John Constable is a playwright, poet and performer. His plays include Black Mas, Tulip Futures and The Southwark Mysteries, first performed in Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Cathedral on Easter Sunday 2000 and revived in 2010. His Sha-Manic Plays, The Southwark Mysteries, his stage adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast, and Secret Bankside – Walks In The Outlaw Borough are all published by Oberon Books.
John’s solo shows include Spare, inspired by the life and work of the south London artist Austin Osman Spare. In his ‘John Crow’ persona, he hosts performance-poetry events and conducts ritual dramas at Cross Bones Graveyard, where he has led a successful campaign to establish a garden of remembrance on the site of the former pauper’s burial ground. He also leads unusual guided walks and workshops to help people connect with their inner city neighbourhoods. His first poetry collection, Spark In The Dark, was published by Thin Man Books in 2014.
In November 2010, he received an Honorary Fellowship by London South Bank University for services to the arts and community: “for his vision and imagination, for his deep commitment to our local area, for his work in reclaiming lost histories and, above all, for his belief in the transformative power of writing and drama…”
Emily Hunka is a writer and theatre practitioner and founded Rewrite with Sian Perez in 2000 in response to a national scapegoating of refugees and asylum-seekers and from a passion that theatre and creative writing can change lives. She has worked in Applied Theatre for fourteen years, for various organisations including eight years at Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT), first as Refugee ‘Voices’ Project (2005-2009) and later as Associate Director, developing and delivering a specialist model of work with young mental health service users (2010-2014). Currently she is joint Artistic Director of Theatre Troupe, a project working with adolescent mental health services in Southwark, Lambeth and Surrey and is currently undertaking a PHD at Queen Mary University, London. Emily is also an award-winning playwright, and has written extensively for theatre in education and youth theatre productions.
Ben Martin, Treasurer
Ben is a Senior Economist at the Bank of England. Ben puts his financial expertise to good use as Rewrite’s Treasurer, a role he has held since the charity was founded. He has loved helping Rewrite grow – from just an idea 14 years ago to the flourishing organisation it is today, making a real difference to young people’s lives.
Natasha Bergg, Secretary
Natasha is a freelance Community Theatre Practitioner based in South London, working regularly for organisations such as Big Wheel Theatre Company, who present interactive workshops in schools across Europe and the UK and Tender, who use drama techniques to break open important issues with young people in UK schools. Since graduating with an MA in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Natasha has also delivered her own creative arts projects both nationally and internationally and is in the process of launching her own theatre company with Emily Hunka, Theatre Troupe, which will start delivering projects with vulnerable young people in London from 2015 onwards.
Annette has worked and continues to work within the Arts for over 25 years. With the combined work experience of Finance, Human Resource Event and Music Management within Arts Education, Community and Music Management.
The majority of her work experience has been while working at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and small community projects in the east London area. Where working with young diverse people in performance, while ensuring that the business objectives are met. Rewrite fits perfectly within her belief that the benefits that performance arts can bring to an individual through drama, creative writing and learning. She strongly believes art is for all and creating an awareness through organisations like Rewrite gives a perfect opportunity for an individual’s personal development and growth.
Annette’s aim is to support Rewrite using her many skills in all areas of business development that will contribute to the uniqueness Rewrite has to offer.
Joanna works at the House of Commons. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, acting and putting on plays!
Sophie Austin is a theatre and film director. She is artistic director of innovative, site-specific theatre company Teatro Vivo, director of film production company SHH Productions specialising in female focused, internationally flavoured films and is associate artist at international arts organisation Dash Arts. She also works as a freelance director for companies such as The Barbican, Royal Court, Roundhouse, Arts Ed and script reads for the BBC. Sophie has been on the board since 2004 and is hugely proud of the important work that Rewrite does.
Angela Michaels, React Tutor
Angela Michaels is a facilitator and theatre director.
