Deborah Baddoo MBE trained at the University of Surrey, and went on to gain an MA in Performance Arts at Middlesex University. A performer and choreographer in her own right, in the fields of jazz and African contemporary dance, Deborah went on to open Pyramid Dance Studio in London in 1985, which was instrumental in providing a launch pad for so many artists and companies. Throughout her varied career she has pursued a passionate, long-term vision to support the development of established and emerging choreographers nationally and internationally, and in 2010 she was awarded an MBE for services to British dance.
In 1982 English singer and producer Steve Marshall co-founded Pyramid Arts Development in East London, and from there he worked and studied with artists from around the world, including U.S. drummer Clifford Jarvis, Nigerian percussionists Jimmy Scott and Sonny Akpan, and reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry. He went on to set up arts production company State of Emergency Limited with Deborah Baddoo and became active in directing and composing for dance theatre. For his productions with Lee Perry, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Godfather of Funk George Clinton Steve has achieved two Grammy nominations.
Photo of Deborah Baddoo in Pyramid Dance Studio by David Corio. Photo of Steve Marshall in Hunte's Garden Barbados, by Deborah Baddoo.