26th Nov 2021
Chinonyerem Odimba – Artistic Director at tiata fahodzi
Chinonyerem Odimba is a Nigerian British playwright, screenwriter, and poet. Her recent work ranges from Medea at Bristol Old Vic, We Too, Are Giants for Kiln Theatre, Unknown Rivers at Hampstead Theatre, Prince and the Pauper at Watermill Theatre, The Seven Ages of Patience at Kiln Theatre, and Princess & The Hustler which toured across the UK for Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/Hull Truck. She is currently working on commissions for Young Vic, RSC, and Paines Plough.
She is also Writer-in-Residence at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Her work for theatre includes The Bird Woman of Lewisham at the Arcola; Rainy Season, and His Name is Ishmael for Bristol Old Vic; Joanne for Clean Break, and Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break/The Yard Theatre. Her work for young people includes a modern retelling of Twist for Theatre Centre and Sweetness of a Sting for NT Connections. Read More
Alisha Artry- tiata fahodzi trustee and Neighbourhood Theatre Producer at Young Vic
Alisha is a Creative Producer from South London and advocate for change through the arts.
She has been working in Theatre since graduating from the University of Kent with a Drama and Film degree.
She has worked in Participation at the Lyric Hammersmith, Frantic Assembly and is currently the Neighbourhood Theatre Producer in the Taking Part department at the Young Vic.
Alisha is the Co-Founder of the producing company Sculptress working with talent to cultivate new and exciting stories to share with audiences.
Pooja Ghai-ADF Co-Chair and Artistic Director at Tamasha Theatre Company
Pooja is an award-winning director, actor, and mentor whose recognised as a fierce advocate for giving voice to marginalised groups. Pooja is at the forefront of leadership change and active in organisations whose ethos helps achieve this. She is co-chair of Artistic Directors of the Future and trustee of Stage directors UK and Pop-Up Org CIC
Winner, Best Director, Lions and Tigers, Eastern Eye Arts, Culture and Theatre Awards (ACTA)
Clore Theatre Fellow (Clore #17)
Project leader/Creative producer for Up Next with ADF/ Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) & The Bush Theatre (TBT); UP NEXT is a takeover initiative designed to catapult visionary culturally diverse artists into leadership roles in the UK’s theatre industry. Mentor for the Old Vic Bayliss Director Scheme and Associate Artist, Kali Theatre; A company dedicated to developing ground-breaking, thought-provoking
contemporary theatre by female South Asian writers.
Valerie Synmoie: Executive Director at Tamasha Theatre CompanyValerie joined Tamasha in 2012 as the Developing Artists Producer and became the Executive Director in 2015. Prior to Tamasha she was a freelance producer / project manager working for a variety of organisations including the Cultural Leadership Programme, Africa Calling, The Advance Network (a partnership between the Royal Academy of Music, Kuumba Music and Tomorrows Warriors to diversify the classical music sector), Arts Council England (ACE), and Cultural Brokers.
Valerie worked at Arts Council England between 2000 and 2010, firstly leading on audience development and engagement and then becoming Head of Development in the London office. She also undertook a secondment during this period – to lead the development of ACE’s first International Policy. Prior to ACE Valerie has worked for a range of arts organisations including Bush Theatre, The Albany, the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh, and the International Arts Bureau.