Angela has a broad spectrum of experience, designing and delivering workshop programmes for companies such as Oval House, London Bubble, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, CARE Partnership, Pop Up Theatre, Second Wave Youth Arts, Half Moon and Unicorn Theatres. She has worked in many settings, from schools, youth clubs, youth theatres, community centres and pupil referral units, running Workshops and also providing Inset training. Angela was a co-founder of Pop Up Theatre’s ‘Equal Voice’ programme which looked at the role of self-esteem in conflict resolution. This pioneering work was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary.
Angela’s work as a director includes national tours of:- Futebol by Sarah Weatherall, Look to the Sky by Courttia Newland, Begin/End by David Lane, Locked In and We Are Shadows, both by Fin Kennedy. Angela also created an early years physical theatre/dance piece called Plum and Pickle. She enjoys exploring cross-art form processes, most recently with Paul Morris on Invisible, Conudrum and Sarai. Angela is co-founder and joint director of Tell Tarra theatre company. She is currently developing a new one man show The Tragedian with the actor and writer Glen Wilson.
Angela believes in the power of theatre and drama processes as a catalyst for transformation and change, for people of all ages and backgrounds, knowing it can enable us to see/experience what is hidden and also connect us to ideas and potentialities that enable growth in the individual and society.
Amari Harris, React Tutor
Since graduating from Rose Bruford college of Theatre and Performance, Amari has become a freelance Theatre Practitioner working across London working with theatre and educational establishments. Also a performer who has performed ensemble and one man shows in venues and festivals in England and abroad.
Amari is a former member of the REACT Drama group having attended in his secondary school days. Now a tutor on Free Writers, he is very passionate about the Rewrite and the work it does for young people. Amari enjoys working with Rewrite’s young people and hopes he can inspire them just as he was inspired when he was a youth member.
Rewrite activities are also supported by a youth board, made up of representatives from our core projects.
Miriam Nash, Free Writers Tutor
Miriam Nash is a poet, performer and educator who uses writing and performance to help young people experience the transformative power of their own voices. She has run workshops in schools, prisons and community centres in the UK, USA and Singapore, and produced England’s largest youth poetry slam, Shake the Dust, in 2012. Her book of poems, Small Change, is published by Flipped Eye. www.miriamnash.com
Joe Duhig, Free Writers Tutor
Joe is a writer, graphic designer and music festival organiser. He has been assisting workshops at Rewrite since 2013 and became a lead tutor in 2015, working with the Free Writers group in particular. “The breadth and depth of the young people’s ideas and their ability to craft incredible pieces of work, in what for many is not their first language, never fails to astound me. Their attitude and commitment is an inspiration and it is an absolute pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful project.”
Theah Dix, Creative ESOL tutor
Placing play and participation at the heart of her practice,Theah specialises in using drama and dance to explore language, celebrate cultures and improve health and well-being. With a dipTESOL, a BA hons in Drama and Theatre Studies along with a wealth of experience facilitating diverse groups and training professionals, she has worked for a number of organisations including Mandinga Arts, Richmond Theatre, the British Museum, the British Council and the University of Reading.
Theah has worked closely with Eleanor Cocks, our previous Director, in developing and establishing the Creative ESOL model. She co-authored the essay ‘Creative ESOL: the power of participatory arts in language acquisition’ for the British Council publication Innovations in English language teaching for migrants and refugees. She also collaborates on devising and delivering training on the model. Theah is incredibly proud of the young people who have flourished from accessing the Creative ESOL programme.
Andrea Tuijten, Creative ESOL tutor
Andrea Tuijten is an applied theatre practitioner with a passion for creative cross-cultural encounters. Originally from the Netherlands, Andrea came to London to do an MA in Applied Drama at Goldsmiths University. She graduated last year with a distinction and now works for Goldsmiths as an Associate Lecturer. Andrea is active across various fields encompassing interfaith arts, creative language acquisition and disability arts. She’s been working with Rewrite since 2012 as Creative ESOL Tutor. She is Project Manager at Ovalhouse for Demonstrate!, a multi-arts project for young people with disabilities and complex needs. She also facilitates for 3FF, delivering interfaith dialogue workshops across London schools. She has recently become Co-Director for The MUJU Crew (London’s Muslim-Jewish theatre company).
