I am the Founder and Managing Director of A Mind Apart Theatre Company Limited, a Social Enterprise, based in the UK, working within the arts sector. I am also currently the Chair of Trustees for the charity Service of Hope in the UK and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University.
Studying Drama (BA Hons) at University, I have extensive experience of working in the performing arts industry, from working with a leading UK Pantomime company in Stage Management, to performing and running my own Performing Arts Company and directing in a range of contexts, including musical theatre. I regularly still work in the sector in a range of areas, including directing, performing, management and writing. My decision to work in community theatre came from the love that I found in a form of theatre originating from Brazil, Theatre of the Oppressed. This passion has led me to specialising in Theatre of the Oppressed throughout my work and using the techniques regularly within the work of A Mind Apart and in my consulting and coaching, both in the UK and abroad.
I have a strong passion for social fairness and justice, which has helped to ignite the fire for my work both here and abroad, in theatre and with social enterprises and cooperatives, charities and the creative sector.
With a Masters in Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management with Sheffield Hallam University, I work with arts and third sector organisations, individuals, start-ups and entrepreneurs, offering consultation and coaching. As a regular speaker at conferences and events on a wide range of subjects, I believe in social fairness, business with social responsibility, and am passionate about educating others about these issues. As a ‘creative’ myself, I believe that we need to value ourselves better within the creative sector and work together to support one another in the career’s we have chosen. If we can’t value ourselves and price our art form and work correctly, we can’t expect others to do it for us. I am passionate about working with creatives to support them in becoming sustainable as an artist or a business!