Abigail Sewell

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brigitte Adela

 

 

 

Eileen Bellot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esme Allman

 

 

Gavin Joseph

 

Janisè Sadik 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omar Khan

 

 

Sonny Nwachukwu

 

 

Tian Brown-Sampson

 

 

Zhui Ning Chang

 

Tamasha Directors 2020

Tamasha Directors Programme is a year-long pilot, led by Sita Thomas, focused on the professional and artistic development of Directors of colour, who are at the beginning to mid-stages of their career, and who demonstrate exceptional promise.

 

The Tamasha Directors in our 2020 pilot year are:

Abigail Sewell

Abigail Sewell is a London-based director, facilitator and graduate of English Literature. She is interested in reaching new audiences and creating theatre that reflects and challenges the society in which we live. Abigail specialises in working with young people and community groups to champion untold stories from unheard voices. She has trained on Young Vic’s Intro to Directing, Springboard and Dramaturgy programmes, and Ovalhouse's Young Associate Artist traineeship. 

Director: I AM (NOT) KANYE WEST, Bunker Theatre, Dance Nation, ArtsEd; PYNEAPPLE, Bunker Theatre; The Lost Ones, Ovalhouse; Never Forget, Tristan Bates Theatre and Heard, Camden People’s Theatre.

Assistant Director: Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Company tour, dir. Robin Belfield; Pah-La, Royal Court Theatre, dir. Debbie Hannan; Rosenbaum’s Rescue, Park Theatre, dir. Kate Fahy; Things of Dry Hours, Young Vic, dir. Debbie Hannan and Random Selfies, Ovalhouse, dir. Owen Calvert-Lyons.

Director of Readings and Scratch Nights: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company; The Preacher's Wife, Roundhouse; Fly Home Butterfly, Talawa Firsts Festival; The After Glow, Shaw Theatre; Taker, Intermission Theatre; Her Daughter’s Doll, Nouveau Riche; Burned, Theatre 503 and Yemi, Omnibus Theatre.

Brigitte Adela

Brigitte Adela is a freelance theatre director, maker and facilitator. She predominately works on new work, exploring narratives and telling stories of people that, in mainstream theatre and arts institutions, have been described as a 'risk'.  Her previous work includes; Dutty Wine (Southwark Playhouse), Tamasha Scratch Night (Soho Theatre), The Talk (Richmix), Collegiate (Attenborough Arts Centre/Bread and Roses/Arcola), St George’s Day (Park Theatre) and What Would Quentin Do (Bush Theatre). She has a interest in sound and has written and designed audio projects, such as Just Breathe (Swiss Cottage Library). 

Eileen Bellot

Eileen Bellot is a Writer, Director, TEDx Speaker & Workshop Facilitator. She is passionate about making work that that reflects the diversity of the human experience. Including stories that give space to women’s experiences and from culturally diverse perspectives. Her work encourages audiences to pose questions, challenge limiting beliefs and imbue wonderment. 

Eileen devises socially engaged creative and wellbeing learning opportunities, supporting others to aspire to their full potential. Her expertise in holistic wellbeing, and the arts, has generated invitations on public speaking platforms such as BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour, BBC Breakfast TV, LBC Radio & WOW Festival.

Current Production & Projects:

Blood Rites a play exploring women’s rites of passage play and what happens to stories when they are left untold and the power that comes from intergenerational connection. Blood Rites is part of VAULT Festival 2020 between 10-12 March 

Menstruation To Menopause, a creative arts programme promoting awareness of reproductive wellbeing. 

Artistic Directors of the Future, Board Shadowing initiative, to diversify future theatre trustees, in partnership with Complicité, Punchdrunk and ETT (English Touring Theatre). 

Playwriting & Directing Credits Include: Blood Rites Vault Festival 2020; Fertility Bundle (2019 Ovalhouse, Vault Festival 2017);  Women Of Troy (Arcola Theatre 2019, Assistant Director); No One Told Her (Arcola Theatre 2018); Girl With The Green Fingernail (Canada Water Theatre 2016). Eileen is also a published writer of short stories and poems. 

Esme Allman

Esme Allman is a director, theatre-maker and poet from South London. She was assistant director to Coral Messam as part of Talawa's Young Peoples' Theatre (TYPT:18) Run It Backperformed at Hackney Showroom in August 2018. She assistant directed Teleportation written by Ronke Adekoluejo at the Bunker Theatre in August 2019. She directed first-year students on the exciting new course World Stories at ArtsEd, developed by Julie Spencer. Most recently she took up a short residency at Theatre Deli, devising her own piece CLUB performed in January 2020. She is currently a part of Barbican Young Poets and Roundhouse Poetry Collective.

