Sue began her career as co-founder of the Perrier award-winning busking band Pookiesnackenburger, who were signed to Stiff records and later went on to have their own TV series and sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Festival. She then joined internationally acclaimed circus-theatre act RaRa Zoo before forming her own company ‘Ostrich’, who also toured internationally. Following this she worked as Head of Expressive Arts at a large secondary school before joining Creativity, Culture, Education (CCE) to provide leadership for the delivery of England’s flagship creative learning programme, Creative Partnerships (CP), where she had overall responsibility for the strategic planning, implementation and development of a range of creative learning programmes in her area, linking with the strategic objectives of 4 local authorities. She managed a budget of £1.3 m annually and oversaw the individual programmes for 80 arts, community & educational settings.
Sue has taken the Clore Leadership course at Ashridge business school and trained at the Leadership Training Centre in Ross on Wye where she studied Governance and the Legal Environment, Culture and Public Policy, Future Trends and Strategic Planning, team building, future scenario planning and Project Management. She also completed the Common Purpose ‘Matrix’ programme, attended the National Arts Fundraising School, is an accredited ‘Excite!’ trainer in creativity, innovation and management of change, an Arts Award adviser and an accredited Action Learning facilitator. She is a TEDx speaker, a yoga teacher and a certified Eating Psychology Coach, providing training for NHS staff. Sue has an M.A (Ed) specialising in Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles.
A storyteller, comedian and Blues singer, performer and interactive trainer. Sameena lived in England until the age of seven. Over the next 20 years, she lived mainly in India where she learned to speak 3 Indian lanuages fluently and completed her education, including a BA (Hons.) in Psychology, and an MA in Literature. She also started her career as an actor, writer and director working both in the conventional setting of theatre, and out among people standing or sitting, watching, talking and joining in with the acting out of stories relating to various issues such as the death penalty, marital rape and sexuality. Her first love has always been live performance and she has worked at he RSC and the National Theatre, amongst others. Her preference has been for working on new work, being part of the team that creates the first ever performance of a script.
In 2011, Sameena wrote and performed her first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show has since toured at the Adelaide and Brighton Fringes and she will be taking her show back up to Edinburgh in 2012. She is currently writing her new solo show. Sameena has also worked with the Trust for the Study of Adolescence, facilitating and directing young adults suffering the effects of alcohol abuse and, with them, producing a piece of theatre for a world conference on mental health. She has been involved with Southall Black Sisters, working with women who have survived domestic violence and helping them find voice and expression through writing and theatre workshops. In 2008, she volunteered at the Rainbow Centre in Peru, running theatre workshops with children and young adults with severe learning difficulties. In 2010, she spent a month in Kashmir, running theatre and music workshops with children orphaned by the civil unrest there.
Stephanie is experienced in general business management & marketing. She studied Business Studies at the University of Plymouth and now runs a successful communications & technology company in Oxford. She has worked in a number of different commercial sectors including fashion, sports retail, software, Internet, & media production. She led the marketing strategy for Telelogic, global software company, designed and developed award-winning multimedia for Macmillan Publishing, and launched one of the first internet provision companies in the UK. Stephanie is a trustee of the Jericho Wharf Trust & the Jericho Living Heritage Trust, both charities are based in Oxford. She is also a singer & musician & leads a community choir based in Jericho.
Anisha Charania is a counsellor, role-play and education consultant. She has a degree in English and Drama and has trained as an actress. Since 1994 she has worked predominantly in community theatre and has a strong background in theatre-in-education and theatre-in-training. Before setting up Chinwag Theatre in 2001 with Ben Priest, her theatre-in-education experience included sexual health work; drugs awareness work; anti-bullying projects and work with excluded pupils and young offenders. Interactive training programmes for the public sector have included in-house and external interviewing skills, management skills, customer service skills, managing challenging behaviour and diversity training. All these programmes have involved hot-seating; forum theatre; facilitation and role-playing between the actors and audience/ participants.
Originally working with excluded teenagers in Hackney, Roy then began to advise and implement equality and diversity programmes for government departments and private sector companies. As a consultant and trainer in this area, he has worked at board, senior management and staff level with organisations throughout the world – helping them develop individual and organisational awareness on how to promote inclusion.As a writer, director, performer and theatre producer – he has written extensively for the BBC and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award. He has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, The Charrington Best Solo Show Award and The Time Out Performer of the Year Award. He also presented the BBC’s Omnibus (Whale Nation) which won the coveted Royal Television Society Best Documentary Award. He recently performed ‘Darwin’s Nose’ at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2011) where he collected the Archangel Award on behalf of the author, Heathcote Williams. Since then he has been the artistic director and performer of two major Brainfruit shows: ‘ ‘Forbidden Fruit’ & ‘Fiery Tongues’ (aka as The Poetry Army, and Poetry Can F*ck Off’).