I am a performance maker and collaborator based in South London, working in both Performing Arts and Participatory Arts sectors. שיר פרייבך
I have been a professional performing arts maker for the past 18 years, working mainly as Director and Dramaturg and also as Writer and Translator in Europe and the Middle East. For the past seven 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. שיר פרייבך – במאית, דרמטורגית ומתרגמת
Collaboration is at the heart of what I do, and over the years I have worked with performers, writers, choreographers, musicians, poets, visual artists, rappers, circus artists 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, people accessing health and mental health services, young people not accessing work or education, and young people experiencing difficulty with speech, language and communication skills.
Between 2015-2019 I was National Touring Director of Raw Material, a youth arts charity and and ACE NPO based in Brixton, South London. This included working as Artistic Directior and Project Manager of the ambitious and successful national touring programmes Raw Roads: Invisible (Arts Council England funded) and Raw Roads: Imagine, which I created for the organisation.
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.
Always happy to explore possible collaborations.
For my work in the arts sector, I have received a number of awards and grants over the years. These include:
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 IMIA, Culture Division
Ian Karten Scholarship for professional theatre training, London