About the Fish


Created in 2006, Nimble Fish is led by Greg Klerkx and Samantha Holdsworth. Passionate about the potential for the arts as a catalyst for social change, Sam and Greg have evolved a unique method of working that focuses on the creation of high-quality artistic events via deep and meaningful community engagement.

As well, Nimble Fish draws on a vast network of performers, designers, and makers to bring bespoke creative diversity to every project.

Samantha Holdsworth

Samantha began her career in 1998 after receiving an MA Distinction in Collaborative Theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Passionate about using the arts as a catalyst for social change, Samantha has spent the last 18 years working creatively with communities as a director and facilitator in a variety of national and international setting. She has extensive experience and knowledge of workshop practice, devising and collaborative theatre and specialises in developing project work for those in the most challenging circumstances; young offenders, students who have been permanently excluded from school, “at risk” and marginalised communities, refugees and the terminally ill.

Alongside her work with Nimble Fish, Samantha was awarded an International Placement for Creative Entrepreneurs from the British Council in 2009 to develop an arts programme of activity working with young people affected by leprosy in New Delhi. In 2014, she became the founder and director of Clowns Without Borders UK, a humanitarian, art-led charity dedicated to bringing emotional relief to children living in crisis, in particular refugees.

Samantha is a 2015/2016 Clore Fellow and a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow and is a regular guest lecturer on the MA Applied Theatre programme at Goldsmith’s University.

Greg Klerkx

Greg began his career as a journalist in Southern California, where he won awards for commentary, feature and investigative writing. Alongside his work with Nimble Fish, he remains active as an author and also continues to write long-form science journalism, frequently for New Scientist and the digital magazine, Aeon, and has also contributed to essay collections for Creative & Cultural Skills and DEMOS.

In 2004, Greg published his first book, Lost in Space, an alternative history of the Space Age. Published in six countries, Lost in Space was named among the best books of 2004 by the Independent and the San Francisco Chronicle. His first novel, The Emissary, a dystopian retelling of The Odyssey framed by radical climate change, was published in 2013. The Emissary was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award and Honourable Mention winner in the 2016 Writer’s Digest awards, both of which are international competitions.

Greg is also a trustee for the London-based writing NGO, Spread The Word, and an advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s grant-making programme in arts education.

Selected Collaborators

Rebecca Birch
Richard Bevan
Tim Blazdell
Stuart Bowditch
Wendy Daws
Naomi Dawson
Tara Franks
Martin Heaney
Abigail Hunt
Steph Kehoe
Samar Maakaron
Alex McIntyre
Rozi Peters
Andrea Puerta
Michelle Reader
Sons of Alpha Centauri
Robert Stephenson
Adrienne Quartly
Workers of Art