YES/NO PRODUCTIONS is an independent global entertainment company devoted to creating unique and ground-breaking theatrical experiences across a wide range of traditional and emerging entertainment/media platforms.
Yes/No Productions is also committed to making immersive 3D films that take the audience on an inspirational journey while addressing environmental issues that affect us all.
Founded in 1992, by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, Yes/No Productions was originally established to manage the enterprise of their world renowned rhythm based show, STOMP. However, since it’s founding, Luke and Steve, in addition to the hands on directing of all STOMP shows worldwide, have created and developed critically acclaimed large-format (IMAX) and feature-length films, diverse and imaginative programming for Network and Cable Television, including an Emmy nominated and award winning HBO Special, as well as a number of successful television commercials, for Toyota, Target, Heineken and Australian Apples.
Currently, Yes/No Production is in development and/or production on multiple 3D and 2D feature-length projects, including a STOMP based 3D movie.
The Lost and Found Orchestra is Yes/No’s latest theatrical venture, with an upcoming extended run in Paris early next year, with more major cities tbc.
Yes/No Productions is based at The Old Market in the city of Brighton and Hove, UK. The Old Market itself (TOM) is now one of the cities leading music and theatre venues, with a flexible multi-purpose space that gives YNP excellent in house video and audio recording facilities: the orchestral soundtracks for each of their three symphonic ocean films, were recorded in their main hall at TOM.
Yes/No Productions believes in thinking outside of the box. By embracing new and inventive technologies, woven with a unique creative process, Yes/No Productions create works that will excite and captivate audiences, resulting in an unparalleled entertainment experience. With their experience and mastery of 3D, Yes/No Productions is poised to step into the future and lend a hand back to their audience, inviting the viewer to join them…
1994: STOMP wins an OBIE for it’s off-Broadway show.
1994: STOMP wins the Drama Desk Award in New York for “Most Unique Theatre Experience”.
1996: The STOMP oriented short film “Brooms” was nominated for an Academy Award and was selected for screening at both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. STOMP performed live at the Oscar ceremony in March 1996.
1998: The STOMP Special for HBO – “STOMP Out Loud” won the Silver FIPA Award for “Musique et Spectacle Vivant” at the FIPA Film Festival in Biarritz.
1998: Luke Cresswell received the Chicago Human Rhythm Project JUBA! Award for “Ground Breaking Achievement in Tap and Percussive Dance”.
1998: “STOMP Out Loud” received Four Emmy nominations for the following categories: Outstanding direction for a variety or music programme, Outstanding art direction for a variety or music programme, Outstanding multi-camera picture editing for a mini-series, movie or special, and finally for Outstanding sound mixing for a variety, music series or special. It won the award for multi-camera picture editing.
1998: The Royal Television Society’s Southern Centre presents Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell with an award for “Most Innovative Production from the Southern Region” for Stomp Out Loud.
2003: Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey wins both the Jury and Audience awards at La Geode Festival in Paris.
2003: Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey wins best sound award at the annual Giant Screen conference in Glasgow.
2003: Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell receive the Innovator Award at the American Choreography Association in Los Angeles.
2004: Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey wins the main prize, the Raymond Lefevre award (for best film) at “La 10ème Semaine Du Cinéma Britannique” in Abbeville, France.
2004: Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey wins the audience award at the Sacramento Film and Music festival.
2004: Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey wins Best Film, the most prestigious award in the Imax industry, at the Giant Screen Theatre Association Conference in Montreal.
2008: Wild Ocean wins 2 awards for best sound and best original score at the Giant Screen Theatre Association Conference in New York.
2009: Wild Ocean 3D is Earthwatch film of the year: “ full of artistry, passion, and hope for a healthier planet, it inspires a wide range of audiences to gain greater knowledge about and feel greater passion for the oceans that sustain us.” Ed Wilson, CEO and President of EarthWatch.
2009: Wild Ocean wins Outstanding Achievement at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
2012: The Last Reef wins best music and best sound at the Sacramento GSCA
LUKE CRESSWELL is a self-taught percussionist from Brighton, UK. His session work as a drummer and rhythm programmer includes Beats International, Bette Midler, Elvis Costello and Bryan Ferry. After working for several years as a street musician and performer, he first created STOMP in 1991. His work as a performer in Stomp includes the Oscars, the Emmys and Quincy Jones’ album, Q’s Jook Joint. He has directed, with Steve McNicholas, several award-winning commercials and short films.
He received an Oscar nomination for the film BROOMS, an Emmy nomination for STOMP OUT LOUD and co-directed the award winning giant-screen films, Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey, Wild Ocean, The Last Reef and Great White Shark. He has also received a special achievement award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. More recently he and Steve McNicholas have created the Lost and Found Orchestra, which explores found sound on an orchestral level.