Before coming to London, Andrea spent 9 months living and teaching at a residential theatre school (Kattaikuttu Gurukulam) in Tamil-Nadu, South-India. She returned to India 2013 to co-direct a shadow puppetry project exploring gender and social mobility in Rajasthan.’
Louise de Froment, Creative ESOL tutor
Louise completed a BA Fine Art at Newcastle University and an MA Applied Theatre at Goldsmiths, where she specialised in puppetry.
She has worked with many young people in diverse arts and educational settings. This has included schools, youth centres, theatres and carnivals.
For Rewrite she delivers the core Creative ESOL sessions, facilitates on bespoke projects and has also enjoyed running the Rewrite summer project.
Robert Lehmann, React, Creative ESOL and Summer Project Tutor
Rob has co-delivered the REACT youth theatre programme with Angela, devising performances based on social, cultural and political issues relevant to them. He also has also mentored the participants in the accreditation of their Arts Award. He was a practitioner on the summer partnership between Rewrite and EEA, which concluded in a short piece of street theatre for the Elephant and the Nun Festival and works on the Creative ESOL programme.
He graduated from the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2014 with a First Class degree. Since graduation he has delivered for The Tricycle, Old Vic New Voices, The Young Vic, RCSSD and Oval House. He is a Creative Associate for MakeBelieve Arts and is currently working as an Assistant Director for the 19-25 Young Company at The Tricycle Theatre.
Ros Bird, Creative ESOL tutor
Ros has been teaching, facilitating and project managing since leaving university in 2006 and has loved working with Arts Council England in South Africa and England, a large variety of language schools, several theatres and as an actor. She has an MA in Acting and a level 4 TESOL certificate. She joined Rewrite in September 2013 and it has been her absolute pleasure to work with them since then.
Tunde Euba, Creative ESOL tutor
Tunde describes himself as a multi-skilled arts practitioner. Among those skills are storytelling, drawing and photography. Starting out as an actor, Tunde has enjoyed a long and varied career in theatre. He later turned his hand to directing, then writing before finally arriving at facilitating in the participatory arts – where he has worked for the last 14 years and loved every minute of it!
Tunde is a firm believer in the arts and its power to impact on and change lives. His very first participatory project employed Forum Theatre techniques to get young people to engage with issues around identity and self-determination. This project very much helped shape his methodology and as such, he is committed to creating an atmosphere of enablement where young people can feel in control of their opinions, actions and creativity in whatever context they may be working.
Tunde’s broad skill set has led him to work for a number of theatre companies and arts organisations in varied settings. He is as comfortable delivering a drama class in a theatre as he is facilitating a workshop on weapons awareness in a youth justice setting. Among the organisations he has worked for are, Ovalhouse, V&A museum, Cardboard Citizens and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre. He is very excited to be joining the team and adding Rewrite to his list of ‘employers’.
Justin Allder, Creative ESOL tutor
Justin Allder is an actor, director and facilitator. He has worked extensively as an actor in both England and North America and has worked for CBC, CTV, CBS, ITV and the BBC.
Justin now produces and directs documentaries and short films for the public arts and charitable sectors. Clients include the, Cabinet War Rooms, the Royal Academy of Arts, Brent Council, Orleans House Gallery and Greenwich and Lewisham Young Peoples Theater. His recent film This Little Place In Gospel Oak, which he co-directed was officially selected for the London Independent Film Festival and the Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
He also works as facilitator with many of London’s leading arts organizations including Oval House Theater, Mousetrap Theater Projects, Half-moon Theater, Primary Shakespeare Company and Synergy Theater Projects. He specializes in working with vulnerable and at risk adults and young people.