER
I like working with sequins.

My career has always had as a focus, the relationship between content form, media platform, and idea.

I trained as an actor at the University of Cape Town, and worked as an actor and director in South Africa before moving to Britain in the 1980s, where I became first an agent and then a media executive.

I represented writers, producers, directors and choreographers before finding my way to that part of the television value chain which deals with ideas. Since 1996, I have worked for a number of global media production companies in senior leadership positions and been deeply involved with the emergence of Reality Television as a genre. I have worked on and with SURVIVOR (Planet 24/Castaway), BIG BROTHER (Endemol/Endemol Shine Group), POP IDOL (19/FremantleMedia), GOT TALENT (Syco/Fremantlemedia) and MASTERCHEF (Zizi/Shine Group). My interest is in emergent game structures, and in the performance of the self. I currently act as a creative and strategic advisor to a number of international media companies working in television, virtual reality and online sectors.

Simultaneously, I have pursued a career in the theatre, and specifically in live art.

My early performance works ANTARCTICA and A SOCIAL CONTRACT (with Johan Engels) were spotted at Chisenhale Dance Space by Lois Keidan, then director of theatre at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Keidan commissioned a number of group and solo works from me, including GARY CARTER DOES THE BUSINESS, REST INTERVAL, MUSTER and as the Vawter Commission of that year, ACTS AND REVELATIONS, later revived at the Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster with the original cast.

After Keidan’s departure from the ICA, my work was picked up by Mark Ball, the founder and Artistic Director of the Birmingham festival, Fierce!, beginning a decade-long relationship which saw the commissioning of ANGER IS NOT A PLACE I LIKE TO ME, THE MASQUE OF WATER (with designs by Pearl, a co-production with Queer Up North, commissioned by Tanja Farman), THE WILDEBEEST LOUNGE (with Neil McCarthy), and THE PANDORA EFFECT.

Works for other companies and performers include DEATH (for David Wearing, Ricochet Dance Theatre), TIDAL SECRETARY (commissioned by Rosemary Lee), NIGHTLIGHT (a collaboration with Rosemary Lee for Spring Loaded, the Place, London and Nott Dance, Nottingham). My last appearance as an actor, pretending to be somebody I am not, was for Neil Bartlett, in Genet’s ‘lost’ play, SPLENDID’S, at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, as part of LIFT 1996.

I have an ongoing working relationship with Natalie Gamsu, the Australian singer and cabaret performer, and we have collaborated on her work for many years.

I live in Amsterdam.

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