Featured experience and roles include creative producing for community arts, leading on professional development and training, providing graphic recording services, offering mentoring, delivering youth focused work and collaborating as a visual artist on combined arts projects. Discover as you scroll!
Collaborators for work on this page + more extensive list of collaborators includes...
for 360 community film project
SEEN Enfield is a 360 film project celebrating and elevating community stories through digitally immersive, theatrical performance. 5 films were created and shared in headsets, at pop ups across Enfield - in libraries, arts centres and heritage sites. I applied for and successfully recieved ACE funding for this project.
I like to produce and manage projects that create space for participants, audiences and collaborators to grow their creative skills and expand their worldviews. I’m inspired by generating opportunities for individuals and groups, who have different lived experience and perspectives, to collaborate.
SEEN has been a chance to delve into all these values whilst also focusing on creative outcomes that are fuelled by curiosity, imagination and an ambition to make VR a tool for cultural engagement for people from all walks of life. It’s all about wondering what is possible, what opportunities we can create for audiences and artists, and embracing the process of learning and growing our craft as artists.
You can learn more about this project via the SEEN Stories website here
More 360 film work coming in 2024, in Barrow-in-Furness. Funded by Creative People and Places with ACE. Watch this space!
Creative Associate at Chickenshed
Young Company Team 2015-2019
My role within the creative leadership team for the Chickenshed Young Company spanned 4 years. I was a director, a writer, a dramaturg and overall creative support on several productions - from small scale studio pieces with a cast of 20 to large-scale gig theatre with a cast of 200. Chickenshed's inclusive ensemble theatre practice was a huge part of my further training/up-skilling beyond University.
During this time I was also the Young Company administrator - where I responsible for communications with stakeholders and parents around schedules, subscriptions, creative opportunities and performance licensing etc.
Programme Development and Lead Facilitator
Diversity and Inclusion Training 2018-2023
A focus on Diversity and Inclusion is threaded through all my creative projects. Having been involved with Chickenshed for much of my career, a theatre company pioneering inclusion, it became a natural and vital aspect of my worldview.
In this role of running the D&I training at Chickenshed working with teams and orgs across sectors; arts, charity, heritage and corporate. I supported a diverse team with a range of lived experiences and learning needs to develop their own facilitation practice as Lived Experience Experts in this field. I designed the learning experience and resources that accompanied our workshops. I also supported the re-branding and developed marketing assets for the programme. I was a key contact for clients, which involved initial meetings and included post training relationships.
You can listen to me in conversation with LionHeart alongside Head of HR of Derwent London and Arun Batra OBE talking about D&I in the workplace on this podcast episode
Client List included
Visual Art Facilitator
The Space Between Us Programme
In the last year I have collaborated with this Intergenerational Community Programme, led by Rachel Yates, as a visual artist and art workshop facilitator. As part of their 'Lost Records project' (recently shortlisted for The Stage Awards 2024), I designed record sleeve artwork for a mini exhibition and installation featuring the writing and sound-recordings about music-based memories from the community. I also ran a day of visual art and design with the outreach that took place at Bromley By Bow centre during the project.
I continue to offer art-based workshops for the community. Sessions include a focus collaging, zine creation and collaborative image-making.
Leadership and Team Development
Creative Workshops and 'Away Days'
Further to my work delivery training with Chickenshed, I have experience independently designing and delivering work focused on professional development. I have worked with people from a wide range of professions and sectors to support their learning and growth - with particular focus on leadership styles, purpose, values and inclusive team collaboration, all themes and learning objectives are explored in a creative and holistic way.
Inclusive Practice Session for Youth Theatre Facilitators at Rose Kingston - 3 hour zoom
Inclusive Practice Session for 20 Stories High Leadership Team - 3 hour zoom
Co-Facilitating at 3 day. Leadership Summit for IT Infrastructure of Global Company
Co-Facilitating Inclusive Leadership day for Freelance Coaches and HR Specialists
1-1 mentoring day with leader of large department in pharmaceutical company
Artist in Residence
SPINE FESTIVAL 2021 and 2023
I worked SPINE FESTIVAL, with Apples and Snakes, as theatre/visual arts practitioner. On both occassions I was partnered with a poet to devise and deliver workshops around the themes of empathy and kindness with children aged 5-7 and 8-10 year olds.
These were delivered in schools and libraries, and the workshops were built around a story frame-work that took the young people into imaginative worlds that enabled them to connect more effectively with the subject matter. A mix of movement, drama-based work, poetry writing and drawing was used as forms of creative expression. I really enjoyed the work in libraries and collaborating with the staff in management and on the ground - recognising these spaces as key cultural hubs for the community. This project took place in Lewisham, Southwark, Ealing and Hammersmith.
Course Leader and Mentor
National Youth Theatre
As an Associate Artist for NYT my work in the last couple of years has included mentoring 2 sets of emerging practitioners through the Inclusion Collective. We worked in partner SEN schools to develop workshopped performance material - exploring movement, simple story-telling techniques, games/play based creativity and sensory worlds. I delivered alongside the mentees, as well as supporting their own planning. The key to this work was considering the needs of individuals, creating adaptable content and offering an empowering space for young people with disabilities to express themselves fully. The image below titled 'Dreamland' is a tribute to one of the students.
I have also run 2 intake courses for new members. In 2021 this took the form of a three week intensive with an ensemble of 18-21 year olds exploring a range of theatrical disciplines and devising processes - culminating in a final performance sharing
Skills in creating visual note maps
Graphic Recording/Visual Mind Mapping is a great tool for capturing conversations, reflections and evaluations for projects in a range of spaces from community to corporate
It is an accessible, dynamic and engaging tool for people to take away from a project or event to encapsulate the experience, as an alternative (or as an addition) to information presented in a document that is text heavy.
Sometimes it acts a creative asset to share on websites, social platforms, in slide decks etc. as a way of engaging external audiences in the work and process.
As a facilitator, offering this visual tool as part of the work I collaborate on, is a real asset of working with me. In particular it is something I can combine with my work in facilitating professional development spaces