Find out about the personal, professional and developmental projects I have been a part of over the last 10 years.
oil of joy
// PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR // WORKSHOP FACILITATOR
Ten-week preparation, three-week residency with displaced refugee families and children, 15 miles from Syrian border.
Directed and produced performance using non-verbal techniques: puppetry, music, mime.
Developed and facilitated post-show workshops exploring the story themes of hope and courage in times of adversity.
Outreach at refugee schools and tent homes: jewellry making workshops; photographer for makeshift photo booth (see images for examples).
gin & sober present: eight pages in
jan - mar 2015
// DIRECTOR, TECHNICIAN
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, London
Collaboratively devised student-led project.
Final year production using physical theatre, movement and multi-media set design.
Vignettes devised to explore brief daily encounters, the nature of relationships with others/ourselves and sense of self.
sep - dec 2014
Covenant House New York (CHNY), New York City
Developed Crossing Bridges, an applied theatre programme bringing together homeless/sex-trafficked young people and Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway artists to create theatre together. Aimed to use theatre to foster confidence and enable them to disrupt label of "homeless youth".
March 2015: 12-18 participants aged 16-20 selected for masterclasses, followed by 24-hour devising process culminating in a festival performance.
Wrote market research report, communications strategy, guest facilitator handbook & schedules, planned the two-stage participant audition process. Designed posters, festival invitations and Playbill programme. Article later written for NCJAA.
Assisted Corporate Sleep Out for sponsors incl. JP Morgan Chase, Red Nose Day.
joy connects arts residency
apr - jul 2014
// ARTS RESIDENCY
Sam Beckman Day Centre, Barnet, London
Collaboratively designed and facilitated multi-sensory workshops for individuals living with memory impairment and/or diagnosis of a type of dementia (aged 60-95).
Eleven one-hour long workshops (theme of Around the World), using arts-based activities such as puppetry, crafts, music and improvisation.
Team of 5 tasked with running crowdfunding campaign, extensive research into arts programming for individuals with memory impairment, best practice and case studies.
arabian nights at the minack
apr - jun 2013
// PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
2013 - Performer in family production of Arabian Nights dir. Joyce Branagh. Prop production, puppetry, music.
2015 - Front of house (publicity, ticketing, ushering) and backstage management. Assisting production manager and wardrobe managers. Supporting cast members, implementing health and safety procedures.
2009 - 2011
Supporting the work of organisations improving the welfare of disadvantaged and marginalised young people. Including:
Teaching English to local students in Cambodia (Kai’s Orphanage) and monastic schools in Myanmar.
Improving living conditions at Children’s Garden in Antipolo City, an orphanage for males aged 13-18 with history of substance abuse and/or homelessness.
Produced non-verbal short performances for outreach to neighbouring villages/communities.