STEVE MCNICHOLAS, from Yorkshire in the UK, has worked as an actor, singer, musician, and writer with various theatrical and musical groups, starting out with the Bradford Theatre Group in 1973. Through the eighties he worked with Cliff Hanger, Covent Garden Community Theatre and Pookiesnackenburger. Despite also being an original member of the accapella group, the Flying Pickets and a final appearance in Mr. Bean, Steve no longer performs.
He shares directorial credits with Luke Cresswell on STOMP based films and commercials and their new show, the Lost and Found Orchestra. With Luke, he composed the soundtrack to the Showtime movie, RIOT, and shares the Oscar and Emmy nominations for his work on BROOMS and STOMP OUT LOUD and co directed the award winning giant-screen films, Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey, Wild Ocean 3D and The Last Reef. Great White Shark is their latest collaboration.
LORETTA SACCO-manages all business and projects relating to Luke, Steve and Yes/No Productions, from their base in Brighton, UK. Previously based in London as an agent for various UK comedians and actors, including Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Armando Ianucci.
Loretta co-produced STOMP’s performances in both London and Paris and also co produced the film BROOMS and is the executive producer on THE LOST AND FOUND ORCHESTRA and the movie WILD OCEAN 3D.
Since YNP moved into its new base at The Old Market, Loretta has also taken on the role of Company/Artistic Director of TOM.
JULIA WALTER– A film studies graduate, Julia has worked with Luke and Steve for over 12 years as personal and production assistant.
Julia is involved in all aspects of production at YNP, including budgeting, 3D production assistance (including 3D timelapse camera assistance), 3D post supervision and project development.
Lara joined Yes/No Productions in 2014 after many years of working as programming co-ordinator and subsequently venue diary manager at Brighton Dome & Festival. Prior to this she managed and co-ordinated the busy events schedule at Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce.
Her combined experiences from these roles together with a degree in Event Management and Music & Media Management enable Lara to take on her role as Yes/No Administrator with great aplomb and allow her to put to use the following gained skills; cake-eating, over sharing, making bad jokes at the wrong time and opinion giving.
If you contact the office, it’s likely Lara will be the person you reach first, so be nice.
SOPHIE JUILLOT– our French lady has recently joined The Old Market and Yes No Productions team. With over 10 years experience in Finance, Sophie has worked for established companies in Music and Films.
Finance lady by day and performer by night, Sophie enjoys creating choreography for music videos and bands.
MIKE ROBERTS- co-ordinates the sound systems and sound design for all STOMP live productions around the world. He was also one of the key developers of invented instruments for the Lost and Found Orchestra, and the live sound designer/mix engineer.
He oversees sound design on all YNP screen work on location and through all aspects of post production. He has won mutliple awards for his work on PULSE and WILD OCEAN.
Despite all of this, he still finds time to play bass in several live bands, including legendary Brighton ska band, the Ammonites.
DAVID MARKS – has been working in the film and television industry for more than 20 years. David brings a comprehensive knowledge of filmmaking, managing, budgeting, scheduling, production logistics, people skills and common sense to the projects he produces. In addition to Great White Shark, he has produced several long- format projects including the highly successful and award-winning HBO special, STOMP OUT LOUD, featuring STOMP, the internationally renowned rhythm and percussive performance group and the large-format film, Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey.
He also produced the 40-minute documentary, Sweet Science, exploring World Heavyweight Champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. as he trained to move up from Light Heavyweight to Heavyweight; the giant-screen film, Wild Ocean, a large-format 3D underwater film capturing a marine phenomenon off the coast of South Africa; and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea, a large-format 3D underwater film exploring and celebrating coral reefs. David continues to be involved in the development and production of film related projects at Yes/No Productions.
LAURA HAYNES– joined YNP after several years working as a production stage manager on touring and West End shows. She now co-ordinates international STOMP and LFO live productions and overseas STOMP workshops.
HELEN JEWELL – With a background in film marketing at promotions agency Lime Communications Helen joined Yes / No at the beginning of 2007 in administration and production. She has worked on research for the YNP documentaries and was also deeply involved in the refurbishment and development of TOM – The Old Market. Since TOM opened its doors to the public in 2011 Helen has become its full time programmer.
WILL SAWNEY – joined TOM in its infancy, following four years working on Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Prior to that, Will was president of Exeter University Theatre Company. Designer, promoter and marketeer, Will aims to be master of many trades and jack of few.
As a writer, Will has edited two publications reporting on Fringe culture; The Pleasance Times in Edinburgh and Sideways London Magazine. He has written for The Observer, The Scotsman, What’s On Stage, Chortle, and also regularly on his own blog (blog.sideways.me.uk).
Yes/No Productions, The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Brighton BN3 1AS, UK