Gavin Joseph

Gavin Joseph is a recent alumni of the Intro to directing course at the Young Vic. His work within the theatre world started first as an ensemble actor as part of the RADA Youth Company and the National Youth Theatre. Having completed a law degree, Gavin came back into the creative world becoming an alumni of the Hackney Empire's Writers room, and then being cast as part of the Lyric Ensemble where he performed in the show The Mob Reformers. Most recently he has worked as an assistant director at the Lyric Hammersmith for the show Liar, Heretic, Thief and has worked as a freelance director for WoLab. 

Janisè Sadik 

Trainee Director at Paines Plough 2019. 

Assistant credits include: Roundabout Season 2019 On The Other Hand We’re happy by Daf James, Daughterhood by Charley Miles, Dexter and Winter’s Detective Agency by Nathan Byron, Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, I Wanna Be Yours By Zia Ahmed, Directed by Anna Himali Howard (The Bush) 

Directorial credits include: Milk & Oreos co-written by Janisè Sadik & Seraphina Beh (Melanin Box Festival/ Winner of the Pandora Award 2015) SHE (Short Film) written by Andrè James, Breaking the Internet (Oval House Summer school 2017) Blurred Lines (Devised) (Etcetera Theatre) Us written by Priscilla Lafayette Kwabi (Camden People’s Theatre) Hydraulic written by Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu (Wimbledon Arts College) Broken Crums written by Seraphina Beh (Short Film) Sauce written by Daniel Daniel & Avigail Tlalim (Union theatre) Searching For Being by Katarina G. Nolsøe (The Yard Theatre/ New Nordic Festival) 

She’s facilitated in various creative buildings such as Park Theatre, Hoxton Hall, Lyric Hammersmith, Oval House and Wimbledon Arts College and nationally across the UK. She set up a Youth Theatre company at We Are Spotlight working with young actors that don’t have access to training. She’s also worked internationally in rural parts of South India to run creative theatre projects with young children to empower and build their confidence. 

Omar Khan

Omar is a writer/director based in the Midlands. He started his career as a journalist, reviewing video games, before turning his hand to filmmaking, and eventually theatre. He now works as a tutor for Mansfield Palace Theatre’s Junior Youth Theatre & a facilitator for Hubbub Theatre’s acting programme for adults with learning disabilities.

He spent 2019 in residency at The Birmingham REP, developing Ritual, an immersive, narrative driven show that explores altered states of consciousness, and the psychedelic experience.

Recent credits include: Ritual (Birmingham REP), I Dare You (Nottingham Playhouse), and Hansel & Gretel (Derby Theatre).

Sonny Nwachukwu

Sonny Nwachukwu is a writer, director, choreographer and performer based in London. His work is multi-disciplinary spanning across writing, poetry, dance, theatre and anything that lies beyond. His work primarily focuses on the African and Caribbean Diaspora. 

Sonny is a storyteller that incorporates dance and literature making his work relevant, unique, vibrant and thought-provoking. His academic background in Psychology informs much of his work and he is keen to tackle issues seen as taboo or ‘different’.

Sonny received his dance training from authentic West African and dancehall teachers. He has performed with numerous Afrobeats and dancehall artists working across the UK and has performed at venues including Sadler’s Wells and SSE Wembley stadium. 

Tian Brown-Sampson

Tian is a theatre director, movement director, producer and performer.

Since graduating, she has applied her focus to Black, East Asian and South Asian theatre work and is an advocate for promoting diversity and representation on stage and in positions of power and leadership. 

She is passionate about developing contemporary work that reflects and challenges the various societies and the communities within.

Tian is currently a member of the Artistic Directors of the Future: London Board Shadowing cohort, one of Theatre503’s current Resident Assistant Producers and a member of the Young Vic’s Director’s Programme.

Zhui Ning Chang

Zhui Ning Chang is a Malaysian theatre director and producer based in London. Her practice focuses on intercultural performance, multilingual theatre, and new writing from underrepresented communities. Zhui Ning is an Associate Director at Flux Theatre and Connections Producer at Global Voices Theatre. Past directing credits include: Asian Pirate Musical (VAULT 2020), Tamasha Scratch Night (Soho Theatre), Tango (Yellow Earth Theatre), Inside Voices (VAULT 2019, Origins Award for Outstanding New Work).

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