About

I am a performance maker and collaborator based in South London.

I have been a professional performance arts maker for the past fifteen years, working mainly as Director and Dramaturg and also as Tutor and Performer in various countries in Europe and the Middle East. In the past three years I have combined my work in the arts sector with a lifelong commitment to human rights activism, through participatory arts projects. I have an MA in Applied Theatre (awarded Distinction) from Goldsmiths University.

Collaboration is at the heart of what I do, and over the years I have worked with actors, writers, dancers, poets, visual artists, choreographers and activists to create engaging works of live performance. In the participatory arts sector I have worked with refugees, adults experiencing homelessness, Roma communities, marginalised people, young people not accessing work or education, and young people experiencing difficulty with speech, language and communication skills.

Since September 2015, I’ve been working in my capacity of National Touring Director for Raw Material, a youth arts charity based in Brixton, South London. Following the success of the touring project Raw Roads: Invisible (Arts Council England funded) in 2015/2016, I am now working as Artistic Director and Project Manager on Raw Roads: Imagine for 2017.

I have a particular interest in developing ‘open source’ models for creative arts projects that seek to benefit disadvantaged individuals and compromised communities. These models are designed to be ethical, professional, artistically ambitions and relevant to people’s lives.

 


For my work in the arts sector, I have received a number of awards and grants over the years, including:

  • Arts Grant for ‘Maiden Vengence’ from Theaterkommission des Präsidialdepartements der Stadt Zürich (Theatre Commission, City of Zurich)

  • Young Director Award for ‘What We Did to Weinstein’, Habima National Theatre Awards

  • Special Commendation for Artistic Courage for ‘Chocolate’, Haifa International Children’s Theatre Festival, 2006. (The production also won Best Actor, Best Musical Score, and Best Set Design awards)

  • Lottery Arts Fund Grant for ‘The Woolgatherer’

  • Outstanding Artist Grant from the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, Culture Division

  • Ian Karten Scholarship for professional theatre training, London

  • Special Commendation for Cultural Enterprise from Alliance High School

  • Best Actor Award, National Performing Arts French Culture Competition, awarded by the French Ambassador to Israel