Katy Sterran is artistic director of Flexus Dance Collective.
She was born in the West Midlands, and her career in choreography spans almost two decades, developing a reputation for theatrical, cross-art form works.
She started her dance career as a freelance artist before becoming a teacher of dance in education. She founded Flexus Dance Collective in 2003.
The Arena appoints associate artists based on an extensive track record of work at the venue.
The roles are unpaid, but cement long-term relationships with companies and artists who have invested huge amounts of time into the Arena Theatre.
The Arena Theatre has been in partnership with Flexus Dance Collective since 2005.
Neil Reading, artistic director, said: “Katy has been part of the fabric of the Arena’s dance output for the past 15 years.
"Flexus have consistently provided some of the most exciting dance work that has graced the Arena stage, as well as gaining a national reputation for cutting edge development of dance in education.
"Katy joining our team of associate artists is long-overdue and we look forward to developing a new relationship which will not only focus on the work on stage but also on the development of education outreach projects, dance programming and providing advice, support and guidance for all aspects of movement work in the Arena programming."
Katy said: "The Arena Theatre has felt like home since the formation of Flexus Dance Collective.
"I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support, belief and investment, that the Arena and artistic director, Neil Reading, has provided to both the organisation and I as an artist over the last 18 years.
"I feel honoured to become associate artist and excited for a new journey of development, shared visions and immersive artistic practice."