Titi Dawudu

 

 

 

 

 

Alix Harris

 

 

 

 

Afsana Begum

 

Emerging Producers

Our emerging producer scheme provides opportunities that enable artists and aspiring producers to gain experience in producing and to work alongside us and our partners on our main productions and projects.

This has ranged from scratch producer bursaries, learning and skills sharing events, and emerging producer placements, to our pioneering Sustained Theatre Regional Associate Producer Programme (STRAPP).

Our 2015-16 producer placement programme became the pilot programme for STRAPP and provided bursaries to work full-time for one-month at a partnering organisation, with the aim of gaining a fully rounded insight into producing. As well as working closely as part of the core creative team for a production or portfolio of projects, the emerging producers received mentoring provided by Tamasha. The three emerging producers also led newly formed organisations which became our first set of Associate Companies

The three emerging producers we placed in 2015-16 were:

Titi Dawudu

Titilola Dawudu (née Ige), a writer living in Croydon, south London, works for Reaching Higher, a youth organisation that works with young people to help raise aspiration and to challenge them to be leaders of their own lives. Titilola works across many projects at Reaching Higher, but her main passion is helping young people to stand out and be heard by performing, writing and not being invisible. Reaching Higher started in 2010 where either someone's living room or the local Starbucks were the office. Now over 5 years on, Reaching Higher works with hundreds of young people each year, engaging them in positive activities, mentoring and leadership.

Titilola has written many plays for young people, three of which were performed at Fairfield Halls in Croydon. She is currently studying an MA in Dramatic Writing at Central Saint Martins where she has collaborated with Tamasha on Taxi Tales with writer Ishy Din. Her piece entitled, I Can't Breathe about the death of New Yorker Eric Garner was selected for a staged reading with the Bush Theatre. Her interview with Tonic Theatre's director Lucy Kerble about her career, will be published in an upcoming book by Oberon Books. While at Central Saint Martins, she has worked with the likes of Jennifer Tuckett, Nina Steiger, John Yorke, Lucy Kerble and Ola Aminashawun. 

Titi undertook a placement with nitroBEAT and Soho Theatre in 2016. She is currently producing Hear Me Now in partnership with us.

 

Alix Harris

Alix Harris is a Performer and Theatre Practitioner based in Plymouth. She works as a freelancer for the Barbican Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Indra Congress CIC. Alix has worked as an actor and workshop facilitator for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Alix's main focus of work is using theatre as a tool to create social change and to work with young people providing access and engagement into theatre. Alix has worked internationally in France and South Africa and continues to grow her partnerships with international groups.

In 2014, Alix set Beyond Face up in response to working with many Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young people in Plymouth and discovering the need for a company such as Beyond Face to exist in the region. Beyond Face was awarded Arts Council funding in July 2015. The basis of the work consists of two strands, a youth company and a professional company creating work to raise the profile of BAME work in the South West.

Alix undertook a placement with the Albany in 2016.

 

Afsana Begum

Afsana is an emerging BAME Artistic Producer and founder of the Mulberry Alumni Theatre Company (Mulberry ATC) with over 6 years' experience within arts education.  Her full-time role as Administrator of Mulberry School for Girls' Specialist School department has involved key support roles on numerous in-school and extracurricular performing arts projects from 2008, including Company Manager on three of Fin Kennedy's plays for the school at the Edinburgh Fringe, one of which won a Scotsman Fringe First. 

In February 2014 she founded Mulberry ATC whose first project was a collaboration with Royal Court Theatre with director Debbie Hannan leading workshops. She was responsible for recruiting ATC members, documenting workshop outcomes and organising rehearsals whilst also participating as an acting member. During the project she significantly developed her acting, writing, directing and design skills, which led her to continue writing in her own time and take part in the 8-week ‘Introduction to Playwriting Group’ at the Royal Court. 

As a former Mulberry student and an advocate for my local community, she is very passionate about developing the Mulberry ATC, a theatre group for former Mulberry students and BAME women from Tower Hamlets who want to nurture their creative talents and have a platform to tell their stories. 

Afsana undertook a placement with Rich Mix in 2016.

Participant Feedback

 

 

"I felt very well supported, and yet with enough freedom to explore my own ideas and bring them forward for discussion and implementation. A big thank you. This has been an incredible opportunity."
Previous producing bursary holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know what to expect from this experience and I have been blown away by the levels of support that I have encountered...I had many dreams turned into realities in such a short space of time.” Titi Dawudu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I never expected to have this opportunity and to be given so much support. Knowing that an organisation like Tamasha actually wanted to work with me gave me a huge confidence boost and made me feel more driven to work hard."Alix Harris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I have always felt like I can turn to Tamasha for support and advice and really value all the opportunities that they have offered me and encouraged me to persue. They have opened so many doors for me that I can’t thank them enough - for holding my hand and being so patient with someone like me who needs that extra push to be confident as a BAME producer." Afsana Begum